Real-life stories from American warriors.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14
On its world premiere tour, BASETRACK draws on the power of individual stories to examine the collective experience of those who have served in America’s longest war. BASETRACK is adapted from the wildly popular Facebook page and website created by photojournalist Teru Kuwayama that enabled soldiers and their families to communicate during the Afghanistan conflict. The site received over 5 million hits and evolved into an unprecedented online community. It enabled civilians and military personnel on opposite sides of the world to track news from the front line, exchange information, and develop relationships with people in similar situations. By creating a platform where participants could freely communicate, the social media site democratized how this war was recorded and will be incorporated into history.
The theatrical production BASETRACK takes actual text from the site and pairs it with interviews with Marines filmed while in the theater of war to create an educational, moving and inspirational work for all ages. Using theatre, music, new media, journalism and technology as a bridge between the military community and the broader public, this work looks unflinchingly and honestly at the legacy of war upon our veterans.
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.