Strippers: The Naked Stages Looks at the Human Side Of A Lucrative Profession

September 18, 1998

America Undercover Documentary Debuts Oct. 31, Exclusively on HBO

HBO explores the world of women who dance for dollars in strip clubs across the country when the America Undercover documentary STRIPPERS: THE NAKED STAGES debuts SATURDAY, OCT. 31 (midnight-1:00 a.m. ET/11:45 p.m.-12:45 a.m. MT/10:45-11:45 p.m PT), exclusively on HBO.

Other playdates: Nov. 6 (midnight), 10 (10:30 p.m.), 18 (3:30 a.m.) and 23 (2:10 a.m.).

An honest and unflinching look at the human side of a lucrative, youth-driven profession, STRIPPERS: THE NAKED STAGES offers insights into women who bare everything in front of crowds of men. They've gravitated to the business primarily for the money: In a good week, a stripper can make more than $6,000.

Combining case studies with on-camera comments from a variety of successful strip "artists," the film examines four strippers at various stages of their careers:

  • Jennifer and Angela - These two best friends in their twenties decide to make extra money to augment their day jobs -- by going "all the way" at a local strip bar in Florida. They shop for sexy clothes, tell their friends and (in Jennifer's case) family about their decision, and head over to the Pure Platinum Club for an audition.
  • Maya Devine -- For an accomplished stripper, the best way to make good money is also the hardest: hit the road. To help her keep her popularity, Maya has "augmentation" work on her breasts and figure. A month after the procedure, she returns triumphantly to the stage.
  • Avalon - Once, Avalon was like Maya, a striptease headliner who dominated the stages of the country's top venues. Today, at 35, Avalon is smart, shapely and experienced, yet she's finding it harder and harder even to get a gig. Watching a parade of younger, trimmer and more energetic women hit the stage, Avalon feels angry, embittered and, for the first time, old.

STRIPPERS: THE NAKED STAGES is produced and directed by John Watkin and Eamon Harrington. The executive producer of HBO's America Undercover series is Sheila Nevins.

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