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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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.

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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BAT is looking for additional Trustee

Burien Actors Theatre is looking for additional Trustees.Bat-logo-final-color

BAT is just about to start its 37th season of better live theater. This is a great time to join this local institution. BAT volunteer driven, with a rich history of presenting better live theater to Burien and the greater Puget Sound area. (A substantial portion of BAT’s audience comes from outside of Burien, bringing their tourist dollars into Burien. Over 80 percent of BAT’s audience eats or drinks at a restaurant before or after a performance.)

BAT has been a nonprofit corporation (with both State of Washington Nonprofit status and IRS 501(c)(3) status) for the last 37 years. As a nonprofit, BAT is managed by its Board of Trustees.

After years of valued service one of BAT’s Trustees is stepping down. BAT is looking for a replacement, and to grow its Board of Trustees.

The time commitment of a Trustee is a monthly meeting that lasts a few hours, and participating in sub committees, with approximately the same kind of time commitment.

The key activities of a Trustee are oversight and longterm strategic planning. One of the board’s foremost responsibilities is to secure adequate resources for the organization to fulfill its mission. Here is a list of the top 10 responsibilities of a nonprofit Trustee: (Here is a much more detailed list of duties from a national organization:

The day-to-day operations of the theater are handled by the managing director and artistic director with help from wonderful volunteers.

BAT produces four main stage productions a season, a number of smaller productions and couple of fundraising concerts a year. Plus, it is part of BAT’s mission to promote Burien, and BAT partners with local businesses to increase their exposure.

If you think being a Trustee for BAT is something you would like to do, please reply to BAT will get back to you to answer any questions and see if being a Trustee is a good fit.

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Auditions for Sex With Strangers

Auditions for thoughtful comedy “Sex with Strangers”

Burien Actors Theatre announces auditions for the comedy Sex with Strangers, written by Laura Eason, to be performed from Feb. 10 through March 5, 2017.bat-logo-banner-trans-940x198-300x63

A tour de force for two actors of any race or ethnicity, the play contains one female character, age range 37 to 42, and one male character, age range 26 to 31. Actors do not have to be the ages indicated, but must be able to convincingly portray them.

SYNOPSIS: A provocative look at the complexities of relationship, sex and identity’s and ambition’s dark side–in our digital era. Olivia is a talented old-school writer whose career never took off. Ethan is wildly successful, a young author whose online blogs of his “sexcapades” are the buzz of the blogosphere. When the two strangers are trapped in a snowed-in retreat, undeniable chemistry ignites.

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The third show of the season

BAT’s 37th season is well underway, at least it is in rehearsals. A few thoughts:

The forth show of the season will be the Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival -tickets- BAT’s every-odd-year Statewide playwrighting contest. BAT will produce the two best one-acts and the two best full-length plays submitted to BAT.

The first two plays, The Toxic Avenger -tickets- and The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) -tickets- are plays BAT has been trying to get the rights to for a few years. When the shows became available, it was a no brainier to put them in the season.

But what about the third show of the year, Sex with Strangers? -tickets- Admittedly, it was the last show selected this season. BAT read a number of shows for theScreenshot 8:15:16, 9:27 PM slot. None were right. Then we read Sex with Strangers. It was an instant hit, and it completed the season in the very best way.

Sex with Strangers has two actors and two locations. It is a provocative look at the complexities of relationship, sex and identity. All the twists of the digital age meet love.

Olivia is a talented old-school writer whose career never took off. Ethan is wildly successful, a young author whose blogging of his “sexcapades” are the buzz of the blogosphere. When they find themselves snowed into a cabin together, undeniable chemistry ignites. It is a darkly funny love story for our age. It is just right for BAT’s third show of the season.

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BALL breaks 100

BAT’s BALL breaks 100. BALL (Burien Actors Lending Library), located at BumpeeshootBumbershootStoreFront Books on 152nd in Burien now has over 100 books/scripts waiting to lend.

You can see what is in the library HERE.

BALL is part of BAT’s audience outreach. It’s all about you getting the most out of better live theater. You can checkout any book in BALL. All BAT asks is that you return it when done with it.

BAT will be adding more books and scripts as we have time sharing better live theater. BAT is always reading scripts, those that are not e-scripts or manuscripts, that due to copyright issues, we cannot share, will make it into BALL!

100 is just the beginning, and you can always check online to see what is in the library!

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29 more or less

Maggie, BAT’s ever-busy managing director, has a birthday before the end of August. What 76692a great reason to fund raise!

Maggie will be, well, “29 more or less” years old. So, BAT asks you to donate $29 more or less in honor of this auspicious day.

To give you even more reason to give, as if you needed any more reasons, every dollar you give will be matched! Doubling you gift!!

Make BAT happy! Make Maggie happy! Donate $29 more or less today! Donate online HERE. Or mail your birthday gift to Maggie at:

PO Box 48121
Burien, WA 98148

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