Bad Kid

Written & Performed by David Crabb

Directed by Josh Matthews

February 17 - March 10, 2012

PREVIEWS: Friday & Saturday, February 17 & 18, 2012 at 8PM Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 3PM | REGULAR: Monday, February 20, 2012 at 8PM (Opening Night) & Friday & Saturdays February 24 - March 10, 2012 at 8PM
Previews $12 Adults; $10 Seniors/Students | Regular $18 Adults; $15 Seniors/Students

Bad Kid is the story of a Goth boy who dreamed of being anywhere but the middle of Texas in 1991. Preferably somewhere in London wearing fishnet gloves and a cape while standing alone in the rain. In this funny and moving examination of rebellion, sexuality and friendship, David Crabb reflects on what it means to grow up different and alone, just like everyone else. Bad Kid is based on the true story of a Texas teen who navigates his outcast adolescence in a goth-obsessed, drug-fueled haze.

Bad Kid is a candid and hysterically honest examination of what it means to grow up different and alone. "As Goth kids, we thought that everything honest was rooted in death, even our sexual urges and our concept of 'fun,'" said Crabb. "But as I grew up I could sense there was another 'freak' beneath the one I contrived as a 15 year-old who wore dog collars and black nail polish; the lifelong freak, not the temporary one. I wanted to find out who he was."

David Crabb is an actor, writer, two-time Moth Slam Champion, producer/co-host of the storytelling series, "Ask Me Stories," and co-producer of the popular storytelling podcast and live show, "Risk!" A proud member of the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway Axis Company since 2001, David has starred in and developed plays at Axis Theatre in NYC and abroad with the company in Paris and Edinburgh, Scotland. Productions include: Not Yet Diagnosed (Nervous) 1918 (Theatermania Top 10 of 2005); A Glance at New York (Axis Company NYC and Assembly Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival); and the long-running, downtown cult sensation, Hospital. Other NYC theater credits include: And I Love You at HERE; National Prayer Breakfast at Actors' Playhouse; Field of Schemes with Under the Table Company; Winnebago Del Fuego Live at the UCB and Rififi/Cinema Classics; and Fresh Meat with Catie Lazarus at Ars Nova.


stage manager: Britt Genelin
light designer: David Zeffren
sound design: Steve Fontaine, David Crabb
light technician: Regina Betancourt
video/sound technician: Britt Genelin
website & graphic designer: Ethan Crenson/Red Shift
character photographer: Lucas Longacre
production photographer: Dixie Sheridan
box office and house manager: Lynn Mancinelli
public relations: Blake Zidell & Associates

AXIS COMPANY
Artistic Director - Randy Sharp
Producing Director - Brian Barnhart
Executive Producer - Jeffrey Resnick


Running Time approx. 75 min.

Special Thanks to Kevin Allison, Michelle Walson, Sara Barron, Kerri Doherty, Sarah Kozinn, Cammi Climaco, Robin Gelfenbien, Britt Genelin, Randy Sharp, Brian Barnhart, Axis Theatre and Jackie.

For Roxanne Reeves, Glen Taylor, Zach Fell and my parents.

Bad Kid has been made possible in part by people like you. To become a donor visit davidcrabb.net or badkidtheshow.comt.

This is an Equity Approved Showcase


  • David Crabb - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • David Crabb - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • David Crabb - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • David Crabb - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • David Crabb - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • David Crabb - photo by Dixie Sheridan




“'Growing Up Gay, Goth and Generous' David Crabb’s ‘Bad Kid’ is a New York Times Critic Pick”
The New York Times
“David Crabb Is A 'Bad Kid' | The popular storyteller and his collaborator, Josh Matthews, discuss their new show at the Axis Theatre.”
Theatermania
“…highly entertaining one-man show … (but) behind the many laughs, a poignancy creeps in through Crabb’s affectionate portrayals of the fellow outcasts…”
—Flavorpill
“Crabb’s words simply pop in a magical way when he performs them …”
—Curtain Up
“...the veteran storyteller...bring(s) to life his colorful cast of characters. His narration reveals patchy snippets of memories that are as hilarious as they are astute, and as delightful as they are heart-wrenching.”
—New York Metro
“At Axis, ‘aggressive surrealism’ immerses, engages, messes with you”
—Downtown Express
“'Bad Kid' is hilarious and heart-wrenching. You'll fall in love with the wonderfully colorful cast of characters that David Crabb brings so fully to life. A true spellbinder, Crabb weaves together all the adventures, discoveries and jolts of his crazy life as a goth kid back in the day when Morrissey was...queen.”
—Kevin Allison (MTV's "The State" Risk!)
“To sit in an audience and listen to David Crabb tell a story, is to think to oneself, 'Ah, yes: Now that's how it's done. Here's a man with an unfair amount of talent.' It's lucky for him, and lucky for those of us who get the chance to watch him work.”
—Sara Barron (Humorist/Author, "People Are Unappealing")
WATCH the trailer for BAD KID