Tuesday, May 24, 2011

BASH'D! - A Gay Rap Opera Premieres at Celebration Theatre

Celebration Theatre has announced the west coast premiere of BASH’D! - A Gay Rap Opera, written by Chris Craddock and Nathan Cuckow. Music is by Aaron Macri, musical direction and additional beatz are by DJ Jedi and the show is directed and choreographed by Ameenah Kaplan.

The cast features Chris Ferro (All My Children, Fugitive Chronicle, NYC and Regional: Noises Off (HomeMade Theater), OnlyThing East (Off-Off-Bway) and Sean Bradford (Broadway debut as the Simba cover in The Lion King and most recently originated the role of Ozie Powell/Ruby Bates in The Scottsboro Boys).

First comes love, then comes marriage, but the possibility of a happy ending is shattered for newlyweds Jack and Dillon after one is viciously attacked by a gang of homophobic thugs. Despair and rage turns the other down the path of vigilante justice with tragic results.

Irreverent rapping troubadours Feminem and T-Bag tell the tale of the star-crossed Romeos as they skewer stereotypes with swaggering comedic flair against a pulsing hip-hop beat. BASH’D! - A Gay Rap Opera is loosely based on the real life spike in hate crimes in Alberta, Canada during the national debate on equal marriage for gays and lesbians. The show explores the effect of homophobic violence and the emotions associated with being any marginalized population. Though the topic is serious, the play itself is fast paced, high energy and full of laughs.

BASH’D! is produced for Celebration Theatre by Ryan Bergmann and Michael A. Shepperd with Nathaniel Mathis, Cameron Faber and Michael C Kricfalusi III. Previews begin June 7 with opening set for June 10 and the show will run through July 22. Celebration Theatre is located at 7051B Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood. http://www.celebrationtheatre.com/

BASH'D! - A Gay Rap Opera is part of the Fourth Annual Festival of New American Musicals.
 

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