Electronic Press Kit
ABOUTEvery other month, a sold-out audience crowd their way into the Alberta Rose Theatre in Portland, Oregon, to see people just like them get on stage and talk about sex. But this is not a sex lecture, or a TED Talk, or an evening of theatrically erotic monologues. These are real people sharing their true experiences of mind-opening threesomes, self-discovery through sex toys, explorations into kinky new territories, or healing from past sexual trauma.
The Mystery Box Show is currently Portland’s longest-running live storytelling event. “Our goal is to normalize the way our culture talks about sex,” says Executive Producer Reba Sparrow. “We do this by finding the universal emotions in a story so the story is relatable to everyone.” Finding these universal emotions is how a straight white male (for example) might find connection and empathy with a non-gender-conforming kinky sub, or how a butch lesbian boi (sic) might see themselves in the most vanilla of church-going soccer moms. “People come to the show for the juicy, sexy details,” Sparrow says, “but it’s the human connection that really transforms the evening into something special.”
One recent audience member said “I attended the show last Saturday night and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. The beauty and humor and acceptance and strength in the stories has had a profound effect on me. I saw how storytelling has the power to transform the most raw, vulnerable, painful moments of our lives into fully integrated, meaningful truths, stories not to be hidden, but celebrated.”
Executive producer Reba Sparrow and her partner, Eric Scheur, have been curating The Mystery Box Show since 2012. They work closely with their storytellers to coach and develop their stories from a simple two-sentence e-mail pitch into a fully-realized story. They have seen first-hand the power that these stories can have to erase shame and create empathy when the topic of sex is treated neither as taboo nor exploitative, but simply human.
LOGOS2020 MBS Logos for Press.zip
A variety of high resolution treatments of the Mystery Box Show logo, approved for use by the press.
|All photographs credited to Nick Mendez
(Right click and “Save Link As…” to download)