Celebrate Winners Of Bill & Peggy Hunt’s Playwright’s Fest

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Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before…BURIEN!

Celebrate the Winners During the Final Weeks of the Bill & Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival at Burien Little Theater, as they close the 2008-2009 season this weekend beginning tonight (Friday, May 22nd) with the final winning plays, including one of the featured play readings that features a timely “Star Trek” theme.

Since the Festival opened on May 1st, theatre lovers have enjoyed two staged plays and two play readings of award-winning plays written by Washington State writers. In this final week of the Playwright Festival, ticket prices remain an affordable $10 with 50% of the admission benefiting local women’s shelter Hospitality House. Burien Little Theatee’s Festival, sponsored by the City of Burien and the Mark Restaurant & Bar, will also be accepting donations of food for local food banks.

Each remaining performance of the Festival includes two shows.  Running through the final performance of 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 this Saturday afternoon, May 23rd at 2 pm. 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 & 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 Theater.

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 Theater. 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 22 – May 24:
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 this Saturday afternoon beginning at 2 pm. The plays include Freight, a one-act play, written by Freddie Brinster and The Days of Future Passed, a full-length play, written by Sean Walbeck.

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, 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.

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.

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.


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. 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:

  • Friday, May 22 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 23 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 24 at 2:00 p.m. – Matinee

Burien Little Theater is located at the Burien Community Center Building at 425 SW 144th Street in 
(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.

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

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