Fully Naked Theater

The dying queen of Athens is back, but chances are we won’t immediately recognize her in Nearly Naked Theatre’s workshop production of Phaedre -- at least, not if the company’s past adaptations of classical mythology are any indication. Artistic Director Damon Dering, whose deeply inventive retellings of ancient tales always make for interesting theater, has crafted a new take on the story of Phaedra, who falls in love with her stepson, Hippolytus, and destroys a kingdom (not to mention the reputation of Aphrodite). Dering and company are preparing this adaptation, which features full nudity and switches back and forth between classical and modern language, for a full-blown production next season.

Tell ’em Theseus sent you.

Fri., April 17, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., April 18, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., April 19, 6 p.m.; Thu., April 23, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., April 24, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., April 25, 7:30 p.m., 2009
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Robrt L. Pela has been a weekly contributor to Phoenix New Times since 1991, primarily as a cultural critic. His radio essays air on National Public Radio affiliate KJZZ's Morning Edition.
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