$100 a year

It is headed into donor season. BAT has a nice matching grant for the upcoming GiveBig (May 10, early giving begins April 27), and BAT will be asking for donations during the Bill & Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival. BAT needs these donations to make it through the Summer, so BAT is still around for its 38th season. You can make your donation HERE.

A kind donor wanted to make a reoccurring donation to BAT. These are great. They help balance out the ups and downs that make up the income stream for BAT. (You can give weekly, monthly, quarterly, annually.)

Once the donation was made, BAT got notice of a donation for $100 a year now through 2029. BAT took that as quite as a vote of confidence! The donor was so sure BAT would still be producing better live theater in 12 years that he made a donation every year through 2029. This was unique. So, I gave the donor a call.

I told the donor that BAT loved the vote of confidence. He seemed confused. After a bit, it became clear that he intended a donation every month for a year, not once a year for a dozen years. We both had a good laugh.

After a few clicks on my part, things were fixed, and now BAT gets $100 every month for a year. Big BAT smile.

BAT is getting ready for Summer when we pay rent, insurance, update the theater, and pre-pay royalties for the upcoming season. All of that takes money. You make all of that possible. DONATE HERE.

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Bill & Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival – 2017

It’s back! The Bill & Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival! Four award-winning new works over four weekend. The best of new works, all for you. You’re on the cutting edge of new live theater.

April 14 through May 7, 2017. All tickets are just $10 every performance. GET YOUR TICKETS HERE. Friday and Saturday shows start at 7:30 pm. Sundays at 2 pm.

 April 14-April 23

THEY WALK AMONG US ” written by Kirsten McCory

One-act comedy in which the Greek gods Zeus and Hera move to the modern-day suburbs, and go into couples counseling.


ESCORTING TOM” written by Duane Kelly

Carol will be leaving her social inept and isolated husband, but her project to improve the life he will live in her absence goes off the rails in this full-length comedy-drama.

April 28-May 7

WINTER PEOPLE” written by Devin Rodger

One-act drama in which two recovering addicts try to find and understand who they were–and the truth might just heal them.


THE LAW OF THE SEA” written by D. Richard Tucker

A young widow in 1855 seeks answers to her husband’s death in a shipwreck in this full-length drama.

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Now the truth may be told

Around most every BAT production someone contacts BAT to discuss an issue they have about the production. I would not say that BAT gets very many comments, but there is almost always one or two for every production.

BAT loves it when our patrons and the community talk to BAT. But as one of BAT’s trustees put it, “If you don’t occasionally get a complaint or two, you are not really creating art.”

Some comments are enlightening. For example, one show BAT set in 2002, and an actor was using a Motorola Razor (a flip phone). One observant patron pointed out that the Razor did not come out until 2004, two years after the date the show was set. BAT now collects unused cell phones, so BAT always has the right year of phone in stock. (You can send your old phone to BAT!)

Sex with Strangers was a little different. BAT did not receive any complaints about the show. In fact, all of BAT’s feedback was nothing but positive. Those who came to the show loved it. Those who stayed away, because of the title, missed the chance to see the best live theater this Winter.

Two people did send comments to BAT before the show opened. The complaints were two-fold. First, A person did not think BAT should advertise the name of the play because it has the word “sex” in it. And Sex with Strangers, well. . . . . It was pointed out to BAT that what two people do in private should never be mentioned in public.

BAT explained that it was very hard to get people to come to see a show if you do not mention the name of the show. The person was unimpressed. Simply put, the word “sex” should never be used in public. BAT asked if she complained about the title of the show Sex in the City. BAT never heard back, except for a one-word comment, “Shame.”

The second comment was that BAT’s poster was pornographic. What do you think?

It appears the four legs in the poster caused the person’s sixth-grader to tell his mother that there were people having sex under the table, and she did not want to talk to her “innocent” child about sex for a few more years. BAT tried to gently point out that if looking at those legs caused her child to think people were having sex, the time to talk to the child about sex had long past.

This is the first time anyone has complained about BAT’s posters. The funny thing is that BAT’s poster for Sex with Strangers was the least sexual of all the options BAT looked at. As one of BAT’s trustees put it, “If you don’t occasionally get a complaint or two, you are not really creating art.”

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Auditions, Auditions! Men this time.

BAT is looking for five male actors. Four for The Law of  the Sea, and one male actor for Winter People.

BAT is seeking male actors age 24-50s for the award-winning drama The Law of the Sea, written by D. Richard Tucker, to be performed from April 28 through May 7, 2017. Actors of all races and ethnicities sought for the roles.

Fergus Hays is age 32, and has to cope with surviving a shipwreck when his good friend Andrew did not.

Bertram Latimer is age 30, a shipmate of Fergus and Andrew, and also survived the shipwreck.

Darby Kilpatrick is age 24, a shipmate of Fergus and Andrew, and also survived the shipwreck.

George Jenkins is age 40s to 50s, a barkeeper. Also plays Reverend Cole, who is age 40s to 50s.

Actors do not have to be the ages indicated, but must be able to convincingly portray them.

SYNOPSIS: Fergus is back home in New York in 1855 after surviving a shipwreck that took the life of his good friend Andrew. Now Andrew’s wife has arrived, seeking the truth about her husband’s death, but Fergus is reluctant to share the facts. She learns about the informal law in which if a group of seamen are stranded together, an option for survival inconceivable in the “civilized” world may be considered. Continue reading

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Four new works / Four auditions!!!

Four great shows! Thirteen amazing roles! Twenty minutes from downtown Seattle with free onsite parking!

(1)   Auditions for comedy-drama “Escorting Tom”

Burien Actors Theatre announces auditions for the comedy-drama Escorting Tom, written by Duane Kelly, to be performed from April 14 through April 23, 2017.

Escorting Tom is one of the award-winning plays in the 2017 Bill & Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival at Burien Actors Theatre. The festival features four brand-new plays by Washington State playwrights.

This three-character play calls for one female character age 35, another female character age 48 and a male character age 46. Actors do not have to be the ages indicated, but must be able to convincingly portray them.

SYNOPSIS: Carol will be leaving her socially inept and isolated husband, Tom, but before she goes she wants to improve the life he will live in her absence. She secretly hires an escort, who poses as a businesswoman, to pick up Tom, have sex with him and build up his confidence. Carol’s project goes off the rails.

Escorting Tom will have six performances in a double bill from April 14 through April 23 in a double bill with They Walk Among Us.

Performances are at Burien Actors Theatre in Burien on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Rehearsals begin in March in Burien.

Free on-site parking for rehearsals and performances.

The stage director is Marc “Mok” Moser and assistant director is Calen Winn.
$100 stipend provided.

Auditions are Wednesday, March 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. and Thursday, March 2 from 7 to 10 p.m. Callbacks will be Saturday, March 4 from noon to 4 p.m.

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: audition@burienactorstheatre.org, 206-242-5180.

Auditions will be held at Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 Fourth Ave S.W., Burien. For directions, go to www.burienactorstheatre.org.

Character Descriptions/Requirements Continue reading

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Thank you 4Culture

BAT is pleased to announce that 4Culture awarded BAT a two year sustaining grant. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

4Culture is the arts and culture granting arm of King County. They have been long time supporters of BAT.

A sustaining grant is a little different than other 4Culture grants in that it is not tied to a certain purchase. For example, an equipment grant may only be used to buy the equipment asked for in the grant. None of the funds may go to pay the rent or for other needed equipment. However, within limits, a sustaining grant can be used where BAT needs it the most.

4Culture has awarded BAT a sustaining grant in the past. However, this one is a little larger than the last one. BAT hopes that means it is meeting the goals of 4Culture by presenting better live theater.

You can help BAT too. Become a producing partner with BAT, make a donation today! Ticket prices typically only provide 40 percent of a theater’s budget. The rest comes from people, like you, who want to make a difference, who want to become part of the show! DONATE HERE.

During Sex with Strangers (get your tickets HERE) BAT is seeking 50 by 5, that is, BAT is seeking $50 from you by March 5th. Donate your $50 HERE. As BAT plans its 2017-18 season, we look to you. With your support, BAT can select wonderful shows that you will love. Without your support, the cost of the production becomes the elephant in the room and costs play too much of a role in selecting the season. (BAT is always financially responsible and always considers the cost of production, but with your help, that consideration moves from the main concern to a more reasonable concern.)

Thank you 4Culture, and thank you for your donation!

See you at the show!

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Art at BAT during Sex with Strangers

During Sex with Strangers BAT will be hosting Burien Arts with an exhibit of photos by the Artful Activists of the the Backbone Campaign.

Activists who oppose Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean prepare their kayaks for the “Paddle in Seattle” protest on Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Seattle Backbone Campaign. he show is called Love Wins.

The exhibit runs in conjunction with Sex with Strangers.
Meet the photographers and artists Jeff Dunnicliff, Denise Henrikson, Lisa Marcus, and Laura Daughenbaugh on opening night, Friday February 10, during intermission. Backbone Campaign Directors Bill Moyer, Amy Morrison, and Eric Ross will also attend.
The photos feature ordinary people expressing their love and passion for Puget Sound while raising awareness about environmental stewardship.
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BAT has a new intern

BAT has a new high school intern. This time, she is from Bellevue High School. (Many of BAT’s patrons come from the Eastside, and it is nice to get an intern from there, too..)

From time to time BAT has interns to learn and help out. Interns are part of BAT’s outreach.

Ella is attending the Big Picture School. She has a strong interest in theater, which BAT hopes it can nurture.

With any luck, she’ll write a post or two for BAT’s blog, so you can get to know her too.

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50 by the 5th

The timing of Sex with Strangers could not be better. The show closes on March 5. That is my birthday! And the last day your donation would be counted toward Sex with Strangers.

What do I want for my birthday? You to make a tax deductible donation to BAT. I want $50 by the 5th. Yes,

BAT wants every one to donate $50, or as much of that as you can, to BAT before March 5th. (BAT is looking at scripts for 2017-18 and royalties are expensive.)

Nothing would make me happier than your donation!

To make a secure donation online click HERE.

Want to send BAT a check? Send it to:

P.O. Box 48121
Burien, WA 98148

Also, don’t forget to get your tickets to Sex with Strangers today! (You can make a donation when you buy your tickets online HERE.)

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Sex with Strangers Press Release

Bedroom meets digital era in thoughtful comedy
Sex with Strangers at Burien Actors Theatre

(Jan. 30, 2017 – Burien, WA) – Passion, ambition and the Internet become inextricably entangled in the thoughtful comedy Sex with Strangers at Burien Actors Theatre. Performances of this Washington State premiere, written by Laura Eason, run Feb. 10 through March 5.

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


Olivia, an attractive and talented but underappreciated mid-career writer, is unexpectedly trapped in a secluded, snowed-in B&B with Ethan, an equally attractive and wildly successful young blogger. Her latest novel is an unsung masterpiece; his blog of his “sexcapades” is being made into a movie. She prefers books; he prefers eBooks. She is anonymous; he has half a million Twitter followers. Opposites soon attract – passionately – as each realizes they want more of what the other has. But the closer they get, the more they must confront the murky side of ambition, success and the digital era…

This show is suggested for ages 13-plus due to some adult content and language.

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. DIRECTIONS

Ticket prices range from $7 to $20. Student tickets are just $10. Enjoy an opening weekend deals: Tickets on opening night, Feb. 10, include free admission to the opening night party. On Saturday, Feb. 11 all tickets are half price and on Sunday, Feb. 12, known as Seven Buck Sunday, admission is just $7. GET TICKETS HERE or call 206-242-5180.

Sex with Strangers is sponsored by 4Culture and Pickled & Preserved.


Co-stage directors Rochelle Flynn and Maggie Larrick direct the talented cast of Alexandra Novotny (Olivia) and J. Woody Lotts (Ethan).

Designers for the show are: Albie Clementi, set; Zanna Paulson, lighting; Cyndi Baumgardner, props; Tucker O’Connor, costumes; and Eric Dickman, sound.

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