It Gets Better Musical Theatre Project, Featuring Members of the Gay Men's Chorus of L.A., Will Premiere in Iowa
By Michael Gioia
The It Gets Better musical theatre project, a co-production of Speak Theater Arts, the It Gets Better Project and the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, will premiere Oct. 19 at the University of Iowa.
Written and directed by Liesel Reinhart with musical direction by Morton Kier, It Gets Better, according to the GMCLA website, "explores what 'better' means for LGBT youth through stories, songs and multimedia on an array of challenging themes. With its unqualified support of all young people, It Gets Better creates and unites allies in solidarity against the pervasive (and growing) climate of bullying and teen violence."
Following the 7:30 PM performance at the Iowa Memorial Union, It Gets Better will play the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State in February 2013. Stops are also planned in Lawrence, KS, and Seattle, WA.
The production features a six-member cast from the Gay Men's Chorus, including Jason Currie, Tyler Houston, Tod Macofsky, Mario Mosley, Sacha Sacket and Drew Tablak.
The company artists will also spend a week in each community participating in a series of public events and outreach activities.
Columnist Dan Savage founded the national anti-bullying campaign It Gets Better in September 2010, in response to the outbreak of teenage suicides among the LGBT community.
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