A man singing of his eternal love for Ziploc bags. Another who writes five-minute masterworks the day they are performed; mad science experiments and sketch comedy math lessons: all these spectacles and more regularly take the stage at the The ArtsCenter’s No Shame Theatre.
The monthly rendition of No Shame Theatre's program is happening Aug. 31, and the show prides itself on having only three rules: be original, keep it under five minutes and don’t destroy the stage, said Lisa Levin, the event’s organizer and host.
It’s a no-holds-barred display of zaniness where every type of performance — whether it’s dramatic, musical, comedic or otherwise — is equally welcome. All an interested artist has to do is show up and sign up, and the stage is theirs for whatever they wish to showcase to the audience.
“You don’t know what’s going to happen," Levin said about the performance. "You don’t know who’s going to show up. Could be a big crowd, could be a small crowd — we’ve had two different couples get engaged on our stage.”
The first No Shame Theatre shows had a slightly more agrarian ambience: they were performed out of the back of a pickup truck in Iowa, all the way back in the ‘80s. Since then, there have been No Shame events all over the United States. They're a lively and supportive environment for shy performers to showcase their talents, Levin said.