A matinee performance of “Red” at the Burien Actors Theatre (BAT) took an unexpected turn on Sunday, April 14, 2024 when a power outage plunged the theater and much of the surrounding area into darkness.

As they say in show biz, “the show must go on,” and despite the electricity going out at around 2:30 p.m., BAT proved its merit by continuing the performance, which started at 2 p.m.

After ensuring there was no immediate safety hazard, BAT staff retrieved all available flashlights and the performance continued without stage lights or music.

Patrons were offered complimentary tickets to a future performance of “Red,” which runs through May 5, 2024. Only three audience members chose to leave early.

“Theatrical resilience prevailed, with the audience delivering a standing ovation for the actors’ performance,” Creative Director Eric Dickman said. “While a photograph may not capture the full experience, the actors remained visible under the emergency lighting, ensuring the performance continued with minimal disruption.”

Below are actual photos taken during Sunday’s performance of ‘Reds’ during the power outage, courtesy Director Beau Prichard:

For more information on “Red” and BAT Theatre’s current season, visit their website at:


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