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Originally published Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 5:06 PM

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Balagan Theatre announces 2014-15 season

Balagan Theatre’s 2014-15 season of offbeat musicals includes world premieres of “Bad Apples,” “Citizen Ruth” and “Make Me Bad.”


Seattle Times theater critic

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Balagan Theatre will present a trio of world premiere musicals spiked with sex and violence, the local debut of an Off Broadway show, and revivals of two Broadway hit tuners, during the company’s 2014-15 season.

“Bad Apples,” a new rock musical on the unlikely subject of the 2003 Abu Ghraib torture scandal in Iraq, will be presented by Balagan in collaboration with ACT Theatre and Circle X Theatre of Los Angeles. The score is by Beth Thornley and Rob Cairns, with a book by Jim Leonard. ACT associate artistic director John Langs will stage the piece.

Balagan will unveil another new musical, “Make Me Bad,” about a woman’s attraction to a serial killer. It is by the composer-writing team of Drew Gasparini and Alex Brightman, and described as a “gritty psychological thriller,” in the “new tradition” of “Dexter’ and “Breaking Bad.”

The third world premiere, “Citizen Ruth,” is based on a 1996 Alexander Payne film that satirizes and explores the American abortion debate. Book and lyrics are by Mark Leydorf with music by Michael Brennan. Dan Knechtges will direct.

The first Seattle run of “Murder Ballad,” a “sexy and explosive” tale about a crime of passion, penned by Julia Jordan and set to music by Juliana Nash, will be staged by Balagan artistic director Louis Hobson.

Rounding out the season are two earlier pop-rock hit musicals: “Urinetown,” directed by Balagan executive director Jake Groshong and “The Who’s Tommy.”

Venues for the shows have not yet been announced. More season and subscription details: www.balagantheatre.org, or 206-329-1050.

Misha Berson: mberson@seattletimes.com



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