A venue in Staunton is cultivating creativity - and pushing the envelope - by shedding layers of false identities.
A year ago, director John Fregosi first saw the musical "Bare."
"I fell in love with it instantly and decided I had to do it right now," he said. Fregosi called Ampersand Arts, a production company in Staunton. He said, "I have a musical. Nobody would ever do it around here. What do you say? And they said, ‘it sounds like our kind of show.'"
And so began some very long conversations. Fregosi said, "Setting up and figuring out how to do this really complicated show with these sensitive issues." Some of those issues are identity and sexuality against the backdrop of a Catholic boarding school.
The main storyline follows the relationship of Peter, a gay boy coming to terms with his sexuality, and Jason.
"He's sort of like the golden boy of the school. So he feels very pressured to be this perfect straight guy who he's not," said Dustin Roadcap, the actor who plays Jason.
For Roadcap this is the role of a lifetime. He says the subject is ground-breaking for the valley.
"It's something that's sort of ‘hush, hush.' Nothing like this has ever been done in this area before," he said.
Fregosi says it's really about young people finding out who they are.
"Dealing with what other people think they should be and acting all of these different roles and not really being themselves," Fregosi said.
You still have three more chances to see "Bare" - Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. The curtain rises each night at 7:30.
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