Jewish culture meets Christianity in ‘Coney Island Christmas,’ opening Nov. 29

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Burien Actors Theatre (formerly Burien Little Theatre) presents the holiday comedy Coney Island Christmas, which opens Nov. 29 and continues through Dec. 22.

A Jewish girl is the best choice as Jesus in the school play, but will tradition and family politics bring the curtain down early? Written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies, Coney Island Christmas features two of the most hilariously inept holiday school pageants ever and a universal tale of what it means to be an American at the holidays. Projections from the 1930s Brooklyn, plus Christmas carols played in traditional Jewish klezmer style by the Klez Katz of Seattle, add rich texture to this delightful production.

The show is suitable for all ages.

Coney Island Christmas performs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices range from $7 to $20. Check out special opening weekend ticket deals. Bring nonperishable food for local food bank and get $2 off ticket price. All deals and discounts are exclusive of each other. For tickets or information, go online to or call 206-242-5180.

Rochelle Flynn and Maggie Larrick are stage directing the show.

Also featured are the diverse acting talents of:

  • Vera Werre (Grandma Shirley)
  • Emily Dumaran (Clara)
  • Lauren Scoville (Young Shirley)
  • Eileen McCann (Mrs. Abramowitz)
  • Christopher McDowell (Mr. Abramowitz)
  • Tamsyn Kime (Miss Glace)
  • Adam Hegg (Mr. Hilton)
  • Susan Echols-Orton (Mrs. Kornblum/Kid/Ensemble)
  • Anna Richardson (Ira/Ensemble)
  • Carol Stanley (Henry/Ensemble)
  • Michael Tangedahl (Jackie/Ensemble)
  • Mindy Whitfield (Evie/Ensemble)
  • Tim Takechi (Lester/Hawker/Ensemble)
  • Grace Xie (Anna Ling/Ensemble)
  • Shoshana T. Glick (Kid/Ensemble)
  • Aimee Hong, (Kid/Ensemble)
  • Mary McDowell (Kid/Ensemble)

Adult actors play kids rehearsing a Thanksgiving Pageant. Photo courtesy Burien Actors Theatre.

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

Burien Actors Theatre gives audiences an intriguing and invigorating theatre experience with unusual and fantastical productions they can’t get on a DVD or see anywhere else. 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.

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


Burien Actors Theatre
14501 4th Ave SW
Burien, WA 98166

(Intersection of Fourth Avenue Southwest and Southwest 146th St., parking lot entrance on Fourth)

Directions available under “Find Us” at

PHONE: (206) 242-5180

Online Ticket Prices: Purchase online for savings early in the run.

General Senior/Student

  • First Weekend: $18.00 $15.00
  • Second Weekend: $19.00 $16.00
  • Remaining Weekends: $20.00 $17.00

Tickets at the Box Office:

  • General Senior/Student
  • All Shows: $20.00 $17.00

OPENING NIGHT: Only on Nov. 29, get $5 off each ticket in the purchase if you wear a yarmulke or a Santa hat. Good only for purchases at the door.
DATE NIGHT NOV. 30: Two-for-one tickets: Get two tickets for the price of one.
SEVEN DOLLAR SUNDAY DEC. 1: All tickets are just $7.00! Remember, Sunday is a matinee performance only.
Dinner and a Show Package: This package includes a two-course meal at Mark Restaurant & Bar plus a ticket to the show; cost is $35 per person. Contact the Mark at 206-241-6275.

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