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Photos: BASIC TRAINING Curtain Call & Opening Night Party

The Off-Broadway premiere of BASIC TRAINING, a new comedy created by and starring Kahlil Ashanti officially opened last night, October 13th. BASIC TRAINING is a hilarious story based on one soldier’s outrageous experience in the U.S. Air Force and will play the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow St. at 7th Avenue, 1 block south of Christopher Street). Performances began September 26th.

BASIC TRAINING chronicles Ashanti’s amazing tour as a member of the elite entertainment troupe “Tops In Blue” in the U.S. Air Force.  A life altering event forces his attention home to face the childhood he tried to forget.  Ashanti plays twenty-three unforgettable characters that tell his funny true story.

With production supervision by Hal Brooks, the lighting design is by Tyler Micoleau.

Winner of the 2004 Montreal and Vancouver Fringe Festivals and the 2005 Edinburgh Fringe Festival Spirit of the Fringe and Scotsman Fringe First Award, BASIC TRAINING had its premiere in October 2004 in Los Angeles.

Tickets for BASIC TRAINING are $35. The performance schedule is as follows: Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:00 p.m. with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.smarttix.com or calling (212) 868-4444.  For more information, please visit: www.BasicTrainingNYC.com.

Photos by Peter James Zielinski

Photos: BASIC TRAINING Curtain Call & Opening Night Party
Kahlil Ashanti

Photos: BASIC TRAINING Curtain Call & Opening Night Party
Kahlil Ashanti

Photos: BASIC TRAINING Curtain Call & Opening Night Party
Kahlil Ashanti

Photos: BASIC TRAINING Curtain Call & Opening Night Party
Kahlil Ashanti

Photos: BASIC TRAINING Curtain Call & Opening Night Party
Kahlil Ashanti

Photos: BASIC TRAINING Curtain Call & Opening Night Party
Kahlil Ashanti

Photos: BASIC TRAINING Curtain Call & Opening Night Party
Kahlil Ashanti

Photos: BASIC TRAINING Curtain Call & Opening Night Party
Kahlil Ashanti with mother Pamela Williams

Photos: BASIC TRAINING Curtain Call & Opening Night Party
Kahlil Ashanti and Pamela Williams

Photos: BASIC TRAINING Curtain Call & Opening Night Party
Kahlil Ashanti and Pamela Williams

Photos: BASIC TRAINING Curtain Call & Opening Night Party
Kahlil Ashanti

Photos: BASIC TRAINING Curtain Call & Opening Night Party
Erich Jungwirth and Kahlil Ashanti

Photos: BASIC TRAINING Curtain Call & Opening Night Party
Lydia Ashanti, Kahlil Ashanti, and Pamela Williams

Photos: BASIC TRAINING Curtain Call & Opening Night Party
Lydia Ashanti, Kahlil Ashanti, Christine Smith, and Pamela Williams

Photos: BASIC TRAINING Curtain Call & Opening Night Party
Barry Josephson and Kahlil Ashanti

Photos: BASIC TRAINING Curtain Call & Opening Night Party
Barry Josephson, Erich Jungwirth, Kahlil Ashanti, and Richard Jordan

Photos: BASIC TRAINING Curtain Call & Opening Night Party
Kahlil Ashanti, Richard Jordan, Barry Josephson, and Erich Jungwirth

Photos: BASIC TRAINING Curtain Call & Opening Night Party
Kahlil Ashanti and Richard Jordan

Photos: BASIC TRAINING Curtain Call & Opening Night Party
Kahlil Ashanti


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