The Mystery Box Show, Portland’s Longest-Running Live Storytelling Event, Is Coming to an End

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After bringing intercourse positivity to the stage for 10 years, The Mystery Box Show—Portland’s longest-running dwell storytelling occasion—will take its closing bow subsequent month.

Producers Reba Sparrow and Eric Scheur have determined it’s time to wrap up their manufacturing, which was launched in April 2012 on the now-shuttered Brody Theater on Northwest Broadway. But earlier than the curtain falls, there will probably be one final present on Saturday, April 30, together with an after-party at Alberta Rose Theatre.

The Mystery Box Show was based as an outlet for bizarre individuals to get onstage and share their actual sexual experiences in entrance of a dwell viewers. Sparrow and Scheur labored intently with storytellers as coaches to assist them develop their monologues, which may originate from one thing so simple as a two-sentence e-mail pitch. Topics may vary from mind-opening threesomes to self-discovery by means of intercourse toys. Nothing was too vanilla or too kinky for Mystery Box—the final word aim was to assist shed the stigma surrounding intercourse and begin a real dialogue.

When the pandemic halted all in-person performances in 2020, Sparrow and Scheur obtained inventive and rapidly moved their present on-line. The two even spun off a video collection known as Confession Corner, which took its inspiration from the viewers’s sexual confessions, and later began a brand new present that options discussions about intercourse and sexuality titled Sex*People.

The farewell present’s lineup of audio system contains intercourse educator Javay da BAE (aka the Millennial Sexpert), creator Allison Moon (Girl Sex 101, Getting It), newcomer Brian Russell. It can even be the final time attendees can hop onstage and describe their very own sexual adventures—anonymously, in case you so select.

Doors open at 6 pm April 30, and the storytelling begins at 7 pm. Following the present, the viewers is invited to be a part of the producers and panelists at an unique after-party, restricted to 30 company. Tickets are available on The Mystery Box Show website.

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