November 03, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik

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 the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

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 Live 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 www.bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling the Campus Box Office at 570-577-1000.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center, weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information about this performance, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by email at lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu.

The next event in the Weis Center's 2014-15 Series is a world music performance by Simon Shaheen Ensemble on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Campus Theatre, located at 413 Market Street in Lewisburg.

One of the most significant Arab musicians, performers and composers of his generation, Shaheen deftly leaps from traditional Arabic sounds to jazz and Western classical styles. His soaring technique, melodic ingenuity and unparalleled grace have earned him international acclaim as a virtuoso on the 'oud and violin.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 62+, $5 for youth 18 and under, $5 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $5 for non-Bucknell students and free for Bucknell Students.

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to www.bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or www.facebook.com/WeisCenter

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