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The Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble presents: Positively Shameless Now Performance
Barnett Hall at Lake Shore Avenue Baptist Church
Oakland, CA
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The Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble presents: Positively Shameless Now Performance
Positively Shameless performance + fundraiser + Playback Theatre event:
6:00 PM  Positively Shameless Now performance
7:00PM - Audience reflection and sharing, facilitated by the Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble

Positively Shameless Now is a devised theatre performance from Bangalore, India, about aspects of childhood sexual abuse that endure into adulthood and the social complicity that perpetuates it. While the performance explores a difficult issue, it does so with a sense of lightness and hope. The performance will be followed by audience reflection and sharing, which members of the Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble will play back. Proceeds from this event support the important work of the Positively Shameless Theatre Ensemble.

*Please note that this event is not taking place in the actual church, but in Barnett Hall, which is just north of the church and set back from the street. Follow the driveway to the left of the church to Barnett Hall. Parking is available in the residential district above the church.

About The Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble

The Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble is a troupe of improvisational actors and musicians who play back personal stories shared by audience members in ways that both honor and illuminate the original experience. The ensemble produces public performances, workshops and events for personal and professional growth and social change in the Bay Area. Created in 1986 under the direction of psychotherapist and drama therapist Armand Volkas, The Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble, in collaboration with The Healing the Wounds of History Project, has received international acclaim for its work in bringing groups in conflict together such as Germans and Jews; Palestinians and Israelis; Japanese, Chinese and Koreans on their legacy of WWII and Armenians and Turks. At the heart of its work is a profound respect for the power of personal story to build bridges between people and cultures. Visit to learn more.

About Positively Shameless Now

In 2015, seventeen of us from Bangalore came together in two groups to use drama to work through the traumatic residues of the sexual abuse that we had experienced as children. The project was convened and facilitated by Maitri Gopalakrishna as part of her doctoral work. One of the outcomes of this rigorous project was a play called Positively Shameless where participants extended their own personal therapeutic journeys to create a performance that is meaningful to a larger audience.

Positively Shameless, premiered in 2016 and was collaboratively created by Kavya Bose, Maitri Gopalakrishna, Sathyam A.P., Shabari Rao, Sharanya Iyer, Shilpa Waghmare, and Vijji Chari. Over the year, it was successfully performed in three cities in India to critical and social acclaim. Positively Shameless Now is a new interpretation of the original piece by a subset of the group.

Directed by: Shabari Rao. Performed by:  Kavya Bose, Maitri Gopalakrishna, Shilpa Waghmare and Vijji Chari

To know more about Positively Shameless, email or visit the FB page @PositivelyShameless. Contribute directly to Positively Shameless:


Barnett Hall at Lake Shore Avenue Baptist Church (View)
3534 Lakeshore Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Education > Tours
Other > Fundraisers

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble
On BPT Since: Apr 30, 2009
Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble

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