BroadwayWorld has confirmed that the musical BARE is officially getting a new lease on life, beginning with two industry readings next week, October 31 and November 1. The Damon Intrabartolo and Jon Hartmere piece will be directed by Stafford Arima and Lynne Shankel will musical direct.
The cast will be led by Andy Mientus as "Peter", Curt Hansen as "Jason", Gerard Canonico as "Matt", Ana Nogueira as "Ivy", Katrina Dideriksen as "Nadia", Lewis Cleale as "Father Mike", Missi Pyle as "Sister Joan", Jake Boyd as "Zack", Noah Galvin as "Alan" Sara Kapner as "Madison", Elizabeth Judd as "Vanessa", Bryan Langlitz as "Lucas", Alice Lee as "Diane" and Cary Tedder as "Nick".
The readings are being produced by Martian Entertainment, Randy Taradash, Carl White, Paul Boskind and Gregory Rae.
BARE is the coming-of-age story of five high school seniors at a co-ed Catholic boarding school who face issues of sexuality and personal identity. To figure out who they are, they seek answers from their church, their friends, and ultimately, themselves. BARE deals with homosexuality, religion, drugs, and other issues relevant to today. BARE has been described as a kind of cousin to Broadway's RENT - pop and rock songs telling the stories of young people yearning to connect and be authentic in a time of great personal chaos.
The musical debuted at the Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles, California, running from October 2000 - February 25, 2001. The New York production of bare, at the American Theatre of Actors off-Broadway, ran from April 19 - May 27, 2004. The Los Angeles production and the New York production were both directed by Kristin Hanggi. bare made its Houston debut at The Country Playhouse Black Box Productions June 6-21, 2008. It was directed by O'Dell Hutchison with musical direction by Luke Kirkwood. bare had its Canadian Premiere in the Summer of 2009 at the Hart House Theatre, Toronto. The production was produced by WatersEdge Productions Inc. Bare had its Sydney Premiere in September 2010 at the New Theatre, as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival. Bare played at the Black Box Theater (also known as The Complex Performing Arts Center) in Putnam Connecticut from July 8-16, 2011. It was performed by MacEwan University performing arts grads and Raw Mango Productions at the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, August 14-20, 2011.