Article by: Rachel Grothe
The production of the Tony Award winning drama, “Equus,” opening Thursday night, will feature full-frontal male nudity and is a first for COC’s theater department.
The disturbing and thought-provoking play includes a “tasteful and dimly-lit scene,” said “Equus” director John DeMita, in which COC theater program graduate Timmy Jasperson will stand before the audience completely nude.
“How controversial is it going to be to have frontal nudity in conservative Santa Clarita?” asked an anonymous COC acting instructor, who questioned the receptiveness “Equus” will have.
“I hope they understand it is an integral part of the play,” said DeMita on how he thinks the Santa Clarita audience will react. “I believe it is important that the characters are nude in the scene in which the playwright says they should be.”
“I love it,” said the acting teacher, referring to the play, “but the community is not ready for [the nudity].”
Despite the fact that “Equus” includes nudity, profanity and adult content, DeMita believes it is no more mature than the play “Death of a Salesman,” which he directed last year.
“Equus” plays Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and the last show will be performed onSunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10/$5 and parental discretion is advised for children under 13.