This is why an all-female cast performed Shakespeare totally naked.

This is why an all-female cast performed Shakespeare totally naked.
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A production of ​Shakespeare's The Tempest in Prospect Park, Brooklyn this past weekend was not your grandmother's Shakespeare in the Park: The all-female cast performed completely naked to spread a message about body positivity. I'm going to go out on a limb and say Shakespeare (who may or may not have actually been a woman) would have been on board.

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The free production of The Tempest, which completed its second set of performances this past Saturday, was produced by the Torn Out Theater company of New York in collaboration with The Outdoor Co-Ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society (a real society that exists and we all should sign up immediately).

Gina Marie Russell, the actor who played Prospero, told Reuters that for her the performance was about "making a statement as a woman about female sexuality, female nudity and really trying to normalize that and make it non-sexual and non-threatening."

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The director, Pitr Strait, said the show drew huge crowds (not surprising) and few people were "a little weirded out" (also not surprising). "We knew that the show was going to shake things up and make people question certain things," he said. "Even I was kind of nervous the first rehearsal and then within minutes I was like, this is normal—so normal that when we had an actor come on in clothes, she looked strange."

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Fun fact: the original productions of Shakespeare plays did not allow women to act and had men play all the female roles. Times are changing! See you all at the next meeting of The Outdoor Co-Ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society.

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