New works by Washington playwrights in festival at Burien Little Theatre


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For the price of a movie theater ticket, you can see two—count ‘em, two—live, brand-new, award-winning plays by Washington State playwrights in the 2013 Bill & Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival at Burien Little Theatre!

From May 3 through May 26, Burien Little Theatre’s (BLT) Festival offers 4 weekends of new shows.  Pay just $10 to see a performance of two plays — a one-act followed by a full-length. The one-act Bottom Line is paired with the full-length Undiscovered Places May 3-12. The one-act 17B is paired with the full-length Parsing Race May 17-26.

After each play is performed, audience members are invited to give their opinions and ask questions of the director and playwright. These talk-backs provide playwrights with fresh ideas, valuable comments, and honest audience response.

Festival sponsors include the new film The Maury Island Incident, Mark Restaurant & Bar, 4Culture King County Lodging Tax and City of Burien.

Staged performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are just $10 and include 2 shows.

Shows are recommended for ages 13 and older due to occasional language or mature subject matter. The Festival is sponsored by the City of Burien and Mark Restaurant & Bar.

For tickets and information, go to www.burienlittletheatre.org or call 206-242-5180.

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MAY 3 – 12:

Bottom Lineone-act written play by Judith Jacobs

AND Undiscovered Places, full-length play written by D. Richard Tucker

In the comedy-drama Bottom Line, a lottery ticket is the answer to a young couple’s financial problems, or is it? Directed by Robert Harkins and featuring the acting talents of Natalie Schmidt (Crystal) and Riley Donohue (Jack).

A man meets his adult daughter for the first time in the drama Undiscovered Places, just as his wife is grieving the loss of her son by a prior relationship. Directed by John Ruppeck and featuring the acting talents of Kevin Finney (Dan), Eloisa Cardona      (Greta), Patty Bonnell (Candice), Kiki Abba (Julie) and Eli Tock (Scottie).

MAY 17 – 26:

17B, one-act written play by Stephan Feldman

AND Parsing Race, full-length play written by Dave Miller
A woman buys two seats on an airplane for her own comfort in the comedy 17B, and arguments ensue about airline policy and common sense. Directed by Russ Kay and featuring the acting talents of Geni Hawkins (Doris), Tim Takechi (William), Shanda Russell (Pam), Dennis Moore (Captain Scully) and John Flynn (The Passenger).

The drama Parsing Race explores what happens when two mixed race couples and a troubled young man deal with the different ideas of race relations held by three generations of friends and family. Directed by Rochelle Flynn and featuring the acting talents of Maria Knox (Yolanda), Adam Hegg (John), Malcolm J. West (Walter), Melissa Malloy (Maddy), Charles Reccardo (Franklin), Patrick Tolden (Saleem) and Vera Werre (Lydia).

ABOUT THE BILL AND PEGGY HUNT PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL
The mission of the Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival is twofold:  to encourage Washington State playwrights to pursue their craft and to showcase previously unproduced plays written by Washington State residents. Playwrights are invited to submit their scripts, which are evaluated by a panel of judges who select the winners. BLT produces the winning plays in the festival. Top winners in the one-act and full-length script categories are produced as fully staged performances on BLT’s main stage.

The Festival was named to honor Bill and Peggy Hunt’s dedicated service to theater and their devotion to and involvement with BLT. Peggy Hunt joined Burien’s theater scene 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.

BLT officially launched the Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival in 1999. This year, BLT chose four playwrights to be honored with awards.

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.

BLT is committed to being an entertainment leader by producing intriguing professional-quality 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.

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

THEATER LOCATION 

Burien Little Theatre
14501 4th Ave. SW
Burien, WA 98166

(Intersection of 4th Ave SW and SW 146th Street; parking lot entrance on 4th)

Directions available under “Find Us” at www.burienlittletheatre.org); (206) 242-5180.

TICKET PRICES AND PACKAGES
Staged Performances (Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.):  All tickets just $10 for performance of 2 plays. 

Dinner and a Show Package: This package includes a two-course meal at Mark Restaurant & Bar plus a ticket to the show; cost is $25 per person. Contact the Mark at 206-241-6275.

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