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 of this Northwest premiere, written by Richard Strand, will run through Oct. 22.
The Burien Actors Theatre production also features specialty drinks themed to the show and plenty of free on-site parking, plus an opening night party.
Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. at Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 4th Ave SW in Burien (map below).
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Ticket prices range from $7 to $20. Student tickets are just $10. Enjoy an opening weekend deals: 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.