Local film fans may remember when The Belcourt screened the film Mysterious Skin in 2004. That feature, written and directed by Gregg Araki, was based on the dark and disturbing novel penned by Scott Heim. Now, Prince Gomolvilas bases a stage adaptation on the novel, which depicts the convergent paths of two small-town young men who have painfully acted out a lot of the dysfunction of their early lives — particularly the deep, dark secret of their sexual abuse by the same man.
Nashville theatergoers with a taste for the gritty and daring should be the prime audience for this event, which is produced by a new company headed by L.T. Kirk and 2011 high school grad Jonathan Burgess, and those two also co-direct. Burgess co-stars in a cast that includes Will Butler, Francine Berk, Samantha Rogers, Chuck Long, Angela Gimlin, Matt Smith, Amanda Smith, Josh Stutts, Kory James Holden and Kelsey Wilsher.
Due to the adult subject matter and raw language, Mysterious Skin is intended for mature audiences only. The company is donating 100 percent of the proceeds of ticket sales to an “Into Africa” mission trip, which involves work at an orphanage that houses children who have HIV/AIDS or have lost their parents to the virus.