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Military-Inspired Multimedia, Theatrical Piece Comes to Weis Center

Nov 06, 2014 11:35AM ● By Erica Shames

Basetrack Live, a multimedia work of contemporary theater based on the words of U.S. Marine Corps members and their families, will be presented on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at theĀ Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University - Lewisburg, PA.

The performance is recommended for ages 14 and older. The production includes the frequent use of profanity and occasional depictions of violence. Parental guidance is suggested.

Basetrack Live is sponsored, in part, by the Standard Journal. It is funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Active and retired military personnel may receive two complimentary tickets to this performance; military ID is required. Contact the Campus Box Office at 570-577-1000 for more information.

Basetrack Live, produced by En Garde Productions, takes interactions from social media sites, which enabled military families to communicate with loved ones in Afghanistan, and pairs them with interviews of Marines filmed while they were deployed. The educational and moving theatrical work is a result of leading artists collaborating with service members of the First Battalion, Eighth Marines.

The production was created by Edward Bilous, with writer Jason Grote, director Seth Bockely and composer Michelle DiBucci.

Basetrack uses photos and video from journalists embedded with Marines in Afghanistan, a live contemporary score and stories of those stationed abroad and their families as they struggle to cope with separation and the uncertainties of war. The production features musicians, actors, a video jockey and a sophisticated projection system with photos and videos taken from interviews in Afghanistan and the United States.

The show follows AJ, a young Texan, and his fellow Marines through training, deployment and returning home. The Marines share inspiring yet raw stories about the nature of deployment, their experiences of war and the adjustments they have had to make in order to live again at home.

Far from the political arguments for or against the Gulf Wars are the deeply personal stories of the people whose lives have been altered by their experience in the modern U.S. military. As the longest war in U.S. history draws to an end, and the men and women of the armed forces return home to communities across the country, Basetrack Live offers a starting point for dialogue, compassion and mutual understanding.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+ and subscribers, $10 for youth 18 and under, $10 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $10 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2).

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Campus Box Office at 570-577-1000.

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