BAT’s Playwrights Festival for 2019

The play’s the thing…

New plays sought from Washington State playwrights for the 2019 BAT Playwrights Festival

Script submission deadline Oct. 31, 2018

Winning scripts staged April 26-May 19, 2019

Burien Actors Theatre is seeking submissions of new plays by Washington State playwrights for the 2019 BAT Playwrights Festival. Both one-act and full-length plays are sought.

Winning scripts will be staged April 26 through May 19, 2019 as part of Burien Actors Theatre’s (“BAT”) 2018-19 season. In addition to having their plays produced, winning playwrights will receive monetary prizes.

The submission deadline for all scripts is Oct. 31, 2018. To qualify for the Festival, all submissions must follow Playwrights Submission Guidelines detailed below. The guidelines can also be found at

About the BAT Playwrights Festival

The mission of the BAT Playwrights Festival is to encourage, promote and showcase previously unproduced theater works written by Washington State residents.

The Festival began in 1999, and was originally named for Bill and Peggy Hunt, two longtime BAT members after Peggy Hunt suggested establishing a playwriting competition with winning shows to be produced by Burien Actors Theatre.

Playwrights Submission Guidelines

  1. Open to any person residing in the State of Washington.
  2. There are no submission fees.
  3. Scripts may either be one-act or full-length. A series of unrelated or loosely related acts or scenes that could more properly be separated into one-act plays will not be accepted as a full-length play and may be treated as separate one-acts for purposes of this Festival.
  4. Musicals cannot be accepted.
  5. Submissions must be original and unpublished. Plays that have never been produced or have only had a workshop or a reading, whether staged or otherwise, are eligible. However, plays that have been fully produced are not eligible.
  6. BAT is supportive of playwrights revising their work to make it stronger, so scripts submitted in previous years to the Festival may be re-submitted.
  7. The Festival provides a semi-workshop environment and basic production, so excessive production requirements may result in disqualification.
  8. All submissions must be typed/word-processed, page-numbered, and in standard professional play format. Format guidelines can be obtained at under “For Playwrights” by going to
  9. Manuscripts must begin with a cover page that includes the following so we have important information about you and your script, including how to contact you: Name of play, your name, email address, U.S. mail address and phone number, as well as the number of script pages, number of acts and type of play (comedy, drama, etc.). The cover page will be removed from your manuscript to ensure blind judging.
  10. Manuscripts must also include the play’s title on a separate page from the cover page (since the cover page will be removed), 2-3 sentence synopsis, character list (including gender, age range and features such as skin or hair color necessary to script), setting (time and place), and list of acts and scenes.
  11. Scripts may be submitted via either email or U.S. mail. Emailed scripts must be in either PDF or Microsoft Word format and sent to [email protected]. Scripts sent via U.S. mail should go to:  BAT Playwrights Festival, Burien Actors Theatre, P.O. Box 48121, Burien, WA 98148.
  12. Do not send the only copy of your work. Manuscripts cannot be returned.
  13. Copyright remains with the playwright.
  14. Legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the playwrights’ full responsibility.
  15. Burien Actors Theatre reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.
  16. Playwrights are asked, but not required, to participate in discussions with the audience following performances.
  17. Entries must be emailed or postmarked by Oct. 31, 2018.
  18. Winners will be announced by January 2, 2019. Winning scripts will be staged April 26 through May 19, 2019, and winning playwrights will each receive a small monetary prize.

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Dr. Frankenstein – Press Release

A new version of Mary Shelley’s Gothic tale at Burien Actors Theatre! This is not your father’s Frankenstein!

(Sept. 22, 2018 – Burien, WA) – Burien Actors Theatre’s (“BAT”) production of Dr. Frankenstein is a fresh take on Mary Shelley’s Gothic tale, with a female doctor who breaks the rules of her time and an exploration through her articulate Creature of what it is like to be “the other.”

After a successful run in London, this is the second time the script has been produced in the United States. Performances run Oct. 5 through Oct. 28.

The BAT production, written by Selma Dimitrijevic, features specialty drinks themed to the show and plenty of free on-site parking, plus an opening night party.


This is not your father’s Frankenstein. In this startlingly fresh, lyrical and haunting

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contemporary adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, Dr. Frankenstein is reimagined as a woman. Victoria Frankenstein and her articulate Creature tell a thought-provoking story that follows Mary Shelley’s book more closely than other productions, but with wonderful new twists and an exploration of what happens when we don’t try to understand “the other”—and what happens when we do. A Northwest premiere.

This show contains infrequent adult language that includes “G, H and J” words and one “F” word. BAT’s policy is to inform audiences of content but to let parents, guardians and teachers make decisions that they feel appropriate for the youth and teens in their care.

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 $10. Enjoy opening weekend deals: Tickets on opening night, Oct. 5, include free admission to the opening night party. On Saturday, Oct. 6 all tickets are half price. On Sunday, Oct. 7 which is BAT’s Seven Buck Sunday, admission is just $7. FOR TICKETS CLICK HERE!

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

Dr. Frankenstein is sponsored by 4Culture and Pickled & Preserved.


Stage directors Beau M.K. Prichard and Barbara Cawley direct the talented cast of Skyler

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Gahley (Dr. Victoria Frankenstein), Phillip Keiman (Creature), Nikolai “Niko” Mell (Henry Clerval), Erin Sullivan (Elizabeth Lavenza Frankenstein), Kayleah Lewis (Justine Moritz), James “Jim” Snowden (Father) and Vera Werre (Mary). Heather Bernadette is the show’s stage manager.

Designers for the show are: Albie Clementi, set; Rob Falk, lighting; Cyndi Baumgardner, props and set dressing; Rochelle-Ann Graham, costumes; Erika Jacobson, Creature makeup; and Eric Dickman, sound.


Exciting live theater has been a tradition in Burien since 1955. Incorporated in 1980, Burien Actors Theatre has been a leading producer of quality live theater serving residents of the Seattle and south Puget Sound areas.

BAT gives audiences an intriguing and invigorating theatre experience with unusual and fantastical productions they can’t see on film or see anywhere else. The company’s mission is to treat audiences to productions of the highest artistic integrity that excite, engage and involve both the local and expanding theatrical communities in the Puget Sound region.
BAT is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) entity and operates on revenue from ticket sales, donations, grants, sponsorships, and volunteers.

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BAT script club grows – now both day and evening!

BAT’s script club took a month off, but it is back, and it is bigger and better than ever before. BAT’s script club now meets twice a month once during the day and once in the evening!

BAT’s daytime script club meets on September 20, 2018, from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. The fun all happens at Merrill Gardens in Burien at 15020 5th Ave SW, Burien, WA 98166. There is no fee to attend!

What? You are not available in the middle of the day, even for the script club?

Never fear. On its break, BAT’s script club grew. Now there are two!

BAT evening script club will meet for the first time on October 4, 2018, from 7 to 8 pm. You and your friends, old, new, and ones you haven’t met yet will meet at the Burien Library in the conference room.

The club will be discussing Dr. Frankenstein by Selma Dimitrijevic. If you want the script please email [email protected] to make arrangements for a copy.

BAT’s 2018-19 season opens with Dr. Frankenstein by Selma Dimitrijevic on October 5, 2018, at 8 pm. It plays weekends throughout October, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. TICKETS HERE

The year is 1831: debarred from attending university in England, Dr. Victoria Frankenstein (yes, you read that right) travels to Ingolstadt, where women are permitted to study medicine, and there seems to be a ready supply of disinterred cadavers, no questions asked.

Mary Shelley’s novel has been so often adapted, filmed and parodied there can’t be many interpretative avenues left to explore. But Selma Dimitrijevic’s new version is, to my knowledge, the first to change the gender of the central character. In certain respects, it seems an obvious intervention, given that the novel had a female creator. But it profoundly alters the trajectory of a book in which women are relegated to submissive, supporting roles.

This is not your parents’ Frankenstein!

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Getting ready for 2018-19

BAT’s 2018-19 season is underway, at least on our end. For you, the first event is BAT’s Gala on September 15, 2018, from 6 to 9 pm.

The Gala got started a few years ago as a way to say than you to BAT’s patrons. It has grown. Now BAT has food from many Burien’s finest restaurants (for a full list of all of the Burien restaurants click HERE), slices of upcoming plays, and a special musical guest. All of that and more are included in the price of admission. TICKETS HERE (Last season’s donors get in free!) Make sure to get your tickets or make a reservation as the Gala fills up quickly.

BAT still says thanks, but we also ask for a little something to get the season going. This year the first $10,000 raised will be matched!!!

Even as BAT gets ready for the Gala, rehearsals are ongoing for Dr. Frankenstein. This is not your father’s Frankenstein. It is a look into the other, just in time for the Halloween season. TICKETS HERE


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It is time to paaaaarty – BAT’s season kickoff!!!

Enjoy fantastical theater, delectable food at
Burien Actors Theatre Gala Party

BAT’s 2018-19 season is upon us! Enjoy fabulous food and drink from Burien businesses plus theatrical performances and special musical guest Erin Austin of OK Sweetheart at Burien Actors Theatre’s Gala Party & Show on Saturday, September 15.

From 6 to 9 p.m., be among the first to get a sneak peek into BAT’s 2018-19 season during this kick-off to Burien Actors Theatre’s 39th season of better live theater. Experience BAT’s fantastical comedy and drama, plus backstage tour and special giveaways. Nosh on delectable food and beverages from Burien businesses. And don’t miss the music of renowned speical guest performer Erin Austin of OK Sweetheart, a singer whose folk-pop sound melds with soul and rock.

Admission is just $15 for the entire event, including food, drink and entertainment. Get your TICKETS HERE, or if you are one BAT’s donors RSVP to [email protected] or 206-242-5180. BAT needs that head count to order enough amazing food.

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The British are so polite

BAT has already posted about its struggle to find actors editions of the script for Dr. Frankenstein, SEE PRIOR POST HERE. This story has a happy ending.

To briefly catch you up: BAT needs 10 actor editions of the script for Dr. Frankenstein by the time we start rehearsals. BAST could only find one copy here and another copy there. It would to eight separate ordered to come up with ten copies. That would mean eight shipping fees. So, BAT  contacted the publisher to see if they knew where BAT could get the scripts.

The long and short of the saga was that the publisher was going to ship ten scripts to BAT, but we had to pay in Britsh Pounds. We did that to pay for the royalties for the show.

Today, BAT got the invoice for the ten scripts. What a surprise. The publisher is sending the scripts to BAT including postage as a gift. The publisher is so kind. This gift brightened BAT’s day.

Thank you!


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BAT turns 39

BAT’s fiscal year just ended. So, BAT is officially 39 years old! Amazing.

It is funny because BAT does not look a day over 25.

YOU can help BAT celebrate and keep better live theater going – make a $39 donation today. GIVE TO BAT HERE.

If you can, make a $10, $20, $50 or $100 donation a month for the next 39 months! Just click “Make my payment a recurring payment” on BAT’s secure donor page!

The site is secure, and the theater is getting even better!

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Thanks for 2017-18

The close of HERE // HEAR – REVIEW HERE – on June 24th ended BAT’s 2017-18 season. By all accounts, the season was a success. However, that is only because of BAT’s donors, patrons, volunteers, creative team, and Trustees. Each of which helped make better live theater possible. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

BAT is a 94-seat live theater that has thrived in Burien since 1980. As times have changed, BAT has changed. Through community support, this small theater has proved itself to be mighty.

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BAT started its 2017-18 season with Ben ButlerREVIEW HERE. Ben Butler earned repeated standing ovations. It was an amazing historical play about the events that lead to the end of slavery. It set the pace for the year.

Next up at BAT was The Christmas Carol RagREVIEW HERE. This was the first time BAT had produced a musical for the Holidays. The retelling of the classic Holiday tale was very successful with repeated sellout crowds.

In the Winter it was Rapture, Blister, BurnREVIEW HERE. Some called this a “chick-

Surely you can do better than this selfie!

show.” Not so, the look into the lives and four women was spellbinding, but there was more than enough storyline for everyone to enjoy. Again, the audience both men and women were on their feet at the end of many performances.

Finally, on the main stage, it was Church & StateREVIEW HERE. This is a tale that the author hopes will lose its relevance, but that does not look like it will happen anytime soon. Senator Witmore’s campaign speech where he goes off script and talks about the need for reasonable gun control made standing ovations inevitable, and most nights the crowd was on their feet. Continue reading

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In search of scripts

BAT opens its 2018-19 season with Dr. Frankenstein a gothic tale written by Selma Dimitrijevic. This is not your father’s Frankenstein. In this startlingly fresh, lyrical and haunting contemporary adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, Dr. Frankenstein is reimagined as a woman. Victoria Frankenstein and her articulate Creature tell a thought-provoking story that follows Mary Shelley’s book more closely than other productions, but with wonderful new twists.

This is only the second time this script will be produced in America. That has created its own unique challenges. Here is a small, but telling example:

For rehearsals, BAT provides the actors the crew with “acting editions” of the script. Each person gets their own script. Selling scripts, of course, is how the publishing houses make their money. Continue reading

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Auditions for romantic comedy “Handle with Care” (BAT’s Holiday show)

Auditions for the romantic comedy “Handle with Care” at Burien Actors Theatre

From the writer of BAT’s hit production Church & State, this delightfully fresh holiday show is a romantic holiday comedy dusted with magic.

Ayelet, a young Israeli woman with little command of English, reluctantly travels with her grandmother to America at Christmastime. Circumstances both hilarious and sad bring Ayelet together with Josh, a young man who has little command of romance. Is their attraction an accident, or destiny generations in the making? “Hilarious and heartwarming”—NY Times. A Northwest premiere.

As is typical in a Jason Odell Williams script, Handle with Care has a heart and depth that required attention and a careful balance of comedy and drama. The script also calls for a strong ensemble cast of four actors, two male, and two female. Actors do not have to be the ages indicated but must be able to convincingly portray them. The intent in casting is to be as consistent as possible with the time, place and circumstances in which the play is set.

Burien Actors Theatre is thrilled to be casting Jason Odell Williams’ Handle with Care. Performances are at BAT in Burien from Nov. 23 through Dec. 16, 2018. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Rehearsals begin Oct. 14 at BAT on Monday through Thursday evenings, plus Saturday afternoons or Sunday afternoons or evenings, exact times to be determined, until tech week.

BAT has free on-site parking and is two blocks from the Burien Transit Center.

The directors are Rochelle Flynn and Maggie Larrick, who have co-directed five productions together.

$200 stipend provided.

Auditions are at Burien Actors Theatre on Thursday, July 5 from 7 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, July 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. Callbacks will be at Burien Actors Theatre on Sunday, July 8 from 6 to 10 p.m. If any of these dates is problematic for you, let us know to see if we can work around it.

Auditions will be in 10-minute slots. Please prepare two contrasting contemporary monologues (serious/comedic) totaling no more than 3 minutes. Please also bring resume and headshot. Callbacks will consist of cold readings from the script.

Please make audition appointment:  [email protected], 206-242-5180. Auditions will be held at Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 Fourth Ave S.W., Burien. For directions HERE. Continue reading

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