“The Naked City”–as New York is fondly called–will live up to expectations in September when it’s expected that a bunch of female actresses will take to the stage for an all-nude version of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”. The event will hold in Brooklyn.
Image: Photo from Torn Out Theater Group Performing “The Tempest” in Central Park.
According to Newsmax, “The play’s selective use of nudity to dramatize The Tempest’s central themes of identity and liberation builds on a long tradition of free expression in theatrical productions,” the show’s producers from the Torn Out Theater group told Playbill.
According to the Theater Group [Torn Out], “the mission of the free, outdoor production is to celebrate body freedom and normalize the nude female form”.
The shows will hold between September 7-10 at Prospect Park’s Music Pagoda. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The no-clothes performance will break no laws because New York City allows nudity when it is part of an artistic performance.
A total number of 8 actors and 3 dancers in the cast, will get naked on stage to tell the classic story of magic, deception and revenge as Prospero [the deposed Duke of Milan] plots revenge against his enemies on a remote island.
The show’s director Pitr Strait told CBS News: “We were really interested in getting an audience to be able see nudity as non-sexual, non-threatening, and eventually not even strange. By the end the play, it’s normal.”