Dance Naked Productions is dedicating to creating entertaining, interactive, edgy, enlightening, and arousing theater that illuminates and celebrates human sexuality.
We provide a unique and visceral experience that unabashedly explores the libido’s imagination.
Through live performance (often with audience participation) we seek to provide an erotic, experiential adventure. We ask questions, challenge assumptions, and take risks.
We believe that the key to human happiness lies in greater compassion and understanding (and of course, more and better sex) and use the medium of theater to further that goal.
Viva la revolution!
A Word from Eleanor O’Brien, Artistic Director
Hello friends and lovers! I’m delighted you found our website.
I am extremely blessed to be doing the kind of work I think I was put on the earth to do. I get to make theater about sex! I have always been curious about anything erotic (much to the dismay of my parents!).
Actually, I grew up in a theater family, and they are as supportive as you could hope for. My folks have encouraged me to pursue my dreams since I was a child. In addition to creating shows in the backyard, I was fortunate enough to perform onstage from a very young age. My first professional roles were at a theater in Portland called Storefront, known for edgy material. I was 8 years old when I took over the role of a young boy in The Jewel Box. I shared the curtain call with men in rhinestone cock-rings. Definitely formative years! When I was in high school I was cast in a show sponsored by Planned Parenthood. We took classes in “teen sexuality” all summer, and then wrote a show about the issues we faced. Teens and Company explored birth control, communication, self-esteem – it was all fodder. That marked the beginning of my foray into devised theater around sexuality.
I got my undergraduate degree from Pomona College in theater, and went on to perform in Portland and Seattle. I went to graduate school at The University of San Diego and cut my teeth as an Equity actor at the Old Globe Theater. With my MFA fresh in hand, I moved to NYC to make my fame and fortune doing Shakespeare. After a few years of waitressing (there is no where like NYC for great restaurant jobs) I returned to my hometown of Portland, Oregon and decided to make the kind of theater that really interests me; theater about sex.
It began with the creation of my solo show GGG: Dominatrix for Dummies, which I created and toured on the Canadian Fringe Festival circuit in 2005 and 2006. In 2009 I had the inspiration to turn the stories in the book My Secret Garden into monologues, and the first Inviting Desire was born. That was a turning point for me as well as the company – it went from being a solo proposition to an ensemble of actresses.
Our initial outing was as part of Portland’s inaugural Fertile Ground Festival, a place to showcase new work. The show was a surprising hit, and a new genre was born; sex-positive theater. I was struck by how much I enjoyed the work, and was gratified by the sheer number of audience members who contacted us to thank us for the work we were doing. I knew I’d found the niche I’d been looking for.
We have gone on to make three more versions of Inviting Desire. I hope you’ll get a chance to experience a live version of our show – and please, if you do, stay and say hello. I’m grateful to each and every audience member for supporting our artistic endeavors.
May your imagination be fertile and your orgasms abundant!
Spankings and hugs,