Saturday, September 09, 2006

NS 20th Anniversary ONE MONTH WARNING

30 days left until our week-long festival of No Shame.
Make your travel plans, submit your BOBONS nominations.
Follow the comments link for more information.


Blogger AdamEggHahn said...

To review:
-Monday-Friday (Oct. 9-13), we'll have a show every night at 11 PM. Get into the order by being first in line at 10:30. By Friday night, it's going to be crowded. IC locals in particular should consider performing a couple of times early in the week and stepping back to the audience for Thursday and Friday. Bring new pieces or revive old favorites. Attend all five shows at $1 a pop.
-Saturday night at 8 PM is The Best Of the Best Of No Shame (BOBONS) 2006. Price TBA, but it'll be cheap.
-The list of people who have indicated their intention to attend is here: To add or change a listing (and get rid of those pesky question marks), e-mail me.

Although it may be adjusted as late as the day of, the Iowa City Board needs to start assembling a BOBONS order. I want to warn everyone:
-There have been far, far too many outstanding pieces and writers in the last twenty years for everyone to be represented. Even if you drive seven thousand miles to be in Iowa City for one night, you are not guaranteed a place in Saturday's order. (all the more reason to be here the entire week)
-The likelihood of your work being included in BOBONS will be sharply diminished if you do not confirm your intention to be in Iowa City on October 14 no later than THIS WEEK.
-The likelihood of your nominations being reflected in the BOBONS order will be sharply diminished if you don't make them known (e-mail me, post on the blog, or use the MSN board) THIS WEEK. And yes, it's legal to nominate your own work.

The Monday-Friday shows will be in our beloved Theatre B (if you've never seen it, it's everyone's favorite black box). Saturday will be in the cursed Mabie (bigger, but lousy acoustics, and we never know how much stage space we'll have until we get in there). I'm reasonably certain that we'll be able to raise and lower the lights for you every night, but I can't promise much more. We're not allowed to change the lighting setup, and we might have to perform around the set of another show. Our "sound system" is often Patrick Ashcraft's CD boombox.

If you need props, costumes, musical instruments, or anything else you don't own or don't want to travel with, speak up and we'll try to help you out. It was surprisingly easy to satisfy the need for a chicken headdress. I have a cheap but sturdy acoustic guitar anyone who knows how to play guitar may borrow. Does anyone have a decent keyboard they might be willing to share?

Tell everyone you know about this, particularly any No Shame alumni we might have failed to contact.

If you have any questions about Iowa City or the festival, contact me.

Adam Hahn

9/09/2006 10:05 PM  
Blogger AdamEggHahn said...

Also, if you want to defray the cost of hotels by sharing, let me know. I'll start a mailing list for people to find roommates. Brian Rochlin, for example, would like to share a room Thursday-Saturday.

9/10/2006 4:27 PM  
Anonymous Eric said...

My BOBONS nominations:

"Love in the Atomic Age" by Jason Nebergall
"Deep Blue Sea and Danny" by Adam Hahn
"DC Al Coda" by Timm Sitzman
"How to Make A Milkshake Machine Run" by Jonathan Shelton
"We Are Anarchists" by Eli Wilkinson
"Religion of Fish" by Bobby Evers
"One Way in which I am like Clarence Thomas" by Katy Baggs
"Actual Questions from a Sex-ed Website" by Aprille Clarke (perhaps a compliation of all the finest)
"Cowboy Jed Gets Bitten in the Face by a Horse" by Paul Rust (I can't remember the exact title, but it's the one with Dr. Boner where he ties a string around his penis)
"Seven Minutes in Heaven" by Patrick Ashcraft
"The Tragic Tale of Haystack Calhoun & Dirty Slug McGee" by Eric Landuyt

9/12/2006 11:35 AM  
Blogger Evan Schenck said...

I don't feel comfortable nominating pieces for a "Best of 20 Years Piece" when I've only been regularly attending for like a year.

That said, I'd like to second (and thereby legitimize) Eric's self-nomination of
"The Tragic Tale of Haystack Calhoun & Dirty Slug McGee" by Eric Landuyt

When I think about it, this might be my favorite No-Shame piece of all the ones I've seen and/or performed.

9/12/2006 10:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's been years since I've attended No Shame - too long to remember authors, but nominations would include "Mop and Bucket" and "Waiting for Godot to Leave." If those are even possibilities.

9/13/2006 6:23 PM  
Anonymous Adam Burton said...

Mop and Bucket, by Josh Peskay -- I don't know if he's coming or not? He's not RSVP's officially but I just sent 'im an email. Waiting for Godot to Leave was performed at the 10th anniversary (which probably doesn't preclude a rerun) and was credited to four people -- two are still locals, and a third is returning, not sure 'bout the fourth. So it could maybe happen...

9/14/2006 7:53 AM  
Anonymous katie cornell said...

I used to go to Shameless all the time, only been a little in the past few years, but lord: I hope ya'll use as many older pieces as possible, cuz sweet Jesus did the shows used to be a lot funnier (in my humble[?] opinion). I know most of the folks here & now probably aren't familiar with the semi-ancient era that I saw, so aren't likely to be nominating much from it. But here's my wishlist. (I don't remember any actual piece titles, so you'll have to bear with me, sorry.)

-Mose Hayward's monologue about having sex, and how it's exciting but confusing (perfomed by Mike Cassidy)

-Neil Campbell's free-style walking skit

-Jamal River's follow the leader thing (where he made audience members lick the floor & stuff), or the piece where he had an old lady (Neil Campbell) poop onto a chair

-That Audrey Plumshower (or whatever the fake name is) piece about the lost puppy

-Chris Stangl's "it's time for lunch" thing, or else his 3 dead babies on chain monologue

-Any song by Furious Skinny

-That monologue Arlen Lawson did (not sure if he wrote it or just performed it) about Spice Girls Lunchbox. Or the one about his nose getting broken, which I'm sure he wrote

That's all that springs to mind immediately, and anyway I'm getting all misty eyed and snot-clogged reminiscing 'bout the old days


9/14/2006 12:25 PM  
Anonymous Mike Rothschild said...

I've privately sent in some LA No Shame pieces to Adam, but I'd also be interested to see pieces from defunct No Shames, like Chicago, Miami and New York. No Shame has a rich history that extends beyond Iowa City circa 2003.

9/14/2006 1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"No Shame has a rich history that extends beyond Iowa City circa 2003."

Arguably possible. But I'm not clear here: is this BOBO encompassing ALL No Shames EVER, or just the ones from Iowa City? I'd assumed it was the latter, but now that I think about it, I've no idea. Still, since it is the Iowa City board who's selecting the pieces, the preposterous notion of selecting the all-time greatest pieces of all-time seems signicantly more preposterous if it includes every single piece from the wide whole world.

And thus in conclusion, having put forth mine "2 cent" as it t'were, I must confess that when all is said and done, I don't really give two stinky ass turds about it anyway. ...Thus leaving you to ponder... why have I spent my (and your) time like this?... Why?... Ponder. Now.

9/14/2006 2:50 PM  
Blogger Joshua James said...

I have some noms -

WHITEBOY BLACKBOY (me and Woodside)
Mike Geither
FOUR TALL MEN (Clint Corley)

All from Iowa City, circa 92 and 93

From NYC, I'd probably nominate a few pieces by Brooks (he did a bunch) - MOP & BUCKET by Peskay, NEW TEXAS by Peskay and yours truly, and my pieces DIPLOMACY, FUCK YOU and PAULINE ON THE PLANE.

9/14/2006 3:27 PM  
Blogger Evan Schenck said...

I think if people coming in from the other No-Shames in the vasty No-Shame network brought their own lovingly compiled lists of BEST EVER PIECES, the IC board would probably at least take a look at them and judge them on their merits. Also, the visiting No-Shame team from each of the various family branches is apparently getting their own showcase night--perhaps something could be worked out in that case.

Part of the reason that most of the pieces being submitted come from post-2003 is because the IC No-Shame regulars either have only been attending for the said 3-4 years (it being a heavily University of Iowa student based community) and are unfamiliar with prior work, the records of scripts don't go back all 20 years, and people tend to have a better memory for things that happened to them recently.

All that said, anybody who wants to rail against the nature of time and human memory is perfectly welcome to do so.

Getting nominations for pieces from utterly defunct No-Shame Theater branches will probably be kind of hard... what with them being utterly defunct. If somebody is coming as a representative from there or is familiar with their BEST work (prior to their death, post-mortem work is good for Tupac and Hendrix but of dubious value for NST) something might be worked out.

9/14/2006 4:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I nominate Jesus Christ, Boy Detective by James Erwin.

9/14/2006 10:28 PM  
Anonymous Mike Rothschild said...

Some 1996-2000 IC pieces I wouldn't mind seeing again:

Yalta Skit - Erwin
Dish/Spoon - Burton
Fose Fatfard vs. A Dead Bee - Brad Smith
The Beckett Parody - Erwin
Brett Deckers - Brooks

9/15/2006 12:04 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

I'll have some pieces fro Austin that I'd like to send up as well. I don't think we'll have any Austin-based attendees, though.

9/15/2006 12:18 PM  
Anonymous katy c. said...

Yipes! I can't believe I forgot about Fose Fatford! I totally second that nomination! I LOVE Fose Fatford! More than God OR Country! (no, for real)


9/15/2006 3:09 PM  
Blogger santangelo said...


Alyssa Bowman - Teabags are about 100% THC

Naked Michael Tabor - I Love Almost Everybody ...Except Roy Orbitson or Michael's Done It Again: Death Count: 38

Seth Brenneman - Surf Ninjas: A Road to Excellence

The Beckett Parody - James Lin Erwin

Paul Rust - Naughty Words

Chris Stangl - Chris Don't Want to take the Medicine

Michele Thompson - The Real McCoy

*Anything by My Business Failed in Three Weeks*

Arlen Lawson - Shitweed's Daughter

Matthew Hart - Woo Hoo!

Jason Nebergall - I Am Awesome And Thus You Should Like Me

Questions from an Actual Sex Ed Website with Hilarious Answers by Aprille Clarke

No Shame within a No Shame by Tralex and Stevo

Monsters are so dumb sometimes by Timm Sitzmann

Spiral, Whee! by Sean Shatto

I Want to Scare You by Bobby Evers

. I am an Educator and a Role Model for Young People by Adam "Feet" Hahn

There was also this one from a few years ago with Jamal and Chris where Jamal played "Crazy" and Chris played "Normal," and Crazy kept bothering Normal.

9/15/2006 6:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is my Best Of:

Al Angel - Dan Brooks is Dead: A Five-Minute Exposé (11/10/00)
Danger Brooks - Life, Everything in It, and the Ramifications Thereof (9/24/99)
Nick Clark - Yer In the Golden Shower of Jesus' Love: Santa Claus Pt. 2 (10/22/99)
Aprille Clarke - She's So Gay and Retarded (2/16/01)
James Erwin - Get Down On Your Fucking Knees, You Miserable Wretches, For I Bring You Theatre (10/8/99)
Aaron "Got No Scrote" Galbraith - Don't Stop or We'll Die! (11/17/00)
Adam Hahn - Na-Na-Na-Na-Na-Na-Na-Na, Na-Na-Na-Na-Na-Na-Na-Na, STUFFING! (11/19/99)
Mose Hayward - Studying a broad, French cowhole (3/3/00)
Kehry Lane - Maybe Grandma was the Big Bad Wolf (9/22/00)
Arlen Lawson - Walking in the Eating Paste Place (9/29/00)
JC Luxton - The Deadlies, Part Three: The Yellow Frog (3/30/01)
Chris Okiishi - Over the River and Through the Woods (9/24/99)
Jamal River - This is the Way We Rock The Fun House of Cool (6/2/00)
Brad Smith - Fose Fatfard vs. A Dead Bee (10/8/99)
Chris Stangl - Dead Turtle (2/18/00)

I must also nominate the following:

Al Angel - Love in the world as it appears to me in a hospital and in Lou Henri's on a Friday morning after I had a dream about being beaten up by a swat team. A present for Joanna and Troy. (10/20/00)
Alyssa Bowman - The Legend of Zelda (was taken from my house by Mose's little brother, Louie Hayward) (10/20/00)
Neil "Balls" Campbell - THIS IS YOU (9/22/00)
James Erwin - James Erwin Rocks You Like A Hurricane, But James Erwin Has Reservations About Rocking You All Night Until the Break of Dawn (11/30/01)
Aaron Galbraith and Kehry Lane - Look! There's a Spider on Your Catch Phrase (1/28/00)
JC Luxton - Rex 'n' Effect
Jamal River - Brontasaur! IT Won't hurt YOU! TEX REX ATE IT up! (4/14/00)
Jamal River - Flippin' The Grandma Switch (10/27/00)
Chris Stangl - Dan Brooks: A Loch Ness Monster Sighting (4/21/00)
Chris Stangl - Dental Dam Over Good Taste (10/22/99)


9/18/2006 2:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jamal's follow-the-leader thing was "Brontasaur! IT Won't hurt YOU! TEX REX ATE IT up!"

Stangl's 3 dead babies on a chain was "Dental Dam Over Good Taste".

I think.


9/18/2006 8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And Carolyn Space Jacobson's Blind Friend Jim, and King Toad's Bones.

9/19/2006 9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"There was also this one from a few years ago with Jamal and Chris where Jamal played "Crazy" and Chris played "Normal," and Crazy kept bothering Normal."

I remember that. It was called "Crazy Keeps Bothering Normal & Won't Stop" and was by Jamal River.

P.S. Thanks for the title reminders, M., I never would have remembered those.

-Katie Frances Cornell

9/19/2006 5:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"King Toad's Bones"

Ooh! I forgot about that song! NS Board- you should totally put that song in the order, cuz a) it's awesome & b) I've heard rumors that Al Angel will be in town for BOBONS, and thus the song could probably be performed in it's proper, original format! (Al=guitar, Jamal=drums, vocals; I think) I'm excited by the very prospect.

9/20/2006 11:48 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

I'd like to nominate "Pants Mansion" and/or "Pants Mansion II" by Jonathan Shelton. Didn't see II, but heard it was even better than the original.

"Jesus and Peanut Butter" by Adam Hahn, my personal favorite of his, unless it's superceded by another Adam Hahn piece I don't yet know about.

The piece by Danielle when she's 7 and there's a guy onstage with a bag over his head.

I'd also like to self-nominate "The Serial Killer Sketch" from tonight.

9/23/2006 1:55 AM  
Anonymous Adam Burton said...

Hey -- Chris Okiishi just reminded me of an ultra-cool series JC Luxton did one semester, where he had onepiece a week for each of the seven deadly sins. It took weeks before people figured out the theme, but each individual piece kicked a whole lot of patootie and I'd LOVE to see any of them again. So count this as a collective Okiishi/Burton nomination for one of those in BOBONS.

9/24/2006 8:58 AM  
Blogger AdamEggHahn said...


Actually, "Peanut Butter and Jesus" is ineligible for BOBONS, as it was never a No Shame piece and it runs something like eight minutes.

"Peanute Butter and Jesus" premiered as part of last year's City Circle New Play Festival. To submit works for this year's festival (festival in Fed., submission deadline Oct. 15), visit

9/24/2006 2:15 PM  
Anonymous Adam Burton said...

Years before cell phones grabbed our country by the 'nads and pulled, Megan Gogerty wrote a piece involving a phone called "Can You Hear Me Now." It was hi-frickin'-larious. I want to see it again. And again. And again. Go go Gogerty!!!

9/27/2006 6:32 PM  

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