Bare Postpones Dodger Stages Engagement

News   Bare Postpones Dodger Stages Engagement Bare, A Pop Opera, which was scheduled to begin performances at Dodger Stages Oct. 27, has postponed its upcoming run due to financial problems.

According to a press statement, "Some financial backing has fallen out and replacement capital could not be confirmed in time to keep to the current schedule. Theater 1 at Dodger Stages is being held for the show to allow production to resume as soon as possible. A revised schedule will be announced soon."

A late-spring 2004 Off-Broadway developmental run of the show, set in the hermetic world of a Catholic boarding school, was cheered by fans. They recognized the sung-through piece as a kind of cousin to Broadway's Rent — pop and rock songs telling the stories of young people yearning to connect and be authentic in a time of great personal chaos.

The musical features a rock score by Damon Intrabartolo with lyrics by Jon Hartmere Jr and a book by Hartmere and Intrabartolo. 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 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." Kristin Hanggi directs.

Bare was originally produced in Los Angeles and was supposed to run for 32 performances at an 87-seat theatre on Santa Monica Boulevard. Four months later, it had become a multi-award-winning sensation created by two 26-year-old writers and a 23-year old director. In New York this year, Bare played 10 sold out weeks at the American Theatre of Actors (where Urinetown played its developmental run after the New York Fringe and before Broadway).

Bare is produced by Dodger Stage Holding and Jack Grossbart/Marc Schwartz. Associate producers are William M. Apfelbaum and Amanda DuBois. For more information, visit www.BareAPopOpera.com.

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