from The Iowa City Press-Citizen - Friday, September 29, 1989

No Shame Theatre reserves Friday nights for uncensored scripts

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No Shame Theatre, a series of adventurous ad hoc performances presented by the University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop, has begun a season of regular late-night Friday shows.

No Shame Theatre takes the stage at 11 p.m. Friday in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building. The goal is to provide an open and spontaneous forum for theatrical expression. Anyone is welcome to bring in an original script a half-hour before any Friday evening performance, and the actors will present it on stage.

"It is alternative theater," producer Cheryl Snodgrass said. "We don't censor anything."

"It began out of the back of a pickup truck in a parking lot on Friday night at 11 p.m. by the light of a motorcycle headlight," she said. "Then it got too cold and we took it inside."

Another branch of No Shame Theatre will open in New York City this season at the Home Theatre, where No Shame's artistic director, Todd Ristau, is working as an intern.

Later in the year an article on the group is expected in the national magazine, The Drama Review.

The Friday night performances are free and the public is invited to attend -- and participate.

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