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  I Stand Before You Naked at Theatre Unlimited

I Stand Before You Naked

Theatre Unlimited
10943 Camarillo St. North Hollywood

One of the most influential and important storytellers in the literary world, writer Joyce Carol Oates channels the voices of many different women -- some hilarious, some touching, some terrifying -- in I Stand Before You Naked. This almost supernatural empathy is just one reason why Oates is a perennial favorite for the Nobel Prize in Literature. In this monologue play, her remarkable talent results in a dazzling piece of theater, one which throws a sharp spotlight on "women oppressed by their husbands, their lovers, and themselves." Ten powerful stories incorporate the most pressing issues of contemporary society, from sexual abuse to insanity. But beyond trendy topics, this extraordinary collection of dramatic monologues digs deep into the universal themes of aging, death, love and hope -- and in the process uncovers something precious and totally unexpected.

Thru - Dec 14, 2014

Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 7:30pm

Price: $20

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 818-205-1680

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The Tolucan Times - Recommended

"...Directed by Gloria Gifford, I Stand Before You Naked features two separate casts. Notable standouts are Tejah Signori, who contorts her face into uncomfortable hatred in ‘Good Morning! Good Afternoon!’ while Lauren Plaxco shines as a timid and homely newlywed in ‘Wife Of.’"
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Natasha Lewin

NoHoArtsDistrict - Recommended

"...I was riveted."
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Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros

LifeInLA - Recommended

"...Some of these stories – such as depictions of anorexia-bulimia, tumultuous pregnancies, abandonment and misogynistic violence – have been explored many times in television, movies and the media. Oates’ effort to get into the heads of these suffering women and allow the audience to feel what they feel is refreshing. It opens the door to a sympathetic view of their world and their efforts to find love in unlikely places. That is the power and beauty of great acting and directing, when a story propels the audience’s mind to unfamiliar places and tries to make sense of the insensible."
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Denise Walker

Theatre Spoken Here - Recommended

"...Some are sketchy, others are almost mini plays, but all are powerful statements about women’s confused relationships with men. There is some onstage nudity but Oates is mainly concerned with revealing emotional nakedness. Director Gloria Gifford cleverly has them all as party attendees, in a blood-red room, where they share their stories with us."
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Morna Murphy Martell

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