WatersEdge Productions, a new independent theatre company, presents its debut production in Toronto: the Canadian premiere of bare, the rock musical that has garnered a worldwide fan base since its award-winning Los Angeles staging, and its subsequent sold-out five-week Off-Broadway run.
With music by Damon Intrabartolo and lyrics by Jon Hartmere, bare opens July 17 and runs through to August 1, 2009 with an exuberant young cast of 19 actors at Toronto’s Hart House Theatre tackling themes of teen sexuality, religious angst, and unrelenting social and family pressure.
Following in the footsteps of RENT and Spring Awakening, bare explores the realities facing many of today’s teens. With a ceaseless and haunting rock and pop score, this contemporary musical pulses with energy and heartache as it tells the tale of five students at a co-ed Catholic boarding school facing the turmoil of their teenage years. Forced to confront coming of age, coming out, and coming to terms with expectations of parents, peers and the Church, they question where they are in their lives and what the future holds as they struggle to find their own voices.
Jason, the senior class golden boy, wants to hide a secret romance with Peter, his roommate. Peter wishes to drop the facade, but this could destroy Jason’s reputation. When Ivy pursues Jason, the situation becomes even more complex. With themes of forbidden love, alienation and spiritual confusion, bare is a beautiful and moving story that supercedes all boundaries as it talks about love, fear, acceptance, and finding yourself.
bare received its world premiere staging at the Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles, CA in 2000 and was produced off-Broadway in 2004.Â Hailed as “a magnificent, totally original contemporary musical extravaganza that explores the schism between youthful passion and theological dogma” by Variety, and winner of multiple Los Angeles theatre awards (including 2001 LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Musical Score, and LA Weekly Award for Best Original Score & Best Musical), bare has garnered a legion of followers throughout the world through a vast amount of online fan sites, MySpace and Facebook pages, and clips on YouTube.
2007 saw the release of bare the album, a studio recording of the entire show. Its release, only made available through www.barethealbum.com, sold out in its first day, earning it a cult following. It was subsequently released on iTunes.
This ground-breaking production is brought to the stage with up-and-coming director and Artistic Director of WatersEdge Productions, Brian Gregory-Waters. A recent graduate of Brock University in St. Catharine’s where his credits included directing High School Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Who’s Tommy, he now makes his Toronto directorial debut with a young cast of performers from across Canada.
WatersEdge Productions is committed to staging socially conscious plays and musicals while also giving young artists an opportunity to perform in a professional environment. bare is the company’s first production.
WatersEdge Productions presents
the Canadian Premiere of the Rock-Musical bare
Book and Lyrics by Jon Hartmere, Book and Music by Damon Intrabartolo
Directed by Brian Gregory-Waters
Opens July 17 and runs to August 1st, 2009
Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle
(from Museum Subway stop on west side of University Ave, cross Hoskin Ave and continue south on Queen’s Park Circle about 30m. Take the pathway leading to the right into U of T campus)
Tickets: $35.00 for adults; $25.00 for seniors and students; $20 for groups of 10+
Box Office: 416-978-8849
Info & tix: www.watersedgeproductions.net