The Outdoor Co-Ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society like to do the same things everyone else does in Central Park, just in less clothing. They read books, have picnics, get some vitamin D. This week, they’re performing Shakespeare’s The Tempest — with even more nudity.
For six years, the group has been advocating for the equal treatment of men and women through the issue of body freedom. “Let’s see if we can get this conversation started or take it to the next level by putting on a play” is how producer Charles Ardai describes the impulse behind the all-female The Free Tempest, taking place tonight and Friday on Central Park’s Summit Rock stage.
“It fit really well [with the group’s mission] because the more we read the play, the more we found references to clothing and nakedness, metaphorical as well as literal,” says Ardai.
“We also liked the idea of reversing the way things were done back in Shakespeare’s day, when all parts (even women’s) were played by men,” adds OCTPFAS co-founder Alethea Andrews.