Two literary icons meet, greet and try to sort out their 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 with whom the Bard was in love. 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 woks include Burning Habits and From The Hip.
Fell directs the production, starring Christopher Baker, Effie Johnson, Greg Feldon, Eric Brooks, and Marc Geller. For tickets or more information on Naked Will call (212) 477-5288.
-- By Sean McGrath