New Line Theatre is capping their 20th Anniversary Season with the St. Louis premiere of Jon Hartmere & Damon Intrabartolo’s searing pop opera, BARE. According to New Line’s press on the show, their production embraces the musical’s powerful mix of RENT and “Dead Poets Society”, and explores its use of sexuality, self expression, guilt, jealously, and religion, that overflows with the kind of urgency and intensity that comes with being 17. New Line is renowned for presenting high quality, provocative theatre. BARE is a perfect fit for New Line’s mission.
BARE follows six seniors at a Catholic boarding school. At the center are Jason and Peter, who are forced to deal with their mutual romantic attraction while trying to live up to the standards of their parents and the Catholic Church. The show explores the range of problems facing American teenagers today, from body image to teen pregnancy, from drug culture to adult expectations.
According to their website, New Line Theatre, “The Bad Boy of Musical Theatre,” was created in 1991, at the vanguard of a new wave of nonprofit musical theatre being born across the country during the early 1990s, offering an alternative to the commercial musical theatre of New York and Broadway tours. New Line was created to involve the people of the St. Louis region in the creation and exploration of provocative, alternative, politically and socially relevant works of musical theatre – daring, muscular, intelligent theatre about politics, race, violence, drugs, sexuality, religion, art, obscenity, the media, and other contemporary issues. And a lot of four-letter words. And every now and then, a little nudity. And lots of rock and roll.
New Line’s production of BARE is directed by Scott Miller, with costume design by Thom Crain, scenic design by Todd Schaefer, and lighting design by Kenneth Zinkl. The show is running now through June 25th. Director Miller has written a fascinating article about BARE which is a background and analysis of the show. Click here to read Miller’s wonderful article: http://www.newlinetheatre.com/barechapter.html
For information about licensing your production of BARE visit the show’s homepage on our website: http://www.theatricalrights.com/bare