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Naked Stage closes with 'Lifespan of Fact' play, plans 4 readings next season in Newton

The theatre company brings radio play-style performances to Newton Cultural Centre
Actor George Stone rehearses a Naked Stage theatre production of "Alabama Story" in 2019 for performances at Newton Cultural Centre.

A mid-June reading of "The Lifespan of a Fact" capped the 2023-24 season for Surrey's Naked Stage theatre company, which now turns attention toward next year's four shows.

Naked Stage brings radio play-style readings to Newton Cultural Centre, where the stage is naked, not performers. The shows don’t have movement, extensive lighting, sound systems or props, and the stage is bare save for the actors seated on stools and music stands for their scripts.

The Kelly Thompson-directed “The Lifespan of a Fact” was staged June 7-9 in Newton with a story about a fresh-out-of-Harvard fact-checker for a New York magazine and a writer with a transcendent essay about the suicide of a teenage boy — an essay that could save the magazine from collapse.

"The play underscores the subjectivity of truth and the role of interpretation in shaping our understanding of facts," says a post on Naked Stage's website (, where details about the company's 2024-25 season are found and tickets sold.

First up, on November's first weekend, is Kirsten Van Ritzen's Radioland ’48, directed by Colleen McGoff Dean. "It’s 1948 and a radio station is about to be closed forever," according to the script. "The four employees desperately try to save their beloved studio – and their jobs. This one-act play is a snappy farce with a dash of romance ~ an homage to screwball comedies."

In mid-February 2025, Norm Foster's Renovations for Six will be directed by Simon Challenger. "Three couples are undergoing house renovations and could use a little fix-up in their relationships too. All hell breaks loose at the dinner party in this fast-paced comedy as secrets are revealed and cultures clash."

Next April, the third reading of the season is Jeffrey Hatcher's Murderers, directed by Bridget Browning. The script consists of three comic monologues about revenge, blackmail, money, justice, jealousy and murder set in the Riddle Key Luxury Senior Retirement Living Center and Golf Course.

The company's final show of 2024-25 is Sue Schleifer's Take Down the Letters, directed by Kelly Thompson. The story: "Finally ready to clean out her husband’s closet, Lynn discovers a box of letters high up on a shelf. Should she read the letters? She invites her mom to accompany her on the journey that takes them to the 70s where they meet a confused young budding feminist searching for freedom, love and how to live a creative life."

Naked Stage season tickets are sold for $66 with options for Friday, Saturday and Sunday stagings. Good for a year, membership in Naked Stage is $10.

Tom Zillich

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