Thanks for a season

Thanks to all of you, Burien Actors Theatre’s 35th Season drew to a close with the end of bat-logo-banner-trans-940x198.pngthe Bill and Peggy Playwrights Festival on May 24. BAT is gearing up to do it all over again! Our main stage season opens in the fall with the musical “The Addams Family.”

This summer look for BAT in the 4th of July Parade, and at the Strawberry Festival, where in prior years BAT has been selected as the “best booth” by the crowds.

Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.comThis summer BAT will also be presenting “Electic Man,” a superhero comedy by Turbo Turkey, dance and the Seattle Playwright Studio’s Showcase. BAT’s BALL (Burien Actors Lending Library), located at Bumbershoot Books, will also begin to be filled with books.

BAT has said it before, and we’ll say it again and again, there would be no BAT without you and all of the community support! Patrons, donors and well wishes come to BAT from throughout greater Puget Sound. It is humbling. (BAT’s patrons come from Olympia to Vancouver. BC. and every place in between. For example, BAT is becoming a “where to” place for Canadians to spend the evening after a trip to shop at SouthCenter, and local businesses are benefiting too.)

Ticket prices could never cover what it costs to put on great theater. For a non-profit theater like BAT, the difference is made up in tax deductible donations, grants and volunteer help.

BAT is blessed with those who can, and do, make financial donations.

BAT is also blessed with volunteers who do everything. They truly are BAT’s life-blood.

Theaters also need the support of their home cities. Burien has been there for BAT. A special shout out to Burien, and Burien Parks Recreation and Culture Services, BAT’s landlord.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

See you at the show.

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Seats, seats, wonderful seats

It looks like BAT will be getting “new” seats this Summer. Thanks to a deal with 4-Culture FullSizeRender-2 a big theater is getting new seats and they offered 100 of their existing seats to BAT. A win-win.

No deal is done until the truck is offloaded, but it looks good.

This means BAT has the chance to pass on the kindness. BAT is looking for home for its existing seats. 45 to 50 of them are fairly new, the remaining 45 to 50 are older, but not in bad shape. (BAT has repeatedly cleaned its seats, and took care of them.)

FullSizeRender-3BAT would like to find another theater to give its current seats to. So, let BAT know if BAT’s current seats may work for you or a theater you know. The seats should be available in early to mid-July.

More as things come together, but look forward to new seats next season!FullSizeRender-4

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Someone took our name

For every production, BAT orders a banner that we put on the fence near the theater. The Signbanners are never bothered (except someone took the “Refer Madness” sign before the run ended. But what can you expect?)

Just before the last weekend of the Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival, someone cut BAT’s banner and took our name and website from the sign. I don’t know why.

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Electic Man

BAT and Turbo Turkey join forces to bring you ELECTRIC MAN.

This is a full-length sketch comedy from the minds of Turbo Turkey.

Show dates and times:

Friday, June 12 at 8:00 pm

Saturday, June 13 at 8:00 pm

Sunday, June 14 at 2:00 pm

Friday, June 19 at 8:00 pm

Saturday, June 20 at 8:00 pm

Tickets just $10!!!

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A new way to give

Things have been busy here at BAT. The first two shows of the Bill and Peggy Hunt BAT_PlaywrightsFestival2015-008Playwrights Festival close on Mother’s Day, with two more shows opening May 15 for a two week run. TICKETS.

Plus, for the first time BAT was part of the Seattle Foundation’s GiveBig. It was very exciting to see those who could make a donation give to BAT as part of GiveBig. To watch the number of people who support BAT grow BAT_PlaywrightsFestival2015-041(BAT’s donors) is a humbling experience.

New to BAT’s donor’s list of options it to give is to give on a reoccurring basis. That is, say $10 every month, or every other week, every two months, every quarter, every 6 months, every year. Well, you get the idea. To make a reoccurring donation CLICK HERE and check the “Make my payment a recurring payment” box. How fun.

Don’t miss the four shows at the Festival. Every show is brand new and wildly exciting.

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Play Wrights Festival – all the basics

Four all-new plays by Washington playwrights

Great low price – $10 tickets to see two plays!

(April 22, 2015 – Burien, WA) – For about the price of a matinee movie theater ticket, you Web-art-fest-smallcan see two brand-new award-winning plays live in May during the Playwrights Festival at Burien Actors Theatre.

The 2015 Bill & Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival offers four weekends of four new shows written by Washington State Playwrights from May 1 through May 24.

Tickets are just $10, and each ticket includes admission to two plays–a one-act followed by a full-length and a talk-back with the playwright.

From May 1-10, the one-act The Study Group is paired with the full-length The Skilled Use of Blunt Objects. The Study Group, written by Stephan Feldman, is a one-act comedy-drama in which a hare-brained prank involving a mouse and a desk leads to issues of sexual ethics. The Skilled Use of Blunt Objects, written by Thomas Pierce, is a full-length drama that explores just how far people will go to get elected.
From May 15-24, the one-act Dr. Kritzinger’s 12 O’Clock is paired with the full-length Four Gone Conclusions: Some Brief Field Trips into the Absurd. Dr. Kritzinger’s 12 O’Clock is a one-act study in evil about the 1942 meeting in which Nazi and German officials set in motion the “Final Solution” for the Jews. Four Gone Conclusions: Some Brief Field Trips into the Absurd, written by Kevin Boze, is a full-length comedy that offers an absurdist look at life, the afterlife, whales, aliens and more.

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Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival 2015

Four new works in four weeks! The Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival is your Web-art-fest-smallchance to see fantastic new works! I look inside theater in the making. Plus talk to the authors and directors after every show.

Tickets are just $10! What a deal. Order online HERE.


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Bat = happiness

BAT was at the Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, Oregon. We were happy to see bats as FullSizeRender-9 part of the decor. Here is what the guidebook had to say:

Look at the bat shaped drip tiles along the roofline. Each tile is adorned with five bats, representing the five blessings – long life, fortune, health, love of virtue and a painless passing. The Chinese language, rich in homonyms, abounds with double meanings. The sound “fu,” for the character “bat” is identical to that of the character for “happiness.”

cropped-Bat-logo-final-color.pngBAT’s logo is based on a Chinese bat. (Thanks to Stevie VanBronkhorst for the logo.)

Like the Chinese characters for bat and happiness, with the help of patrons, donors and volunteers, BAT is living proof that BAT is identical to character for happiness.FullSizeRender-8

BAT wishes ever BAT-fan long life, fortune, health, love of virtue and a painless passing.

See you at the Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwright Festival running from May 1 through May 24!

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Thinking and thanks

BAT has been AFK (away from keyboard) for a short while. With the end of the wondrous dollar-signrun of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” that might be expected. But really, it is because BAT has been busy. Many irons in the fire, as they say. It is too early to talk about to much, we would not want to jinx anything, but I can say BAT is on the move.

Today, BAT took a moment to gather itself. We updated the donor list, both on our books and on the website. Every time BAT looks at its donor list, we are amazed. So many people making better live theater happen.

I know that giving makes us feel better. Giving makes us part of the show. Giving makes us more. Still, BAT cannot thank each and every donor enough. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

To be honest, BAT is behind in its fundraising goal for this season. There is just one more “show” left, the four new works that make up the Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival. (One of the only competitions where new full length works are produced in the State.) And it looks like BAT’s 2015-16 season will open with a musical. The royalties for that show are expensive. Musicals are expensive. Even with that, BAT cannot say enough good things about its amazing donors!!!

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Happy Pi(e) Day

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Who cares what the circumference is? It’s pie! Image credit: Cujo359

Saturday, March 14, is Pi Day, the day we celebrate the world’s most famous irrational number. As the site we found this artwork says:

[I]t’s Pi Day, the day when we celebrate one of the most fundamental constants of mathematics, π (pi). Pi is, of course the constant used to calculate the circumference of a circle from its radius. When you’re making a wheel or a gear, that’s a good thing to know, if you don’t want to waste a lot of time and materials.

Since we don’t do much gear cutting at BAT, what we care about is that we’re serving pie before and during Saturday’s performance of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. So there’s one more reason to see the show on March 14, besides the music and the acting.

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