Naked at Amazo

[Note: This post is written by the webmaster after a brief conversation with FOMB.]

Yes, you read the title correctly — it isn’t a typo. If you haven’t heard about it yet, a play titled “Naked at Amazo” has been written about the historical issues surrounding the beach. Oddly enough, it opens during Nude Recreation Week (this week).  For more info, check out the WSJ article, Sauk Prairie article, and the company’s website.  Performances are July 11, 12, 13 and August 1, 2, 3.

We encourage naturists to attend.  It’ll be an entertaining play and it is supporting a local new business.  However, there are some things to beware of:

  • The writers claim to be unbiased, and they do try, but they aren’t.  (All-Nudist points this out, but it was known prior to that.)  To their credit, they do link to this website and attempt to educate people about naturism within the play.
  • The play makes naturists look like idiots, however it makes just about everyone else involved look like idiots too.  It’s a comedy play, so don’t take it too seriously.
  • It’s intended to be fiction, but nonetheless it’s quite inaccurate at portraying the beach history.  For example, it assumes it was originally a textile beach and the naturists slowly took over.  Really, our grandparents were skinny-dipping in nearly every secluded area.  (Swimming pools too — most high schools required nudity and the YMCA required it up until the 70’s.)  There was a time when a nude beach and little-used textile beach peacefully co-existed, but that ended when flooding took out a lot of the beach area in the early 90’s.  Sand is back though, so there’s plenty of room for both user groups again if the DNR allowed it.
  • Although Ralph Ovadal’s protests are a piece of history that probably won’t return, the play does bring up another piece of history which could.  (Especially after they put the idea in people’s heads.)  Be prepared for this, naturists, just in case.

The schedule shows that Sunday’s performance will include a Q&A session afterwards.  I’m sure discussions will follow each performance, but Sunday’s might be the lengthiest and most interesting.

Hopefully we’ll see you there!