REMINDER: ‘Martha, Josie & The Chinese Elvis’ Continues At BLT This Weekend

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Burien Little Theatre’s next production, “Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis” continues this weekend, with nationally-known Director John Vreeke at the helm.

Besides an abundance of theater directing credits, Vreeke was associate producer and casting associate for the CBS television series “Northern Exposure.”

In Charlotte Jones’ “Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis,” a group of Bolton, England misfits find themselves and love at the holidays. This quirky, original and heartwarming comedy features a 40-year-old dominatrix about to hang up her whips for good on Jan. 6, the Feast of the Epiphany. Add her obsessive-compulsive maid, a singing “Chinese” Elvis, a drink called a “catastrophe,” the arrival of a “dead” daughter, and more for a play whose characters attain redemption via a highly unorthodox route.

Buy tickets online here.

Here’s the schedule:

Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis contains some adult language and suggestive content. The show is suitable for ages 13 and older.

Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis is directed by nationally known director John Vreeke, who has a lengthy list of theater credits. He was also associate producer and casting associate for the CBS television series Northern Exposure.

In and around Washington, D.C., Vreeke has directed for Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Theatre J, Washington Shakespeare Company, Metro Stage, Everyman Theatre, Olney Theatre, Forum Theatre, H Street Theatre, Source Theatre Festival, Charter Theatre, Theatre Alliance, Kennedy Center Theatre for Young Audiences, Imagination Stage and the Helen Hayes Awards Society.

Among the Seattle-area, where Vreeke has directed are Book-It Repertory Theatre, Annex Theatre, Alice B. Theatre, ArtsWest Playhouse, Seattle Public Theater, Balagan Theatre, Centerstage Theatre Arts Conservatory and Stone Soup Theatre. Regionally, he has worked with the Alley Theater, Houston; Arkansas Repertory Theater; Attic Theatre; New York State Theatre Institute; Salt Lake Acting Company, and First Stage in Milwaukee.
Vreeke has taught at venues ranging from Cornish College of the Arts to the University of Maryland Theatre Department.

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The show features the diverse acting talents of Kelli Mohrbacher (Brenda-Marie Botting), Geni Hawkins (Martha Clear), Alexandra Novotny (Josie Botting), Gerald B. Browning (Lionel Trills), Ken Wong (Chinese Elvis a/k/a Timothy Wong) and Angelica Duncan (Louise Botting).

“Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis” will run at Burien Little Theatre from Nov. 26 through Dec. 19. Tickets are $15-$20 online and $17-$20 at the box office, with all tickets just $7 on Seven Buck Sunday, Nov. 28.

New: Parents can leave their children to be entertained for the evening at Jungle Gym in Burien on Parents’ Night Out Dec. 3 for just $25 per child. Contact Jungle Gym at 206-248-3547 or click here for details.

Here’s more from an email:

As a holiday gift to the audience, Burien Little Theatre will be hosting free staged readings of the popular family-friendly comedy “A Christmas Story,” written by Philip Grecian. Performances will be at 2 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 27 and Dec. 11. In addition, Burien Little Theatre, the Highline Historical Society and 4Culture are co-sponsoring a free performance of Book-It Repertory Theatre’s Women’s Votes, Women’s Voices about the campaign for equal rights for women. Women’s Votes, Women’s Voices, by Shanna Stevenson, will be performed at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at the theater.

Audience members can help Transform Burien help others in these tough economic times by bringing nonperishable items for the nonprofit organization’s food bank. Burien Little Theatre is sponsoring this food drive.

Burien Little Theater will also be hosting two free Saturday afternoon readings of the beloved holiday comedy A Christmas Story, written by Philip Grecian. This family-friendly show is based on humorist Jean Shepherd’s very funny memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s. The script is also based on the motion picture of the same name produced by Turner Entertainment Co. in 1983, distributed by Warner Brothers, and written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark.

The story follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case to his mother, his teacher and even the Santa Claus at Goldblatt’s Department Store. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out.” All of the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more.

Please join us at 2 p.m. on the following Saturdays to enjoy this unique opportunity: Nov. 27 and Dec. 11, 2010.

Burien Little Theatre, the Highline Historical Society and 4Culture are co-sponsoring a free performance of Book-It Repertory Theatre’s Women’s Votes, Women’s Voices about the campaign for equal rights for women. One Hundred years ago, women in Washington State won the right to vote. Women’s Votes, Women’s Voices, by Shanna Stevenson, tells the story of the women who fought, spoke out, and organized in 1910 to pass an amendment to the State Constitution giving women permanent voting rights—a full ten years before the United States would do the same. But we know the battle didn’t end there, and this compelling story also details women’s continuing struggle for equal rights over the past century—from advocating for the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920 to current struggles to achieve equality in education, politics and the workplace.

Women’s Votes, Women’s Voices will be performed at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at the theater.

YOU CAN HELP the nonprofit Transform Burien HELP OTHERS IN THESE TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES! Burien Little Theatre will hold a food drive during the entire 4- week performance run of Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis to benefit the Transform Burien food bank. Transform Burien is a group of Burien churches helping others, including running a food bank two days a week. You can be part of the solution 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.

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.

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2 Responses to “REMINDER: ‘Martha, Josie & The Chinese Elvis’ Continues At BLT This Weekend”
  1. Liz says:

    I was there opening night – it’s a great show. Do yourself and your friends a favor and go see it. You will not be sorry.

  2. Kathy Keene says:

    I was with Liz for open night. I must admit I laughed so hard my sides hurt. This is an extremely funny play with great actors doing complex roles. The gentleman doing Elvis actually sings the songs… sounds like Elvis! His hair is amazing; almost a character in its own right. The audience on opening night was so impressed we gave the actors a standing ovation. This is one play you won’t want to miss!!!

    Tickets would make great early Christmas presents.

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