Monday, November 7, 2005

Actors Kill Audiences With Kindness

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A man in Asheville, North Carolina, is acting on the phrase “random acts of kindness” by taking the concept to the theater.

Raphael Peter is in charge of the Asheville Playback Theater, which does improv acting for people who want to share their personal stories of kindness.

The troupe performs at youth homes and prisons and gathers material by asking audience members for tales of woe and kindness. Then the group acts out all the experiences live on stage.

But the success of this type of kindness hasn’t been random.

Peter is expanding his kindness playback theater network into an international kindness cartel with 80 theater companies on six different continents.

Peter says with the world in such imbalance, people tend to focus only on the negative, and his theater company is there to turn that frown upside down with some uplifting tales of tenderness.

A culmination of all the emotions comes to a head on Nov. 13 when all 80 theaters will perform simultaneously as part of World Kindness Day.

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