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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

Come & Enjoy the New Art Show from Burien Arts on August 4!

Mon, 31 Jul 2017

Untitled painting of a horse by Julie Blakemore

Burien Arts invites you to attend the August Pop-Up Gallery with Julie Blakemore.

Where? Burien City Hall Lobby, 3rd Floor
What Day? Friday, August 4th
What Time? 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Enjoy the art, a glass of wine, and good fellowship of friends and other art enthusiasts.

Look for their sandwich board in front of the library. Enter at the back door, and take the elevator to the 3rd floor.

Julie is a Northwest artist and retired teacher from Kennedy High School.

2018 Burien Arts and Culture Grant Applications are now available

Sun, 09 Jul 2017

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Do you provide arts, culture or heritage programming in Burien? Or are you interested in creating a new project?

Arts & Culture funding is on an annual application cycle and is available to individuals, groups and organizations that provide arts and cultural enrichment to the residents of Burien.

The City is looking for Arts & Culture programs and events!
Applicants may be individuals or non-profit organizations. Evidence of non-profit status for organizations will be required. The proposed program and /or event must be held in Burien or serve a majority of Burien residents.

Only one application per individual or organization will be accepted per year.

Applications are due Friday, August 18th, 2017, 4:30 PM.

Click here for application and guidelines.

Gina Kallman is available to meet to discuss the grant application and guideline process…please e-mail her with questions or a request to meet!

Gina Kallman
Cultural Arts Supervisor

City of Burien
(206) 391-6605
[email protected]
Burienwa.gov

Hi-Liners Tickets On Sale!

Sat, 08 Jul 2017

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Buy tickets for the current Hi-Liners Shows!

 

Madagascar JR.

Rated G: Approved for all audiences
Performances: July 13-16

Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they escape from their home in New York's Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien's Madagascar.

Buy Tickets Now!

Urinetown

Urinetown is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself! Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, Urinetown provides a fresh perspective on one of America's greatest art forms.

Rated PG-13: Not recommended for young children
Performances: July 15 & 16

Buy Tickets Now!

Burien Actors Theatre Announces their 2017-2018 Season!

Sun, 02 Jul 2017

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It’s here! BAT’s 2017-18 season! This year promises to be fanatical, amazing and wildly entertaining!
Don’t miss your chance to get season tickets HERE. What a season, what a deal!!!

Here is what is up at BAT:

 

BAT’s Season Opening Gala - September 16, 2017, from 6 to 9 pm.

Join BAT as we celebrate a new season with fun, food, beverages, and a sneak peak at what's coming up in BAT’s season. GET YOUR GALA TICKETS HERE.

This wonderful evening is the kickoff of a a season that will amaze and entertain. It is also a chance to help BAT “raise the royalties.” Your donation, early in the season, lets BAT pay for the rights to produce the shows in the season. DONATE HERE When it comes to producing plays, it is strictly pay before you play!

Special musical guest Allan Loucks rounds out the evening.

Right after the Season Opening Gala, the season is off and running! First up:

"Ben Butler" by Richard Strand, a comedy-historical drama

Sept. 29, 2017 through Oct. 22, 2017
Friday, Saturday at 8 pm, and Sunday matinees at 2 pm

Two quick-witted men, one black and one white, and their innate stubbornness radically change the course of U.S. history and the purpose of the North’s cause. This 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. Northwest premiere.

Get your tickets HERE, or send an email with your request to: [email protected].

Next:

"The Christmas Carol Rag" by Norman Allen, a musical comedy

Nov. 24, 2017 through Dec. 17, 2017
Friday, Saturday at 8 pm, and Sunday matinees at 2 pm

In this delightfully irreverent musical take on the Dickens classic, Ebenezer Scrooge has been recast as an embittered woman named Evelyn and moved to 1911 New York City. Evelyn runs her New York City sweatshop with an iron fist, but slowly opens her heart when visited by a Yiddish-spouting Ghost of Christmas Past and a gospel-wailing Ghost of Christmas Present.

Get your tickets HERE, or send an email with your request to: [email protected].

Up third:

"Rapture, Blister, Burn" by Gina Gionfriddo, a comedy

Feb. 16, 2018 through March 11, 2018
Friday, Saturday at 8 pm, and Sunday matinees at 2 pm

An intensely smart and immensely funny comedy about life, love, and the grass being greener on the other side of the fence. Catherine wants what her friend Gwen has: a husband and children. Gwen wants to be what Catherine is: a famous academic and cultural pundit. Toss in Catherine’s feisty mother, a young former stripper, Gwen’s flawed husband, feminist theory, Dr. Phil and lots of martinis for a bumpy and hilarious ride. A Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Get your tickets HERE, or send an email with your request to: [email protected].

Completing the season for the home run:

"Church and State" by Jason Odell Williams, a fast-paced dramedy

Apr. 27, 2018 through May 20, 2018
Friday, Saturday at 8 pm, and Sunday matinees at 2 pm

It’s three days before Charles Whitmore’s Senate re-election and he’s decided to finally tell the public exactly what’s on his mind, no filter. What could possibly go wrong, particularly when faith, politics, gun control and 'The Twitter’ mix it up? Northwest premiere.

Get your tickets HERE, or send an email with your request to: [email protected].

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