At 10:30 every Friday night the Springer plays host to No Shame Theatre.
No Shame Theatre is an uncensored evening of original performance that allows anyone to explore their creative potential.
Signup begins at 10 p.m. and the first 15 to sign up get a five-minute time slot to perform their original material. Admission is $5, including performers.
Performances have been original plays, improvisation, spoken-word, rap, music, stand-up comedy, monologues, dance, spoons, interpretive sign-language, poetry, rants, burlesque — even a color guard routine that combined flag, sword, dance and music.
There are just three rules:
• All acts have to be original material.
• All acts have to be five minutes or less.
• You can’t break anything, including yourself, the space, or the law.
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The location of No Shame Theatre varies from time to time as other events are happening in our building, but the entrance is always off of the 1st Avenue side of the building. Just look for the lady bathed in strobe light. She marks the entrance every Friday.
The first No Shame started 28 years ago in the back of a pick-up in Iowa City, Iowa. Since then, branches have sprung up in New York, Miami, Chicago, Cleveland, Austin, Charlottesville and other cities.
Well-known No Shame alumni include John Leguizamo (“Ice Age”), Camryn Manheim (“The Practice”) Rebecca Gilman (“Spinning into Butter”), Naomi Wallace (“Things of Dry Hours”), Rick Cleveland (“Six Feet Under”) and Jonathan Larson (“Rent”).
In less than five years, the Springer’s weekly No Shame Theatre has become the most successful in the country, premiering more than 2,500 original acts with more than 170,000 people in attendance.