Looking for In the Next Room

BAT gets lots of emails. We do what we can to answer them all as soon as possible. One bat-logo-banner-trans-940x198-300x63question BAT get over and over is, “Where can I find the scripts to your shows?”

Many are in manuscript and cannot be shared, some are musicals, that the publisher will not let BAT share, but many are also published plays. The latter BAT is making available to its patrons. The former can only be shared through spacial arrangement with the authors or publisher.

Last week BAT opened BALL, Burien Actors Lending Library. BALL is located in a room in BumbershootStoreFrontBumbershoot Books in Burien. Bumbershoot Books (review) is located on 152nd in downtown Burien. The books in BALL. One of the purposes of BALL is to make you an expert, to allow you to enjoy BAT’s productions even more. Check out the books in BALL.

If you are one of those people who want to know what happens backstage, BALL has books on stagecraft. If you like to know about authors, BALL has biographies. If, like me, you like to read scripts, to see the words and hear them in your mind, there are scripts.

When it comes to In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, you can read the script before or after you see BAT’s production, which opens on February 14 (TICKETS). There are two copies of In the Next Room, or the vibrator play in BALL.

You can, of course, sit by Bumbershoot Book’s fireplace and read the script, or, and this is great fun, you can check the script out and read it at home, or at a local coffee shop; wherever you would like. When done, just return the script to BALL and the lending continues.

BAT will be adding more books and scripts over time. So stop by BALL often. (If you check out thios LINK you can see what’s available for lending and what is checked out.)

You’ll enjoy BAT even more if you go to BALL.

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The use of color

After today’s rehearsal for In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, Zanna, the light designer, started running up and down a ladder focusing the lights for the show. As I watched she made me smile. She was putting gels in all of the lightsADJzprogelsheetsjpg.jpg_14

It sounds like a small thing, but in my years as artistic director, my biggest complaint has been light designers believing that an un-gelled light is a color. It is not.

I have lit my share of rock-n-roll shows. That color may be too much for theater (except a musical), but no gel is still not a color. Even no-color straw is better. I have also lit may share of theater productions. It is the use of color that makes those hours of hanging and focusing worthwhile.

What happens is when we see light, any natural light, sun light, fire light, even incandescent bulbs they all have color. Ofter very warm, on the yellow side of white. In Seattle, and Burien, the color, in the winter, is often grey, but even the gray has blue in it.

A theater lighting instrument’s un-gelled light is too white; and LED is too blue when set to white. (A five color LED will add yellow to the white LED to make a white that looks right.)

This is setting aside the ability of a good light designer to change the mood of a scene with next-room-web-imagesubtle use of blues, greens, reds and other colors. It is the use of color that makes theater lighting an art. No color is just keeping people out of the dark.

Come see In the Next Room, or the vibrator play – TICKETS - and see Zanna’s use of color. It looks great!

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Is it free?

At BAT we meet the most interesting people.

Today, while waiting to lend some of BAT’s couches to CARES for their fundraiser, a very bat-logo-banner-trans-940x198-300x63interesting woman stopped by. As is oft to happen, we got to talking.

She asked about BAT’s season and about BAT’s writing group, Seattle Playwrights Studio. With every answer I gave, her question was, “Is it free?”

I totally get living on next to nothing and watching every penny. People living there have all of my respect. It is very hard. Making theater possible for those on small-to-meager incomes is what got BAT, over ten years ago, to designate the first Sunday of every run as $7-Sunday. On $7-Sunday all tickets are $7. (Because $7-Sunday sells out so fast, BAT recently added a half price night on the first Saturday of a run.) TICKETS
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Valentine’s Day Fundraiser Concert

Enjoy cool 21st-century sounds of Rat City Brass
At Burien Actors Theatre’s 429492_356387884388695_830852403_n

(January 27, 2016- Burien, WA) – On Sunday, Feb. 14, enjoy the irresistible 21st-century musical stylings of the Rat City Brass while indulging in chocolate and champagne, beer or wine at Burien Actors Theatre’s Valentine’s Fundraiser Concert.

Combining infectious melodies from the 1960s golden age of instrumental pop, cool cocktail exotica and a touch of contemporary roar, the Seattle-based Rat City Brass have fashioned an exceptional band guaranteed to raise smiles from old-school music aficionados and jaded hipsters alike.

When they formed in 2009, Seattle-based Rat City Brass largely paid homage to classic pop composers like Herb Alpert, Burt Bacharach, and Henry Mancini. Within months, they added their own arrangements of songs by artists like The Turtles, The Beatles, and even Tchaikovsky. Suddenly it’s on – and the cool kids get it.

Rat City Brass plays the best rooms throughout the Pacific Northwest, and has been featured live on Seattle’s KEXP 90.3 FM.

With top-notch musicianship, soaring melodies, danceable rhythms and a fun, breezy stage presence, Rat City Brass is what brass sounds like in the 21st century.
BAT’s Valentine’s Day fundraiser concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and runs until 9:00 p.m.

Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 seniors and $10 students. For tickets, go to www.burienactorstheatre.org or call 206-242-5180–while tickets last. Burien Actors Theatre is located at 14501 Fourth Ave. S.W. in Burien. Get your TICKETS HERE! Continue reading

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In the Next Room – press release

Ignite your bustle with comedic Victorian love story

In the Next Room, or the vibrator play

(Jan. 27, 2016 – Burien, WA) – A finalist for the Pulitzer Prizc, In the Next Room or next-room-web-imagethe vibrator play is a touching and comical love story about a young doctor and his wife in the Victorian age.

The show will be performed at Burien Actors Theatre Feb. 12 through March 6, and features specialty drinks themed to the show and free on-site parking, plus an opening night party.

“IN THE NEXT ROOM, or the vibrator play”

Dr. Givings is obsessed with the marvels of technology and what they can do for his patients. He isn’t sure exactly how the vibrators help the women he treats–but they keep coming back. The only woman who isn’t helped is his own wife, who longs to connect with him – but not electrically. Written by Sarah Ruhl, In the Next Room, or the vibrator play explores the Victorian era repression—and what happens when the rules are broken.

This show is suitable for ages 16 and older due to adult content and brief nudity.

Ticket prices range from $7 to $20. Student tickets are just $10. For tickets, special deals or other information, go online to www.burienactorstheatre.org or call 206-242-5180. Continue reading

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In the Next Room, or the vibrator play

In the Next Room, or the vibrator play

A touching and hilarious story about a young doctor and his next-room-web-imagewife in the Victorian age. Dr. Givings is obsessed with the marvels of technology and what they can do for his patients. He isn’t sure exactly how the vibrators help the women he treats – but they keep coming back. The only woman who isn’t helped is his own wife, who longs to connect with him – but not electrically

Tickets are:

$20 general admission;

$17 seniors and active military; and

$10 students

Get your tickets online HERE!

In the Next Room, artistic director’s notes:

Who is in the next room? Reading, and now watching, In the Next Room, or the vibrator play I have felt it was not me in the next room. As a man, this play is for me, but not about me. When men think about women’s sexuality we are on the outside, looking in.

In the last 100 years, men’s sexuality has changed, but not like female sexuality. From the Suffragette movement to the Pill to the modern war on women, in the last 100 years female sexuality has been, and is, about change and redefinition.

The one thing that has not changed throughout is the power of love. From the time I first read In the Next Room until it opened this has been a play about love. About what fills our lives when we do not feel we are fully loved, and what happens when love is complete.

The production of this show has been joyous. I hope, that like this show, your life is full of laughs and love.

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6 by 6

BAT is excited to raise the royalties for the musical in BAT’s 2016-17 season! BAT has a searchfine one planned, but they want all of the royalties before we can get the rights to produce the show.

I am especially pleased because BAT is also using this fund drive to celebrate my 60th birthday! Join my celebration and give me the gift I want: make a tax deductible donation to BAT!

Here are the details: BAT is out to raise $6,000 for royalties bub March 6, 2016. When, with your help, BAT raises $,6000 that amount will be matched by a very kind donor. That’s right, when the donations reach $6,000 your donation will be doubled!

BAT has until the end of In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (March 6, 2016) to raise at urlleast $6,000 and get the match. (Get your TICKETS TO THE SHOW now.)

BAT is calling this fund drive “6 by 6.” If everyone who comes to see In the Next Room, or the vibrator play gives $6, BAT will meet its goal and be able to pay for the royalties for the BAT’s next musical, and get the matching gift!

Do you have $6 for a birthday gift for my 60th birthday? If so, help make better live theater possible, and DONATE ONLINE HERE! BAT’s donor site is secure. Want to send a check (and maybe a card?) mail your donation to:

6 for 60
P.O. Box 48121
Burien, WA 98148

Those who give $250 or more will get a special premium, a reusable BAT shopping bag!

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Two directors – In the Next Room

Once again, Maggie Larrick and Rochelle Flynn are directing together at BAT. Two directors may seem odd at first, but Maggie and Rochelle make a great team. I often say they think so much alike, that it scares me.

Maggie and Rochelle are teaming up to direct the love story of BAT’s season, In the Next urlRoom, or the vibrator play. TICKETS This is a sweet love story that explores social norms at the dawn of the electric age.

Both Maggie and Rochelle are fine directors in their own right. However, they enjoy the experience of co-directing. This will be the third time these two marvels have teamed up together to provide better live theater at BAT.

Is it insanity to have two directors for a show? Don’t they disagree and put the actors in the middle? In this case, the answer is no and no. When Maggie and Rochelle team up, all that happens is the show gets tighter and better.

As the two directors explained at the first reading of the script, the actors will never see the two disagree. All of that is worked out before, or if necessary after, the rehearsal. As I mentioned, Maggie and Rochelle are almost always of one mind.

No small testament to their ability to work together is that a number of actors who Maggie and Rochelle had directed before came out to auditions for In the Next Room, or the vibrator play. Two actors who have been directed by the Maggie and Rochelle team before were cast in this production. The actors’ support and willingness to go through the rehearsal process with two directors for a seconds time, I take as proof that Maggie and Rochelle are wonderful directorial team.

I have sat in on a couple of rehearsals, and this In the Next Room, or the vibrator play is well on its way to greatness. In the Next Room, or the vibrator play opens on February 12, 2016. There is a free opening night party, and tons of special ticket deals on Valentine’s Day weekend. Come see what two directors can do with this the Pulitzer Prize nominated script. Get your tickets now.

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Why the Next Room – part 2

urlFor many years, centuries really, women diagnosed with “hysteria”–a disease thought to result from a lack of sexual intercourse or gratification–were treated by massaging their genitals in order to induce “paroxysm.”

Male physicians considered the practice drudgery, and sought various ways of avoiding the task, often foisting it off on midwives. In the late 19th century, physicians turned to mechanical devices. Some devices were manual, some were steam driven and once 957f06d18241ce27304513f944387a2belectricity became available, the devices became electronic.

Some of theses devices, like the Chattanooga stood almost 6 feet tall. In 1900 the Chattanooga sold for $200 to physicians. A tidy sum. That is equivalent to $4,651.00 in 2015 dollars.

Eventually, these devices became available for purchase and home use; Hamilton Beach, a major home appliance manufacturer, made one of the first handheld vibrators that could be used for pleasure instead of just medical use. One such “portable vibrator” was advertised in the 1918 Sears, Roebuck catalog as an “aid that every woman appreciates.”

You would think that in over 125 years, with the Suffragette and the Feminist movements, society’s views regarding female sexuality would have changed. However, the attitude toward women’s sexuality in the medical and psychological professions continue to reflect the ancient biases. Women’s sexuality is still perceived as an unapproachable subject in some quarters.

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To be nude, or not to be? That is the question

At BAT we talk a lot about theater. Mostly we talk about the audience. For better live theater the audience must be engaged. After all, without BAT-fans (no, not like the one pictured, but you) there would be no BAT.il_fullxfull.11037103

So, when BAT-fans talk, we listen.

Every show BAT has produced over the last 10 years that I have been here has received at least one “comment.” Nothing drives comments like a little skin on stage. A few years ago, BAT produced a Holiday show with a man in a speedo. My in-box runneth over. To be fair, the comments were pretty evenly matched, positive and negative.

When BAT produced Lysistrata, you would have thought I was on speed email. (Is that a thing?) Again, some good and some bad.

This brings us to In the Next Room, or the vibrator play. The play’s name is a bit of bait-and-switch. Vibrator is in the title, but this is not a show about vibrators per se. The vibrator is a literary device upon which to hang a love story. That is not to say a vibrator does not appear on stage, but its not the kind of vibrator that you may keep in the nightstand drawer.

There is no nudity in the vibrator scenes, but what has gotten BAT to huddle is the last scene of the show. A touching tribute to all that has come before. As written, there is a bit of nudity. Nothing gratuitous. Continue reading

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