Saturday, October 14th, 2023


2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


St. George St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 520 S. 61st Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143

telling the whole story

Telling the Whole Story, the second session in the diocesan Anti-Racism Commission's Telling Our Stories series, is designed for an audience of people who self-identify as Black, Brown, or a person of color to share stories of healing, community building, and honoring unique racial identities. See what this series is like in this short video. 

 In 3 interactive sessions of theater and discussion, participants see themselves in one another’s stories of race and racism as they are brought to life on stage by members of Playback for Change, a Philadelphia-based ensemble that facilitates racial understanding using the improvisational theater form Playback Theatre. Audience members’ real stories become the source material. The performance is spontaneous - it is theater created through a unique collaboration between performers and audience. Each session will use the practice of race-specific affinity spaces to prepare participants to have a deeper, braver and more honest conversation. Each session cost $15 per person or $50 for a group of 5 or more. Financial assistance is available. Email For any questions about the Telling Our Stories series, Playback for Change, or Playback Theatre, please email The Rev. Barbara Ballenger (, ARC Co-chair.