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HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (Oct. 10, 2012) – Based on actual events and spanning almost 200 years, the play Portrait of a Nude traces the history of Francisco Goya’s controversial masterpiece The Naked Maja from its inception in 1798 to the recent sexual harassment case involving the painting. In its fall production, TCC Theatre explores many of the issues concerning artistic inspiration, history and censorship.

Portrait of a Nude by Laura Shamas challenges the all-student cast to present a wide variety of characters with only suggestive costuming and properties. The settings range from the Duchess of Alba’s villa in Spain to an interrogation chamber from the Spanish Inquisition to the home and studio of French painter Edouard Manet to the National Gallery of England to a college classroom and back again.

To allow for fluid transitions, TCC students created a neutral museum-like base environment. The design is flexible, with minimalistic use of set pieces. The play’s action will be enhanced with expository notes and images.

“I believe the audience will find how we tell the story as interesting as the story itself,” said Ed Jacob, head of the TCC Theatre Department.

All performances are at the Chesapeake Studio Theatre on the Chesapeake Campus. Showtimes are 8 p.m. from Oct. 24-27 and on Nov. 1-3. On Sunday, Oct. 28, the performance is at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Reserved tickets must be picked up at the box office 20 minutes prior to showtime. For information, call TCC Theatre at (757) 822-5219.


Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - served more than 46,000 students in 2010-11. The 16th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling and simulation, network security, nursing, and automotive technology. Among the fastest-growing two-year institutions in the United States, TCC was founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System. The college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth, the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake, and the Regional Health Professions Center and the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach, as well as the Regional Workforce Solutions Center in Suffolk. Forty-five percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit