September 20, 2020

Nude, All-Male Production of ‘Hamlet’ Aims to Promote Body Positivity

For centuries, William Shakespeare’s lyrical oeuvre has been interpreted in ways the author could have never imagined. Beginning Thursday, the Torn Out Theater company presents “Hamlet” featuring a nude, all-male outdoor production at the Music Pagoda in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.
Last summer, company founder and director Pitr Strait took on “The Tempest” with an all-female cast in the buff, which was produced to promote body positivity. Strait was inspired to further the message of body awareness with this year’s production after reading feedback on social media.
“One comment that came up a lot was the idea that of course we did this [show] with naked women — that’s not brave or new,” explains Strait. “[People said] we could never do this with men and no one wants to see a naked man. The more we read these reactions and comments, there seemed to be this threat about men feeling like their bodies are inherently unattractive or unwanted.”
The New York-based director felt the plot of “Hamlet” was the perfect vehicle to further the conversation on body awareness. “[Hamlet] is this man who feels out of place in a society,” he continues. “Everyone around him is celebrating and moving on with their lives and

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