By Michael Gioia
22 Nov 2012
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN
"We're seeing [Peter and Jason's] relationship begin," said Hartmere about the show's central characters — two teenage boys who fall in love behind closed doors, but were immediately conflicted in earlier stagings. "We're seeing the love blossom, and we're seeing them be happy together, but I think the relationship is the same. When you first meet someone...you want to spend every waking moment [with them, but] how do you do that?" Hartmere also poses an exciting challenge for Jason and Peter — they are no longer roommates, as they once were in 2004, and must now find the proper time and place to be with each other.
"The first time you see us in the show is complete bliss," said Jason Hite, who plays Jason, the teenage "golden boy" struggling with his sexual identity. "We're deeply in love and at Jason's lake house — kind of secluded away… It's really heartbreaking to see their relationship go through the twists and turns that any relationship, especially a young relationship, goes through. We go through the secrets, and we go through lying and arguments."
Jason, the character who once presented himself with a tough exterior, truly "bares" his heart and soul in the current revival. "Role of a Lifetime," a standout internal monologue once performed by Peter, takes on a new "Role" with Jason behind the lyric.
(Hartmere also confided that the song was originally attached to Jason in Bare's early stages.)Continued...