A pig in a poke

During Rapture, Blister, Burn (just ended) BAT had the opportunity to secure the rights to its October 2018 show with one caveat. The agent wanted the funds now, or BAT could not secure the rights to the show.

For many reasons, BAT could not disclose the name of the show until the royalties were paid. So, in the curtain speech, BAT asked for money to pay the royalties of an undisclosed show that would only be produced if enough patrons donated. (To sweeten the deal, a BAT trustee agreed to match the money other patrons donated, but still . . . )

BAT’s patrons stepped up to produce better live theater. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

BAT secured the rights to the show! We’ll be announcing it soon.

Two things about this amaze. First, BAT’s patrons raised the royalties. The kindness that flows from BAT’s patrons never ceases to amaze. They make BAT smile all the time.

Second, BAT donors contributed to the rights to a show we could not name. Truly, they bought a pig in a poke. It was a leap of faith.

BAT likes to think this is tangible proof that BAT patrons like the shows BAT produces. That makes BAT happy.

BAT takes risks. It does not often do one of the “classics” of small theater. BAT produces shows because they are good scripts which speak to the times we live in, and they often have a comic element. (Life is hard after all.) But that means BAT does not always do shows with name recognition. (This is part of why BAT formed its script club and BALL – Burien Actors Lending Library, so people can familiarize themselves with the scripts before the show if they are interested in that.)

BAT is looking forward to seeing you at its next show, Church & State, opening April 27, 2018. A shows that is all too timely. TICKETS

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Beyond plays at BAT

BAT is a nonprofit (501(c)(3) entity) that means we do have not shareholders, but we do serve the community. BAT was recently asked, “Does BAT do more than just put on plays?”

As a BAT volunteer, this is an odd question because I see what BAT does, but it is worth answering.

Where to begin?

BAT has a script club. It is where people in the community read a script a month and talk about it. (Like a book club). LINK

BAT has a playwriting group, Seattle Playwrights Studio. BAT’s effort to help keep theater alive and well. LINK

BAT has a lending library, BALL. It is located in Phoenix Tea in Burien. LINK Right now there are about 300 scripts in BALL, but BAT will be adding about 700 more over the next few months. Look for the grand opening notice and party! (BALL had been located in a Burien bookstore, but that store recently closed.) Continue reading

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Debit or credit

BAT’s old credit card machine died. At that point, the saga began.

BAT’s old machine used what is called in the business “store and forward.” That is, BAT would run all of the charges and at the end of the day, we would plug the machine into a phone and line and process all of the credit transactions at one time. To use the machine to take credit cards, no phone lines were needed and no waiting for the card to be processed. No worry, really. Quick and easy.

There was some risk with that. If someone gave us a bogus credit card or were over their limit or if there was not enough money in their account for a debit transaction, BAT would never be paid for that purchase. Kind of like a bad check. Continue reading

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March Script Club

On the ides of March, March 15, 2018, at 1:30 pm the BAT script club will meet at Merrill Gardens. Everyone is invited!

This month BAT’s script club will be discussing Hindle Wakes. This script from 1912, is an amazing contrast to BAT’s current production of Rapture, Blister, Burn. Review / Review  – TICKETS.

Both scripts, among other things, look at the role of women in society and female sexuality. While this is not the main theme in either play, it is there. What makes this month’s script club so interesting is the comparison of the views on those subjects about 100 years apart. (Hindle Wakes was published in 1912, and Rapture, Blister Burn was published in 2013.)

Come see Rapture Blister Burn TICKETS and then join BAT’s script club on March 15th to compare Rapture, Blister, Burn with Hindle Wakes. It will be great fun. It is amazing what 101 years can do. Continue reading

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Pickled tickets

“The nonprofit Burien Actors Theatre, which promises unusual productions and invigorating experiences, was successful on all counts with ‘Rapture, Blister, Burn.’” Westside Seattle

You want to come see Rapture, Blister, Burn, but you don’t want to buy your tickets online? And you don’t want to wait to buy your tickets at the box office in case there is a sellout? What to do? Well, there is still hope. You can walk in and buy BAT tickets at Pickled and Preserved in downtown Burien! (546 SW 152nd St, Burien, WA 98166)

Not only is Pickled and Preserved is well stocked with pickled food and preserved food, but it has a great deli and the best paninis in Burien and all of King County.

While you’re at Pickled and Preserved check out the wildly fun food waiting to come home with you.

Rapture, Blister, Burn runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm hrough March 11, 2018. TICKETS (if you want to buy online).

Enjoy a panini and we’ll see you at the show!


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Lost slipper

BAT has boxes and boxes of shoes: boots, shoes, heels, flats, tennis shoes, sandals, slippers, small, medium, and large. BAT may not always have the right shoe, but it is amazing the number of times we do.

For Rapture, Blister, Burn BAT found the perfect blue slipper in stock. TICKETS HERE The key phrase here is slipper. Not slippers. We had one.

How could BAT have just one slipper? Many costumers have been in and pulled from, BAT’s costume shop. Occasionally, a costume piece does not make it back on strike (the day we put everything away from the show). So, only having one slipper was a real possibility. If that was the case, why was just one slipper restocked?

The search was on. First, the costumer looked. No luck. Then Maggie looked. No luck. Then I looked. No luck. Just as I was about to give up, Albie, BAT’s set designer, offered to help. As we were about to give up, we caught glimpse of a box on the top of the rack with a boot hanging out of it. Just to be complete we pulled it down and took a look.

It turns out the box had one boot hanging out, but the rest were slippers. In the box was also the elusive match to the blue slipper BAT was looking for. How did it get there? No one knows.

I guess the lesson here is, when you do theater, don’t give up, just keep looking. (Okay, that may not be the lesson.)

Rapture, Blister, Burn opens February 16, 2018, and runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm through March 11. TICKETS HERE

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Is the grass greener?

The set for Rapture, Blister, Burn has two backyard locations. Albie, BAT’s intrepid set designer, thought it would be fun to have grass in the backyards. (Duh.)

Part of the story of Rapture, Blister, Burn is the question, “Is the grass really greener on the other side of the fence?” TICKETS

BAT had a few choices for grass. We could paint the grass. We could use the of pieces of fake turf we had in storage, but they looked very fake. (Artificial grass technology has come a long way in just a few years.)

BAT looked into buying some new artificial grass. Ouch. Our set budget is $600. The grass alone would push BAT over its budget. (Yes, BAT and Albie create miracles on next to nothing.)

Look what we do on next to no budget! PHOTOS Think what we could do with your donation! Give HERE.

Since buying new artificial grass was out of the question, Albie decided to call a few retailers of artificial grass to see if they would give BAT any. The first retailer he called had an office in Burien. Albie had no more than explained what he was looking for when he was told they would give BAT exactly what we needed.

Their stock was in Olympia. Albie could see a long drive ahead of him, but then they said the next day they would be working on a project in South Seattle. They offered to bring the pieces BAT needed up to that job site. They could not have been nicer.

Sure enough, when Albie showed up in South Seattle the artificial grass was there and the crew helped load it into BAT’s truck. Amazing.

This is one more example of what BAT sees over and over again. People are amazing. When asked, they are happy to help BAT. And they help solely out of kindness.

Will you help BAT? Donate HERE.



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Rapture, Blister, Burn

Historical drama meets comedy in thought-provoking Rapture, Blister, Burn at Burien Actors Theatre. TICKETS

Rapture, Blister, Burn at BAT is an intensely smart and immensely funny Pulitzer Prize finalist script that explores whether the grass really is greener on the other side of the fence. Performances run Feb. 16 through March 11.

The Burien Actors Theatre production features specialty drinks themed to the show and plenty of free on-site parking, plus an opening night party.


Written by Gina Gionfriddo, this keen, clever, sharp-eared comedy mixes big discussions about serious topics with plenty of cocktails.

Gwen stayed home, supporting her husband and raising children. Catherine went the academic route, published several books on feminist issues, and is a prominent speaker and teacher.

When the two women, who went to college together, reunite more than a decade later, each envies what the other has. Looking back at turning points in their own lives, they can’t help but wonder if they could have been better off. Through a feminist theory class accompanied by plenty of martinis, their viewpoints clash and they begin to wonder if, just like a Disney movie, there might not be some way they could trade places.

Toss in Catherine’s feisty mother, Gwen’s flawed husband, and a young former stripper. Then shake it all together with feminist theory, Dr. Phil and lots of martinis for a bumpy and hilarious ride.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. at Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 4th Ave. S.W. in Burien.

Ticket prices range from $7 to $20. Student tickets are just $10. Enjoy opening weekend deals: Tickets on opening night, Feb. 16, include free admission to the opening night party. On Saturday, Feb. 17 all tickets are half price. On Sunday, Feb. 18, which is BAT’s Seven Buck Sunday, admission is just $7.

For tickets, special deals or other information, go to www.burienactorstheatre.org or call 206-242-5180.

Rapture, Blister, Burn is sponsored by 4Culture and Pickled & Preserved.


Stage directors Barbara Cawley and Beau M.K. Prichard direct the talented cast of Kris “Pepper” Hambrick (Catherine), Alissa Cattabriga (Gwen), Caitlin Colman (Avery), Trish Cosgrove (Alice) and Wade Hicks (Don). Natalie H. Berg is the show’s stage manager.

Designers for the show are: Albie Clementi, set; Zanna King, lighting; Cyndi Baumgardner, props; Janelle Kimbrough, costumes; and Eric Dickman, sound.


BAT is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) entity and operates on revenue from ticket sales, donations, grants, sponsorships, and volunteers.


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Double donation

A very sweet donor made a donation to BAT in honor of a friend who had passed. She wanted people to see her friend’s name in BAT’s program when they came to a show. This was a wonderful way to remember her friend.

(You do not have to wait until your friends die before you honor them with a donation to BAT. Do it now. Let your friends see your love while they are still here to see it. DONATE)

What made this recent donation doubly good is that Boeing will match that donation because the donor is a Boeing employee. (Boeing will match 100% of an employee’s gift and one half of a retiree’s gift.)

But Boeing is not the only company that matches your donation to BAT. Hundreds of companies do that. Here is a 31-page list of companies that expand your kindness. LIST Is your employer on the list?

If your employer will match your gift, there is no reason to wait any longer to become a BAT donor. You make better live theater possible. Do it now! DONATE

But let’s say your employer is not on the list, or you are self-employed. What then? BAT is just as happy with your unmatched gift.

Whether your gift is matched or not, giving will make you happy. You will be investing in better live theater. Your kindness will come back to you in many ways. Don’t wait to do it now! DONATE

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Why do we like bunnies?

A show BAT is looking at for next season calls for one of the actors to drown a bunny and then bring it back to life.

Somehow I think BAT’s audience, cast, and crew would not like to see that actually happen. But why not?

Many of us eat meat. (Yes, BAT’s vegetarian and vegan fans, not all of us eat meat.) All of the meat we eat was alive and had to be killed. So, why would it upset us to see a bunny drown?

Is it that bunnies are cute? Is it that its death would be so close and personal? Why is it so bad to kill a bunny, but okay to eat one? RECIPES

Theater is about illusion. So of course, BAT will not kill an animal on stage. We are looking for other ways to handle this necessary part of the show. This video at 3:10 shows a great option. And I know we will figure out a way to avoid the actual carnage, but still let the audience think it was possible.

The fact there is an option for BAT to avoid harming any animals belies the question, why would the audience be offended by killing a bunny on stage?


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