Arguendo Show Poster

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Arguendo is a playful riff on the 1991 Supreme Court case Barnes v. Glen Theatre. In this provocative case, a group of exotic dancers, citing the First Amendment, challenged a ban on public nudity. Elevator Repair Service stages the oral argument of the case verbatim with their signature theatricality, wit and physical precision.

This show is closed.

Performances ended on Oct. 27, 2013.

About the Show

Previews: Sep 10, 2013 • Opening: Sep 24, 2013 • Closing: Oct 27, 2013



What Is the Story of Arguendo?
Arguendo is less a story and more a re-telling of a true event. The show chronicles the 1991 Supreme Court case Barnes v. Glen Theatre, in which a group of exotic dancers challenged a stage law banning public nudity. The play includes arguments from the prosecution and defense, as well as summations from the justices and even testimony from opponents of the ban given outside the courtroom. By the end of the play, you’ll know precisely how this provocative case turned out!

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LuEsther Hall at Joseph Papp Public Theater
425 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10013
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