Bad Apples 2016

badapples16Bad Apples is coming to Seattle this fall.

In 2012, Circle X produced the world premiere of Bad Apples, a new musical by Jim Leonard with music and lyrics by Beth Thornley and Rob Cairns. The production was critically acclaimed and extended multiple times.

We have continued championing this piece, and are thrilled to announce that Circle X will be acting as the lead producer for the upcoming production of Bad Apples at ACT – A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle, Washington. The show is a co-production with ACT and ArtsWest.

The co-production between Circle X Theatre Co., ACT and Arts West in Seattle will take place at ACT’s 409-seat Falls Theatre space. We open September 7 and close September 25.

We are immensely proud of all of the artists who have been involved with this project since 2012, and can’t wait to bring the show to new audiences.

You can also donate via check to Circle X Theatre Co., 3269 Casitas Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90039. We are a nonprofit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible.

More about the show:

Bad Apples is a rock musical inspired by the real-life prisoner abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Bad Apples seeks to answer the simple question: How in God’s name did this happen? Two soldiers ended up pregnant by fellow soldier Charles Graner; both women wanted to marry him, competed with each other to win his love, and enthusiastically tortured prisoners together, documenting most of it in pictures that later leaked and shocked the world.

Bad Apples is not a history play. It digs deeper than the facts, exploring a twisted theatrical world inspired by a fictionalized Abu Ghraib. Who were the victims? Who were the villains? Is sadism part of being human? Normal for war? Normal for love? Was Abu really an aberration brought on by a few “Bad Apples” or does it speak to something deeper in our national psyche?