Red Sage Stories: Playback Theatre & Art for Social Change.
A Dorchester/Roxbury based performance troupe of predominately People of Color, multi-cultural, multi-lingual, and intergenerational.We create space for story telling, healing and empowerment for individuals and communities of diverse backgrounds through Playback Theatre and other performance art forms. Combining other performative arts such as staged readings and full production of devised plays with Playback Theatre troupe makes us unique. We are also the only Playback Theatre troupe that regularly performs with an ASL interpreter as part of our company. As artists, we strive to offer our audiences and collaborators an entertainingly aesthetic experience that is, at the same time, an invitation to increased creativity. As activists, we see our troupe as a resource for individuals, community groups, and endeavors working towards social equity and justice. Red Sage Stories began in January 2017 as part of a Creative City Project, "The Table/La Mesa: THE WELCOME PROJECT", funded by NEFA. Founder/director Melissa Nussbaum Freeman trained interested Dorchester/Roxbury artists in Playback Theatre and other performance skills in order to dramatize stories told by community residents. This effort resulted in a group of 8 performers (now 10). Since its beginnings, RSS has performed 63 times at 31 different venues including monthly performances at Haley House Bakery & Café, Roxbury. Each performance is crafted responding to the needs of the hosting group and their audience considering the personal, community and social forces at play.