Performing Arts

The Naked Stage finds its home in West Palm Beach

Katherine Amadeo and Antonio Amadeo, shown in the first Naked Stage production ‘By Any Other Name...Romeo & Juliet, will open a 145-seat theater in West Palm Beach.
Katherine Amadeo and Antonio Amadeo, shown in the first Naked Stage production ‘By Any Other Name...Romeo & Juliet, will open a 145-seat theater in West Palm Beach.

The Naked Stage, a company founded by Katherine Amadeo, Antonio Amadeo and John Manzelli, has performed at Barry University’s Pelican Theatre in Miami Shores since launching with By Any Other Name ... Romeo & Juliet in 2007. The trio also created the popular annual 24-Hour Theatre Project, and after a time Manzelli moved on to become artistic director of City Theatre and its Summer Shorts festival. But the Amadeos — she a Carbonell Award-nominated actress, he a Carbonell-winning actor — have kept producing well-regarded work, and now the company has found its own home.

Settling on a former antiques store at 522 Clematis St. in downtown West Palm Beach, the couple will transform the 6,500-square-foot space into a 145-seat theater. They estimate the process will take up to a year, after which they’ll launch with a six-show season: four aimed at adult audiences, two at young audiences. The move adds to the arts-and-nightlife vibe of Clematis Street, which is home to the thriving Palm Beach Dramaworks. For more information on the company, visit www.nakedstage.org.

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