Basetrack Live
October 29, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Collins Center for the Arts
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Basetrack Live

Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Collins Center for the Arts

BASETRACK LIVE is a multimedia documentary theatre piece about the life-altering impact of war on veterans and their families.

Named one of the top 10 performances in 2014 by the New York Times, BASETRACK LIVE is an extraordinary work of documentary theater.  An ambitious collaboration between award-winning theatre company En Garde Arts and corpsmen from the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines out of the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina (Marine 1/8), BASETRACK LIVE powerfully portrays the impact of war on veterans, and their families.  Two actors play the real life characters of AJ and Melissa Czubai., a young Marine and his wife.  We follow their journey through his deployment to Afghanistan and back home again, the birth of their child while he is overseas and his injury that sends him home.   Based on the website One-Eight Basetrack launched by Teru Kuwayama, featuring photographs by Balazs Gardi and a small group of independent journalists,  BASETRACK LIVE brings their story to light along with  other Marines with whom AJ served and shows the transformation of ordinary people fundamentally changed by the extraordinary experience of fighting a war. BASETRACK LIVE does not represent these characters as either heroes or victims.  Instead, it shows a complicated and sensitive portrayal of how war affects us all.

  • Appealing to both theatre-goers and military audiences, plus anyone interested in history, journalism, political
  • Comprised entirely of the real life stories of Marines in Afghanistan and their families using social media to communicate across the globe.
  • A live musician plays an electro-acoustic score throughout the show. In the background, award-winning photography and videos from the embedded photographers presents the people and landscape of Afghanistan.
  • Interviews of Marines from Unit 1/8 while in Afghanistan are projected onto giant screens that reach across the stage. They talk about why they deployed, what it is like to be at war, and their hopes and dreams for coming home.
  • Skype interviews with the wives of those who served give us a realistic portrait of what it takes for the families who are left behind.

$29 – Orchestra | $24 – Balcony
Discount available for active and retired military and their families $20/$15. 
Please call 581-1755 for military discount.

$6 tickets are available for this performance to high school students. Tickets orders that include k-12 tickets must be purchased over the phone or in person and can only be picked up at the box office on the night of the show.

A $4 facility fee will be added to tickets for this show


Why is BASETRACK Live important today?
  • Only 1% of the American population goes to war.
  • 22 veterans are committing suicide every day.
  • 2.6 million veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan are working to leave the war behind and reintegrate into society.
  • Veterans come home from the war and mostly don’t want to talk about it.