Press Release

2X4BASH: theatre on the edge is back for its third season!

The Western Stage and Hartnell College are excited to announce the third season of the 2x4BASH, kicking off Friday July 12th! Last summer was a fantastic season for the BASH.  It consisted of vibrant casts, new designers, skilled directors and a major event: A reading of 8 by Dustin Lance Black with an appearance by the academy award winner himself. This year, we bring three new shows to the studio theater, and expand with a playwriting festival.

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.

Starting off the BASH Season is Kelly McAllister’s Burning the Old Man, July 12th at 7:30pm.

Trying to fulfill their father’s dying wish of having his ashes scattered at the Burning Man festival, two brothers, who can’t stand each other, find themselves stranded in the middle of the Nevada Desert. They have no money, no car, and only 24 hours before the festival ends. Directed by Skot Davis.

Opening Friday, July 19thst is The Blue Room: A Play in Ten Intimate Acts by David Hare.

The Blue Room is a meditation on men and women, sex and social class, actors and the theatre. David Hare has reset a loose series of sexual sketches from the 1920’s into circular scenes of love and betrayal in the present day, with a cast of two actors playing a succession of characters whose sexual lives tangle like a daisy chain. With deft insight about the gap between the sexes, The Blue Room takes the treacherous Freudian subjects of projection and desire and reinvents them in a bittersweet landscape that is both eternal and completely up-to-date. Directed by Nina Capriola.

The series concludes with Jennifer Haley’s Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom opening Friday, August 9th.

Set in a suburban subdivision with identical houses, parents find their teenagers addicted to an online horror video game. The game setting? A subdivision with identical houses. The goal? Smash through an army of zombies to escape the neighborhood for good. But as the line blurs between virtual and reality, both parents and players realize that fear has a life of its own. Directed by Mark Englehorn.

In addition to these three shows we will also be putting on The Starving Artists Fest!! A first for the BASH, Starving Artists is a playwriting festival/contest.  We are looking for TWS company members between the ages of 18-35 to submit a 10 min play, preferably on issues of young adult life.  Five chosen plays will be performed Saturday August 3rd in the Studio Theater and will be competing for cash prizes.  More details on Starving Artists can be found on our website.

2013 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, email Christina Perez at 2x4bash@gmail.com.

BASHpasses give you unlimited access to Burning the Old Man, The Blue Room and Neighborhood 3. 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. Tickets are available today at http://www.2x4BASH.com or by phone (831) 755-6816.

Saturday Night BASHers will also continue 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, our website at http://www.2x4bash.com, check us out on Facebook/YouTube (2X4BASH) or Twitter (@2X4BASH), or please contact us at 2x4bash@gmail.com

written by Christina Marie Perez

 

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