Category Archives: Shows

Articles or announcements about a specific show that aren’t more properly called “News”. These could include director’s notes, discussions of technical issues encountered during production, interviews with designers, actors, or volunteers, and descriptions of the content of shows for the purpose of educating the audience.

In short, if it’s a short bit of information about a show, it’s News. If it’s more thoughtful, it probably belongs here.

Ben Butler reviews to date

Here are the reviews for Ben Butler to date: “I highly recommend seeing this story about two men from completely different walks of life, who find a similarity between each other in a world where neither has to consider the … Continue reading

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The genius of Cyndi

Cyndi is BAT’s props goddess on Ben Butler. Here is just one example of the detail Cyndi puts into her work. On stage, there is a fireplace and “gas” lamps on either side of the chimney. The play takes place … Continue reading

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So, what is tech week?

I just survived day one of tech week. So, what is tech week, and why is it sometimes called hell week? First, when is tech week? For BAT it is the last week before a show opens. Ben Butler opens … Continue reading

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Washington Territory in the Civil War – Ben Butler history 8 of 8

One region of the United States that never shares in the Civil War conversation is the Pacific Northwest. Washington State was only a territory when war broke out in April of 1861. Despite three thousand miles distance and a small … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s Evolution on Slavery – Ben Butler history 7 of 8

Abraham Lincoln is remembered today as “The Great Emancipator.” Like many of his day, Lincoln’s own views on slavery were complex and even somewhat incompatible with our knowledge of the 16th president. This is an exploration of Honest Abe’s changing … Continue reading

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Contraband of War – Ben Butler history 6 of 8

About 900 fugitive slaves had made their way to Fort Monroe after news of the contraband declaration had spread. Men, women, and children sought refuge with the Union Army because they believed they would be freed. Those people would not … Continue reading

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Confiscation Acts of 1861 and 1862 – Ben Butler history 5 of 8

In direct response to General Benjamin Butler’s decision at Fort Monroe in May of 1861, Congress passed a law saying any property used expressly for armed insurrection against the Federal government would be captured by Union forces to use as … Continue reading

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Butler and the Fate of Contraband Slaves – Ben Butler history 4 of 8

Benjamin Butler and the Fate of Contraband Slaves Benjamin Butler was the first person to declare escaped and captured slaves coming into Union lines contraband. This meant slaves, that were being used for the southern war effort, were just as … Continue reading

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Who was Ben Butler – Ben Butler history 3 of 8

Who Was Ben Butler? Benjamin Franklin Butler (Nov. 5, 1818 – Jan. 11, 1893) was truthfully more of a civilian and politician than a military man. Born in New Hampshire and raised in Massachusetts, he was a successful lawyer who … Continue reading

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Ben Butler

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 … Continue reading

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