Two literary icons meet, greet and sort out sexual identities in Blair Fell's latest play, Naked Will playing at NYC's P.S. 122, Aug. 4 - 28.
Contrary to the recent Oscar-winning film, "Shakespeare in Love," Oscar Wilde believed Shakespeare's inspiration for Juliet was not a beautiful woman -- well, not even a woman, but a young boy player whom the Bard was in love with. Naked Will is based on Wilde's controversial essay, "The Portrait of W.H.", which was subsequently used against him in the famed trial for "gross indecency."
In Naked, Wilde, attempting to sort out the mysteries of Shakespeare's sonnets, travels into the past and into the poems of The Bard himself. In encountering Shakespeare, the infamous Dark Lady, and the beautiful boy player, Wilde reveals a possible love triangle scenario explaining the origin of The Sonnets.
Fell's other plays include Burning Habits and From The Hip.
Worth Gardner directs the production, starring Chris Baker, Effie Johnson, Greg Feldon, Eric Brooks, and Darren Mathias. For tickets or more information on Naked Will call (212) 477 5288.
-- By Sean McGrath