Church & State press release

BAT’s production of the comedy-drama Church & State is a look at what can happen when religion, guns and social media mix it up with politics and honesty. Performances run April 27 through May 20.

BAT’s production, of a wonderful script written by Jason Odell Williams, features specialty drinks themed to the show and plenty of free on-site parking, plus an opening night party.


Three days before Charles Whitmore’s Senate re-election, he decides to finally tell the public exactly what’s on his mind, no filter. What could possibly go wrong? This look at how religion, guns and social media influence our political system is simultaneously funny, heartbreaking and uplifting.

Church & State is a Best New Play Nominee with both the Off-Broadway Alliance and L.A. Ovation Awards. This is the Northwest premiere. “Subtle and gripping entertainment… Jason Odell Williams is a postmodern Clifford Odets” – LA Times. “A crackling script! I wish every member of Congress could see it!”…..NPR

This show contains a little mild adult language that includes “G,” “H” and “D” words. BAT’s policy is to inform audiences of content but to let parents, guardians and teachers make decisions that they feel 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 just $10. Enjoy opening weekend deals: Tickets on opening night, April 27, include free admission to the opening night party. Only on Saturday, April 28 all tickets are half price. Only on Sunday, April 29, its BAT’s Seven Buck Sunday, admission is just $7.

For tickets click HERE. For special deals or other information, go to or call 206-242-5180.

Church & State is sponsored by the City of Burien, 4Culture, and Pickled & Preserved


Stage directors Rochelle Flynn and Maggie Larrick direct the talented cast of Gianni Truzzi (Senator Charles “Charlie” Whitmore), Brynne Garman (Sara Whitmore), Caitlin Gilman (Alex Klein) and Max Lopuszynski (Tom/Marshall/Reporter/Security Guy). Heather Bernadette is the show’s stage manager.

Designers for the show are: Albie Clementi, set; Zanna King, lighting; Cyndi Baumgardner, props; Vivian K. Smith, costumes; Eric Dickman, sound; Gavin McLean, dialect coach.


Exciting live theater has been a tradition in Burien since 1955. Incorporated in 1980, Burien Actors Theatre has been a leading producer of quality live theater serving residents of the Seattle and south Puget Sound areas.

BAT brings together a diverse group of people to share a common experience to build community and sustainable economic growth. BAT gives audiences an intriguing and invigorating theatre experience with unusual and fantastical productions they can’t see in other media.

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

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