BLT’s Playwrights Festival To Benefit Hospitality House


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8 Brand New Plays 
by Washington State Playwrights 
to Benefit Hospitality House

Burien Little Theatre presents the
 Winners of the Bill & Peggy Hunt Playwright Festival

In this economic climate with nonprofits losing funding, and people looking for affordable and accessible entertainment, Burien Little Theater has just the ticket with 16 opportunities to enjoy local talent while benefiting several local nonprofit organizations. The Bill & Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival, opening May 1st, offers 4 weekends of plays and readings featuring award-winning entries by Washington State writers. Fifty percent of the very affordable ticket price — all staged performances $10 — benefit local women’s shelter Hospitality House. Burien Little Theater’s Festival, sponsored by the City of Burien and the Mark Restaurant & Bar, will also be accepting donations of food for local food banks.

The Festival is staging a total of four shows: two one-act and two full-length plays. Each performance will feature two plays, a one-act and a full-length. From May 1 – May 10 the plays staged include First Place winners The Reprieve (one-act) and If Spiders Made Honey (full-length). From May 15 – May 24 audiences will be treated to Famous Last Words (one-act) and Man Defeats Nature (full-length). In addition, readings of the Honorable Mention winners will be held on Saturday afternoons at 2 pm.

The Bill & Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival will run at the Little Theatre from May 1 – May 24 (opening night is May 1). After each play the audience is invited to discuss the show with the actors and, when available, the playwright. These talk-backs provide playwrights with fresh ideas, valuable comments, and honest audience response. Tickets are $10, and the Saturday play readings are free with donations requested. A performance schedule including dates, times and shows is available at www.burienlittletheatre.com or call the ticket office at 206-242-5180.

ABOUT THE BILL AND PEGGY HUNT PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL:
The mission of the Bill & 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 & Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival in 1999, the company has continued to successfully produce the Festival. This year Burien Little Theatre chose 8 playwrights to be honored with awards including First Place, Second Place, and Honorable Mentions in One-Act and Full-Length categories.

Show Info May 1 – May 10:
The First Place Award-winning plays will be performed the first two weekends of the Festival, May 1 – 10. The Reprieve, recipient of the First Place Award in the One-Act Plays category was written by Judith A. Jacobs and is a poignant comedy about sisterly relations and what happens when the family peacemaker, after a brush with cancer, starts speaking her mind. The play is directed by Melissa Malloy and features the acting talents of Lee Ryan, Petra Huntington, and Kirsten McCory.

If Spiders Made Honey, recipient of the First Place Award in the Full-Length Plays category, was written by Dave Tucker and addresses issues of connection in a modern society. With her brother Derek dying of cancer, Camille is searching for Joanie Huneycutt, an internet icon who has inspired Derek with a blog about her own bout with cancer. Fortunately, Camille’s job takes her to Joanie’s hometown, to meet the next winner of a literary award. As Camille’s professional and personal lives collide, things turn out to be different than they seem, raising some poignant questions about the value of our own contributions to society. Directed by Holly Rose, the cast includes Loren Walton, Julie Smith, Brittany Henderson, Stephen Scheide, Jerusha Warner, Dan Gomez, and Jackie Graybill.

The plays that received Honorable Mention awards in the festival will be read aloud by actors Saturday afternoon beginning at 2 pm. The readings are free and each reading includes both a one-act and a full-length play. The plays featured on May 2 include Penny Loves Butchie Hartog, recipient of an Honorable Mention award in the One-Act Plays category written by Ann Teplick, which will be read by Anna Richardson. The play details how obsession with fire and a boy named Butchie Hartog lands a 16-year-old girl in juvenile detention. Sinking Bass Turds, recipient of an Honorable Mention award in the Full-Length Plays category was written by Russell Weeks. This award winner tells the story of a blind writer, Ar Carey, who is out to expose Wall Street greed and corruption under the guise of writing a biography about one of its rising stars. Sinking Bass Turds will be read by actors Clyde Hill, Anna Richardson, Kate Carlson, John Ruppeck, and Grace Reamer.

Show Info May 15 – May 23:
Starting May 15, Famous Last Words, recipient of the Second Place Award in the One-Act Plays category will be performed. Famous Last Words, written by Michael Wallace, is a sharp-witted drama of two teenagers who are brought together in a graveyard by school bullies where things are not as they appear. Directed by Don MacEllis, the play features Elise Baleto and Jeffrey Myre for the May 15-17 performances and Samantha Hill with Kevin Schilling during the May 22-24 run.

Man Defeats Nature, recipient of the Second Place Award in the Full-Length Plays category, was written by Christopher Bailey and will be directed by Zachariah Robinson. Featuring the acting talents of Russ Kay, Geni Hawkins, Peter Li and Emily Elkins, the play opens on the one-year anniversary of a mountain’s eruption and tells the poignant story of a father who still searches daily for his son, missing in the explosion, and clashes with other family members who want to move on.

The plays that received Honorable Mention awards in the festival will be read aloud by actors Saturday afternoon beginning at 2 pm. The plays featured on May 16 include Freight, recipient of an Honorable Mention in the One-Act Plays category written by Freddie Brinster, and will be read by Anna Denton, Robert Stephens, and Doug Cottrill. Freight tells the story of a strong, crusty captain of an old freighter desperately trying to hold onto her 43 year old son who just as desperately needs to leave in order to “grow up.” The Days of Future Passed, recipient of an Honorable Mention Award in the Full-Length Plays category and written by Sean Walbeck, is the story of a Bellingham Star Trek club that comes up with a cockeyed scheme to attract new members by installing a statue at the local museum. The reading will feature Grace Reamer, John Flynn, Doug Cottrill, Kate Carlson, Anna Richardson, John Ruppeck, James “Tuck” Tucker, and Jeri Hein.

ABOUT HOSPITALITY HOUSE:
The mission of Hospitality House is to help women find home, health and hope. Hospitality House is a 9-bed homeless shelter for South King County women and has been operating for the past 8 years at the Lake Burien Presbyterian Church under the sponsorship of 12 local churches. During the performance run of Burien Little Theatre’s Bill & Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival, 50% of the ticket sales will go to Hospitality House.

COMMUNITY FOOD DRIVE TO BENEFIT LOCAL FOOD BANKS:
YOU CAN HELP THE COMMUNITY! Burien Little Theatre will hold a food drive during the entire performance run to benefit the White Center Foodbank and the Highline Area Foodbank. You can help when you come to the performances by bringing in nonperishable food items such as: tuna fish, cereal, canned soups, condensed milk, canned meats, pastas, and peanut butter.

ABOUT BURIEN LITTLE THEATRE:
Community-based theater has been a tradition in Burien since 1955. Incorporated in 1980, The Burien Little Theater (BLT) has been a leading producer of quality live theater serving residents of the Seattle and south Puget Sound areas. Burien Little Theater’s Mission is to make every audience member’s experience at BLT a welcoming, lively and fun escape from the everyday world, beginning the moment they walk in the door, by providing high-quality, accessible and exciting theater. 
BLT is a nonprofit 501c3 entity and operates on revenue from ticket sales, donations, grants, sponsorships, and volunteers.

Schedule for the Bill & Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival:

  • May 1 at 8:00 p.m.   Friday – Opening Night 
May 2 at 8:00 p.m.  Saturday
  • May 3 at 2:00 p.m.   Sunday Matinee
  • May 2 at 2:00 p.m. Complimentary Play Reading
  • May 8 at 8:00 p.m.   Friday
  • May 9 at 8:00 p.m.   Saturday
  • May 10 at 2:00 p.m.   Sunday Matinee
  • May 9 at 2:00 p.m. Complimentary Play Reading.
  • May 15 at 8:00 p.m.   Friday
  • May 16 at 8:00 p.m.   Saturday
  • May 17 at 2:00 p.m.   Sunday Matinee
  • May 16 at 2:00 p.m. Complimentary Play Reading
  • May 22 at 8:00 p.m.   Friday
  • May 23 at 8:00 p.m.   Saturday
  • May 24 at 2:00 p.m.   Sunday Matinee
  • May 16 at 2:00 p.m. Complimentary Play Reading

Burien Little Theater is located at the Burien Community Center Building at 425 SW 144th Street in 
Burien; 
(206) 242-5180. The Community Center is located at the northwest corner of the intersection of 4th Avenue Southwest and Southwest 146th Street in Burien (map below).

Ticket Prices & Packages:

  • General admission: $10.
  • Senior and student admission: $10.
  • 50% of all tickets sold will benefit Hospitality House
  • Play Readings (held on Saturdays at 2 p.m.) are no charge, although donations are appreciated.
  • Dinner and a Show Package: This package includes a two-course meal at Mark Restaurant & Bar plus a ticket to the show; cost is $30 per person.

TO PURCHASE TICKETS:
Show tickets may be purchased safely and securely online here on via phone at 206-242-5180.


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