Tonight, the University of Dayton Theater Program kicks off its six-performance run of the homosexual-themed pop-rock opera "bare." The musical focuses on the relationship between two homosexual high school students and their struggles at a Catholic boarding school. The play runs in the University of Dayton's Boll Theatre in Kennedy Union, March 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, and 23.
The play by Jon Hartmere, Jr. and Damon Intrabartolo debuted in Los Angeles in 2000, and has been performed at fringe festivals across the country. As noted in the University of Dayton promotional poster, the musical contains adult language and content.
The play mocks the Church. It features scenes of males kissing each other, a vision of a psuedo-Virgin Mary encouraging a boy to "come out," and a scene mocking the Sacrament of Confession.
While the University of Dayton is staging the original version of the play, a revival version was recently staged off-Broadway.
According to Wikipedia, one “reason to stage a [2012-2013 off-Broadway revival] of 'bare' included…the movement to legalize gay marriage.”
The play’s producers have partnered with organizations supporting homosexual rights, including The Tyler Clementi Foundation, Athlete Ally, and Human Rights Campaign. A series of talkOUTS held after the performances have included representatives from the Matthew Shepard Foundation, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Empire State Pride Agenda, and the Point Foundation.
The producers, creative team, and cast have also actively supported the NOH8 Campaign to fight California’s Proposition 8 and promote homosexual marriage.
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