CARRBORO, NC – No Shame Theatre is a place where anything can happen…and usually does. It is for performers of all stripes, shapes and persuasions. And for people who love the unexpected! All are welcome! This is an open performance venue for original and compelling works of theatre. Pieces arrive up to an hour before show time. They’re cast, rehearsed, and put on stage in front of a live audience an hour later. We take the first 15 pieces that come in the door at 10 p.m. If you’re a writer, come to The ArtsCenter’s West End Theater by 10 p.m. with typed scripts. If you’re an actor, come to the theatre by 10 p.m. and tell people you’re there to act, and you’ll act. It’s that simple. Dance and you’ll dance- you get the picture- the stage is yours! For more information, visit http://www.noshame.org/ or 919-929-2787 ext. 201. Tickets are $2 at the door to participate or watch. It’s cheaper than a bottle of beer!
Typical theater performances are well planned out, with actors, directors and designers planning, meeting and rehearsing for weeks, maybe even months. No Shame Theatre is far from typical theater. In fact, No Shame is about as unpredictable as theater gets. No one knows what the show will bring each time. And that’s the whole point. The only rules are 1) pieces must be short (under five minutes), 2) original and 3) can’t damage the space or audience physically.
No Shame is a chance to experience 15 works of art that you’ve never seen before and may never see again. Plus it’s cheap, it’s fun and it’s like nothing else in Carrboro. Since starting in a pickup truck in Iowa back in 1986 (it’s true), No Shame has launched the careers of actors including John Leguizamo (who used No Shame to develop his breakout piece Mambo Mouth), Camryn Manheim, and Toby Huss, and writers such as Rebecca Gillman, Naomi Wallace, and Jeff Goode. It has spread to more than 30 cities in the U.S., been the cover story of major magazines, and won awards.
The ArtsCenter is a non-profit teaching and presenting organization founded in 1974. The largest employer of artists in Orange County, NC, it serves nearly 60,000 people annually, through classes, studios, concerts, theatre, spoken word, gallery displays, more than 80 school shows, and more. The ArtsCenter exerts a local economic impact of almost $2,900,000, which generates the equivalent of 78 full time jobs and $231,000 in state and local tax revenue.