Tuesday, April 07, 2009

No Shame Iowa City 4/3/09

It was a good show. Hope to see more as the semester progresses. The order is in the replies section.



Blogger Eli Wilkinson said...

The Order:

1) Ding - by The Mongolian Sensation
2) Pure Creation - by Dr. Charles Coram
3) Code Pink - by Ty M Symatri
4) Slide Show - by Duck Bucket
5) Song -by Mirri
6) No Shame Industries Presents A Series of Business Proposals - by Evan Schenck
7) Poet/Translator - by Alex and Mary
8) Open Spot - by Nick and John
9) Meet Mr. Happy Bunny -by Chicken and Biscuits (Eli Wilkinson)
10) A Woman's Reply to James Erwin's "Shallow Shallow Love" - by Mary Hamilton (Brad?)
11) Rickles Pickles- Eric Landuyt
12) Rewind -by Ichabod Sane

4/07/2009 12:36 AM  
Blogger ERIC L. said...

Sorry I missed the show; hope everything went well. I'm curious: Was "Rickles Pickles" performed as one entire piece? It was actually meant to be four separate point fives. Still, I hope it amused/bemused/confused people in some enjoyable fashion.

4/08/2009 12:08 PM  
Blogger Eli Wilkinson said...

Eric, only part one of Rickles Pickles was performed. I am unsure why, since I did not take the order.

4/08/2009 2:59 PM  
Blogger ERIC L. said...

I see. Parts 2-4 can be used at the next show if there's room.

4/08/2009 7:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ottumwa lucky to have a specialist like Dr. Coram

On one of my annual visits to Fairfield, my son told me about hockey teammates who had career-ending injuries until they were treated by Dr. Charles Coram, a chiropractor in Ottumwa. The teammates were soon playing hockey again and attributed their recovery solely to Dr. Coram’s efforts. This got my attention.
My son suggested that I see Dr. Coram because of 20 years of extreme leg pain from chronic sciatica that recently prevented me from sleeping in bed for more than an hour at a time. I agreed, and after my first treatment was able to sleep in bed all night!
I live in Ann Arbor, Mich. (a nine-and-one-half-hour drive from Ottumwa each way), and as a recently retired professor at the University of Michigan, have seen many specialists over the past 15 years — doctors including neurologists and other specialists, MDs, physical therapists, even an acupunturist — who have all treated me for this problem without much success.
I am now traveling to Ottumwa each month to be treated by Dr. Coram, who is the only medical professional who has been able to provide relief for my problem or any improvement in my overall condition. Each of my treatments has taken two-to-four hours, but has been unbelievably helpful. I see a noticeable improvement in my overall condition each time I meet with Dr. Coram. Ottumwa is very lucky to have such a helpful health specialist in its community.

Layman E. Allen
Professor of Law, Emeritus
Law School, University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Dr. Coram's treatment provides great benefits

As the wife of Professor Layman Allen whose letter is just above, I would like to confirm the wonderful results he has experienced from his treatments from Dr. Coram.
In talking about these to acquaintances in Fairfield, we were sorry to hear about the approximately 60 doctors who have come and gone from Ottumwa in the past eight years, but hope that you will continue to keep Dr. Coram within convenient reach of our son’s home in Fairfield.
Of course, we’d be delighted if Dr. Coram moved to Ann Arbor, but (seriously) we are very happy to come all the way to Ottumwa to be treated because Dr. Coram is the only health specialist who has provided any relief for my husband’s condition, and we have consulted many medical personnel at the University of Michigan Health System (one of the best in the world).
For us, it is worth an 18-20 hour drive or flight each month to get the benefits of Dr. Coram’s treatment.

Leslie A. Olsen
Professor and Director
Program in Technical Communication
College of Engineering
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich.

I first met Dr. Charles D. Coram in 1999. At that time, I was the CEO of a thriving Mental Health Center serving many communities in Iowa. I worked with ideas and people, a mentally challenging career that involved long hours and little physical exercise. This lifestyle caught up with me in my 50’s and I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. An RN, who had found relief from her own physical pain by treatments from Dr. Coram, sent me to him. From the first visit I was impressed with the thoroughness of his taking the time to know me as a person. His respect for my knowing myself, giving me the dignity of allowing me to know my own body, which I had inhabited for 50 years, was refreshing. I believe we all have a God given energy and awareness whether we listen to it or not. Dr. Coram used traditional manipulation and nontraditional as he helped me stretch, move and rearrange the energy in my body. I don’t have the words for what his treatment was like; I just know I got better. I have not returned to a traditional rheumatologist, as I know I do not have the soreness or the pressure point tenderness that produced the diagnosis in the first place.
Dr. Coram uses acupuncture, energy work, Reiki, manual manipulations and a type of yoga stretching. He truly is on the cutting edge, one of those doctors who do not follow the mold. He is not a “hothead” with a chip on his shoulder to prove others wrong but a thinker of tomorrow. He is always asking himself, “What are we missing, why is this person not improving, what knowledge does the person have about themselves that I as the doctor cannot know, no matter how thorough the examination?” Truly he integrates different medicines and philosophies without sacrificing his own integrity.
Dr. Coram practices what he preaches, integrity, flexibility and healthy life choices while grounded in a core set of beliefs. He willingly shares with others his insights and observations from his own practice, works within schools, hospitals and the community. As I come close to my retirement years I am pleased to see the next generation opening up to catalyst type practices which involve a total health concept. The concern for the person, the courage to change from traditional paths, while honoring what tradition can do, keeping vision alive while maintaining a full time patient load is not easy. Somehow, Dr. Coram manages to do this. We are longer a society where the doctor knows best. People are too well read and informed for that naivety. I believe most consumers want a doctor who will answer questions and truly hear what the consumer is requesting or saying. Dr. Coram integrates different types of healing, sees the value of each and is open to what his client wants or would respond to for treatment. His own visionary approach to medicine inspires others, his peers, community leaders and his patients.
Having known Dr. Coram personally, both as a community leader myself and one of his patients, I am confident that Dr. Coram will use his gifts of healing in a thoughtful planned way to advance medicine using a total health concept. Maneuvering through traditional models of medicine and finding the respect from the medical community is not an easy task.. Many visionary people have become disheartened and give in to the pressure of “learned minds” in traditional medicine. Dr. Coram has a resiliency to keep on keeping on, perhaps in part, because of his own deep belief that health and healing are so much more than our traditional ways can comprehend. Although no longer living in Iowa, I keep in touch with several people active in the community. I have seen and heard the respect and creditability Dr. Coram is earning.

Joyce C. Bromley MA, LPC, LCSW
Kansas City, MO.

Dr. Coram has so altered the conversations in our community hospital that they have moved from a rigid pharmacological/surgical paradigms toward teams of therapists, community activists, patients, employers, employees, physicians, chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists, religious leaders, nutritionists, and many others banding together. He is similar to many truly effective leaders, organizing and guiding but often letting others assume the credit. When conversations were initiated it was always Dr. Coram behind the introduction of change. He was driven. He would not put the topic down. He had serious resistance. He had patients and his own convictions as his allies. He had all of the arrayed rigidity of a small Midwestern conservative community, hidebound by tradition, enveloped by its distance from the centers of change and with the certainty of a righteous indignation of the truth of its position, allayed against him. He continued anyway. I think it was his patients’ needs and the angles of his better nature. He has a lot of angles and a lot of better nature, and you guessed it, it is hard to get in to see him.
What does our community want most for Charles Coram? Cloning, Seriously. I have discussed this often with him, we need to train young doctors. Dr. Coram begins with the dysfunctions of spirit, of hope, of dignity of knowledge of what personhood could mean in the patients he sees. He does this gently as he massages and stretches and repositions a few facets. In an hour spent talking to a patient while really caring for their needs he learns their needs, their worries and fears. He was a nurse before being a chiropractor before being an integrative medicine physician. When he continues to care for and about his patients he leads them to new insights of their potential. How much more likely are we to listen when we are relaxed? How about when we feel we have been able to express ourselves in the important worries of health, family and what motivates us? I have found Dr. Coram’s patients returning to me stating what could be called unintended testimonies. They express newfound strengths physically and emotionally. I wish I could send every patient to him (he is just too busy). So many actually begin to follow the advice received. This is a change in listening. This is real change. I, as a physician, listen better and more completely.
What scuttles our barely floating lives when we feel we are paddling as hard as we can? Often it is a lack of faith that there is another way; it begins with renewed belief in our power to change. Breaking dependence may be the very most disabling agenda in a life. Dependencies can be toward others, habits, harmful realms of thought. It seems Charles incorporates example, sincerity and his message of people realizing purpose they must find. Some patients seem to have epiphanies. Some patients are not ready for these messages, but they still receive benefit.
Let me give my final and greatest accolade (surely you think I have said it all). When Christ returns to the Passover feast he washes the disciples feet. He shows us by example one last time what he seems to expect of mere human beings like Charles, like myself. I have the great comfort of having Charles Coram as my Dr. and friend. My wish for you, and for everyone, is that we can train more young people to be like this man. I sincerely wish a great gift for you: may you have a Charles Coram in your life.

Sincerely, Marc E. Hines MD
President of Wapello County Medical Society

4/09/2009 9:45 AM  
Blogger Eli Wilkinson said...


4/09/2009 6:18 PM  
Blogger Eli Wilkinson said...

In a different note, I must apologize to Penny and Calvin. We found your scripts after the order was taken. Lately we have been taking it in the lobby as opposed to the student lounge. I will see that your two pieces are in the show this week.

Also for future reference (this goes to everybody) I will be making a "No Shame Theatre" mailbox in the hallway next to the student lounge. It is where all the TA mailboxes are. That way scripts can be put in there and I will check them before every show. Just know that if the order is full, pieces where the author is present will be given preference over pieces that are submitted without the author.

4/09/2009 6:21 PM  
Blogger Prufrock451 said...

Hey, if anyone knows how to get hold of Mary Hamilton or something, let me know. Because I cannot believe a) Shallow, Shallow Love got reperformed (thank you!) and b) it rated a follow-up piece. I'd love to know more.

James Erwin!

8/18/2009 5:25 PM  

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