The Cardinal Newman Society’s top story today is Marianist University of Dayton’s production of bare, a “homosexual-themed pop-rock opera”:

Tonight, the University of Dayton Theater Program kicks off its six-performance run of the homosexual-themed pop-rock opera “bare.” The musical focuses on the relationship between two homosexual high school students and their struggles at a Catholic boarding school. The play runs in the University of Dayton’s Boll Theatre in Kennedy Union, March 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, and 23.

The play by Jon Hartmere, Jr. and Damon Intrabartolo debuted in Los Angeles in 2000, and has been performed at fringe festivals across the country. As noted in the University of Dayton promotional poster, the musical contains adult language and content.

The play mocks the Church. It features scenes of males kissing each other, a vision of a psuedo-Virgin Mary encouraging a boy to “come out,” and a scene mocking the Sacrament of Confession.

UPDATE, 17 March 2013. The hits keep coming at my alma mater; from this morning’s Dayton Daily News:

DAYTON — University of Dayton Police along with Dayton Police have calmed a large disturbance involving more than one thousand students in the 400 block of Kiefaber Street.

Just before 5a.m. police from around the Miami Valley responded to the student housing area equipped with riot gear.

According to our crews on the scene, students were jumping on top of cars, throwing glass beer bottles into the street and yelling at police officers. Kiefaber Street is littered with broken glass, beer cans and trash.

Many cars, including police cruisers, were damaged in the disturbance.

At least one student was seen being handcuffed. Other students were seen being pushed with police riot gear shields and resisting officer’s efforts to calm the crowd. …

If the events of the past week don’t prompt Archbishop Schnurr to summon President Curran for a tête-à-tête, I’m not sure what will.

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