Burien Little Theatre Holding FREE Reading Of “Graceland” Saturday
Our friends at Burien Little Theater would like our Readers to know that they’re hosting a free Saturday afternoon reading of “Graceland,” a short comedy about two Elvis fanatics vying to be the first person into Elvisâ€™ famous home when it opened to the public in 1982, written by Ellen Byron.
The reading starts at 2pm at their theater, which is located at the “old” Burien Community Center, in the northwest corner of the intersection of 4th Avenue Southwest and Southwest 146th Street.
Here’s some info from BLT:
Please join Burien Little Theatre at 2 pm this Saturdays to enjoy this unique opportunity! Thatâ€™s May 8 at 2 pm.
â€œThe place is the front entrance of â€˜Graceland,â€™ . . . three days before the estate is to be opened to the public. Two ardent Presley fans, Bev and Rootie, are camped out before the gates, each determined to be the first to enter the sacred precincts. Bev is a be-wigged, middle-aged lady with too much make-up and a brassy down-home style; Rootie is a young and shy and somewhat intimidated by the raucous Bev. Wary at first, the two soon progress from dispute to shared confidences, and a growing compassion which, in the end, moves the essentially warm-hearted Bev to defer the place of honor to her waif-like and touchingly sincere rival.â€â€”Dramatists Play Service.
If you have not been to reading, it is a way to enjoy a play that should not be missed. For the last year Burien Little Theatre has presented readings to coincide with BLTâ€™s main stage full productions. This may be the best reading yet!
â€œ[T]his very funny and ultimately touching play deals with the rivalry of two Elvis Presley fans to be the first to enter their fallen idolâ€™s lavish estate. . . . â€˜As the two women discuss the depth of their devotion to Elvis, they slowly reveal the sad and funny sides of their lives. By the end of the play, their competition has dissolved into a touching reconciliation.â€™â€”Philadelphia Courier-Post. . . . â€˜ [I]t will surprise you in the end by cutting below its slick surface to a climax of unexpected passion.â€™â€”WFLN. . . . â€˜ [I]t disturbs both intentionally and unintentionally.â€™â€”Philadelphia Inquirer.â€
Also, don’t forget that BLT’s production of “Bleacher Bums” ends its run this Sunday at 2pm, with showtimes Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm; more info here.