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Because misery loves family.

Beating Up Bachman is a new play by Seattle-based Gregory Award-winning playwright Wayne Rawley. The characters and relationships in Beating Up Bachman were developed in improvisational workshops conducted by the director, the playwright and the acting company beginning in late 2011. Mr. Rawley then wrote the script over the summer of 2012.

Our production hits the stage January 2013 in Fremont at West of Lenin and runs for 4 weeks.  Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/289273

Meet the Trucker Sisters:

When the three sisters of a small-town dysfunctional family are set upon by emotional disaster and financial ruin, the men decide the best course of action is to find the son-of-a-bitch responsible and kick his bony ass squarely into next week. The oldest sister desperately tries to hold everything together when all she really wants is just for everyone to get the hell out of her goddamn kitchen.

Beating Up Bachman features members of BASH Theatre, which most recently produced The Suicide by Nikolai Erdman. The ensemble cast includes Cristopher Berns, Elizabeth Deutsch, Lisa Every, Chris Macdonald, Jenn Ruzumna, Ryan Sanders, Lori Stein and Sara Thiessen. BASH Theatre, formally known as The Community Theatre, has been the recipient of two Seattle Footlight Awards: 2009 Outstanding Fringe Theater and Bravura Acting.      

The production team includes Alyssa Selbrede (stage manager), Julia Evanovich(costume designer), Suzi Tucker (set designer), Andrew Marques (sound designer), Terra Morgan (lighting designer), Yvonne Hodges (graphic artist), Ameila Meckler (props), and Armen Stein (photographer).

Wayne Rawley (playwright) won the 2012 Gregory Award for Outstanding New Play for Live! From the Last Night of my Life, which he directed at Theater Schmeater. His other plays include Money & Run: An Action Adventure Serial for the Stage, a present-day adaptation of The Seagull, and a multi-media adaptation of Orwell’s 1984. His short play Controlling Interest was produced by The Actors’ Theatre of Louisville and is published in the collection Laugh Lines: Short Comic Plays. Mr. Rawley was the 2010 Faith Broome Playwright-in-Residence at the University of Oklahoma.

David Gassner (director) is Producing Director of Radial Theater Project, a member of Sandbox Artists Collective, and former Artistic Director of Theater Schmeater (2009 Seattle Times Footlight Award, “Friskiest” Fringe Theater). He directed the world premieres of Karaoke Suicide is Painless and 99 Layoffs for Radial Theater Project, and local premieres of The American Pilot, Maria/Stuart (Footlight Award, Outstanding Fringe Production), Trout Stanley (Balagan Theatre), and The Happy Ones (Seattle Public Theater). As an actor, Mr. Gassner played the role of the Hypnotist in the Seattle premiere of Tim Crouch’s An Oak Tree, the Librarian in the San Francisco premiere of Glen Berger’s Underneath the Lintel, and was a member of the acting ensemble in Pony World’s Suffering Inc.

Why do we need your support?

It's simple.  Without your help we can't produce this show.  Your donation will be used for promotion and production costs, such as printing postcards, renting theater and rehearsal space, and building our set. When you support BASH Theatre you are joining a community that is passionate about creating work that engages the audience in enlivened, nuanced theatre.

Cast, Director, Stage Manager and Playwright in an early reading of Beating Up Bachman
Cast, Director, Stage Manager and Playwright in an early reading of Beating Up Bachman

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BASH Theatre has been producing successful shows since our inception in 2006. We are a tight knit ensemble that has been through ups and downs, but we have never missed an opening night or canceled a performance. The cast and director helped develop this new play in a series of improvisational workshops, so we are deeply invested and dedicated to this project. We have an experienced director and production team leading and supporting us, an awesome theater space at West Of Lenin, and an extraordinary script written for us by the talented Mr. Rawley. All we need now is your donation to bring this to the stage!

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