Bad Kid

Written & Performed by David Crabb

Directed by Josh Matthews

October 28 - November 12, 2011

Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00PM
Adults $15; Seniors/Students $10

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."

stage manager: Britt Genelin
light designer: David Zeffren
asst. light design: Amy Harper
sound design: Steve Fontaine, David Crabb
light technician: Regina Betancourt
sound technician: David Balutanski
video 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

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

Running Time approx. 75 min.

This show made possible in part by generous gifts from:
Cammi Climaco & Ask Me Stories, Kara McDonald, Kerri Doherty, Jeff Resnick, Glen Taylor, Jacque & Tom Schiller, Maggie Ceballos, Johanna Shapiro, Dana Rossi, Steve Bennett, Marc Palmieri, Ben Lillie & Erin Barker at Story Collider, Kara Orm, Danielle Kassover, Joellen Perry, Stefano Von Loe, DJ Mendel, Valerie Dimambro, Kalika Genelin, Tugger Perry, Frank Gauthier, Robin Gelfenbien, Marilyn Genelin, Julia Gillard, Britt Genelin, Katy Frame, Jack Perry, Kelly Cox, Ironway Films, Jacob D. Cox, Jenifer Hixson, the Moth, Warren Corbett, Bridgette O'Neill, Sparrow Hall and Margo Passalaqua.

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.

This production is made possible by a generous grant from the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation

You can find more information about this production at

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

“...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
“ actor's tour-de-force...a dazzling entertainment and an off-kilter but entirely heartfelt reminiscence that we're lucky to eavesdrop on.”
—Martin Denton,
“ 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