Arts and Entertainment

See her ‘Naked’ revamped at the Open Space

Islander and Seattle theater veteran Maria Glanz will return to the Open Space for Arts & Community with her popular and newly expanded one-woman show‚ “See Me Naked.”

The performance, directed by Elizabeth Klob, will be at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Open Space.

“This is a rare show. It combines all of the elements I love in theater,” Klob said. “‘See Me Naked’ tells a story, reveals something personal about the performer and engages the audience in an authentic way.”

“See Me Naked” is an interactive comedy that explores personal boundaries and feelings relating to being naked, both literally and symbolically. Following a striptease fail, an embarrassed amateur opens up to her audience about why exposing herself publicly is so difficult and so important for her to do. The show starts as a comic monologue, but soon becomes a dialogue when she begins to question members of the audience about their own feelings regarding nudity. Organizers said the real heart of the show is how easily audiences contribute their own, often embarrassing, experiences, making every performance unique.

“‘See Me Naked’ is more than a comic one-woman show,” said a reviewer for Crosscut.com. “It is a delightfully schizophrenic stream-of-consciousness ramble through the evolution of Glanz’s body image from childhood to the present day, coupled with an interactive dialogue with the audience about their private experiences with their bare skin.”

“See Me Naked” has won numerous awards since Glanz’s debut over a decade ago, including Artistic Pick of the 2001 Seattle Fringe Festival.

After a strong Seattle run in early 2012 and a successful Kickstarter campaign that spring, Glanz dove back into the show, rewriting and expanding the text. Drummer Julian Zurdo joined the effort, and the show re-debuted in March.

Tickets, $15, are available at the Vashon Bookshop, www.brownpapertickets.com and at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m. for those who wish to come early and enjoy pizza provided by La Biondo Wood-Fired Pizza.

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