Raise the Royalties

BAT must pay the royalties for it’s 2015 musical, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” dollar-signby November 1, 2014. The royalties are steep! Please help Bat raise the royalties. Donate today and join the production team!

Two BAT donors have agreed to match your donation, so your good deed will go twice as far. The first $10,000.00 donated before the last performance of “Out of Sterno,” on October 19, 2014, will be matched!

So far, BAT donors have given $4,459.44, all of which will be matched. (Last updated September 23, 2014)

Please help raise the royalties. DONATE ONLINE, or send your check to BAT, P.O. Box 48121, Burien ,WA 98166.

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Slight Change In Comments Policy

The spam comment load on this website has become unbearable. Part of the reason is that, for reasons best known to themselves, spammers are sending comments to old articles. Our filters catch them, but the extra load on the server and the fact that there are now hundreds of “comments” appearing daily in the spam filter makes it impossible to determine if any are, indeed, not spam, make a change necessary.

For this reason, I’ve turned off comments for articles that are more than three weeks old. If you have a concern about an older article, please tell us by e-mail to user webmaster at the server’s domain, which is burienactorstheatre.org.

Update by Craig (Sept. 29): I’ve also disabled comments on media attachments, which is what our blog software calls the pictures, videos, and other non-text things that appear in articles. Hopefully, this will be a temporary thing.

Your comments are important to us. The main reason I’m doing this is that it had become impossible to make sure that real comments by readers of this blog were not discarded as spam.

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Color of Sterno

I admit there are more things in the internet, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your Fullscreen 9:24:14, 8:41 PMphilosophy.

I googled the color of sterno to see what color one of BAT’s drinks should be.  BAT is going for that sterno color.  Check out what is in the images for color of sterno.  Yes, that is BAT’s logo.

Get your ticket to color of sterno “Out of Sterno” HERE.

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Auditions for “Bob’s Holiday Office Party”

Auditions for comedy “Bob’s Holiday Office Party” at Burien Actors Theatreimages-1

Burien Actors Theatre announces auditions for the Northwest premiere of the comedy “Bob’s Holiday Office Party,” written by Joe Keyes and Rob Elk. Actors of all ethnicities invited to audition.

Synopsis: In this irreverent satire in which no cows are sacred, insurance agent Bob Finhead’s whacked-out friends and clients stop by his small-town Iowa office for their chaotic annual holiday bash. The town mayor, the sheriff, the twin farmers, the stoner, the town floozy and the pastor’s wife have already RSVPed for this year’s raucous event. Will Bob fulfill his dreams of a bigger life and escape their narrow-minded thinking, or is there a purpose for him in Iowa? Will any of it matter once the party starts, the bickering begins and the drinks hit the floor? “Devastatingly funny!”—L.A. Times. The show has been a smash hit in L.A. for 18 years.

Performances are at Burien Actors Theatre in Burien from Nov. 28 through Dec. 21, 2014. Rehearsals begin on Oct. 20.

The stage director is Isaiah Crowson.

$100 stipend provided.

Auditions are at Burien Actors Theatre on Monday, Oct. 6 from 7 to 10 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Callbacks are Thursday, Oct. 9 from 7 to 10 p.m. Burien Actors Theatre is located at 14501 Fourth Ave. S.W. in Burien.

To audition, please prepare two contrasting short contemporary monologues (serious/comedy) totaling 3 minutes maximum. Bring resume and headshot. Callbacks will consist of cold readings from the script.

Please make audition appointment: audition@burienactorstheatre.org, 206-242-5180.

Character Descriptions

Note: Actors do not need to be the ages listed, but must be able to convincingly play them.

Bob Finhead – Male, age 25-40. The insurance man, a part-time inventor, and the nicest guy in town.

Sheriff Joe – Male, age 30-50.  Bob’s know-it-all, slightly paranoid best friend.

Mayor Roy Mincer – Male, age 25-45. Husband to Marjorie, but he also likes the fellas.

Elwin Beewee – Male, age 25-40. The resentful big shot who made good.

La Donna Johnson – Female, age 25-35. The richest farmer in the county.

La Voris Johnson – Female, age 25-35. Her equally conservative sister.

Marty – Male, age 25-45. The Town Stoner.

Marjorie Mincer – Female, age 25-40. Mayor Roy’s obsessive wife.

Carol – Female, age 25-45. The minister’s disturbed wife.

Brandy – Female, age 25-45. The town floozy.

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Allan composes for BAT

For “Out to Sterno” BAT is excited to work with the amazing composer Allan Loucks. Allan web-art-Sternocomposed the score for a number of shows at BAT. His work is amazing, and always adds a level of creativity that is unmatched to any show.

BAT first had the chance to work with Allan in “Dracula.” I still play that score on Halloween. While listening, chills run up and down my spine as I wait for the wee ones to take candy from a stranger.

For “Out of Sterno” Allan tried something a little different. Instead of composing a sound track for the show, he wrote the pre-show and intermission music. It is . . . . well let Allan explain:

For this production, the intent was to compose music that creates a quirky, up-beat, “where-did-that-come-from” mood, as well as provide references to many items in the script. Sort of a silly “prelude”, if you will.

The main motif consists of 4 ascending notes and 4 descending notes. This serves as a “basic-shape” for the entire score.

The music was inspired by the character “Dan,” who exists as several different personas in the story. The motif (AKA the basic-shape) is analogous to “Dan,” and the seemingly incompatible styles and passages are analogous to the various characters that he portrays.

I had a lot of fun composing this, as well as playing all the instruments.

I hope you get the same “kick” out of it. :-)

-Allan Loucks


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Sad, if true

Saw this online. It is one of those times you hope not everything you see on the internet is true. The story is the Balagan Theatre is dissolving. READ STORY HERE.

If true, and I hope it is not true, this is a sad day in the theater world. Theaters thrive and grow because there are other theaters doing good work. When you see a good show at another theater, it gets you to step up your game.

Over BAT’s 35 year history there have been ups and downs, not every show BAT has done sparkled. There was a sea change 8 to 10 years ago and since then BAT has constantly stepped up its game. Theaters like Balagan made stepping up the game essential to survive. Good actors like to work with good production companies. Audiences like good productions with good actors. It’s a no-brainer that to grow you need be be good. Balagan pushed us all to step up our games.

As I said, I hope it is not true that Balagan will dissolve, but if it is true, or not, the story is a reminder to support live theater in any way you can.

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Nice read on theater blood.

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This is what a season’s worth of BAT tickets looks like. After a few false starts the tickets photo-24are here and ready for the opening of “Out of Sterno,” and the rest of BAT’s 35th season. And what a season it is!

See you at the show!

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Tidbits of 15 shows!

While surfing the net I stumbled across a tribute to BAT.  Someone posted bits and bat-logo-banner-trans-940x198.pngpieces from 15 shows from the last 10 years.  What fun to look back.  CHECK IT OUT HERE.

It’s 30 some minutes long, but you can skip around.

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Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival rules and more

New plays sought from Washington State playwrights
For 2015 Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival

Script submission deadline Oct. 22, 2014
Winning scripts staged May 1-24, 2015

Burien Actors Theatre is seeking submissions of unproduced, unpublished plays by Washington State Playwrights for the 2015 Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival. Both one-act and full-length plays are sought.

Winning scripts will be staged May 1 through May 24, 2015 as part of BAT’s 2014-15 season. In addition to having their plays produced, winning playwrights will also receive monetary prizes. Additional scripts of merit may receive readings.

The submission deadline for all scripts is Oct. 22, 2014. To qualify for the Festival, all submissions must follow Playwrights Submission Guidelines detailed below.

About the Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival

The mission of the Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival is to encourage, promote and showcase previously unproduced theater works written by Washington state residents.

The festival was named to honor Bill and Peggy Hunt’s dedicated services to theater and their devoted involvement with Burien Actors Theatre (BAT). Peggy Hunt joined Burien’s active theater scene in 1960 with a leading role in the play Harvey. Over the next 35 years, both Bill and Peggy Hunt appeared in and directed plays, designed and built sets, served on BAT’s Board of Trustees, and were involved in some aspect of every theater project.

Originally from Canada, the Hunts were familiar with Canadian play competitions and were instrumental in igniting this idea locally. The first staged competitions were theatrical, aimed more at fostering play production instead of writing, with entries from the greater Seattle area. In the early 1970s, these competitions were held as part of Burien’s Arts Festival.

Later, Peggy Hunt suggested establishing a playwriting competition with winning shows to be produced by Burien Actors Theatre. The company has been producing this unique festival every two to three years since 1999.

Playwrights Submission Guidelines

Open to any person residing in the State of Washington.

Scripts may be either one-act or full-length.

Previously produced plays are not eligible. Staged readings and workshops are not considered productions.

The Festival provides more of a workshop environment for basic production, so excessive production requirements may result in disqualification. Legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the playwright.

Submit two copies of the script via snail (regular) mail. No electronic copies accepted. Bind entries securely. Include title page, synopsis (no more than one-half page in length), character list (including gender, age range and features such as skin or hair color necessary to script), setting (time and place), and number of scenes. Entries must be postmarked by Oct. 22, 2014.

Judging will be blind. Playwrights should not show their name, address, or any identifying information on any page or on the cover of their scripts. Instead download entry form or request one by contacting info@burienactorstheatre.org or 206-242-5180. Complete and sign the entry form and attach with paper clip to play submitted.

All submissions must be in a standard professional play format. Format guidelines can be obtained at http://www.samuelfrench.com/content/files/upload/General%20SFI%20Formatting%20Guidelines%20Complete.pdf or http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/standardprofessionalplayformat.pdf. Failure to comply will result in rejection from competition.

If submitted play is a musical or requires music, a recording of the music on a CD must accompany the script.

Submissions should be sent via snail (regular) mail to: Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival, Burien Actors Theatre, P.O. Box 48121, Burien, WA 98148.

The Festival is designed to be a collaborative process involving the playwrights, directors, and performers—facilitating a transition of each work from page to stage. As such, playwrights are encouraged to be involved in the production and rehearsal of their scripts. Playwrights will be encouraged to attend a production meeting with the director and producer, at least one rehearsal and all performances.

Playwrights are asked to participate in discussions with the audience following performances.

Submissions will not be returned. Burien Actors Theatre will not be responsible for any loss or damage to entries.

Winners will be announced January 2, 2015. Plays will be staged May 1 through May 24, 2015.

Questions? Contact info@burienactorstheatre.org or 206-242-5180.

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Welcome SPS

Today is a great day at BAT.  Tonight will be the first time Seattle Playwrights Studio (SPS) bat-logo-banner-trans-940x198.pngmeets at BAT.  Recently, SPS joined BAT.  This collaboration was made in heaven.

BAT produces better live theater and SPS creates amazing new works.  You have already seen some of the work of these fine authors as they have, from time to time, been winners of the Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwrights festival.  The Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival is a statewide playwright’s competition that BAT holds bi-annually.  (The next festival is in May of 2015.)

Much of SPS’s creative process takes place out of the view of BAT fans, but there will be an annual playwrights showcase where we all get to share in the creative process.

Look forward to hearing more about what SPS is up to, and join with BAT in making them feel at home.

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