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Burien Actors Theatre is taking it to the parks with comedy “The Importance of Being Earnest”

Fri, 12 Jul 2019

Importance of Being Earnest Poster

This hilarious, family-friendly adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s farce has fictitious personas, romantic proposals, and the big shoulders of the 1980s.

BAT (Burien Actors Theatre) is taking it to the streets (well, the parks anyway) with a beautiful adapation by Rachel Rene of the family-friendly comedy The Importance of Being Earnest. Set in 1985 with all of the big hair and Valley Girl charm that goes with that, this show will make you laugh out loud.

Oscar Wilde’s farce follows the story of two men who use fictitious personas to escape the social standards of the Valley Girl era. The show is full of dramatic, romantic proposals that are thwarted by the fearsome Lady Bracknell--and the insistence of the two women the men are infatuated that they can only marry a man if his name is Ernest.

Often touted as a perfect comedy, BAT is bringing The importance of Being Earnest to:

  • Des Moines - Sunday, July 14, 2019, at 3 pm at Wooton Park at Redondo, 28336-28464 Redondo Way S, Des Moines, WA 98198
  • Burien - Friday, August 2, 2019, at 8 pm at Town Square Park, 480 SW 152nd St, Burien, WA 98166 (part of Burien's First Friday)
  • Normandy Park - Sunday, August 4, 2019, at 5 pm at Marvista Park, 19990 4th Avenue SW, Normandy Park, WA 98166
  • SeaTac - Friday, August 9, 2019, 7 pm at Angle Lake Park, 19408 International Blvd, SeaTac, WA 98188

“This is BAT’s first time performing outside of its roost,” said Eric Dickman, BAT’s artistic director. “We are so excited to perform in your park!”

The performances are free, so come see them all.

Performances run approximately 90 minutes, and are sponsored by the Discover Burien Association and the cities of Des Moines, Normandy Park and Burien.

THE CAST, DIRECTOR AND DESIGNERS

Stage director Rachel Rene directed the talented cast of Shawn Backstrom (Algernon “Algy” Moncrieff0, Adrian Cerrato (John “Jack” Worthing), Simone Elbrecht (Cecily Cardew), Stephen Kelsey (Rev. Chasuble), Cheryl Olson (Miss Prism), Janette Oswald (Lady Bracknell), Sara Schweid (Gwendolyn Fairfax), and Rex Waters (Merriman/Lane). Zachary Naayers is the show’s stage manager.

The creative team for the show is: Rachel Rene, script adaptation; Maggie Larrick with Cyndi Baumgardner and Diane Gaskill, set; Cyndi Baumgardner, props; Rachel Rene with Maggie Larrick, costumes; and Rachel Rene, sound.

ABOUT BURIEN ACTORS THEATRE

Exciting live theater has been a tradition in Burien since 1955. Incorporated in 1980, Burien Actors Theatre is 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 stream online 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.

Shrek the Musical JR. at Burien Annex

Wed, 10 Jul 2019

SHREK JR

Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek the Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical. It's a "big bright beautiful world" as everyone's favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek the Musical JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.

Performance Dates: July 11-14

Performance Venue: The Burien Annex

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A DownStage Center Production

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Experience uniquely physical theater of UMO Ensemble’s lyrical Falling Awake: A Fugue State at Burien Actors Theatre

Fri, 14 Jun 2019

Production photo of Falling Awake

Burien Actors Theatre’s (“BAT”) presents Falling Awake: A Fugue State, a lyrical, moving journey through memory, identity and love performed by UMO Ensemble.

Performances are June 21 through 23. BAT has air-conditioning and plenty of free on-site parking, plus specialty drinks themed to the show.

“Falling Awake: A Fugue State”

Falling Awake: A Fugue State is a funny, magical and compelling new work of physical theater. This play takes the audience on a journey through the hilarious, delightful and heartbreaking moments that make memories... and how lives and identities form and fall away, like dust in sunlight.

Written by Maria Glanz, the play was conceived by Christopher Petit and Maria Glanz in collaboration with UMO Ensemble. Elizabeth Klob directs the BAT performances.

UMO Ensemble is one of the most innovative, compelling and critically acclaimed performance companies based in the Pacific Northwest.

The show is suitable for ages 13 and older.

Performances are June 21 at 8 p.m., June 22 at 8 p.m., and June 23 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. Only on Sunday, June 23 all tickets are half price.

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

Falling Awake: A Fugue State is sponsored by 4Culture, the National Endowment for the Arts. The Norcliffe Foundation and Pickled & Preserved.

ABOUT THE WRITER AND DIRECTOR

Maria Glanz is an award-winning actor, solo performer, writer, producer and teacher. She received an Artist Trust Fellowship in Theatre in 2002 and the Richard Hugo House Best Play Award the same year. Her solo works See Me Naked and Pu’uhonua (place of refuge) garnered her critical acclaim and numerous local and international honors including Best of Fest in Edmonton and Winnipeg Fringe festivals, two Artistic Pick awards in the Seattle Fringe Festival, Top Ten List at the Montreal Fringe Festival, and more. Maria recently received a Gregory Award nomination for her role as Emily Dickinson in Sound Theatre Company's production of Belle of Amherst. She wrote the script for UMO's aerial Rapunzel, and she currently works at Open Space for Arts & Community on Vashon Island.

Elizabeth Klob has been toiling, playing and reinventing herself in the theatrical world for 22 years. She is the current executive artist for the UMO Ensemble; chief, cook, and bottle washer. She primarily directs, designs and manages for theater; Rubble Women marks her first step back on stage in 8 years. Her most notable directorial works include Pu’uhonua and See Me Naked with Maria Glanz and Open Circle Theater, Rapunzel, Fatal Peril and Red Tiger Tales with UMO and an art installation that caused quite a stir on Vashon Island last year called the Eve Project. Elizabeth owns and designs for Cicada Bridal in Seattle and lives on Vashon with her family.

Burien Actor's Theater Scholarship Deadline is June 15, 2019

Wed, 15 May 2019

Maggie Larrick (left), BATs managing director, and Eric Dickman (center), BAT’s artistic director, happily receive a $3,000.00 check from King County Council Member Dave Upthegrove (right)

Burien Actors Theatre is pleased to continue its tradition of awarding scholarships to high school students who have a passion for theater and arts within the Highline School District. BAT wants Burien to be a place where art and artists thrive!

This year, with the assistance of the King County Council through Council Member Dave Upthegrove, there will be three $1,000.00 scholarships.

Recently one of the scholarships was awarded to a student at Kennedy Catholic High School. The other two scholarships will be awarded to students in the Highline School system.

If you are a qualifying high school student in the Highline School District and are interested in applying for a scholarship from BAT, please go to BAT’s Scholarship page, download the application on that page, fill it out, and submit it with the other required items to BAT.

The DEADLINE to apply is June 15, 2019.

Awards are based on a demonstrated love of theater and arts. Two scholarships will be awarded to students in the Highline District who are striving to obtain a degree or pursue a career in theater or performance in the amount of $1,000.00.

Eligibility

  1. Applicants must be full-time students at the High School Level.
  2. Applicants must be interested in theater or arts.
  3. Applicants must be current residents of King County, and be attending a Public High School located within the Highline School District.

This year the three scholarships were graciously funded by King County Council through Council Member Dave Upthegrove.

In the picture below, Maggie Larrick (left), BATs managing director, and Eric Dickman (center), BAT’s artistic director, happily receive a $3,000.00 check from King County Council Member Dave Upthegrove (right).

Dave Upthegrove is an ardent supporter of the arts and Burien students, and he is a friend to BAT. Here, Council Member Upthegrove is providing funding for the second year of BAT’s high school scholarships for students interested in the arts.

The photo with King County Council Member Dave Upthegrove was taken on BAT’s set for Visiting Cezanne.

On a related note: There is one weekend of performances left in BAT’s bi-annual playwrights festival of new plays, which is onstage through May 19, 2019. The critics say, “This year’s production of BAT’s Playwright Fest is very satisfying. It is wonderful to be able to see great theater so close to home.”

(Read the entire review HERE, and get TICKETS HERE )

Don't Miss the 2019 BAT Playwrights Festival!

Thu, 18 Apr 2019

BAT Playwrights Festival Poster

$12 tickets to see two plays!

For about the price of a matinee movie ticket, enjoy two award-winning new plays during the 2019 BAT Playwrights Festival. Performances run April 26 through May 19.

BAT’s Festival offers four weekends of four thought-provoking and entertaining new shows written by Washington State playwrights.

Tickets are $12, and each ticket includes admission to two plays—a one-act followed by a full-length—and a short talk-back with the audience after each play.

The Burien Actors Theatre (BAT) production features specialty drinks themed to the Festival and plenty of free on-site parking, plus BAT’s famous opening night party.

THE FESTIVAL PLAYS

From April 26 through May 5, the one-act Not Food for Monsters is paired with the full-length Hardened Criminals. The dark comedy Not Food for Monsters, written by Devin Rodger and directed by Heather Bernadette, explores what happens when an uptight front office manager at a high school loses her self-control for the first time, finding herself in the ensuing chaos. In the full-length drama Hardened Criminals, written by Suzanne Bailie and directed by Devin Rodger, a father pursues an unorthodox solution to his daughter’s drug addiction with unexpected results.

From May 10 through May 19, the one act The Great Fish & Jonah is paired with the full-length Goldendale. The Great Fish & Jonah, written by Matthew Weaver and directed by Rachel Rene, is a humorous modern take on the classic story of Jonah and the Whale—er—Great Fish. In Goldendale, written by Kevin K. Berry and directed by Rochelle Flynn, the Martins are selling their home in a small, conservative farming town in Washington—until they find out the couple buying are two men.

After each play is performed, audience members are invited to participate in a talk-back with the director and playwright. These talk-backs are an opportunity for the audience to discuss the show with its creators and for the playwrights to get honest audience response to their work.

These plays contain some adult language and/or mature content, except for The Great Fish and Jonah. BAT's policy is to inform audiences of content but to let parents, guardians and teachers make decisions that they feel are appropriate for the youth and teens in their care.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. at Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 4th Ave. S.W. in Burien.

The BAT Playwrights Festival is sponsored by the 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax, the City of Burien and Pickled & Preserved.

For tickets and other information, go to www.burienactorstheatre.org or call 206-242-5180. Burien Actors Theatre is located at 14501 Fourth Ave. S.W. in Burien.

THE CASTS, DIRECTORS AND DESIGNERS

Stage director Heather Bernadette directs the Not Food for Monsters cast of Melissa Collins Henderson (Ms. Wardell) and Kinsey Lahn (Chloe).

Stage director Devin Rodger directs the Hardened Criminals cast of Michael Mendonsa (Tom), Susan Echols-Orton (Julie), Shawna Petty (Beth), Phillip Wheeler (Nate) and Kris Keppeler (Sharon).

Stage director Rachel Rene directs The Great Fish & Jonah cast of Haley Forrester (Jonah) and Rex Waters (The Great Fish).

Stage director Rochelle Flynn directs the Goldendale cast of Connie Murray (Doris), Scott Green (Jesse), Adam King (Jeffrey), Stela Diaz (Colleen), Tim Takechi (Steve) and Steve Murphy (Jim).

The creative team for the show is: Maggie Larrick, set design; Craig Orsinger, lighting design; Cyndi Baumgardner, props and set dressing; Eric Dickman, sound design; John Lynch, fight choreography, and Heather Bernadette, Festival stage manager.

ABOUT THE BAT PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL

The mission of the BAT Playwrights Festival is twofold: to encourage Washington State playwrights to pursue their craft and to showcase new unproduced plays written by Washingtonians.

Playwrights are invited to submit their scripts, which are evaluated by a panel of judges who select the winners. BAT produces the winning plays in the Festival. Top winners in the one-act and full-length script categories are produced in the Festival as fully staged shows.

BAT officially launched the BAT Playwrights Festival in 1999. The Festival has typically been produced every other year. This year, BAT has chosen four playwrights to be honored with awards.

ABOUT BURIEN ACTORS THEATRE

Exciting live theater has been a tradition in Burien since 1955. Incorporated in 1980, Burien Actors Theatre is 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 stream online 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.

"Visiting Cezanne" at Burien Actors Theatre

Thu, 07 Feb 2019

Visiting Cezanne Poster

Burien Actors Theatre’s (“BAT”) production of the comedy-drama Visiting Cezanne is a funny and inspiring look at artists--and how we find our way, and ourselves, when all seems lost.

Performances of this new play, which premiered in 2018, runs Feb. 15 through March 10.

The Burien Actors Theatre production, written by Duane Kelly, features specialty drinks themed to the show and plenty of free on-site parking, plus BAT’s famous opening night party.

“VISITING CEZANNE”

The magic in a paintbrush whisks unknown painter Nora Baker from 2016 New York back to 1900 France and the studio of Paul Cezanne. Nora, Cezanne and the play's other characters explore what keeps an artist, or any of us, going when it all seems hopeless. Will this magical meeting change history? Heart and humor infuse this clever look at finding ourselves and our purpose.

This show contains infrequent adult language that includes "G, D, S and a couple of F words.” BAT's policy is to inform audiences of content but to let parents, guardians and teachers make decisions that they feel are 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, Feb. 15, include free admission to the opening night party. Only on Saturday, Feb. 16 all tickets are half price. Only on Sunday, Feb. 17 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.

Visiting Cezannne is sponsored by 4Culture and Pickled & Preserved.

THE CAST, DIRECTOR AND DESIGNERS

Stage director Marc “Mok” Moser directed the talented cast of Michelle Conklin (Nora Baker), Ken Holmes (Paul Cezanne), Phillip Keiman (Germain Vallier) and Erica McAdams-Roth (Bessie Shaw/Young Bessie/Saul). Heather Bernadette is the show’s stage manager.

The creative team for the show is: Albie Clementi, set; Zanna King, lighting; Cyndi Baumgardner, props and set dressing; Rose Hope, costumes; Eric Dickman, sound; and Elizabeth Kaye, French dialect coach.

ABOUT BURIEN ACTORS THEATRE

Exciting live theater has been a tradition in Burien since 1955. Incorporated in 1980, Burien Actors Theatre is 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 stream online 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.

"Handle With Care" Review

Sat, 01 Dec 2018

It’s Christmas in the small town of Goodview, Virginia. Snow falls silently over a motel, only to be broken by the pair of voices arguing with each other. Ayelet, an Israeli woman, doesn't speak English; nor does Terry, life-long resident of Goodview, Virginia, speak Hebrew (Ayelet played by Anna Richardson, Terrence played by Adam Hegg).

A knock at the door interrupts the awkward exchange, to introduce Terry’s childhood friend Josh (Josh played by Tim Takechi). Terry is relieved to see his friend and asks for his help with Ayelet. When Josh asks why he thinks he could help, Terry reminds Josh of the Hebrew school education that Josh received as a kid.

Although reluctant, Josh agrees to give it a shot given his limited knowledge of the Hebrew language. After some trial and error Josh and Ayelet find a way to communicate.

Finally able to help his new friend Ayelet communicate with his old friend Terry, Josh's job is done. But what will happen to this new budding friendship? Will Ayelet go back home to Israel, never to see Josh again, or were they destined to meet during this trip planned by Ayelet's grandmother Edna (Edna played by Eileen McCann)?

Handle with Care (written by Jason Odell Williams, stage direction by Rochelle Flynn and Maggie Larrick) is funny, clever and heartwarming. It’s a holiday story that doesn’t make the holidays the central focus, while simultaneously playing with the themes common in a lot of holiday stories. Friendship, adventure, loss and reconciliation all play a role through the characters.

The story is well acted and the characters are interesting and flawed. Ayelet speaks Hebrew in a few scenes to demonstrate the difficulties and isolation that a language barrier can create (Hebrew coaching by Aza Hasad, dialect coaching by Gavin McLean).

The set looks great, I immediately recognized the look of a motel room (set by Albie Clementi, props and set dressing by Cyndi Baumgardner). The subtle drifts of snow that can be seen each time we get a glance outside is a nice touch that makes it feel that much more wintery. The costumes are appropriate for each character making them feel more authentic, including Terry who is clad in an actual DHX uniform (costumes by Heather Bernadette).

Everything on stage is well lit, other than a few scenes that are meant to be darker to help set the mood and tone of each scene (lighting by Robert Falk). Everything on stage can be heard clearly, every line of dialog can be understood and all sound effects are context appropriate (sound by Eric Dickman).

Handle with Care is showing at the Burien Actors Theatre from Nov. 23rd through Dec 16th. 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 and $20 for everyone else. For more information help, go to www.burienactorstheatre.org or call 206-242-5180 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.

(review by John Van de Ven)

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