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.


BAT does not always produce family-friendly shows. This comes, in part, from the idea that adults deserve entertainment too. Not every story worth telling is suitable for every young person or those who are easily offended. Some very interesting stories … Continue reading

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Is there more than butts in the seats?

This is a tale of two shows. One, BAT’s current Holiday show, The Christmas Carol Rag, and the other In The Next Room, or the vibrator play which BAT produced in 2016. The former is currently in production. The run … Continue reading

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The Christmas Carol Rag – 2017

In this delightfully irreverent musical take on the Dickens classic, Ebenezer Scrooge has been recast as an embittered woman named Evelyn and moved to 1911 New York City. Evelyn runs her New York City sweatshop with an iron fist, but … Continue reading

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The Chistmas Carol Rag – press release

(Nov. 14, 2017 – Burien, WA) – Burien Actors Theatre’s holiday show, The Christmas Carol Rag, is a delightfully irreverent and moving musical comedy set in ragtime-era New York City. This reimagining of the original Dickens’ classic, written by Norman … Continue reading

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Ben Butler draws to a close

Ben Butler is coming to a close. This is the last weekend (October 20, 21, and 22). Get YOUR TICKETS HERE! This show provided a number of firsts for BAT. The first time we did a thorough dramaturge page HERE. … Continue reading

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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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