Playwrights, actors and performance artists put their talents — and speed — to the test monthly at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro.
No Shame Theatre is a Saturday night showcase that prepares original works for production, all in the span of an hour. The November showcase is this Saturday.
An hour before performance time, The ArtsCenter opens its doors to writers with scripts in-hand, as well as actors, singers and performers. The first 15 pieces to sign up are given a time slot.
Jeri Lynn Schulke, stage director at The ArtsCenter, brought No Shame Theatre to Carrboro in March.
She said the short timeframe creates a spontaneous, unique and supportive experience for all involved.
“People are encouraged to perform whatever they’ve been working on — no shame,” Schulke said.
She said there are only three rules: pieces must be original, must not exceed five minutes and cannot damage the performance space.
Otherwise, anything goes.
The concept for No Shame Theatre began at the University of Iowa in 1986, when Schulke was a student there, as a series of weekly performances showcasing plays by student playwrights.