Slow early bidding on the Toxie barrel, but time is running out.

So far, just two people have bid on the clean 35-gallon drum that was specially painted by img_0886the artist Sam Sneke for BAT’s The Toxic Avenger set. Toxie is a very funny musical comedy set in a New Jersey waste dump. As part of the set, Sam Sneke painted the famous Toxie barrel. Get more information HERE.

This is a one of kind gem, that can be yours, if you are the highest bidder. Right now the top bid is $35.00 – CLICK HERE to see where bidding is right now.

img_0887The Toxic Avenger must end on October 30, 2016. TICKETS for Toxie. Bidding on the Toxie barrel must close at midnight, October 30. Don’t miss your chance to support better live theater, and to own the famous Toxie barrel.

Place your bid by emailing it to Time is running out.

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BAT survived the Great Seattle Storm of 2016

BAT survived the Great Seattle Storm of 2016. But of course, we all did. It was forecast to wa-storm-2016be the End of Times, but it was just breezy. Still, there were lessons to be learned.

First, it was amazing to see the cast and crew of The Toxic Avenger (TICKETS) take on the challenge that was forecast for the night of October 15, 2016. They were all about making the show happen. Although BAT kept its eye on the weather forecast and looked out the window, the cast and crew never wavered that they would be at BAT ready for the curtain.

Second, the cast and crew came prepared to do the show, even if the power went out. They brought flashlights to give the audience, and BAT brought in the rehearsal piano (acoustic) should the power to the live band go out.

The cast worked out who would do what sound effects, should the power to the sound system go out. Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Twelve

It’s football season. Once again I see the 12 person flags, bumper stickers, even auto paint thumb-1jobs. What an amazing marketing tool. Everyone, even those without an ownership interest in the Seahawks, are part of the game. All of the fans make a difference.

Can this work for theater? Is part of the running crew as catchy as one of the 12s? Can we make our audiences feel as important to the show as they are? Will we see BAT running crew flags and bumper stickers?

At BAT we have The Toxic Avenger on stage. TICKETS. I can tell you that the energy the audience brings to the show makes all the difference. If you’re having a good time, so is the cast and the show soars.

img_0815So, what say the BAT-fans? Will we soon see BAT running crew flags and bumper stickers? Will anyone paint the BAT logo no their car?

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Why not all G rated?

The Toxic Avenger may sound like a kids’ show, but it is not. BAT put a warning on the Bat-logo-final-colorshow that it is not suitable for those under 13 years of age. Funny, yes. Very funny, yes. In fact, it is the funniest thing to come out of a toxic waste dump, ever. But not a kids’ show.

Most of the productions at BAT are not G rated. (Although some are, The Addams Family Musical is a good example.) Why not all G rated?

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Bid on The Toxic Avenger barrel

BAT is auctioning off a fine specimen of Sam Sneke’s art. This drum from the toxic dump img_0886 img_0887in The Toxic Avenger could be yours!

It is a clean 35 gallon metal drum, great to hold garden tools, to spruce up your garden or storage shed. Let’s be honest, it would be great in a dorm room or in the right living room. I can easily see it keeping a keg of beer chilled, just add ice. It could be the center post for a patio table. The uses for this one-of-kind work of art are limited only by your imagination.

So how can you make this modern Picasso yours? Join the online auction. (The minimum bid is $25.)

To make a bid, email your name, phone number and bid amount to All bids will be listed from lowest to highest here on the

BAT Barrel Bid page

the highest bidder at 11:59 pm on October 30, 2016, can buy the Toxie barrel for that bid price.

The proceeds of this auction go to Sam Sneke and Burien Actors Theater. Great art begins with you! Bid today!

Get your tickets to see the musical comedy The Toxic Avenger HERE.

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Toxic Tech

Today is the day BAT has waited for all Summer. Today is the first full day of tech for The Toxic Avenger!!!

So why is today so spacial?toxic-web

All Summer BAT has been doing things to get Toxie ready for you. From the early meetings with the creative team, to auditions, to searching for that hard to find prop.

BAT, typically, does one musical a year. BAT likes to do it in the Fall because that gives BAT’s creative team more time to work on it.

Today, BAT started at 9 am with dry tech. That is where the director, stage manager, sound and light designers get together over coffee and tea and decided where all of the cues they have been working on for weeks go in the show. (They may also may find a cue that slipped through until this point.) The stage manager writes all of cues in her script, so she can call the show later.

While most of the creative team is at dry tech, the band shows up and sets up on the platform upstage. For Toxie, the band is five pieces. Boy are they tight.

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The Toxic Avenger – what you need to know

Campy superhero comedy meets love story in musical The Toxic Avenger at Burien Actors Theatre

Burien Actors Theatre’s next production, the musical comedy The Toxic Avenger, performs Sept. 30 through Oct. 30. TICKETS HERE.

The BAT production features live musicians, specialty drinks themed to the show and free on-site parking, plus an opening night party.


Winner of Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical, The toxic-webToxic Avenger is a love story and laugh-out-loud musical that has it all—an unlikely hero, his beautiful girlfriend, a corrupt New Jersey mayor and two actors who play…well, pretty much everyone else…bullies, mobsters, old ladies, and stiletto-wearing backup singers.

Melvin Ferd the Third wants to clean up Tromaville, the most polluted town in New Jersey. When the mayor’s bullies dump Melvin into radioactive toxic waste, he reemerges as The Toxic Avenger, New Jersey’s first superhero. A mutant freak with superhuman strength and a heart as big as Newark, “Toxie” is out to save New Jersey, end global warming, and woo the town’s blind librarian.

The review from the B-Town Blog, HERE.

The review from the Westside Weekly, HERE.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. at BAT, 14501 4th Ave. S.W. in Burien.

Ticket prices $20 general admission, $17 senors and active military,  and $10 for students. Saturday, October 1 all tickets are half price, and then on Sunday October 2 all tickets are just $7. TICKETS Don’t miss the dinner and show packages at The Mark Restaurant an Bar are $35.

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BAT’s Gala Party – 2016

Enjoy fantastical theater, delectable food at
Burien Actors Theatre Gala Party

Enjoy fabulous food, drink and theatrical performances at Burien Actors Theatre’s Gala Party Party & Show on Saturday, Sept. 17.

From 6 to 9 p.m., be among the first to get a sneak peek into BAT’s 2016-17 season during this kick-off to BAT’s 37th season of better live theater. Experience BAT’s fantastical music, comedy and drama, plus backstage tours and special giveaways. Nosh on delectable food and beverages from Burien businesses. And enjoy the special musical guest David Templeton.

Admission is just $15 for the entire event, including food, drink and entertainment. BAT requests people RSVP to or 206-242-5180 or by BUYING YOUR TICKET ONLINE HERE by Sept. 15 so BAT has a head count for ordering food.


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The Toxic Avenger – info / tickets

The Toxic Avenger a musical comedy with book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and music and lyrics by David Bryan

Melvin Ferd the Third wants to clean up Tromaville, the most polluted town in New Jersey (just off Exit 13B on the Turnpike). Foiled by the mayor’s bullies, Melvin is dumped into a vat of radioactive toxic waste, only to reemerge as The Toxic Avenger, New Jersey’s first superhero. Affectionately known as Toxie, the new hero is a mutant freak with superhuman strength and a heart as big as Newark. He’s out to save New Jersey, end global warming, and woo the blind librarianin town.

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Rules – The Bill & Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival 2017

Burien Actors Theatre is seeking submissions of new plays by Washington State playwrights for the 2017 Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival.

Both one-act and full-length plays are sought.topsyevahpt

Winning scripts will be staged April 14 through May 7, 2017 as part of Burien Actors Theatre’s 2016-17 season. In addition to having their plays produced, winning playwrights will also receive monetary prizes.

The submission deadline for all scripts is Oct. 21, 2016. To qualify for the Festival, all submissions must follow Playwrights Submission Guidelines detailed below.

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