Adaptor 1 Craddock, Chris
Adaptor 2 Cuckow, Nathan
Date of First Production 2007
Title BASH’d: A Gay Rap Opera
Director Ron Jenkins
Place of First Production The Cultch, Vancouver
Production Company Gay4Pay Co-op
Chris Craddock
Nathan Cuckow
Year Play Written 2007
Performance History
2011 Staging at Celebration Theatre in West Hollywood, California:

Feminem/Jack: Sean Bradford
T-Bag/Dillon: Chris Ferro

Technical Design/Direction:
Director/Choreographer: Ameenah Kaplan
Music Director/Electronic Accompanist: DJ Jedi
Set Design: Evan Bartoletti
Light Design: Christian Epps
Costume Design: Nalia Aladdin Sanders
Prop Design; Michael O’Hara
Projection: Marc Rosenthal
Sound Design: Robert Arturo Ramirez
The 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York - BASH'd won the GLAAD Award for New York Theatre - Off-Off-Broadway production for 2008 listed BASH'd as one of the Top NYC Productions of 2007 listed BASH'd as one of the top "Performances to Remember" in NYC for 2007

Gay City News (NYC) honoured BASH'd with an "Aggie Award" for Best Live Performance of 2007 (10 awards were given out, other recipients included Mary J Blige and Usher!)

BASH'd was awarded Outstanding Musical at the 2007 New York International Fringe Festival.

BASH’d was honoured as NOW Magazine’s “Pick of the Fringe” at the 2007 Toronto Fringe Festival.

BASH’d received the Toronto Fringe Festival’s coveted “Patron’s Pick” award.

BASH'd was honoured with the 2007 Sterling Award for Outstanding Independent Production. The Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards are presented annually to recognize excellence in the Edmonton, Canada Theatre Community. BASH’d received three additional Sterling Award nominations: (Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding New Play, Outstanding Score of a Play or Musical)

The BASH'd boys were recognized by Edmonton's Pride Awards Committee at the launch of Edmonton's 2007 Pride Week festivities. They received a Certificate of Achievement for their contribution to Edmonton's LGBT communities.
Adaptor 1 Biography Chris Craddock graduated from the University of Alberta's BFA Acting Program in 1996 and began his theatre career in Edmonton shortly thereafter. His writing debut, SuperEd, was workshopped at Theatre Network's Festival of the Next Generation, then produced by Terrible Children Theatre and then mounted at the Winnipeg Fringe and the Edmonton Fringe, where it would play alongside another new play of his, Indulgences, directed by Glenda Stirling.

From this point, Craddock would set out to learn the skill of collaboration, teaming up with popular Edmonton artist Wes Borg on the one-man show HA! (which would go on to receive productions in Winnipeg, Calgary, Grande Prairie and Edmonton, earning Craddock his first Sterling Award for Outstanding Performance) as well as with Darrin Hagen on a trilogy of comedies about a gender-bent private eye (in order: Tranny Get Your Gun; Men Are Stoopid, Women are Cra-azy and Tranne of Green Gables); these would see Craddock making his directorial debut with productions at the Edmonton Comedy Arts Festival, Vancouver Comedy Festival and One Yellow Rabbit’s High Performance Rodeo.

Chris would continue writing with a string of award-winning and critically-acclaimed plays, including On Being a Peon (awarded the Sterling Award for Best Production of a Collective) and his first play with songs, The Critic, presented at the Varscona Theatre in 2000. He would later be commissioned by Theatre of the New Heart for a new play Moving Along which would go on to be presented at Theatre Network Performance Series, and, based on its continued critical and popular success, would appear in the 2005-2006 season of One Yellow Rabbit and aired nationally on Bravo! as part of their Singular Series.

Through this time, Craddock would develop his craft as a TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences) playwright. His plays The Day Billy Lived, Wrecked, Making Out (together with Ian Rowe) and Do it Right would go on to tour schools and institutions all over North America; most notably, a GTA tour of Wrecked, produced by Toronto’s Roseneath Theatre, would earn a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best TYA Production, as well as one for Best Actress. The Day Billy Lived would be workshopped by the Debajehmuhjig Theatre Group of Wikwemikong, Ontario and would complete a tour of schools, reserves and settlements all over Alberta. (Chris would later present Metis artist Sheldon Elter’s Metis Mutt for a similar tour). Ultimately, Chris’s writings for teens would be published in a compilation entitled Naked at School – Three Plays for Teens, which would win an Alberta Book Award.

In the fall of 2001, Craddock would be appointed Artistic Director of Azimuth Theatre. In his first year, he would build and furnish a new space for the company, effecting a visible change in Azimuth’s activity level and visibility within the City of Edmonton (as well as throughout the province, where the company implemented Social Action tours). Chris would help to develop an exuberant young adult audience at Azimuth through his sell-out shows PornStar and the debut of his musical BoyGroove (songs and lyrics by Aaron Macri). BoyGroove would go on to tour the Canadian Fringe Festival circuit twice with circuit-favorite ensemble Ribbit Productions; based on its immense success (sellouts across the country, 5-STAR reviews from the Toronto Star and countless Canadian media sources) the show would earn a hit 8-week run in Toronto for which it would be honored with a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Audience Choice. Chris would follow suite with 3…2…1 (co-written and performed with Nathan Cuckow), whose instant success would earn it an invitation to the to the 2005 Magnetic North Festival; a “sleeper hit,” it would earn itself an extensive national tour from Toronto to the Yukon.

After a successful three-year tenure, Chris would leave Azimuth in the Spring of 2004 to take on the role Artistic Director of Rapid Fire Theatre, Edmonton’s premiere improvisational theatre company. Chris has since been honored to run, teach, and perform as an improviser with Rapid Fire Theatre, who have innovated techniques in fusing theatrical practice with improvisational theatre, and have performed (and won improvisation competitions) all over the world (including Atlanta, Berlin, Bochum, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Winnipeg and small venues all over the Alberta.)

Chris continues to regularly write, direct, perform and produce plays across Canada. His recent piece Faithless (co-written and performed with Steve Pirot) opened at One Yellow Rabbit’s High Performance Rodeo and has since played at Catalyst Theatre's Blind Date Series and in Theatre Network’s season. His piece Summer of My Amazing Luck based on the novel of the same name by Miriam Toews has toured to the Alberta Scene at the National Arts Centre and MTC (Manitoba Theatre Centre) in Winnipeg. Chris is the recipient of a 2005 Centennial Medal Award for contribution to the arts in Alberta. He continues to call Edmonton home.
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Adaptor 2 Biography Nathan is a Sterling Award winning Edmonton based Actor/Producer/Playwright and a Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Edmonton's critically acclaimed, multi-Sterling Award winning, independent theatre collective, Kill Your Television (K.Y.T).

Nathan was last seen in Daniel MacIvor's one-man show, Monster (for which he received a Sterling Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role); in the Sterling Award winning production of BASH'd! a gay rap opera, co-written and performed by Chris Craddock and Nathan Cuckow (Outstanding Independent Production); in Shadow Theatre's production of Richard Greenberg's Three Days of Rain (Sterling Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role); and in K.Y.T.'s Sterling Award winning production of The Glass Menagerie (Outstanding Independent Production).

Other credits include: 3...2...1 co-written and performed by Nathan Cuckow & Chris Craddock at The 2005 Magnetic North Festival in Ottawa/Edmonton in May 2004 at Azimuth Theatre (Sterling Award nomination for Best New Play) 3...2..1 was recently published by Signature Editions in the collection Two Hands Clapping and toured to Kitchener, St.Catherines, Barrie, ON, and the Yukon; his Sterling Award nominated one-man show, STANDupHOMO, which was performed at the 2002 Winnipeg and Edmonton Fringe Festivals, in Jan. 2005 at One Yellow Rabbit's 19th Annual High Performance Rodeo in Calgary, and in Aug. 2005 at the 15th Annual Summerworks Festival in Toronto; K.Y.T's Sterling Award nominated production's Fool for Love and This Is Our Youth; K.Y.T's Sterling award winning productions STOP KISS, SHAKESPEARE'S R&J, and subUrbia, (Sterling Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role);and Teatro La Quindicina's The Hothouse Prince and Two Tall, Too Thin by Stewart Lemoine.
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Synopsis The gripping narrative, set in Canada, might be considered a "West Side Story" for the 21st century. In a rousing prologue, we are introduced to this tale of two star-crossed lovers by narrators: the fey Feminem and the self-assured homeboy T-Bag. As the story gets under way, Ferro takes his primary role: as Dillon, a teenager who has left home due to gay-intolerant parents. Bradford plays Jack, the streetwise but pure-hearted youth whom Dillon meets in a bar. The two fall in love and are ecstatic to get married when Canada passes its Civil Marriage Act of 2005. Their joy is short-lived when Jack is brutalized by homophobic punks and the enraged Dillon becomes a time bomb waiting to unleash revenge.

BASH'd! 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. Since this debate, same sex marriage has been legalized in Canada, despite the fervent protests of the religious right. In America the struggle continues. BASH'd! 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.
Early 21st Century
Pop Culture
Social Justice
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