Saturday, April 03, 2010

No Shame Iowa City 4-2-10

Yeah! Rock and roll!

Yeah! Order in the comments! Rock and rolllll!

Yeeeaah jazzzz!

50 Comments:

Blogger Katy Baggs said...

1. Your Productive Future by Luke and Alaynna

A mimed skit about workplace productivity and a MISTAKES FOLDER!

2. Sky Patrol Episode II: The Moon Vandal by Sky Patrol

A moon is vandaled. April Fools!

2.5. Point Six by Asher Stuhlman

"...this is how I would finish it!"

3. Things I Overheard about Gay People by Penny

Several .5s squished together in one piece, Luke listens!

4. Gamera in Gomorrah by James S. Roth

People are humping, Gamera comes in a destroys all!

5. Danny Part II by Mirri

Mirri sings a song about Murder, Silence, Lonely Lonely!

6. Loneliness by Kristin Wirtz

A short dramatic piece about growing up wondering how other people make friends!

7. Don't Confuse HIPAA with the Hippocratic Oath by Dick Roberts

A veteran is sick and tired of bullshit bureaucracy and insurance companies but can't defeat the machine!

8. The One in Green by Maddie, Marek, Spencer, and Morgan

Jane Austen-related flirtations!

9. The Modern Day Mary Poppins by Asher Stuhlman

A story about an unusually eloquent community activist who is also mysterious!

10. Would Squirrels Blow Dad? by Dr. Mondo Buttplug, Esq.

Well, WOULD they? A poem.

11. PUT ME IN YOUR SHOW by Katy Baggs

I list my amazing show business talents like fighting and lycanthropy.

12. A True Story...Kind Of by Chicken and Biscuits

A bet involving a "dead" cat and acid piss.

12.5 Buried Treasure by Leigh Mather

Mirri's looking for her necklace, Leigh pulls it out from a secret place.


And that was the show! See you next week!

4/03/2010 10:25 PM  
Blogger Katy Baggs said...

oh and by april fools i clearly meant space april fools

4/03/2010 10:26 PM  
Blogger LSK said...

1. This was well done, if obvious.

2. About one-third the instances of "space" preceding a word here WEREN'T in the script, which makes it all the funnier. Eric's getting better at that, though.

2.5. this was practically obligatory after last week.

3. Drama!

4. Best use for a box ever.

5. need mp3 badly

6. I sympathize. Of course, you probably haven't had a member of the opposite gender run away at the sight of you.

7. Politics is always good material! Because it's funny that the people we vote for are completely unqualified to represent the common person! And red tape is funny, too, because it's red, like blood! Things are hard! Sarcasm is hard, too! This was a great piece! That wasn't sarcasm!

(And it sucks.)

8. A good piece.

9. I didn't finish a piece in time for this week; this piece was one of those rainy-day ones I had saved up.

10. I'm glad to see D.MB is back to his usual not-so-explicit work. The miming worked.

11. This piece sounded like a love letter from a 13-year-old girl, which is exactly what it was. Wonderful.

12. I don't have anything to say about this piece.

12.5. Ending on a .5? That's unusual. That said, um, uh, er, ee... Um. Yeah. Good piece.

4/03/2010 11:26 PM  
Blogger Loony Leigh said...

1. Your Productive Future by Luke and Alaynna
This was a great idea- cute, funny, great acting.

2. Sky Patrol Episode II: The Moon Vandal by Sky Patrol
Oh, I love Eric

2.5. Point Six by Asher Stuhlman
Not having been to No Shame for a while, this went over my head.

3. Things I Overheard about Gay People by Penny
I loved Luke in this piece.

4. Gamera in Gomorrah by James S. Roth
This was a riot.

5. Danny Part II by Mirri
Love this song!

6. Loneliness by Kristin Wirtz
There was a real jerk in the audience...

7. Don't Confuse HIPAA with the Hippocratic Oath by Dick Roberts
I liked the premise of this piece, and the ending was sadly funny.

8. The One in Green by Maddie, Marek, Spencer, and Morgan
This was cute, too. Great idea. Hey! Maddie is in my writing class!

9. The Modern Day Mary Poppins by Asher Stuhlman
This was a neat story, and I loved the end.

10. Would Squirrels Blow Dad? by Dr. Mondo Buttplug, Esq.
Luke has a way with physical comedy.

11. PUT ME IN YOUR SHOW by Katy Baggs
KATY BAGGS! I WILL PUT YOU IN MY SHOW!

12. A True Story...Kind Of by Chicken and Biscuits
Great writing, great acting.

12.5 Buried Treasure by Leigh Mather
It was oddly gratifying to hear people gasping in disgust.

4/04/2010 7:21 AM  
Anonymous Calvin said...

"Things I Overheard About Gay People" was written by me, not Penny. I'm also a little disappointed the board put all the segments into one piece, but them's the breaks, I suppose. At least Luke was good.

4/05/2010 9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Calvin,
Was your whole gay thing your reaction to the gay piece Dr Mondo did last week? Anyway if you don't like the way people do the stuff you just send them in an envelope maybe you should show up and actually tell them how you want it done instead of griping how they got it wrong.

4/05/2010 10:53 AM  
Blogger evan schenck said...

The thing about a .5 is that although the piece itself is short, it takes just as long as a full piece to get on and off the stage. A night full of .5s means that the audience is going to spend relatively less time seeing a show and more time seeing actors move around the theater. This is boring, so we opted against.

4/05/2010 12:29 PM  
Blogger Katy Baggs said...

I was told Penny, but all right: 3. Things I Overheard about Gay People by Calvin.

We have so many anonymous writers sometimes we can't keep them straight. Or not straight.

Katy

4/05/2010 1:00 PM  
Blogger Eli said...

Sorry Calvin. I put them as one piece for the reason Evan listed. Also this semester the board has decided to officially end the .2's and .33's. They take up way too much time and slow the show to a crawl.

4/05/2010 1:44 PM  
Anonymous No Shame's Fancy Fan said...

1. Luke and Alaynna are AWESOME!!!
2. This made me think of "Hot Tub Time Machine."
2.5. I didn't get it, but then someone explained last week's bit, so I get now, but I don't quite like it.
3. Was this supposed to be making fun of gay people or gay bashers or both?
4. AWESOME!!!! I love Japanese monster movie references!!!
5. Kinda a downer but still kinda good.
6. I don't make friends too easy either. How does that work anyway?
7. I like Dick. Dick has a point. I wish Dick could be happy.
8. Jane Austen is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!
9. Mary Poppins creeps me out. Really.
10. This was weird, but Luke is cool, so he made it fun.
11. Katy is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!
12. Dead cats make me sad. I saw one on the side of road the day before and it made me sad. I also had a UTI oncwe that made me feel like I was peeing acid.
12.5 There's a book series called "A Song of Ice and Fire" where knights talk about "buried treasure" and they mean hooker's poons. It felt oddly similar to this.

To recap: Luke, Alaynna, Japanese monster movie references, Katy, Jane Austen, and kitties are awesome. Dick is nice, Mary Poppins is creepy, and Leigh reminds me of hooker's poons (but that doesn't make her a hooker).

4/05/2010 2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fancy fan said "I like Dick. Dick is nice. I want Dick to be happy."

If you like dick, you can make mine happy. It'll be real nice.

4/05/2010 3:02 PM  
Blogger Loony Leigh said...

FANCY FAN! I have read and loved those books! I'm pissed that George R.R. Martin hasn't published the next book yet. It's been, what, seven years? I stopped counting.

I don't remember that specific conversation in the books- there is so much talk of whores. It sounds like something Tyrion would say, but he's not a knight!

ZOMG Imma nerd.

4/05/2010 11:18 PM  
Anonymous Jjaro said...

My room is empty now, the men in the hallway are gone, replaced by the subtle odor of ammonia destroying the bacterial rancidity of half eaten double helixes. On a plate on a table facing me is a simple arrangement of carrots and asparagus built up like a log cabin.

A candle in the center of the round table is illuminating the edges of the cabin, a distant volcano throwing the light of nature. Around the edges of the flame is the face of a woman who is talking to me about subjects that I should know all about. For just a minute I think that the flame is a living metaphor for her soul, then I go back to thinking her one of the other manic statues, arms, legs, and mouths that move and mimic without purpose or understanding. Hundreds of bacteria eating off the sidewalk, fighting for procreation. I am disconcerted when I see her turning the knife over in her hands, checking its weight and proportions, and I tell her so.

Startled, she puts the knife back on the table to rest under the volcano which erupts in a flow of wax racing a torturous path onto the blade. One pulse of wax is followed by another as she turns the conversation towards our relationship. "Durability" is what she keeps saying. The word 'durability' and our relationship.

I reach over for the blade, and my fingers extend around the hilt. Again I am impressed by a chill. The wax comes off the blade with a simple scrape of my forefinger. "Durability" I say in response.

I feel a nervous chill run down my spine as I loop up from the knife. My eye stops first on my plate, then on the wax pool which is solidifying around the edges, and finally on the face of this mysterious woman. She isn't trying too hard to look around the candle and neither am I. The candle flame makes a perfect line between the center of both of our heads. I laugh at the geometry of the moment, and thinking that I am laughing at her rhetorical comment she giggles in response.

4/06/2010 12:10 AM  
Anonymous Jjaro said...

***BREAKING NEWS BULLETIN***

Snot-Nosed (character?) secretly Evan Schenck

Asher Stuhlman wears short shorts

Knife gets longer, confounds scientists

Penny and Dr. Mondo Buttplug marry

Mirri expunges (?tells?bares) all

Kristin subject to 100,000+ friend invites, closes Facebook account

Dick Roberts finally writes piece for audience, is booed

Katy Baggs still awkward and enraged, for whatever reason

Buried Treasure put all eggs in title basket, figuratively left nothing to imagination

Personality constructs seeking cyborgs — apply within

***People still believe whatever they want to believe. It's called free will.***

*Yes, but can we make them drink?*

***Out***

4/06/2010 8:40 AM  
Anonymous Calvin said...

To the board: I understand about the time issue and the name thing. I forgot to type my name on the scripts and you may not have seen the post-it I stuck in there with my name on it, so you probably just assumed it was Penny. (FYI, if something says by Calvin or Penny, it's just by one of us, but if it's by Calvin Pennybacker, that's both of us together.)
Thanks for taking these pieces at all. I know you could be hardasses and not take anonymous submissions, but it's really cool that you do.

To "Anonymous": You're one to talk about not showing up and identifying yourself. Just because I write anonymously doesn't mean I don't come to the shows. Sometimes it's fun just to see whatever the hell people do with the material I turn in. When I want something specific, I put directions in my scripts, and there were five different scripts that I turned in. Normally my pieces get performed basically as I wrote them and I like getting to see what people do with them. I did like what the actors did, even though doing all five at once made it come off differently than I originally wanted, but once they got it they could do whatever they wanted with it.
As for the whole "my gay thing vs. Dr. Mondo's gay thing", there was kind of a connection, but it was more about the way people reacted to that one that made me think of all the things I'd overheard. The timing just kind of worked out.

4/06/2010 11:33 AM  
Anonymous Jjaro said...

Are you surprised that I allied myself with the Pfhor? You shouldn't be. The Pfhor rebuilt me; the colonists never did anything but use me: "Tycho, realign microwave dish forty-nine" "Tycho, display the x-ray diffraction analysis of sample eta-seven," "Tycho, run a lambda diagnostic on the ramjet's magnetic field apparatus."

**Tycho felt that his role as the science and engineering AI was demeaning.**

4/06/2010 8:41 PM  
Anonymous Snot Nosed said...

"Snot-Nosed (character?) secretly Evan Schenck"

Swing and a miss. Strike one. Come on batter batter SWING batter.

That would be too convenient. Please. Evan would be bored by this triviality.

4/06/2010 9:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And I find I'm yelling
Make it go away! Just make a smile
come back and shine,
Just like it used to be!
And then she whispered,
How can you do this to me?

4/06/2010 11:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it fun how none of the board members ever review the shows?

4/07/2010 9:25 AM  
Blogger Katy Baggs said...

Most of the time I don't have much to say that is useful! I did really like Luke and Alaynna's piece, and I really enjoyed The One in Green. Dick's piece reminded me that I like watching Mirri act, she just comes off natural to me. James' Gamera costume was funny. I used to watch MST3K, so I relate to Gamera-themed humor.

When I don't really care for a piece, it's often because of a simple difference in taste, and criticism there isn't really helpful. Though there are some things that people can do in general to make a piece come off better - I like Sky Patrol, but I couldn't hear a lot of the lines. Remember to speak toward the audience and enunciate and project, blah blah. I had to learn to do this too because I'm not trained in theatery stuff and my natural voice isn't loud.

4/07/2010 10:43 AM  
Blogger Eli said...

"Isn't it fun how none of the board members ever review the shows?"

I review the shows when I actually see them. The problem with running the lights is that I am nose deep in the script and not watching the performance.

SO I would say that this is a partial truth at best.

4/07/2010 11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it FUN how some people are using this discussion board as a personal blog?

4/07/2010 11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on guys, what else is fun!?

4/07/2010 12:21 PM  
Anonymous Snot Nosed said...

Anal sex. That's fun.

4/07/2010 12:32 PM  
Blogger evan schenck said...

You want me to review this? Fine.

1. Your Productive Future by Luke and Alaynna

I work at University Parking and we have mistakes folders. I don't give a damn about it but it made me think about this piece differently from other people, maybe.

I liked this piece. Having the bell be the only sound they made was smart and it kept attention on the physical and conceptual side of the piece. I enjoyed it a lot and found it pretty funny.

2. Sky Patrol Episode II: The Moon Vandal by Sky Patrol

Space space space. I liked being in this piece. The dialogue and story tend to be a little stilted in these works but I actually find that endearing. I couldn't help but laugh during parts of it, because of the sensation of weirdness was too strong. I can't say how it looked from the audience, however.

2.5. Point Six by Asher Stuhlman

This was where he just said like one thing? I didn't get it, which is probably my problem and not Asher's.

3. Things I Overheard about Gay People by Penny

I didn't like doing this piece because I don't like homophobes. Also Luke was apparently doing great stuff I didn't get to see.

4. Gamera in Gomorrah by James S. Roth

Gamera! The costume was fantastic. The concept of God visiting destruction on the sinful in the form of kaiju is funny enough, but Gamera is pretty much the funniest giant monster.

5. Danny Part II by Mirri

Woo great song. Mirri is good at this and I hope she keeps it up.

6. Loneliness by Kristin Wirtz

I liked this piece, and I always appreciate serious writing at No Shame because it breaks the mold a bit. Unfortunately I kept getting distracted because I could clearly hear people talking in a nearby room, which pissed me off because they were stepping all over her performance and I wanted to yell at them but didn't since it would just make enemies.

7. Don't Confuse HIPAA with the Hippocratic Oath by Dick Roberts

Another thoughtful and interesting piece from Dick Roberts about the health care we give to veterans. Good performances from Mirri & Dick both.

8. The One in Green by Maddie, Marek, Spencer, and Morgan

I love Jane Austen. Spencer's apparently ad-libbed Austen-related flirting was one of the highlights of the night.

9. The Modern Day Mary Poppins by Asher Stuhlman

Man I would like to meet this modern day Mary Poppins.

10. Would Squirrels Blow Dad? by Dr. Mondo Buttplug, Esq.

This piece was more in the line of the gibberish poems that Mondo sent in earlier in his/her career. In that sense I think it was a bit weaker than the previous versions of it but still engaging.

11. PUT ME IN YOUR SHOW by Katy Baggs

YES

12. A True Story...Kind Of by Chicken and Biscuits

Did I do this one right? I wasn't sure if I was doing it right.

12.5 Buried Treasure by Leigh Mather

Good gag. Did she have the necklace in the bottom of her pants or in her sleeve? HOW DID THE MAGIC TRICK WORK?

4/07/2010 8:08 PM  
Anonymous UESC Salinger said...

once there was a man
without a conscience

who feared
the dark and
jumped at
midday shadows

and maybe he did
good, and maybe not

he certainly did wrong


but cast away
old memories
whether they go
willingly or no

and hope for the return
of a childhood
that may never
have existed
at all

because innocence
is bliss

and now i understand

4/07/2010 9:49 PM  
Anonymous Snot Nosed said...

*snores*

4/07/2010 10:53 PM  
Anonymous Snot-Nosed said...

Where are monsters in dreams?

4/08/2010 12:46 AM  
Blogger Katy Baggs said...

Sleeve?? It's called a "vagina," Evan.

4/08/2010 12:50 AM  
Blogger Katy Baggs said...

But seriously I think Leigh said it was in her pants

4/08/2010 11:06 AM  
Anonymous Snot Nosed said...

(Laughs)

Really? Halopedia? Are you like 14? If you are going to pretend to be me then at least put something clever or just outright offensive. Seriously dude, you just hurt your cred because now when you post anything all I am going to see is someone who needs to grow up. Way to go.

4/08/2010 12:39 PM  
Anonymous Pinksleeves said...

I'm sure people who're into fisting call a vagina a sleeve.

4/08/2010 2:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Jjaro is just trying to publicize his/her writing and thinks No Shame bloggers are the kind who like poetry.

4/08/2010 2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Maybe Jjaro is just trying to publicize his/her writing and thinks No Shame bloggers are the kind who like poetry."

Maybe we would believe that if he didn't start off bashing everybody and being a total douche when he started blogging on here. If we got an apology or explanation we would let up. But he came on here saying everyone's pieces sucked but hasn't performed anything to prove himself better. At first we couldn't tell if it was a joke or actual maliciousness and we haven't seen any proof of the former yet.

4/08/2010 3:38 PM  
Anonymous Nameless but Not Anonymous said...

It's fun when Anonymous argues with himself.

4/08/2010 4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or herself...

4/08/2010 4:43 PM  
Anonymous Shota said...

Gamera is really neat
he is made of turtle meat
which is really good to eat

Gamera is friend to all children

4/08/2010 7:14 PM  
Anonymous Kaiju Guy Jew said...

Gamera in Gomorrah
Ghidorah in Gehenna
Monsters crush the sinners
Then burn them with fire breath
Godzilla
King of the Monsters
Rises again to destroy the world

4/09/2010 10:09 AM  
Anonymous Snot-Nosed said...

the hard path of thought


[o..s%^^66
(k33)oee.*
your former self destroyed


the dreaming way is eased


down to the crushing center
and spared the dance of forever

4/09/2010 7:17 PM  
Anonymous Jjaro said...

A man lit three candles on a certain day each year. Each candle held symbolic significance: one was for the time that had passed before he was alive; one was for the time of the his life; and one was for time that passed after he had died. Each year the man would stare and watch the candles until they had burned out.

Was the man really watching time go by in any symbolic sense? He thought so. He thought that each flicker of the flame was a moment of time that had passed or one that would pass.

At the moment of abstraction, when the man was imagining his life and his existence as a metaphor of the three candles, he was free: not free from rules of conduct or social constraints, but free to understand, to imagine, to make metaphor.

The candles burn out for you; I am free.

4/09/2010 7:28 PM  
Anonymous The Marine said...

The Jjaro have a saying: "Whatever you say, say nothing clearly."

Lies, damn lies, and the Jjaro.
But as [???] constantly reminds me: "Tru7h is the first casualty of war"

4/09/2010 7:32 PM  
Anonymous Jjaro said...

The sound of the minute hands of life run through our heads and through our minds. There is a purple tint on the window. Stationary objects resting on the couches. This is me: mind fuck and vomit. Writing blind with eyes closed…In bed with my love. Though at this time of night I am alone. Thoughts dwell on our world and not one positive as I sit alone with fear. I fear the next great war is coming. Not between the trenches but within our ideals. So, protect your children, teach them well. For the world cannot protect their minds.
Tick Tock Tick Tock, the clock sings. Breathe in, out, my love.
Tired. Eyes closed, no defense, no control. Late in this night.

4/09/2010 7:54 PM  
Anonymous Snot Nosed said...

Jjaro. It's time to go home now. Come on Jjaro. Let's go home:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pathways_Into_Darkness

You should have created your own species instead of using something someone already made up. HOW ORIGINAL.

4/09/2010 8:01 PM  
Anonymous Jjaro said...

(but) What have you (?won)

4/09/2010 9:42 PM  
Anonymous Snot Nosed said...

Apparently I have (?won) the battle of who can write sentences in a coherent and understandable manner. But I'm sure the parenthesis just make you a great 'artist' or something because it is different. Face it dude. There can be no winners in this and I am only posting to counteract you. You are the darkness and I am the light. Or vice versa. However you want to see it as. You may go ahead and call me the devils advocate if you wish.

4/10/2010 12:57 AM  
Anonymous Jjaro said...

The blind at least know it

4/10/2010 3:18 AM  
Anonymous Leela said...

There are obviously many things which we do not understand, and may never be able to.

4/10/2010 3:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about you all quit bitching at each other here and bring your a-game to the show?

4/12/2010 12:00 PM  
Anonymous Snot Nosed said...

I do. Mr. or Mrs. Anonymous. I just go by this name for the same reason you don't post yours.

4/13/2010 2:05 PM  
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4/21/2010 8:36 PM  

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