Based upon historical events, the comedy-drama Ben Butler at Burien Actors Theatre is a unique look at a key decision in the Civil War. Performances of this Northwest premiere, written by Richard Strand, run Sept. 29 through Oct. 22.
Two quick-witted men, one black and one white, and their innate stubborness radically change the course of history and the purpose of the North’s cause in the U.S. Civil War. Ben Butler is based upon historical events.
It’s the first week of the American Civil War and Major General Benjamin Butler has been placed in command of the Union outpost Fort Monroe in Virginia, which has just seceded from the United States. Three escaped slaves arrive seeking sanctuary despite the Fugitive Slave Act, which requires fugitive slaves be returned to their owners. Among the fugitives is Shepard Mallory, a man unlike any Butler has ever met. The play skillfully balances pathos with well-crafted humor as the educated and stubborn Mallory challenges the equally stubborn Butler to “see things differently.”
This unique look at a key decision in the Civil War is part comedy, part historical drama and part biography, often all at once, and sometimes none of those. A simultaneously thought-provoking and sidesplitting story of equality and the politics of race in America that drew rave reviews at theaters back East. Northwest premiere.
From the B-Town Blog: http://b-townblog.com/2017/10/03/review-bats-ben-butler-is-a-witty-and-eye-opening-historical-comedy/
From the Burien Culture Hub: http://burienculturehub.com/content/review-ben-butler-bat
From the WestSide Seattle/Highline Times: https://www.westsideseattle.com/highline-times/2017/10/03/theatre-review-burien-actors-theatre-brings-thought-provoking-play
THE CAST, DIRECTOR AND DESIGNERS
Stage director Rachel Rene directs the talented cast of Michael Mendonsa (Major General Benjamin Butler), Sharif Ali (Shepard Mallory), Mark Fox (Lieutenant Kelly) and Dave Tucker (Major Cary). Michelle Rodriguez is the show’s stage manager.
Designers for the show are: Albie Clementi, set; Zanna Paulson, lighting; Cyndi Baumgardner, props; Maggie Larrick, costumes; Eric Dickman, sound; Mark Fox with John Lynch, fight choreography; Scott Hille, scar prosthetics; and Gavin McLean, dialects.
Show dates and times:
|Friday, September 29, 2017||8pm – Opening Night Party!|
|Saturday, September 30, 2017||8pm – Half Price Saturday|
|Sunday, October 1, 2017||2pm – $7 Sunday|
|Friday, October 6, 2017||8pm|
|Saturday, October 7, 2017||8pm|
|Sunday, October 8, 2017||2pm|
|Friday, October 13, 2017||8pm|
|Saturday, October 14, 2017||8pm|
|Sunday, October 15, 2017||2pm|
|Friday, October 20, 2017||8pm|
|Saturday, October 21, 2017||8pm|
|Sunday, October 22, 2017||2pm|