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"Handle With Care" comes to Burien Actors Theatre

Thu, 08 Nov 2018

Poster for Handle With Care

(Nov. 6, 2018 - Burien, WA) – Burien Actors Theatre’s (“BAT”) production of Handle with Care is a delightfully fresh holiday comedy dusted with magic and brimming with romance.

This Northwest premiere come from the writer of BAT’s hit production last spring of Church & State. Performances run Nov. 23 through Dec. 16.

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

“HANDLE WITH CARE”

Ayelet, a young Israeli woman with little command of English, reluctantly travels with her grandmother to America at Christmastime. Circumstances both hilarious and sad involving a DHX driver’s stolen truck and a “lost package” bring Ayelet together with Josh, a young man who has little command of Hebrew or romance. Is their attraction an accident, or a destiny generations in the making? "Hilarious and heartwarming"—NY Times.

This show contains infrequent adult language that includes "G, D and J" words. BAT's policy is to inform audiences of content but to let parents, guardians and teachers make decisions that they feel appropriate for the youth and teens in their care.

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.

Ticket prices range from $7 to $20. Student tickets are $10. Enjoy opening weekend deals: Tickets on opening night, Nov. 23, include free admission to the opening night party. On Saturday, Nov. 24 all tickets are half price. On Sunday, Nov. 25 which is BAT’s Seven Buck Sunday, admission is just $7.

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

Handle with Care is sponsored by 4Culture and Pickled & Preserved.

THE CAST, DIRECTOR AND DESIGNERS

Stage directors Rochelle Flynn and Maggie Larrick direct the talented cast of Anna Richardson (Ayelet), Tim Takechi (Josh), Eileen McCann (Edna) and Adam Hegg (Terrence). Heather Bernadette is the show’s stage manager.

Designers for the show are: Albie Clementi, set; Zanna King, lighting; Cyndi Baumgardner, props and set dressing; Heather Bernadette, costumes; Aza Hasad, Hebrew coach; Gavin McLean, dialect coach; and Eric Dickman, sound.

ABOUT BURIEN ACTORS THEATRE

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

BAT 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.

"Alternate Endings, Activist Risings" comes to Scarlet Ibis Gallery

Mon, 05 Nov 2018

Alternate Endings, Activist Risings Logo (designed by Nelson Santos)

BURIEN, WA: December 1, 2018, Scarlet Ibis Gallery presents ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS, an hour-long Visual AIDS “Day With(out) Art” presentation, including six new and compelling short films repeating continuously in the gallery from 10:00am until 8:00pm. Scarlet Ibis Gallery is located at 447 SW 152nd Street, Burien WA 98166, accessible through the main door to Phoenix Tea Shop.

Day Without Art launched on December 1, 1989 as "a day of action and mourning" in which thousands of arts institutions and organizations around the world unify together to demonstrate the power of art to raise awareness of the ongoing AIDS pandemic.

ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS highlights the impact of art in AIDS activism and advocacy today by commissioning compelling short videos from six inspiring community organizations and collectives—ACT UP NY, Positive Women’s Network, Sero Project, The SPOT, Tacoma Action Collective, and VOCAL NY. The program represents a wide range of organizational strategies, from direct action to grassroots service providers to nation-wide movement building, while considering the role of creative practices in activist responses to the ongoing AIDS crisis.

ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS seeks to reflect the persisting urgencies of today’s HIV/AIDS epidemic by pointing to pressing and intersecting political concerns, including HIV criminalization, Big Pharma, access to healthcare, and the disproportionate effects of HIV on marginalized communities. At a moment of growing interest in the histories of AIDS activism, ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS foregrounds contemporary engagements between activists, artists, and cultural workers on the front lines.

More information at the Visual AIDS website.

Event Information is here, on the Gallery Facebook page.

Day With(out) Art 2018 logo designed by Nelson Santos

2018 Vision 20/20 Art Auction & Party This Coming Saturday, Nov. 17

Fri, 02 Nov 2018

Array of Small Art Works

The largest local art auction of the year, Vision 20/20, is this coming Saturday, November 17, at the Burien Community Center. Doors open at 6:30 PM.

The majority of participating artists are from Burien, Normandy Park, Des Moines, and SeaTac.

A main feature of Vision 20/20 is an array of 8”x8” small works at affordable prices, just in time for the holidays. This year, 46 artists have each produced nine 8”x8” pieces, priced at $40 each. Browse the displays to find the works you love before the bell rings, which is the signal to grab your favorites off the wall and proceed to the cashiers.

Another 22+ artists will display larger works and crafts in a silent auction. Write down your bid on the bid sheet by the piece any time during the event. The highest bidder buys at the end of the evening.

Music will be provided by Abaraka (pronounced ‘a-Baraka’). The group uses kora, voice, bass, hand percussion, and drums to perform its own arrangements of West African Mandinka music, based on traditional kora pieces. An buffet will feature appetizers donated by local restaurants and markets as well as wine and non-alcoholic beverages.

There will also be raffles for a range of goods and services donated by local businesses.

The original concept for Vision 20/20 was developed by Erin Williamson, 2007 Executive Director of Burien Arts. The plan was for 20 artists to create 20 works, hence the name Vision 20/20. The auction has been running for eleven years.

Vision 20/20 is one of the most important fundraisers for the programs of the Burien Arts Association, which include monthly art exhibits and receptions, summer art classes for children, Shakespeare in the Park, a monthly open mic, face painting at City events, the strawberry shortcake book at Strawberry Days, musical events, lectures, and the Linda Dougherty Scholarship fund. Most of our events are free.

The Burien Community Center is located at 14700 6th Avenue SW, Burien, WA.

Highline Indigenous Theater + Music Fest

Fri, 19 Oct 2018

Highline Public Schools Native Education Program Logo

Join the Highline Public Schools Native Education Program on Halloween and on November 1st in Highline for this unique and very special two night festival celebrating the brilliance and vitality of contemporary Indigenous artists.

Featuring the remarkable and legendary NYC-based Spiderwoman Theater performing their remarkable and timely Material Witness, along with nationally acclaimed PDX-based recording artist Black Belt Eagle Scout on October 31st, and virtuoso violinist Swil Kanim from the Lummi Nation on night two of the festival!

You'll also enjoy a very special welcome from the awesomely talented Red Eagle Soaring youth theater artists on November 1st!

Where: Highline Performing Arts Center

When: October 31 at 6pm & November 1, 2018 at 8:30pm

 

Need tickets? Click here.

 

Find more info on the event Facebook page

Dr. Frankenstein: A Review by John Van de Ven

Tue, 16 Oct 2018

Dr Frankenstein Poster

What is it that connects both life and death? Is it a heartbeat or an impulse from the brain? Or is it something dark and frightening? Whatever it is, Victoria Frankenstein is determined to find out, no matter the cost.

Victoria Frankenstein (played by Skyler Gahley) is the eldest of her siblings and is about to start medical school. She hopes to learn about life and death with the agenda of bringing something dead back to life.

Victoria’s family (Nikolai “Niko” Mell plays Henry Clerval, Erin Sullivan plays Elizabeth Lavenza Frankenstein, Kayleah Lewis plays Justine Moritz, James “Jim” Snowden plays Victoria's father and Vera Werre plays Mary) start to worry about her soon after she goes away to school. She hasn’t written to them in months, and when we see her we find that she’s been working tirelessly on her research. Performing experiments on dead rabbits and a cadaver kept on ice, something dark and troubling is going on.

One evening, as Victoria lays down to sleep she’s interrupted by a disturbance in her lab. Startled and frightened she discovers a monstrous figure (Frankenstein's monster played by Phillip Keiman) standing in front of her staring her down. As she realizes what’s happened, she tries to understand what’s going on and while examining her creation it attacks her and runs away. Victoria is left injured sand hospitalized following the attack and has to return home for a while.

This retelling of the gothic literary classic changes a few details from the original, while still remaining faithful to Mary Shelley’s masterpiece. Victoria Frankenstein fills the role of the protagonist, traditionally written and performed as a male character, which is the only noticeable change.

The set (by Albie Clementi, props by Cyndi Baumgardner) mimics the early 1800's setting the story takes place in. Everything from the Frankenstein’s living room to Victoria’s college home has a very gothic feel to it, giving the show its dark tone.

The costumes (by Rochelle-Ann Graham) are period appropriate and help establish the gothic themes. Skyler Gahley is excellent as the smart, confident and troubled Victoria Frankenstein and Phillip Keiman’s performance as the iconic monster is haunting and terrifying.

Lighting (by Rob Falk) and sound (by Eric Dickman) is done extremely well, every line of dialog is heard clearly and every action performed on stage is obvious and visible, while dimming at appropriate moments to set mood and tone.

This version of the timeless tale has already seen a successful run in London and the Burien Actors Theatre (stage direction by Beau M.K. Pritchard and Barbara Cawley) is only the second US production so make sure to come see a unique version of Mary Shelley’s classic novel.

Dr. Frankenstein is meant for a more mature audience, so parents be aware and use your discretion, some of the show might be too scary for little ones.


Dr. Frankenstein is showing at the Burien Actors Theatre from Oct. 5th through Oct. 28th. Show times begin at 8 PM Friday and Saturday evening, and 2 PM on Sundays. The BAT is located at 14501 4th Avenue SW in Burien. Tickets are $10 for students, $17 for seniors and $20 for everyone else.

The Burien Actors Theatre has been performing shows in the Puget Sound area for over 35 years, and is a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity that relies heavily on ticket revenue, donations and volunteer help.

New Plays Sought for the 2019 BAT Playwrights Festival

Mon, 01 Oct 2018

Burien Actors Theatre Logo (with bat)

Script submission deadline Oct. 31, 2018

Winning scripts staged April 26-May 19, 2019

Burien Actors Theatre is seeking submissions of new plays by Washington State playwrights for the 2019 BAT Playwrights Festival. Both one-act and full-length plays are sought.

Winning scripts will be staged April 26 through May 19, 2019 as part of Burien Actors Theatre’s (“BAT”) 2018-19 season. In addition to having their plays produced, winning playwrights will receive monetary prizes.

The submission deadline for all scripts is Oct. 31, 2018. To qualify for the Festival, all submissions must follow Playwrights Submission Guidelines detailed below. The guidelines can also be found at www.burienactorstheatre.org.

About the BAT Playwrights Festival

The mission of the BAT Playwrights Festival is to encourage, promote and showcase previously unproduced theater works written by Washington State residents.

The Festival began in 1999, and was originally named for Bill and Peggy Hunt, two longtime BAT members after Peggy Hunt suggested establishing a playwriting competition with winning shows to be produced by Burien Actors Theatre.

Playwrights Submission Guidelines

  1. Open to any person residing in the State of Washington.
  2. There are no submission fees.
  3. Scripts may either be one-act or full-length. A series of unrelated or loosely related acts or scenes that could more properly be separated into one-act plays will not be accepted as a full-length play and may be treated as separate one-acts for purposes of this Festival.
  4. Musicals cannot be accepted.
  5. Submissions must be original and unpublished. Plays that have never been produced or have only had a workshop or a reading, whether staged or otherwise, are eligible. However, plays that have been fully produced are not eligible.
  6. BAT is supportive of playwrights revising their work to make it stronger, so scripts submitted in previous years to the Festival may be re-submitted.
  7. The Festival provides a semi-workshop environment and basic production, so excessive production requirements may result in disqualification.
  8. All submissions must be typed/word-processed, page-numbered, and in standard professional play format. Format guidelines can be obtained at samuelfrench.com under “For Playwrights” or by going to this page.
  9. Manuscripts must begin with a cover page that includes the following so we have important information about you and your script, including how to contact you: Name of play, your name, email address, U.S. mail address and phone number, as well as the number of script pages, number of acts and type of play (comedy, drama, etc.). The cover page will be removed from your manuscript to ensure blind judging.
  10. Manuscripts must also include the play’s title on a separate page from the cover page (since the cover page will be removed), 2-3 sentence synopsis, character list (including gender, age range and features such as skin or hair color necessary to script), setting (time and place), and list of acts and scenes.
  11. Scripts may be submitted via either email or U.S. mail. Emailed scripts must be in either PDF or Microsoft Word format and sent to [email protected]. Scripts sent via U.S. mail should go to: BAT Playwrights Festival, Burien Actors Theatre, P.O. Box 48121, Burien, WA 98148.
  12. Do not send the only copy of your work. Manuscripts cannot be returned.
  13. Copyright remains with the playwright.
  14. Legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the playwrights’ full responsibility.
  15. Burien Actors Theatre reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.
  16. Playwrights are asked, but not required, to participate in discussions with the audience following performances.
  17. Entries must be emailed or postmarked by Oct. 31, 2018.
  18. Winners will be announced by January 2, 2019. Winning scripts will be staged April 26 through May 19, 2019, and winning playwrights will each receive a small monetary prize.
  19. Questions? Contact [email protected] or 206-242-5180.

 

About Burien Actors Theatre

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

BAT gives audiences an intriguing and invigorating theater 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 and sponsorships.

Dr. Frankenstein comes to BAT

Thu, 27 Sep 2018

Dr. Frankenstein Poster

New version of Mary Shelley’s Gothic tale at Burien Actors Theatre is not your father’s Frankenstein

Burien Actors Theatre’s (“BAT”) production of Dr. Frankenstein is a fresh take on Mary Shelley’s Gothic tale, with a female doctor who breaks the rules of her time and an exploration through her articulate Creature of what it is like to be “the other.”

After a successful run in London, this is the second time the script has been produced in the United States. Performances run Oct. 5 through Oct. 28.

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

“DR. FRANKENSTEIN”

This is not your father’s Frankenstein. In this startlingly fresh, lyrical and haunting contemporary adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic novel, Dr. Frankenstein is reimagined as a woman. Victoria Frankenstein and her articulate Creature tell a thought-provoking story that follows Mary Shelley’s book more closely than other productions, but with wonderful new twists and an exploration of what happens when we don’t try to understand “the other”—and what happens when we do. A Northwest premiere.

This show contains infrequent adult language that includes "G, H and J" words and one “F" word. BAT's policy is to inform audiences of content but to let parents, guardians and teachers make decisions that they feel appropriate for the youth and teens in their care.

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.

Ticket prices range from $7 to $20. Student tickets are $10. Enjoy opening weekend deals: Tickets on opening night, Oct. 5, include free admission to the opening night party. On Saturday, Oct. 6 all tickets are half price. On Sunday, Oct. 7 which is BAT’s Seven Buck Sunday, admission is just $7.

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

Dr. Frankenstein is sponsored by 4Culture and Pickled & Preserved.

THE CAST, DIRECTOR AND DESIGNERS

Stage directors Beau M.K. Prichard and Barbara Cawley direct the talented cast of Skyler Gahley (Dr. Victoria Frankenstein), Phillip Keiman (Creature), Nikolai “Niko” Mell (Henry Clerval), Erin Sullivan (Elizabeth Lavenza Frankenstein), Kayleah Lewis (Justine Moritz), James “Jim” Snowden (Father) and Vera Werre (Mary). Heather Bernadette is the show’s stage manager.

Designers for the show are: Albie Clementi, set; Rob Falk, lighting; Cyndi Baumgardner, props and set dressing; Rochelle-Ann Graham, costumes; Erika Jacobson, Creature makeup; and Eric Dickman, sound.

ABOUT BURIEN ACTORS THEATRE

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

BAT 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.

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