You may have heard about the “controversial” all-female nude rendition of Shakespeare’s The Tempest that took place in Central Park last Thursday and Friday. The show was covered by several media outlets— from NBC News to Jezebel, Salon, New York Newsday and ESPN, to name a few. It even became the number one trending topic on Facebook. But despite the media attention and extensive coverage of the uncovered cast members, there was one crucial aspect that failed to make its way into the media blitz: just who are these women who bared it all and gained internet fame overnight? Who are they aside from their naked thespian bodies that have garnered both an outpouring of enthusiasm and support as well as a barrage of hateful, ill-informed remarks?
One performer in the show is a Ph.D. medical researcher affiliated with an Ivy League university. Another tracked wild orangutans in remote Malaysian Borneo and hiked the entirety of Washington state by way of the Pacific Coast Trail. Co-director Alice Mottola holds a degree in biology and currently works as a software engineer.
A second medical student and dancer in the play, shared her duel appreciation for both science and the arts. “I am very passionate about letting people know that you can be a scientist and an artist. That just because you chose one career doesn’t mean you have to give up the other,” she said.
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