SPS Showcase – 2016


The Seattle Playwrights Studio is please to present its 2016 Showcase! New works from their ingenious minds!

Tickets are just $10 – get tickets ONLINE HERE or email at tickets@burienactorstheatre.org

Show dates and times:

Friday – August 19 at 7:30 pm

Saturday – August 20 at 7:30 pm

Sunday – August 21 at 2:00 pm



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Audition for The Ulitimate Christmas Show (abridged)

Auditions for comedy “The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)”

Burien Actors Theatre announces auditions for the comedy The Ultimate Christmas Show cropped-Bat-logo-final-color.png(abridged), written by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, to be performed from Nov. 25 through Dec. 18.

The play calls for a strong ensemble of just three actors: two roles can be either female or male, and one role is male. Actors age 18 and older of all races, ethnicities and body types are invited to audition. Actors must be able to sing.

SYNOPSIS: It’s the Annual Holiday extravaganza at St. Everybody’s Non-Denominational Universalist Church. But bad weather has barred the scheduled acts from arriving. So three church members have to perform the entire pageant themselves. This irreverent trip through the holidays promises a good time gift-wrapped in song, parody, an elf ballet, and delightfully twisted holiday cheer. If you liked The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), you’ll love this show!

Performances are at Burien Actors Theatre in Burien from Nov. 25 through Dec. 18 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Rehearsals begin in mid-October.

The director is Marc “Mok” Moser.

$100 stipend provided.

Auditions are Saturday, July 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. and Monday, Aug. 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. Callbacks will be Saturday, Aug. 6 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Monday, Aug. 8 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Please prepare two contrasting contemporary comedic monologues totaling no more than 3 minutes. Please also bring resume and headshot. Callbacks will consist of cold readings from the script.

Please make audition appointment: audition@burienactorstheatre.org, 206-242-5180. Auditions will be held at Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 Fourth Ave S.W., Burien. Look HERE for directions.

Character Descriptions/Requirements

Seeking actors ages 18 and older of all races, ethnicities and body types to audition for all three roles. Actors must be able to sing.

Reed: Male. All races and ethnicities. Type A personality. Trying to stay focused on the real meaning of Christmas.

Austin or Ashley: Male or female. All races and ethnicities. Open and light-hearted. Loves Christmas.

Matt or Marta: Male or female. All races and ethncities. Youngest of the three. Plays guitar, ukelele and/or keyboards. Christmas equals presents.


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The Dark Meat by Turbo Turkey – Press release

Laugh, tremble with horror-comedy Turbo Turkey: The Dark Meat

Tickets a mere $10 get them ONLINE HERE!

Get set for spine-tingling laughs with Turbo Turkey: The Dark Meat, four horror-comedy turkey-web-artshorts from the demented minds of Turbo Turkey. The show perform at Burien Actors Theatre July 29 through Aug. 6.


Turbo Turkey: The Dark Meat features four one-act plays written by members of the Turbo Turkey improv and sketch comedy troupe, and premiering at Burien Actors Theatre.

A young man brings his girlfriend home to meet his parents in the unusual guess-who’s-coming-to-dinner scenario Guess Who We’re Having for Dinner, written by Diana Martin. In Dinner at ‘Ate,’ written by Anna Richardson, a zombie in denial of her identity struggles to have a normal dinner party in the midst of the apocalypse.

When a stuffed toy otter comes to life and becomes a young girl’s best friend in Jenny, written by Adam Hegg, murder and mayhem ensue and little is what it seems. Revenge gets serious during a reunion of family and friends in RSVP to R.I.P, written by Josh Rodriguez.

Presented by Turbo Turkey in association with Burien Actors Theatre, Turbo Turkey: The Dark Meat is suitable for ages 13 and up due to occasional strong language and some acts of violence.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 31 at 2 p.m. All performances are at Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 Fourth Ave. S.W. in Burien.

Tickets are just $10. For tickets or other information, go online to www.burienactorstheatre.org or call 206-242-5180.


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Pre-season musings – #BATBurien

Two things happened in one day that got me thinking. First, I saw an article on small theater and how it is small theaters that keep American theater alive.568150

The thrust of the article was that for American theater to be vibrant, small theater must do more than the tried-and-true. It must take risks. To take risks, small theaters must be supported through donations and grants. (That is surely the case with BAT.)

Then, I saw an ask (request for donations) by what I thought was a fairly small theater group asking for $250,000 by end of June. At first, I thought that was a lot, but was it really?

These two different things got me thinking. BAT’s annual budget is a smudge under $100,000. To grow as a theater, that budget must grow too. Right now, we just get by, and have no paid help or staff. (Of course we could cut back on the production quality and do only successful Broadway shows or tried-and-true mega hits, and get by on less that way, but is that what you really want?)

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Toxic Avenger – audition notice

Auditions for musical comedy The Toxic Avenger

Burien Actors Theatre announces auditions for the award-winning musical comedy The 239360Toxic Avenger, with book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and music and lyrics by David Bryan, to be performed from Sept. 30 through Oct. 30. The show calls for a strong ensemble of five actors, two women and three men. BAT is seeking actors of all races, ethnicities and body types to audition.

SYNOPSIS: Based on Lloyd Kaufman’s cult film, The Toxic Avenger, and winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical, The Toxic Avenger is a charming 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 back-up singers. With book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and music and lyrics by David Bryan, the show also features the most memorable and unbelievable duet you’ll ever see on any stage.

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.

Performances are at Burien Actors Theatre in Burien from Sept. 30 through Oct. 30 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Rehearsals begin in mid-August.

The stage director is Marc “Mok” Moser and the music director is Paul Linnes.

$100 stipend provided.

Auditions are Saturday, June 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. and Sunday, June 19 from 7 to 10 p.m. Callbacks will be Saturday, June 25 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 26 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Please prepare a one-minute contemporary comedic monologue and 16-32 bars each of two contrasting songs in the style of the show. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music in the correct key. CD accompaniment or a cappella singing is not allowed. Please also bring resume and headshot. Callbacks will consist of cold readings from the script, working with music from the show, and possible dance.

Please make audition appointment:  audition@burienactorstheatre.org, 206-242-5180. Auditions will be held at Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 Fourth Ave S.W., Burien. For directions, go to http://burienlittletheatre.org/directions.html.

Character Descriptions/Requirements

Seeking actors of all races, ethnicities and body types to audition.

Sarah the blind librarian: Female, age 20-39. All ethnicities. The classic heroine. She sees only the good in everyone and everything around her. Although at first glance pure and naive, she is no stranger to sex and is an aspiring writer of graphic romance novels. Falls madly in love with the Toxic Avenger, fantasizing that he is her big French boyfriend. Speaks exactly what is on her mind. Range G3-E5.

Mayor Babs Belgoody/Ma Ferd/Nun: Female, age 40-59. All ethnicities. As the Mayor, she is corrupt and scheming, accepting loads of cash in return for storing toxic waste in the town she was elected to protect. Uses her sexuality for political gain. Determined to become governor of New Jersey at any cost. As Ma, she is tough, working class. Range G3-G5.

Melvin Ferd the Third/Toxic Avenger: Male, age 20-39. All ethnicities. Shy, sensitive nerd, and the choice victim of Tromaville bullies. But locked deep inside is a raging fire, burning to save New Jersey, and the world, from toxic waste and global warming. The bullies finally have their way, and dump Melvin into toxic goo, only to give birth to The Toxic Avenger, a green mutant superhero with bulging muscles and bouts of temper. In love with Sarah. Contemporary pop bari-tenor, range D4-C6.

Ethnic Dude/Dudette: Male or female, age 20-45. Any ethnicity other than Caucasian. Actor should be physically versatile with strong dialects as actor plays numerous distinctive, quirky and outrageous roles, both male and female, such as Professor Ken, Sluggo the Bully, Little Old Lady and Shinequa the Friend. Must move well. Range A3-D6.

White Dude/Dudette: Male or female, age 20-45. All ethnicities. Actor should be physically versatile with strong dialects as actor plays numerous distinctive. quirky and outrageous roles, both male and female, such as Dr. Fishbein, Bozo the Bully, Sal the Cop, and Lorenzo the Hairdresser. Must move well. Range A3-B5.

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Time and tea

It’s funny. I am at BAT quite a bit. I love it here. I think BAT does great work and is an asset to Burien and the theater community at large. But I am rarely at BAT without a list of things to do or people to meet.IMG_0726

Today is an exception. BAT is having its bathrooms deep cleaned. (This was a donation from a great local janitorial service.)

I was not going to be here today, but as things turned out, I was the one selected to let the janitorial service in. So, I am here waiting for my replacement to arrive, so we have someone from BAT on-sight to answer any questions.

Since I had not planned on being here, I have some unscheduled time at BAT. I hunkered down in BAT’s concessions room. I made some tea and started to read a script. (The script is good, but the relative quite is seductive.)

The quiet and a little tea, has given me a chance to enjoy BAT’s space. This is a comfortable room. I can see why so many people come to a show a little early, get a cocktail and sit and chat in here before the show starts.

BAT lives (thanks to its donors, volunteers and patrons) in a retired school building, located at 14501 4th SW in Burien. BAT has been here since the school was surplussed by the School District in 1980. Over those 36 years, at times it was just BAT here, at times the City of Burien all but pushed BAT out, and there is a constant threat that the building will be torn down to make way for another City building.

At first, in the 80s and 90s, BAT had the use of the building rent free. After the City took over the building from King County, the City started charging BAT rent. Over and over the month rent has increased. (BAT’s dream is space of its own, one without the potential of the building being torn down around it.)

Much has changed for the better in the space, even in the last few years, but much has stayed the same. One thing that has changed, for the better, is the feel of the concessions room. I feel at home. BAT does what it can so you feel at home at BAT too.

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Thanks for the Season

BAT’s 36th season has come to a close. BAT has already begun work on its 37th, the Bat-logo-final-color2016-17, season. But before that adventure gets fully underway, BAT wants to thank its donors, volunteers, sponsors, and patrons, without whom BAT could not survive, much less flourish.

This has been an amazing season. BAT opened with The Addams Family the Musical. It was a smash hit. Full houses left singing and looking for Uncle Fester on the moon.

Next came A Christmas Twist, a comedy mashup of your Holiday favorites, with a little added adventure and characters. A crowd pleaser, to be sure.

Then a Victorian love story, In the Next Room, or the vibrator play. History, love, comedy, and vibrators. Who could ask for more? Although the vibrator was just a prop on which to hang the love story, BAT did hear from a few who chose not to come and see what the show was really about. Those who made it to the show heaped praise on BAT and made sizable donations during the run of the show!

Finally, the award-winning psychological thriller, The Letters. This cat and mouse game, with just two actors on stage the whole time, kept everyone on the edges of their seats until the very end. The script, actors and production values were amazing.

IMG_0673Now it is Summer. BAT has a showcase of new works written by its very own playwriting group, the Seattle Playwright Studio, and some sketch horror comedy from Turbo Turkey on tap. A few great weekends of theater, and some upgrades to BAT’s space, and then on to the Fall and yet another grand season of better live theater!

But to be frank, none of this would be possible without BAT’s marvelous donors, volunteers, sponsors, and patrons. Thank you, thank you, thank you all for being such an important part of BAT’s family!!! See you at a show!

PS There is still time to donate to BAT: DONATE HERE!

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BAT is humbled. There are not enough words to thank everyone who supports BAT!!! Bat-logo-final-colorWhether you were part of Give Big or have helped at other times during the season, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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A season of sets

Set design is a many splendid thing. If you noticed this season at BAT the sets got 21920413675_373b246512_k 21920412265_d0ef5dd2a2_k 21733541359_04d7df8a0a_kprogressively smaller. This was, I suppose, planned in that the shows got progressively smaller.

Set design follows the needs of the show. But within the confides of the number of exits needed (exits are the location where the acts come on and off stage), and the number of locations where the show takes place, there is much room for creativity.

Each set designer brings his or her own vision to the show. This is part of why no two productions of the same show look alike.

This season, BAT’s resident set designer, Albie Clamenti, designed the first thee sets of the season; The Addams Family the Musical, Christmas Twist, and In the Next Room or the vibrator play. Maggie Larrick, BAT’s own 23375783936_f65dee903c_kmanaging director, designed the set for BAT’s final show of the season, The Letters. Over the course of the season, I got a chance to talk to both about how they design.

Each designer starts by reading the script and getting their vision of what the show needs and how they see each location in the show. For a period piece, that is one set in a 23106347100_f6b158d27f_kspecific time, research is done to see what that time and place looked like. For The Addams Family, time was spent watching old television shows. Even though The Addams Family was not located in the TV house, we still wanted the “Addams” feel.

Set designers try to bring the audience into the show. While theater can, and sometimes, is done without a set, the set’s role is to enhance the theater goer’s experience. Over time, I have discovered it is the little things, often barely noticed that distinguishes a great set from an adequate set. For example, snow on the windows in the winter; plugging the vibrators into to the light sconce because in 1889 there were no wall outlets; or getting the wall treatment to look like it would have at that time.25201768576_a0c5d82ade_k 25228052395_137d277d11_k

Of course, key to any set design is to come in within budget. At BAT our budgets are small. What you see has much more to do with the creativity of the designers than money. One key way to keep the budget low is to use stock pieces as much as possible. Re-use, recycle is the way of good design. If you have been watching closely, some set pieces have been in every show. They are repainted and altered as needed.

Albie told me a story of another designer who was saying, “Wouldn’t it be nice to build everything new for every show?” Of course not. There is not enough time or money in the budget to build new. To Albie and Maggie that designer’s comment was a 25201773386_ae251e9112_zsign that the designer did not fully understand the needs of small theater.

Some sets are huge. The Addams Family spanned the entire front wall of the theater. While The Letters takes up less than the full proscenium. While A Christmas Twist used the stage to create a number of locations, The Letters put the set off to one side of the stage to let the audience know something was off center in the show. Location and design help take you to new places.

Once the set is designed, the design is presented to the director for approval. The set is to 25709779083_2dd3dde520_ksupport the directors vision of the show, after all. Sometimes the set designer brings detailed drawings. At BAT, Sketchup seems to be the drawing program of choice. But at times, the drawings as still by hand on paper, on occasionally the drawings are on one of BAT’s chalkboards.

Once the director signs off on the design, it is shown the the actors, so they can get an idea of the world the will be living in while on stage.

Looking at the season’s sets, which one(s) do you like the best? Which one help move the story forward the best?

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The Letters is a play for our time

An except of an interview with John W. Lowell:

BK: Why do you think a play about 1930’s Russia is still relevant to today?Letters-web-art

John W. Lowell: For one simple, disturbing reason: they did stuff like that; we still do stuff like that. the young sailor who’s in prison, Bradley Manning, is going
to become an unperson because he provided the material for Julian Assange and Wikileaks. For the rest of his life he will be behind bars because he shared information that may or may not have been “classified.” But what I find incredibly troubling is that he has no recourse. There will be no public trial; there will be no chance to have his day in court. And then there is Guantanamo Bay, filled with unpeople. In short, though, The Letters takes place in the soviet union, it is not about the soviet union. It is about what happened this morning and what may happen tomorrow.

This is definitely a show to see – Get your tickets now!

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