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bare: a pop opera

Book and lyrics by Jon Hartmere
Book and music by Damon Intrabartolo
Directed by Brad Ruder
Presented through special arrangement
with Theatrical Rights Worldwide

A pulsating, electric contemporary rock musical, bare follows a group of students at a Catholic boarding school as they grapple with issues of sexuality, identity, and the future. Peter and Jason have fallen in love with each other, but Jason -- a popular athlete -- fears losing his status if he is discovered to be gay. Unpopular Nadia, Jason’s sister, is contemptuous of Ivy, a beautiful girl with a questionable reputation. As the group attempts to put up a production of Romeo and Juliet, tensions flare, self-doubt simmers, and God’s path seems more difficult to find than ever. 

Bare rings with the sounds of youthful repression and revolt. With a unique sung-through pop score, heart-pounding lyrics, and a cast of bright young characters, bare is a provocative, fresh, and utterly honest look at the dangers of baring your soul, and the consequences of continuing to hide.


"The team of Jon Hartmere Jr. (book, lyrics) and Damon Intrabartolo (book, music) have wrought a magnificent, totally original contemporary musical extravaganza that explores the schism between youthful passion and theological dogma." - Variety 

"The show has been retooled for the “It Gets Better” era to tap into today’s raised consciousness about adolescent homophobia, stigmatization and bullying. It’s frequently touching and tender, scoring points for the conviction of its young cast." - The New York Times