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Vision 2020 Returns November 18, 2017

Wed, 15 Nov 2017

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The Burien Arts' Vision 20/20 Art Gala is Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, 6:30 – 10:00 PM at the Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Ave. SW, Burien, WA.

This is Burien's premier Fall Art Event: come and enjoy a night of good food, great company, the music of Trio Abaraka, and ART!

Over 40 artists, 400 pieces of art, each only $40.oo each, auction items, and raffle tickets for huge gift baskets.

This major fundraiser for Burien Arts supports our Arts in Education programs, summer Shakespeare in the Park, our Humanities programs, pop-up gallery exhibits, and more.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Free admission. Donations gratefully accepted.

Seattle Playwrights Salon: WRITE LIKE IT'S 1899!, Friday November 10

Thu, 19 Oct 2017

Write Like It's 1899 Flyer

In celebration of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), the Seattle Playwrights Salon invites writers of any stripe to gather on Friday, November 10, 2017 for Write Like It’s 1899! at the Conservatory, for timed writing sprints. Get your writing juices flowing. Poetry, short stories, plays, novels, non-fiction? Bring it on! Admission is free.

The Conservatory is located in Seattle’s historic Georgetown neighborhood. Reflecting the Conservatory’s and Georgetown’s 19th century vibe, writers may dress in their best 1890s garb (or in any style!) and join other writers in timed word sprints, writing-themed games, spoken word readings, and all manner of frivolity. Need some inspiration to reach your NaNoWriMo goal? Join us! Bring your laptop. Have a drink. Relax a bit with fun and games. Who knows? Amidst the buzz of creativity, you may even win a prize or perhaps create your most stunning work yet.

Beer, wine, cider, and food available for purchase.

The Conservatory is a Seattle art space and coffeehouse, community meeting place, and artists’ workshop in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood, a growing and glowing arts haven in Seattle near I-5, just north of Boeing Field. The Seattle Playwrights Salon produces new play readings and full productions on the second Friday of every month at The Conservatory to give local playwrights a public place to present new work in development to a live audience.

Contact Salon curators Kate Danley and Margaret O’Donnell, at [email protected] for more information, or follow any of these links:

http://seattleplaywrightssalon.com/shows/#/drink-n-write-november-10-2017/
http://theconservatoryseattle.com
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1610786759221468/

Highline Band presents "Fall Destinations" on October 23

Wed, 18 Oct 2017

Clarinets play during a Highline Band Performance

Highline Band's first concert is fast approaching! They will be performing on October 23rd (next Monday) at 7:30PM at Foster High School (4242 S 144th St, Tukwila, WA 98168)

The Fall Concert is entitled "Fall Destinations" and includes delightful concert pieces from around the globe, including band member Eric Taylor performing a movement from Darius Milhaud's "Scaramouche" for Alto Saxophone and Concert Band.

You can find out more about this upcoming performance (and the rest of the Highline Band concerts for the year) at their wesbite, www.highlineband.org. Just click on the tab titled "Concert Schedule".

Also, check out their page on Facebook for event invites and more info.

Review of "Ben Butler" at BAT

Wed, 04 Oct 2017

Photo from BAT's "Ben Butler"

There are many stories that have come out of the civil war. Some detail the struggles the union and confederate soldiers endured, while others are about the oppression the slaves suffered through. Few, however, illustrate the strained relationship of union soldiers and the slaves which they fought for.

Ben Butler is a very unique civil war story that is so incredible, it’s hard to believe it is based on a true story. It takes place a few weeks after the start of the American civil war, shortly after the state of Virginia seceded from the Union.

The story begins with Major General Benjamin Franklin Butler (played by Michael Mendonsa) is the officer in charge of Fort Monroe in Virginia, who becomes host to three runaway slaves. Lieutenant Kelly (played by Mark Fox) informs Butler that one of the slaves, an exceptionally troublesome one as Kelly puts it, is demanding to speak with the commander in charge of the fort. Butler, being a well educated and shrewd man proclaims that he is “ASTONISHED” by the demand. But however “astonished” Butler might be, he is also intrigued by the slave who is making such demands, and agrees to see him.

At first the slave, named Shepard Mallory (played by Sharif Ali), doesn’t seem like the type to make demands, although Lieutenant Kelly warns the Major General to keep an eye on him. It isn’t until they are alone that Mallory comes to life, biting back at the General with quick wit, sarcasm and a certain familiarity.

The story unfolds through their dialog, and the relationship that is built between the two is bonded by their clashing personalities. While it is clear that Shepard’s presence is unwanted at the Fort, there is the sense that Butler truly cares for his uninvited houseguest.

The problem Butler faces is a test of morality. Does he help the man that wishes to have a life away from southern slavery or does his background as a lawyer and his duty to uphold the law supercede his obligation to aid someone commonly viewed as property?

This is only the beginning of a story that had far reaching effects on the civil war and how the North solved the issue of runaway slaves from the secessionist South.

The setting takes place in General Butler’s office (set by Albie Clementi) as the story progresses through dialog (written by Richard Strand), which is clever and dramatic with comedic breaks weaved throughout. All the props on stage accurately reflect the time period (props by Cyndi Baumgardner) while the lighting illuminates the stage perfectly (lighting by Zanna King).

The costumes help bring the characters to life and make them more believable (costumes by Maggie Larrick). The sound is excellent and everything can be heard with crystal clarity as well as helps narrate action that isn’t shown on stage (sound by Eric Dickman).

I highly recommend seeing this story about two men from completely different walks of life, who find a similarity between each other in a world where neither has to consider the other. The acting is superb.

This show kicks off the Burien Actors Theatre’s 38th season. Ben Butler runs from September 29th til October 22nd, with showtimes beginning at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and beginning at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets can be ordered online at www.burienactorstheatre.org with prices at $10 for students, $17 for seniors, and $20 for everyone else in between. The Burien Actors Theatre is located at 14501 4th Ave. SW., Burien, WA. 98148.

Ben Butler Review
By John Van de Ven
October 2, 2017

Historical drama meets comedy in thought-provoking Ben Butler at Burien Actors Theatre

Fri, 15 Sep 2017

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Based upon historical events, the comedy-drama Ben Butler at Burien Actors Theatre is a unique look at a key decision in the Civil War. Performances of this Northwest premiere, written by Richard Strand, run Sept. 29 through Oct. 22.

Two quick-witted men, one black and one white, and their innate stubborness radically change the course of history and the purpose of the North’s cause in the U.S. Civil War. Ben Butler is based upon historical events.

It’s the first week of the American Civil War and Major General Benjamin Butler has been placed in command of the Union outpost Fort Monroe in Virginia, which has just seceded from the United States. Three escaped slaves arrive seeking sanctuary despite the Fugitive Slave Act, which requires fugitive slaves be returned to their owners. Among the fugitives is Shepard Mallory, a man unlike any Butler has ever met. The play skillfully balances pathos with well-crafted humor as the educated and stubborn Mallory challenges the equally stubborn Butler to “see things differently.”

This unique look at a key decision in the Civil War is part comedy, part historical drama and part biography, often all at once, and sometimes none of those. A simultaneously thought-provoking and sidesplitting story of equality and the politics of race in America that drew rave reviews at theaters back East. Northwest premiere.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. at Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 4th Ave. S.W. in Burien. Plenty of free onsite parking is available.

The Burien Actors Theatre production features specialty drinks themed to the show and plenty of free on-site parking, plus an opening night party.

Ticket prices range from $7 to $20. Student tickets are just $10.

Enjoy an opening weekend deal:Tickets on opening night, Sept. 29, include free admission to the opening night party. On Saturday, Sept. 30 all tickets are half price. On Sunday, Oct. 1, known as Seven Buck Sunday, admission is just $7.

For tickets, special deals or other information, go to www.burienactorstheatre.org or call 206-242-5180.

Ben Butler is sponsored by 4Culture, Pickled & Preserved and Scott Gifford Law.

THE CAST, DIRECTOR AND DESIGNERS

Stage director Rachel Rene directs the talented cast of Michael Mendonsa (Major General Benjamin Butler), Sharif Ali (Shepard Mallory), Mark Fox (Lieutenant Kelly) and Dave Tucker (Major Cary). Michelle Rodriguez is the show’s stage manager.

Designers for the show are: Albie Clementi, set; Zanna Paulson, lighting; Cyndi Baumgardner, props; Maggie Larrick, costumes; Eric Dickman, sound; Mark Fox with John Lynch, fight choreography; Scott Hille, scar prosthetics; and Gavin McLean, dialects.

ABOUT BURIEN ACTORS THEATRE

Exciting live theater has been a tradition in Burien since 1955. Incorporated in 1980, 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 see on film 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 Gala Party & Show!

Wed, 06 Sep 2017

BAT’s Board President Scott Gifford holding a bottle of champagne at BAT’s 2014 Gala for a photo by Burien City Council member Nancy Tosta

Enjoy fantastical theater, delectable food at the

Burien Actors Theatre Gala Party

(Sept. 2, 2017 - Burien, WA) – Enjoy fabulous food, drink and theatrical performances at Burien Actors Theatre’s Gala Party & Show on Saturday, Sept. 16.

From 6 to 9 p.m., be among the first to get a sneak peek into BAT’s 2017-18 season during this kick-off to Burien Actors Theatre’s 38th season of better live theater. Experience BAT’s fantastical music, comedy and drama, plus backstage tours, special giveaways, delectable food and beverages.

Admission is just $15 for the entire event, including food, drink and entertainment. BAT requests people RSVP to [email protected] or 206-242-5180 by Sept. 14 so BAT has a head count for ordering food.

ABOUT BURIEN ACTORS THEATRE

Exciting live theater has been a tradition in Burien since 1955. Incorporated in 1980, 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 see in a movie or 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.

Photo: BAT’s Board President Scott Gifford holding a bottle of champagne at BAT’s 2014 Gala for a photo by Burien City Council member Nancy Tosta (photo courtesy of Burien Actors Theatre).

Coming to a Porch Near You: Bilingual "Proof"

Fri, 11 Aug 2017

Poster for "Proof"

Coming to Puget Sound this summer: a bilingual staging of David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize winning play, Proof, performed on various backyard porches. Admission is free for all.

Este verano en Puget Sound, se presentará la obra ganadora del premio Pulitzer, Proof, escrita por David Auburn, en varios patios residenciales. Entrada libre de costo.

This summer, The Proof Porch Project is bringing a bilingual production of David Auburn’s Proof to low-income neighborhoods in Seattle by staging it on people’s back porches, free of charge to anyone who’d like to attend. They have partnered with community organizations, such as SeaMar and Casa Latina, who will be present at various performance to discuss the impact of mental illness in communities of color and provide resources for people who need it.

Proof is a modern classic of American theatre, and we believe that viewing it through a Latinx lens adds extra layers to the play’s already complex character relationships, which are not only affected by mental illness, but also by language and their ability to identify with their household culture. This is the first time Proof is being stage bilingually with a mostly Latinx cast, uniquely expanding the definitions of American theatre and American stories.

The link to reserve free tickets can be found here. You can find out more about the artists and the project on the Project website.

Performances will be Friday through Sunday at 6:00pm at the following locations on the following dates:

  • Beacon Hill: 3820 13th Ave S, 98108 (August 11-13)
  • North Seattle: 13519 23rd Ave NE, 98125 (August 18-20)
  • Burien: 12827 3rd Ave S, 98168 (August 25-27)

“I want audiences to recognize the importance of seeing Latinx and brown geniuses on stage”
— Sophie Franco, actor for Proof Porch Project

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