Cast Announced for Off-Broadway’s Bareback Ink

Off-Broadway News   Cast Announced for Off-Broadway’s Bareback Ink
 
Obie winner David Drake will direct at the IRT Theater.
David Drake
David Drake Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Obie-winning playwright and actor David Drake (The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me) will direct Bob Bartlett's Bareback Ink, which will begin performances March 4 at the IRT Theater, 154 Christopher Street.

Part of the 3B Development Series, performances will continue through March 18.

The cast will feature J. Stephen Brantley (Mope at Ensemble Studio Theater; Murder in the First at 59E59) and Todd Flaherty (Sleep No More with Punchdrunk; Pirira with Theatre 167).

“Commanded by a mysterious patron, a beautiful young man (Todd Flaherty) enters a purgatory-like tattoo shop where an isolated and withdrawn artist (J. Stephen Brantley) forcibly inks the boy’s back over the course of several months,” according to press notes. “Both are prisoners, one stolen as a child and ascended to the heavens, the other cast out and fallen to earth. In this erotic tale of the struggle between comfortable corruption and the cost of true freedom, Bartlett’s modern-day Ganymede—rejected by family, community, and culture—subverts our oldest gay myth by fighting fate and choosing freedom.”

The production will have sound and lighting design by Jon Salutz and costume design by Audrey Nauman; the stage manager is Leah Montesinos.

Tickets, priced $25, may be purchased in advance at www.irttheater.org.

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