The James presents: Basic Training by Kahlil Ashanti (Iowa Premiere)
June 17 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The James Theater presents Kahlil Ashanti’s award-winning (NY Times Critics Pick, Edinburgh Fringe First Award) one man show, Basic Training. Having performed around the world to critical acclaim, we are excited to host Davenport North High School alum Ashanti for his show’s Iowa premiere.
Comedic, powerful, and redemptive, Basic Training is the story of a young man (Ashanti) who joins the US Air Force to escape a violently abusive childhood. Less than 24 hours before departing for boot camp, Kahlil’s mother reveals a family secret that forces him to question everything he has became, and everything he is running away from. Twenty-three unforgettable characters guide you through this award winning interactive true story as Ashanti takes us from his home in Davenport to “the most dangerous places in the world” as a member of the U.S. Air Force’s elite touring entertainment troupe “Taps in Blue.”
The James has collaborated with local youth groups to set aside tickets at each show for young people who may find resonance and inspiration in Kahlil’s journey.
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