2x4BASH opens Friday July 13th!

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. Continue reading

“The Chalk Boy” in rehearsal

The Chalk Boy by Joshua Conkel is the first show to open this season, Friday July 13th.

Beneath its boring facade 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 are here to 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 and featuring Nikole Moon as Penny, Luna Ezekiel as Lauren, Genevieve Toribio as Breanna and Daniella Vargas as Trisha.

Set design by Samantha Petrovich, lighting by Matthew T. Pavellas, sound design by Vincent Eclavea Jr., costumes by Sarah Larson and props by Genevieve Toribio – stage managed by Natalie Cruz

Stay tuned for the commercial…(snap shots below!)

2x4BASH/TWS Announce Reading of “8” the play

The Western Stage and 2x4BASH are proud to announce a one night staged-reading of Academy-award winning screenwriter and Western Stage alum Dustin Lance Black’s newest documentary play “8” on Friday July 20th at 7:30pm in the Mainstage Theater.

“8” demystifies the debate around marriage equality by chronicling the landmark trial of Perry v. Schwarzenegger. Using the actual court transcripts from the federal trial of California’s Prop. 8 and first-hand interviews, “8” shows both sides of the debate in a moving 90-minute play. Learn about the historical context of marriage and the human cost of discrimination from expert testimony. The play reveals the arguments used to justify bans on marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

                        

Directly following the performance, join us for a Q/A talkback with community partners and playwright Dustin Lance Black, who will be attending the event as the guest of honor.

“8” is one of many great events 2x4BASH at The Western Stage has to offer this summer and is presented in association with: Hartnell Pride, American Civil Liberties Union of Monterey County, Marriage Equality of the Monterey Peninsula (MEMP), Monterey County Pride, TGIF Monterey, Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) of Monterey County, CSUMB Health & Wellness Services, The Diversity Center of Santa Cruz, Nonprofit Alliance of Monterey County (NAMC)/Social Equity Committee and Rainbow Panels and Friends.

Admission to this event is free. A limit of two (2) tickets can be reserved via email to 8theplaySalinas@gmail.com or by phone (831) 755-6816 during a very limited period. See www.2x4BASH.com for show information.

To learn more about “8” and the great work American Foundation for Equal Rights and Broadway Impact do, visit their website.