The mission of the Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival is to
encourage, promote and showcase previously unproduced theatre works
written by Washington state residents, and stage the winning plays at
Burien Little Theatre.
The Festival was named to honor Bill and Peggy Hunt’s dedicated service
to community-based theater and their devotion to and involvement with
Burien Little Theatre. Peggy Hunt joined Burien’s theater organization
in 1960 with a leading role in the play Harvey. Over the next 35 years
both Bill and Peggy appeared in and directed plays, designed and built
sets, served on the Board of Directors, and were involved in some aspect
of every theater project. Since Burien Little Theatre officially launched
the Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival in 1999, the company has
continued to successfully produce the Festival.
This year Burien Little Theatre chose 6 playwrights to be honored with
awards including First Place, Second Place, and Honorable Mentions in
One-Act and Full-Length categories.
This years winners are:
Full length first-place: “Unfound Fossils,” by Christopher Bailey
Runs: April 22 – May 1
“Unfound Fossils” is a psychological drama about a serial killer. October
11, 2009, marked the 40th anniversary of an infamous San Francisco shooting
death, which put the exclamation point on the tumultuous summer of 1969. On
that foggy October night in the ’60s, two men in their underpants, post-coital,
lounge in the bedroom of a Presidio Heights mansion, not far from the scene of
the freshly committed murder. As the police search the nearby Presidio, one
of these men will come to realize the other is a killer. In Act II, and elderly man
named Bill shows up in the fall of 2005 at the Seattle office of a 40-something
psychologist and former FBI profiler, Dr. Maureen Campbell. When Bill’s
revelations about the 1969 San Francisco shooting death threatens the “facts” in
her soon-to-be released crime book, Dr. Campbell does her best to discredit Bill,
leaving him no choice but to threaten her in other ways.
Full length second-place: “Super Tuesday,” by Jesse Putnam
Runs: April 8 – April 17
An African-American governor, formerly a Democrat and now a Republican,
is running for president against an ultra-conservative opponent. He is confronted
with an impossible choice between saving a man on death row and his bid for the
One-act first-place: “Bold Grace: The Voyages of the Pirate O’Malley,” by Ashley
Runs April 22 – May 1
“Bold Grace” follows the life and times of real life 17th-century Irish pirate,
Grace O’Malley. Beginning with her first voyage with her father at the age of
nine, Grace re-lives key points in her life until her death in 1603. Grace lived
a full life, including pirating up and down the Irish coast, an army of 200 loyal
fighting men, her own fleet of ships, two marriages, four children (on born while
Grace was at sea), and even a documented face-to-face meeting with Queen
One-act second-place: “Two,” by Susanne Bailie
Runs April 8 – April 17
In the future, what if you could have a “redo” of your life? Jet Alveraz.
at third-generation clone, confronts the callous reality his intellect assisted in
creating. Goodness, Jet discovers, has little value in mankind’s world of scientific
The readings (honorable mention)
“Action! Commercials! Subtext!” by Sean Walbeck
Readings April 9th and April 16th at 2pm
Jana Goodwill’s mundane existence as an architectural historian is
shattered when her neighbor, and possibly more, Port Commissioner Severt
Longboardson bribes Jana’s dog Snarky into stealing Jana’ secret report. As
Jana climbs the ladder of government policy to preserve historic waterfront
buildings and protect herself from Severt’s nefarious (but handsome) clutches,
she is plagued by a duplicitous city drone, dead bodies, spotty research, a clingy
box and the angry ghost of her revenge-hungry dog. That is until a training
montage and vision quest from Obama make her the hero historian she needs to
be, seaching for La Cuidad de Oro in Bellingham Bay. Comedy.
“The Fishbowl” by Katherine Luck
Readings April 23rd & April 30th at 2pm
Under the watchful eye of the media, a criminal stunt at a fast-food joint
by formerly famous has-beens goes violently awry.
The Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival runs April 8, 2011 through May 1, 2011. Performances Thurs., Fri. and Sat. at 7:30 pm and Sun. at 2 pm (new time). Our regular Family Night with Child Care provided and a jungle gym is April 15th, so make sure to get your taxes done early this year.
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