Sky Gilbert is proud to announce that his hit play from Hamilton Ontario has just finished a triumphant run in New York City.
Naked Hamilton was first produced in Hamilton Ontario at the Artword Artbar Theatre by hammertheatre (the arm of Sky Gilbert’s Cabaret Company, which is devoted to producing Sky’s work in Hamilton). The play was supported by grants to The Cabaret Company from the Ontario Arts Council. It starred Scott McCord and Ellen-Ray Hennessy and was an enormous hit. For it’s first production in 2012 NAKED HAMILTON played to sold out houses in Hamilton, and received a rave review from the Hamilton Spectator:
“Hennessy and McCord are brilliant at inhabiting the sad hearts and tiny minds of a past-her-sell-date hooker and a loud-mouthed slob…Sky’s characters haunt you after you leave the theatre.”
in 2013 Sky received an Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant to support his Hamilton theatre work, and in 2014 he applied with NAKED HAMILTON to the FringeNYC and the play was accepted.
Produced by Naked-On-the-Run-Productions NAKED HAMILTON was performed as part of the FringeNYC from August 14-22, 2015 at the DROM — an East Village bar. Directed by Sky Gilbert — and starring Scott McCord and Suzanne Bennett — the play received rave reviews from Time Out New York:
“a charming 60-minute gem about two drunkards carousing at a local bar in Hamilton, Ontario, a small city not far from Toronto. Gilbert gets us to adore and side with them and share their sense of loss at the gentrification of a bar they have called home.”
A great review also appeared online in nytheater now:
“There is definite magic in this production. Gilbert's writing, in terms of content, is spot on.”
NAKED HAMILTON was chosen to be a part of Fringe Encore at SoHo Playhouse in New York City (Fringe Encore features the best of FringeNYC and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals) and ran again in New York from October 2-11, 2015.
After a triumphant run in New York City, NAKED HAMILTON now considers a Canadian tour.
NAKED HAMILTON is immersive theatre. The play is written to take place in a bar; the audience discovers two working class drunks (Tom and Tee) having an argument all around them. Audiences don’t know where to look or what to think, they are suddenly confronted with the very people whom they may often ignore or even run away from on the street. As Tom and Tee fight through their relationship and fight to keep their favourite bar to themselves, we come to find ourselves identifying with these working class characters who are ‘in extremis.’
What started with a little production in Hamilton Ontario, what started as a tiny one act play has — with the help of The Ontario Trillium Foundation — found it’s way to rave reviews in New York City.
Only in Hamilton you say?
Not for Naked Hamilton…or for the fast growing city of Hamilton, which now enjoys international fame, thanks to Sky Gilbert’s NAKED HAMILTON.