Basetrack - Soldier
Photo by Teru Kuwayama

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 8:00 pm
Friday, September 12, 2014, 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 13, 2014, 8:00 pm
McCullough Theatre

BASETRACK is made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This performance is supported in part by the Topfer Endowment for Performing Arts Production. Presented in partnership with the Department of Theatre & Dance

En Garde Arts, Producer
Anne Hamburger, Executive Producer
Edward Bilous, Creator and Co-Composer
Seth Bockley, Director

Michelle DiBucci, Co-Composer & Musical Director

Jason Grote, Co-Adaptor in collaboration with Seth Bockley and Anne Hamburger

Funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation


Texas Performing Arts opens the 2014-2015 Season with the world premiere engagement of BASETRACK, a multimedia experience that delves into the human cost of war.

In the current decade, more American soldiers have returned home from war than we have seen in a generation. They face an uphill battle reintegrating into a society where less than 1% of the population shares the experience of serving in the military, and even well-regarded cultural representations of war – such as The Hurt Locker – reinforce fictional stereotypes. Despite significant nationwide support for veterans of the post 9/11 era, an absence of genuine understanding contributes to isolation, depression, and other obstacles that challenge successful reintegration into civilian life.

In 2010, while embedded with the First Battalion, Eighth Marines in southern Afghanistan, a group of photojournalists led by Teru Kuwayama started a revolutionary online project called Basetrack. Connecting battalion members with their families and others around the globe, the web platform became an indispensable tool of citizen journalism, documenting a range of perspectives on the emotional tolls of war. The photographs and videos posted set into motion a social media effort that attracted over 5,000,000 hits.

Inspired by Kuwayama’s project, BASETRACK is an ambitious collaboration between award-winning theatre company En Garde Arts and corpsmen from 1st Battalion/8th Marines. Created by Edward Bilous and directed by Seth Bockley, it is a gripping show that confronts the complex truths and ambiguities of modern military experience. Live music, film, and a cascade of images from independent photojournalists in Afghanistan punctuate a performance drawn from genuine social media exchanges and interviews, immersing audiences in the experiences of contemporary military service personnel and their families. Without representing these characters as either heroes or victims, BASETRACK tells a dynamic, contemporary story of ordinary people fundamentally changed by the extraordinary experience of fighting a war.

Entertaining, compelling and free of political posturing, BASETRACK serves both veteran and civilian audiences and encourages genuine, mutual understanding as US troops return from the longest war in American history.

This multimedia work features stunning images and video footage from the Basetrack archives. Accompanied by Michelle DiBucci’s electro-acoustic score, actors and an on-stage band give voice to the Marines and their families—based on interviews adapted by Jason Grote.

“An artistic approach can speak to the heart and the soul in ways that speaking to the head does not.”
Retired Army Chaplain (COL) David Forden

Focusing on impacts of warScene Gainesville


A Special Evening to Learn About Work of Trainers, Handlers and Canine Soldiers
Thursday, September 4 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Carver Public Library – 1161 Angelina Street, Austin, TX 78702
Discussion about the bond between the trainers, handlers and their military dogs with Ft. Hood kennel members, Jack Goodman, World War II veteran and trainer Nancy Schiesari, documentary filmmaker and professor, RTF Department at UT who will preview a clip of “Canine Soldiers”.

Co-sponsored by Austin Public Library, UT Humanities Institute and Texas Performing Arts

Post-Performance Talkback
Thursday and Friday, September 11 & 12
Immediately following the performance
McCullough Theatre

*Related Event
Veteran Artist Program Arts and Service Celebration
October 19-25, 2014
Call 512.471.6376 for more information.

Basetrack Live
Download the Basetrack Live flyer

‘Basetrack Live’ is a powerful, engaging multimedia productionThe Daily Texan

Basetrack Live Web Site
Basetrack Live on Facebook
Basetrack on Facebook
Follow Basetrack on Twitter
Basetrack on Vimeo

Basetrack sizzle reel on Vimeo.

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