Basetrack, produced by En Garde Productions, is a multimedia work of contemporary theater based on the words of U.S. Marine Corps members and their families. Basetrack 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 featured 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.
Recommended for ages 14 and older.
The production includes the frequent use of profanity and occasional depictions of violence. Parental guidance is suggested.