BAT seats with lights

BAT is working on its new seats. This is a huge project for BAT. BAT has been blessed with FullSizeRender-25great people to help make the new seats happen. I would like to focus on one of those people Rainey, she is a licensed electrician and a wonderful person.

BAT used to put a string of blue Christmas lights on the steps on its seating units. They worked to provide some light during the production, but they were less than perfect. BAT’s new seats have lights build into the seats at the end of every row.

FullSizeRender-26Wiring these would be no big deal, but BAT’s seating units are on wheel and they move. BAT moves these seats around for different shows. The seating units have to be able to come apart between the performances. Wiring is no small feat.

Rainey is all over the problem and has figured out how to wire the lights to be both safe and useful. Now to decide what color the light should be.

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More on BAT seats

BAT is beginning phase 2 of the seat replacement. BAT is working hard to make it softer for your behind.

IMAG5058Here, BAT is taking a look at what is needed for the seat replacement. To do that, Albie took apart one of the current seating units. He took the seats off, stripped the carpet and took off the decking. It turns out most of that was just hard work. However, the decking was glued down to the framework, which is a good idea, and it kept the decking from squeaking all these years, but it makes removal very difficult.

So, BAT is rethinking its game plan about the decking removal.IMAG5059

Albie has also come up with a plan that will allow BAT to configure its seat in yet another way. Not a huge change, but one that will be useful as we go forward.

There is still time to DONATE to help defray the costs of this major seating upgrade. CLICK HERE TO DONATE ONLINE. (Yes, your donation is tax deductible to the full extent of the law.)

FullSizeRender-24Next up is measuring BAT’s carpet and drawing up the plans for the upgrade. This should all be done in time for then musical comedy “The Addams Family.” TICKETS HERE.

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Save September 19, 2015

SAVE THE DATE: BAT’s donor-thank-you-and-season-kick-off party is coming on bat-logo-banner-trans-940x198-300x63September 19. We’ll get going at about 6:30 pm with heavy hors d’oeuvres. After a while of eating and talking the evening will get going. (Look for your invitation
in the mail, in your email, if you have signed up for BAT’s email newsletter or just stop by.) You can get your TICKET ONLINE or pay at the door. (Tickets are just $10.)

There will be food and drink, bits of the shows from the upcoming season: The Addams Family, A Christmas Twist, In The Next Room, the Vibrator Play, and The Letters. BAT will also tell you where your money goes, answer your questions, and there will be a very special musical guest David Templeton.

This is always a very fun and special occasion at BAT.

If you would like to join us for this evening of fun and information email BAT at or get your TICKETS ONLINE.


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Read The Letters

Half of BAT’s 2015-16 season comes from the big script houses: The Addams Family and In the Next Room, the Vibrator Play. Nothing wrong with that, but at least once a season bat-logo-banner-trans-940x198-300x63BAT likes to include a show it gets directly from the writer’s agent. This season BAT has two such shows: A Christmas Twist and The Letters. These two shows are not shows you have likely seen before. They are both Puget Sound premiers.

Both A Christmas Twist and The Letters are great scripts and will make great shows.

When selecting scripts for the season BAT likes to have a few people read them before BAT decides that a show will be part of the season. Recently, one of BAT’s Trustees, read The Letters. Like everyone who has read the script so far, the Trustee was amazed by this two person show. It’s almost a shame you’ll have to wait until April to see it on stage.

The Letters is a wonderful game of cat and mouse, with twists that you cannot predict.

But wait, you don’t have to wait to read this wonderful script. BAT just got permission from the author to put a copy of The Letters in BALL (Burien Acts Lending Library). BALL is BAT’s lending library located at Bumbershoot Books in Burien. It will be in the library by the end of the month. If you want to see just how good this show is, check out the script for The Letters at BALL.

Often authors with whom BAT deals with to get scripts before the script is picked up by a big publishing company will not let the scripts to be placed in a library. Luckily for you that is not the case here. A very special hat tip to the author John W. Lowell.

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Seattle Playwrights Studio Showcase is history

The Seattle Playwrights Studio Showcase is history. By all measures it was a success. SPS Bat-Marketing logo final-colorhas been part of BAT for just over a year now. They joined BAT after a working with another theater for a few years.

SPS is a mutually-supportive group, providing space, encouragement and feedback for readings of local playwrights’ written work. SPS’s goal is to help its members develop strong entertaining and producible plays. SPS also provides networking opportunities, facilitating interaction with other playwrights, directors and actors.

To become part of SPS contact Scott Bastian at .

Next up at BAT is a celebration of the life of Michael Tangedahl. Micheal was part of BAT’s actor family. The celebration of life is on August 22, 2015, starting at 1 pm.

Then on October 2, 2015, BAT’s main stage season kicks off with the musical comedy The Addams Family. TICKETS.

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October is on the way

Look what I saw! The first signs of Halloween. Yes, it is still July, but this is the first sign in Burien FullSizeRender-19that October is on the horizon. Why does BAT care about October? October means the opening of The Addams Family, at BAT!!! (The Addams Family runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October. TICKETS)

BAT likes this store. Every year BAT buys either a fog machine or “fog juice” at the post Halloween sale. (Plus with a name like BAT, who wouldn’t like Halloween?)

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BAT gets a new April/May show

If you were lucky enough to get an early copy of BAT’s flyer for its 36th season (2015-16), bat-logo-banner-trans-940x198-300x63hold on to it. It is sure to become a collectors’ item.

After BAT announced its season, BAT was told it could not do the April/May show as planned. That play is being turned into a television series. So, no rights for BAT.

Lucky, BAT had a great show in line, just waiting for a spot. BAT’s April/May show will be “The Letters” by John W. Lowell.

“The Letters” is a wonderful show. The letters of the famous composer are missing. A colleague has been arrested. Suspicions are being directed to Anna. What follows is an intense verbal and psychological cat-and-mouse game between the two. With twists.

I did not get a chance to read “The letters” until BAT’s season was set. The script was so amazingly good that BAT was trying to find a place to work the show into the 2015-16 season, even though the season was set. “The Letters” was simply too good to wait until 2016-17. The fates must have been paying attention, and things fell into place for “The Letters.” That is a really good thing for you.

If you can’t wait to get your tickets, or if you just like to plan way ahead, you can get your TICKETS HERE.

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BAT gets air (again)

2015-07-18 12.10.00BAT has air conditioning! Well, BAT has always had air condition in its theater space. It is nice on these hot spring and summer days. But now BAT has air conditioning in concessions. Before BAT had to open the doors once the weather started to cool to keep concessions cool. This was tough during those hot summer rehearsals that take place in the concessions room.

Thanks to a very kind donor, BAT now has a portable air conditioner in concessions. (I should say BAT loves each and every one of its donors. Whether they can give a dollar or many many dollars, you would not be able to see better live theater without them!!!)

2015-07-18 12.09.41To be totally frank, the little guy cannot overcome a day in the 90s. Its cooler, but not cool. But against the high 70s and low-to-mid 80s the air conditioner makes a really big difference.

As BAT begins rehearsals for the musical comedy “The Addams Family,” BAT’s actors will be very happy for the portable air conditioner. (You can get your TICKETS for “The Addams Family” HERE.)

BAT is located in a retired school building with cinderblock walls and single pane windows. When the outside walls heat up, it is a big job to lower the temperature inside. Even with a big job to do, BAT’s new air conditioner is taking on the challenge.

When you come and see BAT’s very own Seattle Playwrights Studio’s Showcase on July 24, 25, and 26, (TICKETS) you’ll enjoy BAT’s new air conditioner too.

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For the art

BAT had another movie, well a web series, shoot at BAT’s space. BAT is doing what it can to put Burien on the film map. (At the request of the series, I can’t show very many photos of the shoot, certainly none that gives away any of the shoot.)

What a film shoot means to BAT is that I had to be at the theater by 7 am. That may not FullSizeRender-18sound like much, but when you do very much live theater, it is easier to be up past 3 am than it is to be up and moving by 7 am.

Every time BAT has a film shoot at its space I am taken by the differences between live theater and film. In this shoot in particular, there were over 150 extras. Theater does not typically use extras. An extra is someone who shows up to be in the crowd. No lines, but a face in the crowd.

Plus with film there is always craft services. That is, food and drink for everyone. This time, close to $1,100 was spent at local stores to feed the masses. Theater does not typically feed the cast every time we meet.

FullSizeRender-19Unlike live theater, in film there is very little rehearsal before the shoot. This is, no doubt, because in film you can stop and re-shoot a scene, which happens quite often. Not so with live theater. Once the curtain goes up. The play goes on. No stops. No do-overs.

Theater rehearses for weeks, not hours.

For at least the last 3 film shoots at BAT, there has been very little in the way of sets. BAT was chosen as the “location.” So there was little need to change anything. For film the locations change and not the sets. For theater, the sets change, but the space (the physical location) does not. Theater takes the audience places without leaving the theater. So, for live theater, there is almost always a set.

Here at BAT, it is a strange feeling to have our seats full of extras rather than patrons. FullSizeRender-20Theater lives on the energy the audience gives, while film generates its energy from some other place.

All in all, BAT is very happy to once again help put Burien on the film map. But we wish the start time was more reasonable for those of us who do live theater.

(I am sure these photos don’t give anything away.)



Updated to increase the amount spent for craft services to include the cost of lunch for 150, ordered from a local pizza parlor.

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New seats, phase 1

Thanks to the Maydenbauer Center and 4Culture, BAT is getting “new” seats. By that we 2015-07-13 10.49.41 mean that BAT is getting the old seats from the Maydenbauer Center.

This process started when the Maydenbauer decided to remodel. While we don’t know for sure, but it appears that 4Culture is providing at least some of the funding for the remodel. We believe that because early on 4Culture contacted BAT to let us know some seats were going to come available.

BAT and the Maydenbauer then began talking. BAT went up to look at the seats, and yes they are in much better condition than BAT’s current seats. Then there was measuring and deciding if it was worth the effort to replace BAT’s seats. BAT was going to get the seats for “free”, but not the labor to dismantle, move or install the seats. The cost of all that would have to come from BAT. Just getting the seats from the Maydenbauer and into storage was over a 12 hour day.

2015-07-13 10.49.51We talked to Albie Clamenti, BAT’s resident set designer, and decided that if BAT took the seats it should also re-carpet and re-deck the seating risers. If we were going to do that much work, we should also repaint the risers. After making those decisions the seat project began.

Next, BAT’s staff (Maggie and I) met with BAT’s Board of Trustees and explained the projected costs and the time it would take to upgrade the seating. The Trustees gave the go ahead. The the project was on.

On Monday, July 13, 2015, the seats had been removed 2015-07-13 10.49.56from the Maydenbauer floor and were on their stage. Together with folks from TPS (another theater getting seats) BAT went about dismantling the seats. A big shout out to John Flynn who joined Maggie and Eric for the Maydenbauer part of project. John worked about 8 hours with us. John can be seen in some of the photos. LINK TO PHOTOS. Also helping for awhile was Scott Gifford. Near the end of that part of the project Stevie VanBronkhorst came to help. Stevie also helped with offload. Scott and Stevie can also be seen in the photos.

Once dismantled, BAT loaded the seats, backs and stanchion into a rented truck. Then down to storage. BAT does not have room in the theater for the seats as the rehearsal room will soon be 2015-07-13 13.15.19used for “The Addams Family” rehearsals and the theater who shares BAT’s space is using the theater space for rehearsals so BAT must rent a storage space until the seats can be installed.

At the offload, BAT was joined by Steve Feldman and Deb Brandt. They are also in the photos.

All the parts are now waiting in storage for phase 2. Soon, BAT will be stripping the old seats and carpet. Then repairing the risers, new paint, carpet and new seats. Hopefully all completed before “The Addams Family” in October. TICKETS

How can you help? Even though the seats were “free” there is hardware, wood, paint and many other things to buy. Plus there are hours and hours of work in front of BAT to make your sitting even better. Your tax deductible donation will help create not only better live theater, but better sitting too. If you can, PLEASE DONATE – CLICK HERE.

Phase 1 is complete. Now onto phase 2!

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