"The thing you fear most has no power. Your fear of it is what has the power. Facing the truth really will set you free" —Oprah Winfrey
As always, Oprah is right. Everywhere you look, people are hiding the truth. Why? Because they're scared, and they should be. What they're hiding are embarrassing experiences of pissing themselves in public, getting shot down by a college crush, and short stories they wrote as 13-year-ods. All people have these stories, and Mortified
is giving Portlanders a chance to let it all spill out. You can read a WW review of one Mortified
, and watch this:
is hilarious stage performance that will make you squirm in your seat. It is a self-described "comic excavation of adolescent writing, art and media" and works like this: Mortified
asks people (oh geez, that's you!) to submit embarrassing material from their past (love letters, journals, lyrics, poems, home videos, etc), then the Mortified
staff picks the best submissions, and asks the poor saps to get up on stage in front of a live audience and purge their dark and dirty secrets. Here's another taste of Mortified
Portlanders, send in your submissions now
! The next Mortified
shows in Portland will be September 19-20. For the September show, organizers would like to have submissions by the first(ish) week of August.
taps into the same line of humor as Post Secret
The unturned pieces of people's lives are fascinating whether you know the person or not. The courage of Mortified
participants to leave themselves this vulnerable is worthy of applause. So even if you can't muster the guts to dig out the love letters hidden in that shoe box under the bed, go watch the brave souls who take the plunge and expose their humiliating pasts.