Given the success of Parisian nudist theatre shows, an Orlando-based theatre company has decided to re-create the experience at our very own Annie Russell Theatre. The show, Can’t Bare It, will run from May 1 to May 11.
“The naked theatre experience is one-of-a-kind. We promise that there will be no going back,” says Cedric Kapito, who heads the group. Kapito hopes to recruit Rollins students to join their naturist community. “College can be a liberating experience, but nothing is more liberating than what our community offers,” he said.
While Kapito graduated from the nearby University of Central Florida (UCF), he has chosen Rollins to premiere his masterpiece because of his infatuation with the idea of a liberal arts education. “We hope that Rollins can appreciate our mission. Besides, UCF already declined our offer to host our production there,” he said.
Already, some students are showing interest. Eva Langon (’19), a Gender Studies major, has been in communication with Kapito since the show was first announced last year. “I’ve been learning so much from him,” she said.
Langon hopes to participate in the upcoming play, but she still feels self-conscious. “I’m worried about what my friends and teachers will say. As the show is running so close to Commencement, I’m also worried that my friend’s families might attend. How embarrassing will that be?”
However, Kapito has been encouraging her. Kapito also wants to host on-campus workshops about insecurities and body positivity, so he can spread his message to other students. However, the College has been resisting these efforts.
Dean of Academics Pamil Alexandro said, “While we welcome all communities to share their ideas, there are concerns regarding some of the ideology that Kapito wants to bring on campus. There are also logistical issues, as he is asking to present the workshop in the nude.”
Students have already begun petitions to encourage the college to allow Kapito to host his workshops. Langon encourages all students to sign the petition. It is available at change.org/bareitall.
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