Theater: BASETRACK Live by En Garde Arts, Byham Theater




OCTOBER 13, 2016 | 7:00 P.M. | BYHAM THEATER 

Pittsburgh, PA—The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to present BASETRACK Live, named one of the top ten performances of 2014 by The New York Times.  It is a new multimedia theater work based on the experiences of U.S. Marines deployed in Afghanistan and their families waiting for them back home.  Produced by En Garde Arts, this critically acclaimed show is a multimedia fusion of performance, documentary film and an electro-acoustic score that has traveled to 22 cities around the country.  The production comes to the Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. as part of an extensive national tour that includes outreach initiatives bringing together veteran and civilian communities.  This event is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

BASETRACK Live depicts the lives of Marines who served in Afghanistan and their families. Based on true stories, the performance shares the emotional details of life during and after deployment.  Praised by veterans and civilians alike, BASETRACK Live was created by Ed Bilous, who also co-wrote the music with Michelle DiBucci and Greg Kalember.  Interviews were co-adapted by Jason Grote, Seth Bockley and Anne Hamburger.

The New York Times described BASETRACK Live as “a powerfully moving work of documentary theater.”  While The Daily Texan explained the performance as “Gritty, emotional, engaging, and, most of all, hopeful.”  The show was praised as “a viscerally powerful depiction of war and its aftermath. Superb, moving work,” by National Book Award winner Phil Klay (Redeployment).

En Garde Arts (Producer) specializes in site-specific, documentary theatre.  Founded by Anne Hamburger in 1985, the not-for-profit is recognized for putting site-specific theatre on the map in New York City.  Their upcoming multimedia documentary theatre production is called WILDERNESS, premiering at the Abrons Arts Center in New York City from October 26 thru November 1, and speaks to our collective search for connection and hope, as families survive the extraordinary pressures and complexities that accompany coming of age in 21st Century America.

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Tickets ($20-$36) are available through these Pittsburgh Cultural Trust official ticket sources:, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. For groups of 10 or more, call 412-471-6930.  BASETRACK Live performance is recommended for ages 14 to adults.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners.  Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District.  The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity.  Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life.  Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.  For more information, visit

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