All-Female Nude Shakespeare Performance

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All-Female Nude Shakespeare Performance

Postby Maverick » Wed Aug 24, 2016 6:16 pm

All-Female Nude Shakespeare Performance Seeks To Change Perceptions In Prospect Park
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/08/23/prospect-park-nude-shakespeare/

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A public display of one of Shakespeare’s classics is offering a very revealing performance, but the participants said it is not about shock value.

CBS2 was there for a clothed dress rehearsal for the dressed-down performance of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” by Torn Out Theater.

The all-female cast will be all nude come showtime next month inside Prospect Park in Brooklyn. The group also performed earlier this year in Central Park.

“We were really interested in getting an audience to be able see nudity as non-sexual, non-threatening, and eventually not even strange,” said director Pitr Strait. “By the end the play, it’s normal.”

As CBS2’s Valerie Castro reported, the actors said it sends a message of body positivity.

“It’s being courageously vulnerable and generous with yourself as an artist, first and foremost, and saying, I’m doing this for this purpose,” said Suzannah Gratz.

Tracie Morris, a humanities and media studies professor at the Pratt Institute, said the work alone grabs viewers’ attention.

“Shakespeare’s language is so strong that it really doesn’t matter what kind of costuming you have,” she said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re not wearing a costume.”

The performance breaks no laws. Nudity is allowed in New York City when considered part of an artistic performance.

“Which is great for us, but also really strange,” Strait said. “We all accept that this isn’t obscene as long as they’re speaking in verse.”

But some parents in the park were not sure it was something they wanted their kids to stumble across.

“My son, he’s 5 years old,” said Adelle Cekic of Prospect Park. “He might ask questions that I would not be able to answer him.”

Others said they thought it was no big deal.

“I wouldn’t have a problem with it,” said Rasha Dalbah. “I mean, you explain to them that it’s art. They’re, you know, expressing themselves. It’s a performance.”

The show will be performed every night from Sept. 7 through Sept. 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the Music Pagoda at Prospect Park. Admission is free.

The group’s performance in May drew several hundred spectators.
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Re: All-Female Nude Shakespeare Performance

Postby Jim » Wed Aug 24, 2016 10:24 pm

Sounds like a creative idea. We should encourage more such activities.
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Re: All-Female Nude Shakespeare Performance

Postby jochanaan » Thu Aug 25, 2016 4:52 pm

The article doesn't mention this, but the acting troupe is comprised of members of the Outdoor Co-Ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society, who are and do just what their name states. Although they are not a specifically nudist group, many of their members are also comfortable with nudity, as in this production. This is actually the second run for this Tempest; the first run in Central Park (Manhattan) was a huge success. 8)
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Re: All-Female Nude Shakespeare Performance

Postby Petros » Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:56 pm

I cannot help noticing the "all female", turning the tables on the all male original productions.
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Re: All-Female Nude Shakespeare Performance

Postby Maverick » Thu Aug 25, 2016 9:06 pm

Petros wrote:I cannot help noticing the "all female", turning the tables on the all male original productions.


If this were an all-male performance, I bet more people would be offended. Remember that the sight of *gasp* a penis would send women and children into a frenzy! Just think of the chaos that four or five might cause! :mrgreen:
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