BAT script club grows – now both day and evening!

BAT’s script club took a month off, but it is back, and it is bigger and better than ever before. BAT’s script club now meets twice a month once during the day and once in the evening!

BAT’s daytime script club meets on September 20, 2018, from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. The fun all happens at Merrill Gardens in Burien at 15020 5th Ave SW, Burien, WA 98166. There is no fee to attend!

What? You are not available in the middle of the day, even for the script club?

Never fear. On its break, BAT’s script club grew. Now there are two!

BAT evening script club will meet for the first time on October 4, 2018, from 7 to 8 pm. You and your friends, old, new, and ones you haven’t met yet will meet at the Burien Library in the conference room.

The club will be discussing Dr. Frankenstein by Selma Dimitrijevic. If you want the script please email [email protected] to make arrangements for a copy.

BAT’s 2018-19 season opens with Dr. Frankenstein by Selma Dimitrijevic on October 5, 2018, at 8 pm. It plays weekends throughout October, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. TICKETS HERE

The year is 1831: debarred from attending university in England, Dr. Victoria Frankenstein (yes, you read that right) travels to Ingolstadt, where women are permitted to study medicine, and there seems to be a ready supply of disinterred cadavers, no questions asked.

Mary Shelley’s novel has been so often adapted, filmed and parodied there can’t be many interpretative avenues left to explore. But Selma Dimitrijevic’s new version is, to my knowledge, the first to change the gender of the central character. In certain respects, it seems an obvious intervention, given that the novel had a female creator. But it profoundly alters the trajectory of a book in which women are relegated to submissive, supporting roles.

This is not your parents’ Frankenstein!

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Getting ready for 2018-19

BAT’s 2018-19 season is underway, at least on our end. For you, the first event is BAT’s Gala on September 15, 2018, from 6 to 9 pm.

The Gala got started a few years ago as a way to say than you to BAT’s patrons. It has grown. Now BAT has food from many Burien’s finest restaurants (for a full list of all of the Burien restaurants click HERE), slices of upcoming plays, and a special musical guest. All of that and more are included in the price of admission. TICKETS HERE (Last season’s donors get in free!) Make sure to get your tickets or make a reservation as the Gala fills up quickly.

BAT still says thanks, but we also ask for a little something to get the season going. This year the first $10,000 raised will be matched!!!

Even as BAT gets ready for the Gala, rehearsals are ongoing for Dr. Frankenstein. This is not your father’s Frankenstein. It is a look into the other, just in time for the Halloween season. TICKETS HERE

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It is time to paaaaarty – BAT’s season kickoff!!!

Enjoy fantastical theater, delectable food at
Burien Actors Theatre Gala Party

BAT’s 2018-19 season is upon us! Enjoy fabulous food and drink from Burien businesses plus theatrical performances and special musical guest Erin Austin of OK Sweetheart at Burien Actors Theatre’s Gala Party & Show on Saturday, September 15.

From 6 to 9 p.m., be among the first to get a sneak peek into BAT’s 2018-19 season during this kick-off to Burien Actors Theatre’s 39th season of better live theater. Experience BAT’s fantastical comedy and drama, plus backstage tour and special giveaways. Nosh on delectable food and beverages from Burien businesses. And don’t miss the music of renowned speical guest performer Erin Austin of OK Sweetheart, a singer whose folk-pop sound melds with soul and rock.

Admission is just $15 for the entire event, including food, drink and entertainment. Get your TICKETS HERE, or if you are one BAT’s donors RSVP to [email protected] or 206-242-5180. BAT needs that head count to order enough amazing food.

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The British are so polite

BAT has already posted about its struggle to find actors editions of the script for Dr. Frankenstein, SEE PRIOR POST HERE. This story has a happy ending.

To briefly catch you up: BAT needs 10 actor editions of the script for Dr. Frankenstein by the time we start rehearsals. BAST could only find one copy here and another copy there. It would to eight separate ordered to come up with ten copies. That would mean eight shipping fees. So, BAT  contacted the publisher to see if they knew where BAT could get the scripts.

The long and short of the saga was that the publisher was going to ship ten scripts to BAT, but we had to pay in Britsh Pounds. We did that to pay for the royalties for the show.

Today, BAT got the invoice for the ten scripts. What a surprise. The publisher is sending the scripts to BAT including postage as a gift. The publisher is so kind. This gift brightened BAT’s day.

Thank you!

 

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BAT turns 39

BAT’s fiscal year just ended. So, BAT is officially 39 years old! Amazing.

It is funny because BAT does not look a day over 25.

YOU can help BAT celebrate and keep better live theater going – make a $39 donation today. GIVE TO BAT HERE.

If you can, make a $10, $20, $50 or $100 donation a month for the next 39 months! Just click “Make my payment a recurring payment” on BAT’s secure donor page!

The site is secure, and the theater is getting even better!

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Thanks for 2017-18

The close of HERE // HEAR – REVIEW HERE – on June 24th ended BAT’s 2017-18 season. By all accounts, the season was a success. However, that is only because of BAT’s donors, patrons, volunteers, creative team, and Trustees. Each of which helped make better live theater possible. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

BAT is a 94-seat live theater that has thrived in Burien since 1980. As times have changed, BAT has changed. Through community support, this small theater has proved itself to be mighty.

Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com

BAT started its 2017-18 season with Ben ButlerREVIEW HERE. Ben Butler earned repeated standing ovations. It was an amazing historical play about the events that lead to the end of slavery. It set the pace for the year.

Next up at BAT was The Christmas Carol RagREVIEW HERE. This was the first time BAT had produced a musical for the Holidays. The retelling of the classic Holiday tale was very successful with repeated sellout crowds.

In the Winter it was Rapture, Blister, BurnREVIEW HERE. Some called this a “chick-

Surely you can do better than this selfie!

show.” Not so, the look into the lives and four women was spellbinding, but there was more than enough storyline for everyone to enjoy. Again, the audience both men and women were on their feet at the end of many performances.

Finally, on the main stage, it was Church & StateREVIEW HERE. This is a tale that the author hopes will lose its relevance, but that does not look like it will happen anytime soon. Senator Witmore’s campaign speech where he goes off script and talks about the need for reasonable gun control made standing ovations inevitable, and most nights the crowd was on their feet. Continue reading

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In search of scripts

BAT opens its 2018-19 season with Dr. Frankenstein a gothic tale written by Selma Dimitrijevic. This is not your father’s Frankenstein. In this startlingly fresh, lyrical and haunting contemporary adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, Dr. Frankenstein is reimagined as a woman. Victoria Frankenstein and her articulate Creature tell a thought-provoking story that follows Mary Shelley’s book more closely than other productions, but with wonderful new twists.

This is only the second time this script will be produced in America. That has created its own unique challenges. Here is a small, but telling example:

For rehearsals, BAT provides the actors the crew with “acting editions” of the script. Each person gets their own script. Selling scripts, of course, is how the publishing houses make their money. Continue reading

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Auditions for romantic comedy “Handle with Care” (BAT’s Holiday show)

Auditions for the romantic comedy “Handle with Care” at Burien Actors Theatre

From the writer of BAT’s hit production Church & State, this delightfully fresh holiday show is a romantic holiday comedy dusted with magic.

Ayelet, a young Israeli woman with little command of English, reluctantly travels with her grandmother to America at Christmastime. Circumstances both hilarious and sad bring Ayelet together with Josh, a young man who has little command of romance. Is their attraction an accident, or destiny generations in the making? “Hilarious and heartwarming”—NY Times. A Northwest premiere.

As is typical in a Jason Odell Williams script, Handle with Care has a heart and depth that required attention and a careful balance of comedy and drama. The script also calls for a strong ensemble cast of four actors, two male, and two female. Actors do not have to be the ages indicated but must be able to convincingly portray them. The intent in casting is to be as consistent as possible with the time, place and circumstances in which the play is set.

Burien Actors Theatre is thrilled to be casting Jason Odell Williams’ Handle with Care. Performances are at BAT in Burien from Nov. 23 through Dec. 16, 2018. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Rehearsals begin Oct. 14 at BAT on Monday through Thursday evenings, plus Saturday afternoons or Sunday afternoons 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 directors are Rochelle Flynn and Maggie Larrick, who have co-directed five productions together.

$200 stipend provided.

Auditions are at Burien Actors Theatre on Thursday, July 5 from 7 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, July 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. Callbacks will be at Burien Actors Theatre on Sunday, July 8 from 6 to 10 p.m. If any of these dates is problematic for you, let us know to see if we can work around it.

Auditions will be in 10-minute slots. 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:  [email protected], 206-242-5180. Auditions will be held at Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 Fourth Ave S.W., Burien. For directions HERE. Continue reading

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Auditions for new “Dr. Frankenstein” by Selma Dimitrijevic

Auditions for the new Gothic drama “Dr. Frankenstein”

at Burien Actors Theatre

This is not your father’s Frankenstein.

In this startlingly fresh, lyrical and haunting contemporary adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, Dr. Frankenstein is reimagined as a woman.

Victoria Frankenstein and her articulate Creature tell a thought-provoking story that follows Mary Shelley’s book more closely than other productions, but with wonderful new twists and an exploration of what happens when we don’t try to understand “the other”—and what happens when we do. This is a Northwest premiere.

Burien Actors Theatre is thrilled to be casting Selma Dimitrijevic’s Dr. Frankenstein

Performances are at BAT in Burien from Oct. 5 through Oct. 28, 2018. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Rehearsals begin Aug. 26 at BAT on Sunday afternoons or evenings plus Monday through Thursday evenings, exact times to be determined, until tech week. The focus during the Aug. 26 week of rehearsal will likely be on Victoria and the Creature. In addition, an early table read may be scheduled during the second half of August.

BAT has free on-site parking and is two blocks from the Burien Transit Center.

The directors are Beau Prichard and Barbara Cawley.

$200 stipend provided.

Auditions are at Burien Actors Theatre on Monday, June 25 from 7 to 10 p.m. and Tuesday, June 26 from 7 to 10 p.m. Callbacks will be at Burien Actors Theatre on Wednesday, June 27 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. If any of these dates is problematic for you, don’t let it stop you–please let us know.

Auditions will be in 10-minute slots. You will be provided a monologue from the show to prepare (you do not have to be off book, but please get familiar with it) and you will be asked to deliver it, likely more than once. You should bring your resume and headshot to the audition.

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 Continue reading

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HERE // HEAR – June 22 – 24, 2018

Experience unique dance performance HERE // HEAR with live singing and movement chorus at Burien Actors Theatre

(May 25, 2018 – Burien, WA) – Burien Actors Theatre presents HERE // HEAR, a unique full-evening length, new dance performance by choreographer Kris Wheeler and singer Ivory Smith.

Performances are June 22 through 24. There is plenty of free on-site parking.

“HERE // HEAR”

With movement chorus and live singing, HERE // HEAR is designed to be an immersive experience into sounds that become music and movement impulses that become dance.

 HERE // HEAR aims to activate the audience’s own states of listening and seeing. HERE // HEAR is a celebration of moving bodies and moving voices, stillness, silence, sound, and attentive response to change.

Performances are June 22 at 8 p.m., June 23 at 8 p.m. and June 24 at 2 p.m. at Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 4th Ave. S.W. in Burien.

Ticket prices $20 general, $17 seniors and student tickets are just $10.

For tickets or other information, go to www.burienactorstheatre.org or call 206-242-5180, to buy your tickets on line CLICK HERE.

HERE // HEAR is sponsored by 4Culture and Pickled & Preserved.

CHOREOGRAPHER AND PERFORMERS

Rehearsal photo

Director/choreographer Kris Wheeler was a soloist in the 1970s and 1980s with Seattle’s American Contemporary Dance Company (ACDC, directed by the legendary Joan Skinner), and Robert Davidson’s Aerial Ensemble. Kris taught contemporary dance, improvisation and composition, including Contact Improvisation, around the United States, in Europe and on the faculty of the University of Washington’s dance program. She trained in clinical psychology, and then at 50, returned to the studio to continue to make dance. Over the last three years Wheeler has been working with dancers in the exploration of specific improvisational dance practices. This work has become HERE // HEAR. Continue reading

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