2X4BASH: theatre on the edge returns for a second season!
The Western Stage and Hartnell College are excited to announce a second season of the 2x4BASH, opening Friday July 13th! Last summer marked 2X4’s first groundbreaking season of vibrant casts, new designers and skilled directors. This year, we bring three new shows to the studio theater, and expand with staged readings of scripts by two TWS alumni, Dustin Lance Black and Kelly McAllister.
2x4BASH provides an opportunity for the next generation of theatre artists to collaborate, innovate and educate through provocative contemporary works. We challenge artists and audiences alike to approach theatre from new perspectives, and invite people to connect their own life experience with the work. “2x4BASH is an intense crucible for young and relatively inexperienced actors and designers. It allows for young artists to make their bones working on material they feel passionate about, relevant to their world and personal experiences.” Mark Englehorn, director of last year’s The Shape of Things returns this year as not only director for Of Dice and Men but as the fearless leader for this year’s BASH.
Kicking off the BASH Season is Joshua Conkel’s The Chalk Boy opening Friday, July 13th at 7:30pm.
Beneath its boring façade, there is more going on in the tiny town of Clear Creek than the opening of the new Taco Bell. Four of the town’s local girls: Penny (Nikole Moon), Breanna (Genevieve Toribio), Lauren (Luna Ezekiel) and Trisha (Daniella Vargas) take you on a tour of their funny, yet brutal reality. They struggle with faith, friendship, sex, the occult, algebra, and the disappearance of The Chalk Boy. This is a deathly black comedy that punches as hard as your high school bully. Directed by Nina Capriola.
Opening Saturday, July 21st is Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph.
Kayleen (Heather Osteraa) and Doug’s (Nathan Liittschwager) eight year old lives collide in the nurse’s office when Doug rides his bike off the roof of the school and Kayleen can’t stop throwing up. Over the course of the next 30 years, Gruesome Playground Injuries charts the intersection of these two lives using scars, wounds, and calamity to explore why people hurt themselves to gain another’s love. Directed by Lorenzo Aragon.
The series concludes with Cameron McNary’s Of Dice and Men opening Friday, August 10th.
The world of six Dungeons and Dragons players is thrown into disarray when one of them announces he has enlisted in the Marine Reserves, and will soon be deployed to Iraq. In this blisteringly funny and deeply affecting play, Of Dice and Men examines why we game, what it means to grow up, and what true friendship looks like. Featuring Bob Lindall as John Francis, Matthew T. Pavellas as John Alex, Drew Davis-Wheeler as Jason, Kay Akervik as Tara, Alisha Dickinson as Linda, and John Radley as Brandon. Directed by Mark Englehorn.
In between these shows are two don’t-miss, one-night-only staged readings. On Friday, July 20th at 7:30pm, we will present a staged reading of “8,” a play by Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black on the mainstage. Dustin will be attending the event as guest of honor. “8” demystifies the debate around marriage equality by chronicling the landmark trial, Perry v. Schwarzenegger. Using the actual court transcripts from the landmark federal trial of California’s Prop. 8 and first-hand interviews, “8″ shows both sides of the debate in a moving 90-minute play.
We will also present a staged reading of Riddle Lost the newest work by acclaimed writer and another TWS alumnus, Kelly McAllister, in the studio theater on Friday, August 24th, at 7:30pm. A sideshow tent somewhere in the afterlife. Jeff Riddle, who grew up with the Modoc Indians of California in the 1800’s, stumbles in, unaware that he has just died. Inside the tent sits Hel, Norse goddess of death. She and Riddle strike up a conversation. As Riddle tells the story, other characters from mythology and history wander into the tent and this disparate group re-enacts the story of the Modoc war- a tale of heroism, betrayal, and the human condition.
2012 2X4 titles deal with contemporary subject matter and include strong language, harsh material and mention sex and drug/alcohol abuse. However, these challenging performances provide a platform for discussion for those who choose to attend. Should you have any questions about the subject matter, Melissa Woodrow is happy to chat with you at (831) 755-6984.
BASHpasses give you unlimited access to The Chalk Boy, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Of Dice and Men and Riddle Lost. For only $20.00, the BASHpass allows you to see 2X4 titles as many times as you want, whenever! Single tickets are also available for purchase: $5 for students with valid school I.D. and $10 for everyone else. Available today at www.2x4BASH.com or by phone (831) 755-6816.
Saturday Night BASHers will also return this year. A small group of audience members will have the opportunity to tweet or post via Facebook about the show as it happens. The objective is to be completely uncensored, raw and live. We encourage our audience to express what they feel and see as it happens. More information on how to reserve your BASHer seat available on the website.
Performances are Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm in the Studio Theater in the Hartnell College Performing Arts Building. To find out more about 2X4BASH: theatre on the edge, the artists involved, and Saturday Night BASHers, visit the 2X4BASH blog at www.2x4bash.com, check us out on Facebook/YouTube (2X4BASH) or Twitter (@2X4BASH), or please contact Melissa Woodrow at firstname.lastname@example.org
written by Melissa Woodrow