The producers of the new musical Bare have announced the upcoming series of speakers for the January TalkOUT events. Audiences at select performances will be invited to stay after the show to participate in a discussion with some of the foremost leaders in the fight for LGBT equality. This month's special guests will include Ross Murray (GLAAD) with Missi Pyle (BARE's own "Sister Joan"), Nathan Schaefer (Empire State Pride Agenda), Maggie Keenan-Bolger and Derrick Miller-Handley (The Point Foundation), Rabbi Michael Mellen, The Clementi Family (Tyler Clementi Foundation) and Taylor Trensch with Stafford Arima (BARE's "Peter" and the show's director).
Each TalkOUT will focus specifically on the organization represented that evening. Audiences will have the opportunity to learn more about the organizations and their roles in the ongoing fight for LGBT equality. TalkOUT attendees will also be invited to participate in the discussion and to ask questions. For the conversation with Trensch and Arima, fans are encouraged to submit questions ahead of time via the Bare Facebook and Twitter pages starting on Tuesday, January 29th. To submit a question via Twitter, use the hashtag #askStaffordTaylor when tweeting at @BareNYC. Facebook questions can be submitted on the Bare Facebook wall.
The TalkOUT series began with Bare's first preview, Monday, November 19th and featured Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew Shepard, the University of Wyoming student who died after a vicious anti-LGBT hate crime in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998. Judy is the founder of the Matthew Shepard Foundation and the driving force behind the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
Purchasing a ticket to one of the selected performances below will entitle all audience members to participate in the TalkOUT for that performance:
Wednesday, January 9th Ross Murray (GLAAD) with Missi Pyle (BARE)
Wednesday, January 16th Nathan Schaefer (Empire State Pride Agenda)
Wednesday, January 23rd Maggie Keenan-Bolger and Derrick Miller-Handley
(The Point Foundation)
Thursday, January 24th Rabbi Michael Mellen
Wednesday, January 30th The Clementi Family (Joseph, Jane and James) with
Steven Guy (The Tyler Clementi Foundation)
Thursday, January 31st Taylor Trensch with Stafford Arima (BARE)
A calendar of TalkOUTs will continue to be updated and can be viewed by clicking HERE.
BARE began previews Off-Broadway at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street) on Monday, November 19, 2012. Opening Night was Sunday, December 9, 2012.
Tickets to Bare may be purchased via www.Telecharge.com, by calling 212-239-6200 or in person at the New World Stages box office (340 West 50th Street between 8th and 9th Avenue). Ticket prices range from $25 (front row, night of performance, with student ID) to $126.50 (premium). Regular price tickets are $89.75. All ticket prices include a $1.50 facility fee. Please visit Telecharge.com for a complete preview performance schedule as well as holiday performance schedules. The regular performance schedule will be Monday at 8pm, Wednesday - Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2:30pm, and Sunday at 3pm & 7:30pm.
The company features Jason Hite (Jason), Taylor Trensch (Peter) and Elizabeth Judd (Ivy), with Gerard Canonico (Matt), Jerold E. Solomon (Father Mike), Barrett Wilbert Weed (Nadia) and Missi Pyle (Sister Joan). They will be joined by Anthony Festa (Swing), Casey Garvin (Zack), Ariana Groover (Vanessa), Sara Kapner (Madison), Alice Lee (Diane), Megan Lewis (Swing), Justin Gregory Lopez (Beto), Michael Tacconi (Nick) and Alex Wyse (Alan).