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.
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.