Basic Training by Kahlil Ashanti

comedy · erich jungwirth/voicechair productions, richard jordan productions, ltd., barry josephson/josephson entertainment, and north carolina blumenthal center for the performing arts · Ages 14+ · flashing lights · United States

Broadway Drama League Distinguished Performance nominee 2009
NY Times Critics Pick 2008
TimeOut London Critics Pick 2007
TimeOut Sydney Critics Pick 2009

‘Hilarious and engaging. Mr. Ashanti delivers!’
-NY Times

Fringe First Winner and two time sell out show Edinburgh 05, 07


Dubai*Abu Dhabi*Montreal*Vancouver*Edinburgh*Melbourne*Brisbane* and many more including Summer 2009 fourteen city tour of Australia

Broadway Drama League 2009 Distinguished Performance Award Nominee

An international hit comedy with dramatic punch.

BASIC TRAINING chronicles Kahlil’s stint in the U.S. Air Force, where he was a member of the elite military entertainment troupe Tops in Blue. Playing 23 unforgettable characters, Ashanti delivers a hilarious evening of theater that is extraordinarily funny, completely authentic and surprisingly touching when an unexpected event forces him to revisit a childhood he’s tried his best to forget. Experience this true tale of survival and redemption delivered straight to the funny bone (and your heart!) through Ashanti’s amazing comic and storytelling talent.

In development as a feature film, book and television series.

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* Fringe Veteran