We began reading plays in 2000 as The Naked Stage and have since grown into a multifaceted theatre company. We’ve successfully produced Shakespeare under the stars, intimate black box theatre, and a radio show. We celebrate theatre in all its forms.
The Naked Stage was founded by Joshua Perl. His vision was to create an environment where theatre artists could collaborate and develop their talents. Since 2000 dozens of writers and actors have been able to practice their craft at TNS and HITFest.
In 2003, The Naked Stage moved to Guild Hall and offered readings twice a month for over ten years. Our diverse roster grew to include new lead artists who brought established plays,hidden gems, and new works, as well as workshops. The audience came to enjoy the diversity and quality, and stayed for the post-event talkbacks. The talkbacks gave the audience an intimate view of the creative process and helped the artists develop their work. We developed a regular and devoted following.
We built a black box theatre on the stage of the Bridgehampton Community House in
2012. In order to procure sponsors and work within schools we secured the name HITFest,
(Hamptons Independent Theatre Festival). We have since operated under both names, using The
Naked Stage for our readings, and HITFest as our production entity. We kicked off our full
productions with Extremities by William Mastrosimone, followed by In the Bar of a Tokyo
Hotel, by Tennessee Williams, in April 2012, In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, by Sarah
Ruhl, in May 2013, Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, by Terence McNally, in
October 2013. To satisfy our dream of doing Shakespeare, we did a production of A Midsummer
Night’s Dream outdoors in the summer of 2012 in Bridgehampton which drew nearly seven
hundred happy patrons.
We hope you share our appreciation for the scope and breadth of our work on behalf of theatre and all its associated arts.
Joshua Perl Artistic Director of HITFest / The Naked Stage