BAT meets the Burien Arts Commission

The Burien Arts Commission has a few new members. A good thing. But they do not know BAT. A bad thing.

So, soon BAT will be introducing itself the Burien Arts Commission. BAT was asked to tell the Commission what BAT does. Here is a brief outline of what BAT does. (Can you think of more?)

Brief History

BAT is getting ready for the 40th consecutive season in what is now called the Burien Parks Annex. Originally this space was offered free to BAT, but when Burien became a City, the City saw the Annex as a profit center and began changing BAT rent. That rent has gone up significantly over the years.

About BAT

BAT has a 94 seat house in the Annex

BAT typically does four main stage shows a season (usually over four weekends). EXAMPLE  HERE are some photos from BAT’s recent seasons!!!

According to the 2017 study by Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, these four shows bring $141,000 to Burien, over and above ticket prices. On average each patron spends $22.70 per person in Burien

70% of BAT audience is from outside Burien. The audience comes from as far away as Vancouver, BC, and Vancouver, WA. The audience is mostly from nearby cities, and the Eastside and Covington areas. Continue reading

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BAT scholarship – deadline June 15, 2019

Burien Actors Theatre is pleased to continue its tradition of awarding scholarships to high school students who have a passion for arts within the Highline School District. BAT want Burien to be a place where art and artists thrive!

This year, with the assistance of the King County Council through Council Member Dave Upthegrove, there will be three $1,000.00 scholarships.

Recently one of the scholarships was awarded to a student at Kennedy Catholic High School. The other two scholarships will be awarded to students in the Highline School system.

If you are a qualifying high school student in the Highline School District and are interested in applying for a scholarship from BAT, please go to BAT’s Scholarship page download the application found on that page, fill it out, and submit it with the other required items to BAT.

The DEADLINE to apply is June 15, 2019.

Awards are based on a demonstrated love of theater and arts. Two scholarships will be awarded to students in the Highline District who are striving to obtain a degree or pursue a career in theater or performance in the amount of $1,000.

Eligibility

1.   Applicants must be full-time students at the High School Level.
2.  Applicants must be interested in theater or arts.
3.  Applicants must be current residents of King County, and be attending a Public High School located within the Highline School District.

This year the three scholarships were graciously funded by King County Council through Council Member.Dave Upthegrove.

In the picture, Maggie Larrick (left), BATs managing director, and Eric Dickman (center),

Dave Upthegrove, Maggie and Eric – big check!

BAT’s artistic director, happily receive a $3,000.00 check from King County Council Member Dave Upthegrove (right).

Dave Upthegrove is an ardent supporter of the arts and Burien students, and he is a friend to BAT. Here, Council Member Upthegrove is providing funding for the second year of BAT’s high school scholarships for students interested in the arts.

The photo with King County Council Member Dave Upthegrove was taken on BAT’s set for Visiting Cezanne.

There is one weekend of performances left in BAT’s bi-annual Playwrights Festival of new plays which is onstage through May 19, 2019. The critics say, “This year’s production of BAT’s Playwright Fest is very satisfying. It is wonderful to be able to see great theater so close to home.”

TICKETS to the BAT Playwrights Festival HERE!

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BAT Scholarship – 1 of 3

On May 1, 2019, Burien Actors Theatre (BAT) was pleased to award the first of its three

Maggie & Grace at scholarship award

$1,000.00 scholarships to a high school student interested in theater or the performing arts. Here Maggie Larrick (BAT’s Managing Director – left) poses with Grace Clark (right) the recipient of the BAT arts scholarship at Kennedy Catholic High School.

Two more high school students interested in theater or the performing arts from the Highline School District will be awarded $1,000.00 each in June.

2019 is the second year BAT has offered scholarships to high school students interested in the arts in the greater Burien area.

This year’s three scholarships were graciously funded by King County Council through Council Member Dave Upthegrove. In the picture below, Maggie Larrick (left), BATs managing director, and Eric Dickman (center), BAT’s artistic director, happily receive a $3,000.00 check from King County Council Member Dave Upthegrove (right).

Dave Upthegrove, Maggie and Eric – big check!

Dave Upthegrove is an ardent supporter of the arts and Burien students, and he is a friend to BAT. Here, Council Member Upthegrove is providing funding for the second year of BAT’s high school scholarships for students interested in the arts.

The photo with King County Council Member Dave Upthegrove was taken on BAT’s set for the recently closed Visiting Cezanne. Please join BAT at its bi-annual BAT Playwrights Festival on stage now through May 19, 2019. BAT is producing four never-before-produced works: two one-acts and two-full length plays over four weeks. TICKETS

(Also, please remember BAT during GiveBig on May 8, 2019. DONATE HERE

BAT is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) entity and operates on revenue from ticket sales, donations, grants, sponsorships and volunteers!) Continue reading

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Audition – Importance of Being Earnest – Summer 2019

Auditions for multi-racial production of comedy “Importance of Being Earnest”outdoors in the parks with Burien Actors Theatre

Burien Actors Theatre (BAT) is putting together a multi-racial production transporting Oscar Wilde’s wonderfully witty masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest, from Victorian London in the 1890s to Seattle in the 1980s. Both time periods saw big changes in politics, women’s rights and fashion.

This will be a one-act version of the play, running under 90 minutes.  Performances will be outdoors in the parks.

Two charming young women—sophisticated Gwendolen from the city and naive Cecily from the country—are in love with Ernest Worthing. Gwendolen thinks Jack is Ernest, and Cecily thinks Algy is Ernest. Each girl swears that she could never love a man who wasn’t named Ernest. But there is no such person as Ernest Worthing. Adding to the complications, Jack wishes to marry Gwendolen, but he must convince her mother, Lady Bracknell, of his respectability. The trouble is Jack started life abandoned in a handbag at a train station. Wilde unwinds this knotty affair into one of the favorite comedies of English literature. Town and country clash in this brilliant and wildly funny story of romance, identity, perambulators and capacious handbags.

BAT is thrilled to be casting The Importance of Being Earnest. The cast is 4 women and 4 men ranging in age from 18 to 60-plus. BAT is seeking actors of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, gender expressions and physical/mental ability for all roles to create a multi-racial cast. Actors do not have to be the ages indicated, but must be able to convincingly portray them.

There will be 4 to 6 performances outdoors in the parks between approx. July 12 and August 18, 2019. So far, all performances are in south King County Parks in or near Burien, and will be on weekends, either matinees or early evenings. 

Rehearsals begin June 4 at BAT on some weeknights plus some Saturday and Sunday days 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 director is Rachel Rene.

$200 stipend provided.

Auditions are at Burien Actors Theatre on Saturday, April 27 from noon to 3 p.m. and Sunday, April 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. Possible additional callbacks Saturday, May 11 as needed.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script with other actors. Sides will be provided in advance. Audition appointments will be in 30-minute slots. Please also bring resume and headshot.

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, go to https://burienactorstheatre.org/about-bat/visit.

 

Character Descriptions/Requirements:

NOTE: Seeking actors of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, gender expressions and physical/mental ability for all roles. Actors do not have to be the ages indicated but must be able to convincingly portray them. 

 

Algernon “Algy” Moncrieff:  Male, early to mid-20s. Algernon is a charming, idle, decorative bachelor, nephew of Lady Bracknell, cousin of Gwendolen Fairfax, and best friend of Jack Worthing, whom he has known for years as Ernest. Algernon is brilliant, witty, selfish, amoral, and given to making delightful paradoxical and epigrammatic pronouncements. He has invented a fictional friend, “Bunbury,” an invalid whose frequent sudden relapses allow Algernon to wriggle out of unpleasant or dull social obligations.

Merriman/Lane:  Butler/manservant.  This role has already been cast.

John “Jack” Worthing:  Male, around 30. Jack Worthing, is a seemingly responsible and respectable young man who leads a double life. In Hertfordshire, where he has a country estate, Jack is known as Jack. In London he is known as Ernest. As a baby, Jack was discovered in a handbag in the cloakroom of Victoria Station by an old man who adopted him and subsequently made Jack guardian to his granddaughter, Cecily Cardew. Jack is in love with his friend Algernon’s cousin, Gwendolen Fairfax. The initials after his name indicate that he is a Justice of the Peace.

Lady Bracknell:  Female, 50s to 60s. Algernon’s snobbish, mercenary, and domineering aunt and Gwendolen’s mother. Lady Bracknell married well, and her primary goal in life is to see her daughter do the same. She has a list of “eligible young men” and a prepared interview she gives to potential suitors. Like her nephew, Lady Bracknell is given to making hilarious pronouncements, but where Algernon means to be witty, the humor in Lady Bracknell’s speeches is unintentional. Lady Bracknell values ignorance, which she sees as “a delicate exotic fruit.” When she gives a dinner party, she prefers her husband to eat downstairs with the servants. She is cunning, narrow-minded, authoritarian, and eminently quotable.

Gwendolen Fairfax:  Female, mid to late 20s. Algernon’s cousin and Lady Bracknell’s daughter. Gwendolen is in love with Jack, whom she knows as Ernest. A model and arbiter of high fashion and society, Gwendolen speaks with unassailable authority on matters of taste and morality. She is sophisticated, intellectual, cosmopolitan, and utterly pretentious.

Cecily Cardew:  Female, late teens. Jack’s ward, the granddaughter of the old gentlemen who found and adopted Jack when Jack was a baby. She has chosen to fall in love with Jack’s brother Ernest in her imagination and to invent an elaborate romance and courtship between them, even though they have never met.

Miss Prism, governess:  Female, 50s to 60s. Cecily’s governess. Miss Prism is an endless source of pedantic bromides and clichés. She highly approves of Jack’s presumed respectability and harshly criticizes his “unfortunate” brother. Despite her rigidity, Miss Prism seems to have a softer side. She also entertains romantic feelings for Dr. Chasuble.

Rev. Canon Chasuble:  Male, 50s to 70s. The rector on Jack’s estate. Dr. Chasuble entertains secret romantic feelings for Miss Prism.

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BAT Playwrights Festival – Press Release

Award-winning-new plays by Washington State playwrights provoke thought, entertain in 2019 BAT Playwrights Festival

$12 tickets to see two plays

(April 17, 2019 – Burien, WA)  For about the price of a matinee movie ticket, enjoy two award-winning new plays during the 2019 BAT Playwrights Festival. Performances run April 26 through May 19.

BAT’s Festival offers four weekends of four thought-provoking and entertaining new shows written by Washington State playwrights.

Tickets are $12, and each ticket includes admission to two plays, a one-act followed by a full-length and a short talk-back with the audience after each play.

The Burien Actors Theatre (BAT) production features specialty drinks themed to the Festival and plenty of free on-site parking, plus BAT’s famous opening night party.

THE FESTIVAL PLAYS

From April 26 through May 5, the one-act Not Food for Monsters is paired with the full-length Hardened Criminals.

The dark comedy Not Food for Monsters, written by Devin Rodger and directed by Heather Bernadette, explores what happens when an uptight front office manager at a high school loses her self-control for the first time, finding herself in the ensuing chaos.

In the full-length drama Hardened Criminals, written by Suzanne Bailie and directed by Devin Rodger, a father pursues an unorthodox solution to his daughter’s drug addiction with unexpected results.

From May 10 through May 19, the one act The Great Fish & Jonah is paired with the full-length Goldendale.

The Great Fish & Jonah, written by Matthew Weaver and directed by Rachel Rene, is a humorous modern take on the classic story of Jonah and the Whale ”er” Great Fish.

In Goldendale, written by Kevin K. Berry and directed by Rochelle Flynn, the Martins are selling their home in a small, conservative farming town in Washington, until they find out the couple buying are two men.

After each play is performed, audience members are invited to participate in a talk-back with the director and playwright. These talk-backs are an opportunity for the audience to discuss the show with its creators and for the playwrights to get honest audience response to their work.

These plays contain some adult language and/or mature content, except for The Great Fish and Jonah. BAT’s policy is to inform audiences of content but to let parents, guardians and teachers make decisions that they feel are appropriate for the youth and teens in their care.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. at Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 4th Ave. S.W. in Burien. DIRECTIONS.

The BAT Playwrights Festival is sponsored by the 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax, the City of Burien and Pickled & Preserved.

For tickets and other information, go to www.burienactorstheatre.org or call 206-242-5180. Burien Actors Theatre is located at 14501 Fourth Ave. S.W. in Burien.

THE CASTS, DIRECTORS AND DESIGNERS

Stage director Heather Bernadette directs the Not Food for Monsters cast of Melissa Collins Henderson (Ms. Wardell) and Kinsey Lahn (Chloe).

Stage director Devin Rodger directs the Hardened Criminals cast of Michael Mendonsa (Tom), Susan Echols-Orton (Julie), Shawna Petty (Beth), Phillip Wheeler (Nate) and Kris Keppeler (Sharon).

Stage director Rachel Rene directs The Great Fish & Jonah cast of Haley Forrester (Jonah) and Rex Waters (The Great Fish).

Stage director Rochelle Flynn directs the Goldendale cast of Connie Murray (Doris), Scott Green (Jesse), Adam King (Jeffrey), Stela Diaz (Colleen), Tim Takechi (Steve) and Steve Murphy (Jim).

The creative team for the show is:  Maggie Larrick, set design; Craig Orsinger, lighting design; Cyndi Baumgardner, props and set dressing; Eric Dickman, sound design; John Lynch, fight choreography, and Heather Bernadette, Festival stage manager.

ABOUT THE BAT PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL

The mission of the BAT Playwrights Festival is twofold:  to encourage Washington State playwrights to pursue their craft and to showcase new unproduced plays written by Washingtonians.

Playwrights are invited to submit their scripts, which are evaluated by a panel of judges who select the winners. BAT produces the winning plays in the Festival. Top winners in the one-act and full-length script categories are produced in the Festival as fully staged shows.

BAT officially launched the BAT Playwrights Festival in 1999. The Festival has typically been produced every other year.  This year, BAT has chosen four playwrights to be honored with awards.

ABOUT BURIEN ACTORS THEATRE 

Exciting live theater has been a tradition in Burien since 1955. Incorporated in 1980, Burien Actors Theatre is 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 stream online 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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GiveBig – May 8 – preview

BAT produces better live theater. BAT is small but mighty. BAT takes you places you have never been, shows you things you have never seen, helps you laugh and at times cry. But none of that would happen without your support. Give a little, give a lot, whatever, BAT needs your help to keep going.

BAT is part of GiveBig on May 8, 2019. Early giving starts on April 23. This year BAT has a double match, with the lofty goal of raising $20,000!!!

How is it even possible BAT could raise that much and get its budget back in balance? If everyone on BAT’s mailing list gave $6.67 BAT would get there! Of course, not everyone will give, but you can see how your gift, no matter how small or how large makes a huge difference!

Dig through your sofa. See what you can find, and give to better live theater!

There is a double match waiting!

(You can also send a check to BAT, PO Box 66793, Burien, WA 98166. Or GIVE RIGHT NOW – RIGHT HERE! Your gift will be doubled too!)

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Note schedule changes for the BAT Playwrights Festival

The BAT Playwrights Festival is a wonderful adventure into the minds of Washington playwrights. The Festival included the four winning plays from BAT’s contest. The two one-act and two full-length plays are being produced over four weeks. TICKETS HERE

The BAT Playwrights Festival creates a few changed from BAT typical routine. Here are things to note.

  • All tickets are $12.  There is no half-price Saturday or Seven Buck Sunday.
  • Each $12 ticket gets you in to see a performance of 2 shows:  a one-act followed by a full-length.  Plus talk-backs after each play.
  • Friday and Saturday performances start at 7:30 pm instead of 8.
  • There are 2 sets of plays with each set playing for two weekends only:
    • April 26-May 5
      • Not Food for Monsters, a dark comedy
      • Hardened Criminals, a full-length drama
    • May 10-May 19
      • The Great Fish & Jonah, a comedy
      • Goldendale, a full-length dram
  •  There are 2 opening night parties to go with the 2 sets of plays, and tickets for opening night include opening night party. The opening nights are:
    • April 26:  Not Food for Monsters and Hardened Criminals
    • May 10:  The Great Fish & Jonah and Goldendale

 

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Visiting Cezanne opens February 15

Comedy-drama Visiting Cezanne at Burien Actors Theatre takes inspiring look at what keeps us going when all seems lost

(Feb. 6, 2019 – Burien, WA) – Burien Actors Theatre’s (“BAT”) production of the comedy-drama Visiting Cezanne is a funny and inspiring look at artists–and how we find our way, and ourselves, when all seems lost.

Performances of this new play, which premiered in 2018, run Feb. 15 through March 10.

The Burien Actors Theatre production, written by Duane Kelly, features specialty drinks themed to the show and plenty of free on-site parking, plus BAT’s famous opening night party.

“VISITNG CEZANNE” 

The magic in a paintbrush whisks unknown painter Nora Baker from 2016 New York back to 1900 France and the studio of Paul Cezanne. Nora, Cezanne and the play’s other characters explore what keeps an artist, or any of us, going when it all seems hopeless. Will this magical meeting change history? Heart and humor infuse this clever look at finding ourselves and our purpose.

This show contains infrequent adult language that includes “G, D, S and a couple of F words.” BAT’s policy is to inform audiences of content but to let parents, guardians and teachers make decisions that they feel are 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, Feb. 15, include free admission to the opening night party. Only on Saturday, Feb. 16 all tickets are half price. Only on Sunday, Feb. 17 which is BAT’s Seven Buck Sunday, admission is just $7.

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

Visiting Cezannne is sponsored by 4Culture and Pickled & Preserved.

THE CAST, DIRECTOR AND CREATIVE TEAM

 Stage director Marc “Mok” Moser directed the talented cast of Michelle Conklin (Nora Baker), Ken Holmes (Paul Cezanne), Phillip Keiman (Germain Vallier) and Erica McAdams-Roth (Bessie Shaw/Young Bessie/Saul).  Heather Bernadette is the show’s stage manager.

The creative team for the show is:  Albie Clementi, set; Zanna King, lighting; Cyndi Baumgardner, props and set dressing; Rose Hope, costumes; Eric Dickman, sound; and Elizabeth Kaye, French dialect coach. Continue reading

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Ever wanted to be famous? Put your likeness on stage

Ever wanted to be famous? BAT can help! Your likeness can be onstage at BAT’s next show.

Next up at BAT is Visiting Cezanne. (Shows are Friday and Saturday at 8, and Sunday at 2 from February 15 through March 10. TICKETS) Some of the show takes place in Paul Cezanne’s studio, and some in a gallery showing his art. A painting of your likeliness could be on stage in the studio.

For a donation of $3,500.00, you can become a producer of Visiting Cezanne, AND BAT will have your likeness painted in the manner of Cezanne, and your portrait will be on stage! Plus when the show is over, you get your portrait to keep!

For this to work, BAT will need you to make your pledge by January 25, 2019, and you must be available for sittings.

Not only will you be famous, with your portrait in Cezanne’s studio, but you will become part of BAT’s family as a producer of better live theater and fine art.

For details, you can reach BAT at [email protected]

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BATcoins for the Holidays

Just in time for Holiday giving BAT is offering three BATcoins for $10. That’s right $15 worth of BATcoins for just $10.

Put a few in the stockings hung by the chimney with care. Put one in the card you give your neighbors and friends. Even keep one or two for yourself.

BATcoins always fit, and they support fine Burien businesses! BATcoin is redeemable at the most prestigious locations in Burien. BATcoin is only redeemable at:

  • Armoire Chocolat (creators of the most amazing BAT chocolate bats!)
  • BAT’s box office
  • BAT’s concessions and bar
  • Burien Press (Burien’s finest coffee shop)
  • Burien Trophy (where the winners get their awards)
  • Maven Mercantile (where the best food awaits)
  • Phoenix Tea Shop (home of BALL, BAT’s lending library and supplier of amazing tea)
  • Pickled & Preserved (supplier of BAT’s coffee and home of the best panini in King County)
  • Page 2 Books (home of a good read)


You can tell a retailer accepts BATcoin because there will be a sign near the cash register that says they accept BATcoin.

These businesses are very kind to BAT, and they will knock your socks off with great staff and wonderful products. BAT believes in supporting Burien, especially these fine merchants.

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