Burien Little Theatre's "Bleacher Bums" Will Take You Out To The Ballgame

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“Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks,
I don’t care if I never get back.”

Escape to the ballpark and get primed for the boys of summer with the comedy Bleacher Bums at Burien Little Theatre, with opening pitch on Friday, April 16th and continuing through May 9th.

Bleacher Bums slides in to home plate with nine hilarious innings, eight diehard fans and the persistently losing Chicago Cubs battling it out with their archenemy, the St. Louis Cardinals. This comedy about friendship, incurable optimism and beer was conceived by Joe Mantegna and written by Roberta Custer, Richard Fire, Dennis Franz, Stuart Gordon, Josephine Paoletti, Dennis Paoli, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Michael Saad, Keith Szarabajka and Ian Williams. Contains some adult language.

Bleacher Bumswill run at Burien Little Theatre from April 16 through May 9 (opening night is April 16). Tickets are $13-$20 online and, $17-$20 at the box office, with all tickets just $7 on Seven Buck Sunday, April 18.

Also during the run, Burien Little Theatre will host free bonus readings of Ellen Byron’s Graceland, a short comedy about two Elvis fanatics. A performance schedule including dates, times and ticket prices is available at www.burienlittletheatre.com or call the ticket office at 206-242-5180.

A group of Chicago Cubs fans goes wild as their hometown team scores against its archenemy, the St. Louis Cardinals, in the comedy “Bleacher Bums” at Burien Little Theatre April 16-May 9, 2010. From left to right, Cheerleader (Adrian Moynihan), Decker (Alan Wilkie), Zig (Don Speirs), Rose (Kate Brophy), (standing) Greg (Dash Shearer), Richie (Matt Bordwell) and Melody King (Dallas Milholland). Photo by Eric Dickman.

The Story and Production
What happens when America’s favorite past-time intersects its most irrepressibly diehard fans? Come be a part of the action when the Chicago Cubs host the hated St. Louis Cardinals. Bleacher Bums is a hilarious comedy about the bond that forms among a group of Cubs fans whose excessive devotion is rarely tainted by the fact that their hometown team almost never wins. Conceived by actor Joe Mantegna and written by Chicago’s Organic Theatre Company, this show is nine innings of pure fun.

Updated in 1998 to reflect the then-Cubs roster, Bleacher Bums is peopled by an assortment of fans who can only be described as the original bleacher bums. Among them are a blind man who does color commentary, a businessman who bets from his heart and a cheerleading fan who needles the opposing team with less-than-savory personal facts.

The Cast
Bleacher Bumsis directed by Zachariah Robinson and features the diverse acting talents of:

  • Russ Kay (Announcer)
  • Dash Shearer (Greg)
  • Alan Wilkie (Decker)
  • CaitieMae Ryberg (Kid/Concessionaire)
  • Don Speirs (Zig)
  • Dallas Milholland (Melody King)
  • Matt Bordwell (Richie)
  • Mark Burton (Marvin)
  • Adrian Moynihan (Cheerleader)
  • Kate Brophy (Rose Zigowski)
  • Elisabet Edwards (Security Guard/Concessionaire)

Free readings of Graceland
During the run of Bleacher Bums, Burien Little Theater will also host free Saturday afternoon readings of Graceland, a short comedy about two Elvis fanatics vying to be the first person into Elvis’ famous home when it opened to the public in 1982, written by Ellen Byron. Please join Burien Little Theatre at 2 pm on the following Saturdays to enjoy this unique opportunity: April 24 and May 8.

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

Burien Little Theatre is committed to being an entertainment leader by producing intriguing professional shows. The company’s mission is to treat audiences to productions of the highest artistic integrity that excite, engage and involve both the local and expanding theatrical communities in the Puget Sound region.

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

Schedule for Bleacher Bums:

  • April 16 at 8:00 p.m.: Friday – Opening Night – FIRST PITCH!
  • April 17 at 8:00 p.m.: Saturday
  • April 18 at 2:00 p.m.: Sunday Matinee - $7 Dollar Sunday
  • April 23 at 8:00 p.m.: Friday
  • April 24 at 8:00 p.m.: Saturday
  • April 25 at 2:00 p.m.: Sunday Matinee
  • April 30 at 8:00 p.m.: Friday
  • May 1 at 8:00 p.m.: Saturday
  • May 2 at 2:00 p.m.: Sunday Matinee
  • May 7 at 8:00 p.m.: Friday
  • May 8at 8:00 p.m.: Saturday
  • May 9 at 2:00 p.m.: Sunday Matinee – LAST OUT!

Theater Location:
Burien Little Theatre is in the theater at the (old) Burien Community Center Building, which is located at 425 SW 144th Street
 in Burien; (206) 242-5180. The Community Center is located at the northwest corner of 4th Ave SW and SW 146th Street in Burien (directions available at www.burienlittletheatre.com)

Ticket Prices & Packages:
Purchase online and save! General Senior/Student
First Weekend:

  • $16.00
  • $13.00

Middle Weekends:

  • $18.00
  • $15.00

Last Weekend:

  • $20.00
  • $17.00


 General Senior/Student 
All Shows:

  • $20.00
  • $17.00

NEW THIS SEASON: SEVEN DOLLAR SUNDAY The first Sunday Matinee of every run is just $7.00!

PLAY with YOUR FOOD DINNER PACKAGE: This package includes a two-course meal at Mark Restaurant & Bar plus a ticket to the show; cost is $35 per person.

To Purchase Tickets:
Show tickets may be purchased online at www.burienlittletheatre.com or call 206-242-5180. Fabulous Four-Packs are available for the 2009-2010 Season.

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One Response to “Burien Little Theatre's "Bleacher Bums" Will Take You Out To The Ballgame”
  1. jan says:

    I saw this in Chicago with Dennis Farina and theat fat guy that played Norm on Cheers. It is very funny and quite entertaining. The play captures what it’s like to be a long-suffereing Cubs fan. (or any loosing baseball team’s fan).

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