Active and retired military personnel eligible for free tickets to ‘Basetrack’

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Each active and retired member of the U.S. military is eligible for two complimentary tickets to see the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State presentation of “Basetrack” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in University Park’s Eisenhower Auditorium.

“Basetrack,” produced by En Garde Productions, is a multimedia work of contemporary theater based on the words of U.S. Marine Corps members and their families. “Basetrack” 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 in the Middle East. The educational and moving theatrical work is a result of leading artists collaborating with service members of the First Battalion, Eighth Marines.

The goal of the project is to create awareness of the challenges faced by veterans and their families and to share the impact of war with people at home.

Complimentary tickets must be picked up at an Arts Ticket Center location (Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State Downtown Theatre Center or Bryce Jordan Center), and military identification is required. Complimentary tickets are supported, in part, by the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness and cannot be included as part of a discounted Choice series.

Tickets for “Basetrack” are $32 for an adult, $16 for University Park student and $22 for a person 18 and younger. Tickets for “Basetrack” and other Center for the Performing Arts 2014-15 presentations go on sale to the public at 8 a.m. Monday, June 23, and will be available for purchase online at or by phone at 814-863-0255. Outside the local calling area, dial 800-ARTS-TIX. Tickets will also be available at three State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.). A grant from the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible.

“Basetrack” raises awareness, promotes communication and focuses national attention on the issues facing returning veterans. 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 featured 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. “Basetrack” is recommended for ages 14 and older. The production includes the frequent use of profanity and occasional depictions of violence. Parental guidance is suggested.

Audio Description, which is especially helpful to patrons with sight loss, is available for this performance at no extra charge.

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring a visiting artist, is offered one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity, so seating is available in a first-arrival basis. In addition, the presentation includes a conversation among the performers and audience members after the show.

Engagement activities related to veterans, their families and others are being scheduled in conjunction with the performance.

“Basetrack” is funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Sandra Zaremba and Richard Brown sponsor the presentation with support provided by the Eisenhower Auditorium Endowment and the William E. McTurk Endowment.

Photos of “Basetrack” for media use are available to download at

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Last Updated June 18, 2014