A Nude Theater Performance in Casselberry, Florida

Back in 2001 (I think), a friend asked me to photograph his play Les Femmes Fatale, a theater piece performed nude. On this same night, HBO’s Real Sex show recorded the performance for an upcoming episode, an episode called Macbeth in the Buff.

The performance spot?  Club Juana, a now-closed stripper joint that existed in Casselbery, Florida.  The City of Casselberry and Seminole county created a law banning full nudity during alcohol sales.  Strippers now had to wear thongs and something that covers their nipples.

A loophole existed allowing nude theater performances.  After being asked by the club’s owner and the owner’s attorney, Morris Sullivan wrote Les Femmes Fatale, a collection of skits performed nude.  One involved the three witches from the Shakespeare play Macbeth.

One night, all three performers were arrested.  Two fought the charges that brought them a fine.  Yet, after another court battle, the fines were dropped.

On the night I photographed, I used a manual-focus Minolta and 800 Fuji film.

As I mentioned earlier, Club Juana eventually closed.  Yet, not because of nudity.  Because of traffic plans, the Florida Department of Transportation bought the property for $3.4 million dollars. Soon, cars crossing a bridge will replace full nudity onstage.

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