Nude, all-women Shakespeare production coming to Prospect Park

Posted at 4:01 PM, Aug 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-23 16:01:51-04

PARK SLOPE, Brooklyn — A nude, all-female production of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” will premiere in Prospect Park in September.

The free show, running from Sept. 7-10 in the park’s Music Pagoda at 5:30 p.m., uses selective nudity to dramatize the play’s central themes of alienation and reconciliation, according to the production company’s website.

“In nearly all of his plays, Shakespeare touched in one way or another on the collision between old and new, ordinary and radical,” said co-director Pitr Strait, a graduate of Columbia as well as The New School for Drama, on the production website. “His final play is no exception. Because of that, “The Tempest” will always speak to an audience ready for new ideas. We hope our audience will leave our Tempest as transformed as our characters.”

The Torn Out Theater production features eight actors, three dancers and two musicians.

Full nudity is generally illegal in New York, but a section of the law allows it for “any person entertaining or performing in a play, exhibition, show or entertainment.”

The production was previously staged in Central Park in May.