Naked Angels (theater company)

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Naked Angels is an American theater company founded in 1986 and based in New York City. It was named after John Tytell's book about the Beat Generation, Naked Angels. It has produced plays on controversial social topics such as the critically acclaimed Broadway transfer Next Fall, and featured many Hollywood stars.

Naked Angels originated in a former picture-frame factory on West 17th Street in Manhattan. It "soon became the 'it' place for a generation of about-to-be famous young actors and playwrights."[1]

One of the company's longtime efforts is "The Issues Project", featuring plays or groups of plays focusing on socially relevant issues, often in collaboration with organizations like Amnesty International, The Center for American Progress, Project A.L.S. and The Culture Project. Also known are the group's long-running "Tuesdays@9" cold reading series, where new playwrights, novelists, short-story writers, and actors get together to review work that is still being written.

In 2005, the company partnered with Fox Broadcasting Company to produce Naked TV, an annual showcase of short plays by emerging playwrights. Based on these stagings, Fox executives chose to turn some of the one-act plays into pilot scripts for the primetime network.[2][3][4]

Known for "glamorous parties" and "provocative productions", after the first decade the group seemed to have lost the focus on theater. In 1995 the venue on 17th Street (often called "The Place") was closed. By that time many of the early members had gone on to fame in Hollywood or on Broadway.[1]


The theater company has a long list of co-founders and participants in its many productions over the years.[1]

People identified as co-founders include:[1] playwright:

Actors and directors:

People associated with the company:


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i For Naked Angels, the Party's Over. Time to Get Serious Again. The New York Times, May 14, 2006
  2. ^ Kirk, Lee (April 6, 2005). "Fox Gets 'Naked'". Backstage. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  3. ^ Adalian, Joseph (February 22, 2004). "Network bares 'Naked TV' search for material". Variety. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  4. ^ Lacob, Jace (May 8, 2006). "Television That's a Little More "Naked"". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2 December 2015.

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