Running time: 2 hours and 40 minutes, with two intermissions

"Nothing I can tell you about this play does it justice, except come ready to be rocked. Leave your judgments, and your kids, at home." —Huffington Post

Welcome to Club Abu, the darkest party in Baghdad. An incendiary rock musical that pulls back the curtain of one of the greatest moral challenges we have faced as a nation and sets it to a wicked irreverent back beat.

Inspired by the real-life prisoner abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, Bad Apples seeks to answer the simple question: How did we let 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.

Who were the victims? Who were the villains? Was Abu really an aberration brought on by a few “bad apples” or does it speak to something deeper in our national psyche? Not a history play, Bad Apples digs deeper than the facts, exploring a twisted theatrical world inspired by a fictionalized Abu Ghraib.

Limited offer! Night club seating with a complimentary beer pitcher is available for $45 to performances of Bad Apples. Call the Ticket Office at 206.292.7676 for details and to reserve your seat at the table!

Age Recommendation: 18+ for disturbing material, mature situations, language, and nudity
ACT's policy is to inform audiences of content, but to let parents, guardians, and teachers make decisions that they feel is most appropriate for youth and teens in their care.

CircleXCircle X Theatre Co. is a not-for-profit ensemble of artists dedicated to highly provocative, boldly theatrical productions of new and rarely-seen plays and the development of new works for the stage. We believe in imagination over budget, adrenaline over inertia, irreverence over convention and excellence over all. Circle X produces out of Atwater Village Theatre, a multi-disciplinary performance facility in the Atwater Village neighborhood of northeastern Los Angeles. To learn more, visit their website.


ArtsWestArtsWest produces artistic events so fiercely compelling that they require conversation, improve the imagination, and promote cultural vibrancy as a core value for the communities of Seattle. ArtsWest is dedicated to creating an inclusive atmosphere of openness, transparency, honesty and respect. We offer our artists, volunteers, patrons and staff a place to explore and grow that is safe, supportive, and financially stable. To learn more, visit their website.


Stick around after the performance on the following nights to speak with members of the cast and experts in the community about the themes of the play.

September 11        Al Penta, Veterans for Peace
September 14        Percy Hilo, Veterans for Peace
September 18        Ricardo Pena, Veterans for Peace
September 21        Mason Rhoads, Veterans for Peace
September 22        Pete Schoonmaker, Veterans for Peace & Peter Danelo, ACLU

Veterans For Peace is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using our experiences and lifting our voices. We inform the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars. Our network is comprised of over 140 chapters worldwide whose work includes: educating the public, advocating for a dismantling of the war economy, providing services that assist veterans and victims of war, and most significantly, working to end all wars.

For nearly 100 years, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.

Books
Standard Operating Procedure by Philip Gourevitch and Errol Morris
Consequence: A Memoir by Eric Fair
Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick

Websites
Chris Bartlett | Photographs of wrongly imprisoned detainees

Films
Standard Operating Procedure (2008) | Errol Morris
Ghosts of Abu Ghraib | HBO Documentary

Podcast
This American Life | Fall Guy, a story about Lynndie England