It Gets Better: Minneapolis Musical Theatre’s Steven Meerdink on BARE

Minneapolis Musical Theatre Artistic Director Steven Meerdink is directing BARE, Jon Hartmere and Damon Intrabartolo’s searing pop musical, in an area premiere, opening March 18 and playing through April 3rd at the Illusion Theatre. Casting is complete and rehearsals are set to begin. As the process gets underway, Meerdink wrote an eloquent statement on BARE and his thoughts on its very poignant theme. Here are his comments as they appeared in his “From the Director’s Chair” column:

area premiere of bare

bare explores the pains and pleasures of five high school seniors at a co-ed Catholic boarding school as they struggle to grow up in these complicated, conflicted, contemporary times. Each of them question where they are in their lives. Answers are sought in the church confessional and in less formal venues including a stage, a rave, and a well-locked dorm room.

Our production of bare comes at a very important time given the recent dialogue surrounding the tragic suicides of several gay youth and the associated ‘It Gets Better’ project. We’ve all wondered if we would be better off keeping a part of ourselves a secret in an effort to fit in. And what accountability does each of us have for words and actions that might lead others to destructive ends, even if those words and actions seemed well intentioned at the time? bare presents these issues in a very powerful way and through it we hope to facilitate a conversation with this production.

-Steven Meerdink

For information on licensing your production of BARE, visit the BARE show page at

And, check out these upcoming productions of BARE:

February 18, 2011 – June 26, 2011-Brave Touch Productions, Erskineville, New South Wales

February 24, 2011 – February 26, 2011-Suffolk University, Boston, MA

March 18, 2011 – April 3, 2011-Minneapolis Musical Theatre, Minneapolis, MN

April 22, 2011 – April 24, 2011-The Love of Theatre, Tallahassee, FL

April 29, 2011 – May 15, 2011-Royal Underground Theatre Company, Tracy, CA

June 2, 2011 – June 25, 2011-New Line Theatre, Saint Louis, MO

August 4, 2011 – August 13, 2011-Next Generation Theatre Co, Raleigh, NC