The Themantics Group, a new company of theater professionals dedicated to producing a season of projects around a particular theme, presents their inaugural production, a new translation of Luigi Pirandello's Naked. Adapted by Nina daVinci Nichols and directed by Blake Lawrence, the production stars Gerrianne Raphael and Timothy Warmen.
Naked is a disturbing and erotic media-driven psychological drama. It is the story of Ersilia Drei, a nanny whose charge dies while in her care. The tragic incident leads her to be fired, jilted by her lover, become a prostitute and attempt suicide. When a highly romanticized version of her life makes headlines, four men -- a newspaper reporter, a best-selling writer who rescues her, her faithless lover, and her former employer -- pursue Ersilia, demanding she account for these lies. A web of seduction and deception unravels as we are presented with constantly shifting versions of what happened.