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Available from Tusitala

Improvising Real Life
20th Anniversary Edition
$23.00 | 200 pages
ISBN 978-0-9642350-9-0

Zoomy Zoomy
$15.00 | 148 pages
ISBN 978-0-9642350-8-3

Acts of Service
$27.00 | 286 pages
ISBN 978-0-9642350-0-7

Improvisando La Vida Real
$21.00 | 166 pages
ISBN 9974-42-128-4

Do My Story, Sing My Song
$19.00 | 180 pages
ISBN 978-0-9642350-6-9
Kindle Edition $7.99

The Essential Moreno
$30.00 | 262 pages
ISBN 978-0-9642350-5-2

Half of My Heart/
La Mitad de Mi Corazón

$15.00 | 100 pages
In English and Spanish
ISBN 978-0-9642350-7-6

A Marriage of True Minds
$15.00 | 112 pages
ISBN 0-9642350-4-8

Performing Playback Theatre DVD
$45.00 | 76 min.
NTSC format

German Editions


Tusitala Publishing is proud to announce the publication of the 20th anniversary edition of Improvising Real Life: Personal Story in Playback Theatre by Playback cofounder Jo Salas.

First published in 1993, Improvising Real Life is the basic text used by new and seasoned Playback practitioners, trainers, and in university courses. The book has been translated into German, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, and Hebrew.

The new edition includes a foreword by Roberto Gutiérrez Varea, a steering committee member of Theatre Without Borders and co-founder of the Performing Arts and Social Justice Program at the University of San Francisco.

The book also includes new photos and an afterword by the author with comments on Playback’s current development.

The 20th anniversary edition of Improvising Real Life will be available soon as an e-book.

Discounts are available on orders of 10 or more copies. Please contact us for information.


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Tusitala Publishing was founded in 1994. It mainly publishes books and other media relating to Playback Theatre, an original form of improvisational theatre for community dialogue where audience members tell real-life stories, then watch them enacted on the spot.

Tusitala books have been translated into seven languages, accompanying Playback Theatre practice and training around the world.

Where does the name come from? The great Scottish poet and novelist Robert Louis Stevenson was called “Tusitala” by the people of Samoa when he lived there in the 1880s and 90s. It means “teller of tales.”





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E-mail: tusitalapublishing@yahoo.com