BAT’s Bar – an Adult and a Secret

For every show BAT creates a pair of specially drinks, to go with its supply of beer and IMG_0279wine. Concocting these drinks is part of the fun of having a liquor license. Typically one drink is on the sweet side and one is on the sour side.

For The Addams Family, BAT decided the drink, like the Addams Family TV show, should be black and a white. Hey, you have to start somewhere.

The white drink, the Adult Wednesday, was not too hard. Start with RumChata, add some Creme de Cacao and end with gin. Yummy.

But a black drink. Start with black vodka add . . . . . . Wait, black vodka? Such a thing is out there. It is called Blavod. Now to find it. Continue reading

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The tale of a phone and a plea for help

BAT has been looking for a candlestick phone for years. BAT was finally given one, but it FullSizeRender-44had been painted a copper color. The paint job was pretty good, but it was not authentic. BAT wanted to use the candlestick phone in “The Addams Family.” For that show, the phone had to be black.

So, BAT thought about stripping off the cooper colored paint. Sounds easy enough. But BAT did not want to damage the surface of the phone, so how to take the paint off and do no harm?

An old phone, at least one made after 1909-10, is likely to be made out of bakelite and metal. For the science types, bakelite is polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride. It is an early plastic. It is a thermosetting phenol formaldehyde resin, formed from a condensation reaction of phenol with formaldehyde. It was developed by Belgian-born chemist Leo Baekeland in New York in 1907. Continue reading

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Next up at BAT, The Addams Family

Get creepy and kooky with the musical comedy The Addams Family

 “ Have some ghoulish fun with the musical comedy The Addams Family at Burien Actors Theatre from Oct. 2 through Nov. 1. Enjoy free on-site parking and don’t miss the Halloween performance.

“THE ADDAMS FAMILY”Addams online art

The wonderfully macabre Addams family is put to the test when Wednesday, the ultimate princess of darkness, grows up and falls for a “normal” young man from a respectable family. If  that weren’t enough, she tells her father, Gomez, a secret he must hide from is adored wife, Morticia. When the boyfriend and his parents come to dinner, they plunge the Addams family into a night that is sure to change the family forever.

Based on the bizarre and beloved characters created by Charles Addams in his cartoons, and with nods to the television show The Addams Family, the show received a Tony nomination for Best Original Score. Music and lyrics are written by Andrew Lippa and book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice.

The show is suitable for all ages.

Ticket prices range from $7 to $20. Student tickets are just $10. ONLINE, email or call 206-242-5180.


Mok Moser is stage directing and Daryl Spadaccini is music directing the show and leading the live band. Also featured are the diverse acting talents of Leroy Chin (Lurch), Taylor Davis (Wednesday Addams), Daniela Ferdico (Morticia Addams), Izzi Ferdico (Pugsley Addams), Andrew Hunter (Lucas Beinecke), Nathaniel Jones (Gomez Addams), John Kelleher (Uncle Fester), John Lynch (Mal Beinecke), Anna Richardson (Grandmama) and Leslie Youngblood (Alice Beinecke) plus Dylan Cook, James Fesalbon, Jeremy Force, Erin O’Loughlin, Lani Smith and Laura York as the Ancestors.


Tickets at the Box Office:

                                  General          Senior   Student
All Shows:                   $20.00              $17.00        $10.00

OPENING NIGHT: Only on Oct. 2, get $5 off each ticket in the purchase for those who tell the box office Thing’s full name.  Only available when tickets are purchased at the box office.

HALF-PRICE NIGHT: Only on Oct. 3, all tickets are half price.

SEVEN DOLLAR SUNDAYOnly on Oct. 4 all tickets are just $7!  Remember, Sunday is a matinee performance only.

Dinner and a Show Package: This package includes a two-course meal at Mark Restaurant & Bar plus a ticket to the show; cost is $35 per person. Contact the Mark at 206-241-6275.

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Season Opening Party

Gala Party at Burien Actors Theatre features internationally renowned pianist David Modern-fashion-partyTempleton

Listen to the beautiful music of internationally renowned pianist David Templeton, plus fabulous food, drink and theatrical performances at Burien Actors Theatre’s Gala Party & Show on Saturday, Sept. 19.

From 6 to 9 p.m., celebrate the opening of Burien Actors Theatre’s 36th season of better live theater. Be among the first to get a sneak peak into BAT’s 2015-16 season at the Gala Party & Show. Special entertainment includes music, comedy and drama. Enjoy delectable food and beverages from Burien businesses, backstage tours, show production information and special give-aways.

Admission is just $15 for the entire event, including food, drink and entertainment. TICKETS BAT requests people RSVP to or 206-242-5180 by Sept. 17 so BAT has a head count for ordering food.

BAT’s special musical guest will be David Templeton. Recording artist and concert pianist, profile5David Templeton has graced stages across the country from Carnegie Hall to Benaroya Hall with what the New Yorker Magazine calls, “…thoroughly enjoyable…” music. David will be performing a selection off of his latest CD called “Perseverance” and an improvisational piece created on the spot. David will be performing in concert this December at Benaroya Hall.

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The Addams Family – details

Shows are Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm every weekend from October 2 through November 1. (Yes, there is a performance on Halloween! October 31 at 8 pm)

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BAT seats – a history

BAT is getting new seats. But what of the old seats?FullSizeRender-35

Long before I got involved with BAT its BAT-fans built seating units. The seating units have a number of interesting characteristics. First they roll. This lets BAT move the seats around the space and change your experience when you share a performance with BAT.

Sometime the seats are close to the stage, sometimes further away, and sometimes, like for The Who’s Tommy, 2012, on either side of the stage.

Another interesting characteristic of the seating platforms is that they all fit inside of the theater’s proscenium arch. For years the seats had to be “put away” between productions. As a side note, BAT has been in its space since 1980. However, once Burien became a city, Burien Parks Recreation and Cultural Services took over the management of BAT’s theater space. (Yes, BAT pays an increasing amount of rent, every month to be in its space.) At some point, lost to me, BAT was required to put its seating units behind the proscenium arch between productions to free up the floor for Parks’ classes and events. Once Parks moved into its wonderful new multi-million dollar building, that requirement was lifted.

The seats that were originally put on BAT’s seating risers came from the Seattle Center Playhouse. The Seattle Center Playhouse, later called Intiman Playhouse and later still Cornish Playhouse, had been built for the Century 21 Exposition (the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair). After the World’s Fair the Seattle Center Playhouse was the first home of Seattle Repertory Theatre.

While dismantling BAT’s seats we found this ticket stub from a 1982 show at the Seattle Center Playhouse.FullSizeRender-33

In 1987, Seattle Repertory Theatre moved to a new facility elsewhere on the Seattle Center grounds. Intiman Theatre moved into the Seattle Center Playhouse, and renamed the theater. At that time, Intiman did a $1.2 million renovation of the Playhouse. As part of that renovation Intiman updated the seating in its theater. BAT-lore has it that the consummate light designer and longtime friend of BAT, Dave Baldwin, played a significant role in the seats from the Seattle Center Playhouse coming to BAT.

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BAT seats with lights

BAT is working on its new seats. This is a huge project for BAT. BAT has been blessed with FullSizeRender-25great people to help make the new seats happen. I would like to focus on one of those people Rainey, she is a licensed electrician and a wonderful person.

BAT used to put a string of blue Christmas lights on the steps on its seating units. They worked to provide some light during the production, but they were less than perfect. BAT’s new seats have lights build into the seats at the end of every row.

FullSizeRender-26Wiring these would be no big deal, but BAT’s seating units are on wheel and they move. BAT moves these seats around for different shows. The seating units have to be able to come apart between the performances. Wiring is no small feat.

Rainey is all over the problem and has figured out how to wire the lights to be both safe and useful. Now to decide what color the light should be.

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More on BAT seats

BAT is beginning phase 2 of the seat replacement. BAT is working hard to make it softer for your behind.

IMAG5058Here, BAT is taking a look at what is needed for the seat replacement. To do that, Albie took apart one of the current seating units. He took the seats off, stripped the carpet and took off the decking. It turns out most of that was just hard work. However, the decking was glued down to the framework, which is a good idea, and it kept the decking from squeaking all these years, but it makes removal very difficult.

So, BAT is rethinking its game plan about the decking removal.IMAG5059

Albie has also come up with a plan that will allow BAT to configure its seat in yet another way. Not a huge change, but one that will be useful as we go forward.

There is still time to DONATE to help defray the costs of this major seating upgrade. CLICK HERE TO DONATE ONLINE. (Yes, your donation is tax deductible to the full extent of the law.)

FullSizeRender-24Next up is measuring BAT’s carpet and drawing up the plans for the upgrade. This should all be done in time for then musical comedy “The Addams Family.” TICKETS HERE.

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Save September 19, 2015

SAVE THE DATE: BAT’s donor-thank-you-and-season-kick-off party is coming on bat-logo-banner-trans-940x198-300x63September 19. We’ll get going at about 6:30 pm with heavy hors d’oeuvres. After a while of eating and talking the evening will get going. (Look for your invitation
in the mail, in your email, if you have signed up for BAT’s email newsletter or just stop by.) You can get your TICKET ONLINE or pay at the door. (Tickets are just $15.)

There will be food and drink, bits of the shows from the upcoming season: The Addams Family, A Christmas Twist, In The Next Room, the Vibrator Play, and The Letters. BAT will also tell you where your money goes, answer your questions, and there will be a very special musical guest David Templeton.

This is always a very fun and special occasion at BAT.

If you would like to join us for this evening of fun and information email BAT at or get your TICKETS ONLINE.


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Read The Letters

Half of BAT’s 2015-16 season comes from the big script houses: The Addams Family and In the Next Room, the Vibrator Play. Nothing wrong with that, but at least once a season bat-logo-banner-trans-940x198-300x63BAT likes to include a show it gets directly from the writer’s agent. This season BAT has two such shows: A Christmas Twist and The Letters. These two shows are not shows you have likely seen before. They are both Puget Sound premiers.

Both A Christmas Twist and The Letters are great scripts and will make great shows.

When selecting scripts for the season BAT likes to have a few people read them before BAT decides that a show will be part of the season. Recently, one of BAT’s Trustees, read The Letters. Like everyone who has read the script so far, the Trustee was amazed by this two person show. It’s almost a shame you’ll have to wait until April to see it on stage.

The Letters is a wonderful game of cat and mouse, with twists that you cannot predict.

But wait, you don’t have to wait to read this wonderful script. BAT just got permission from the author to put a copy of The Letters in BALL (Burien Acts Lending Library). BALL is BAT’s lending library located at Bumbershoot Books in Burien. It will be in the library by the end of the month. If you want to see just how good this show is, check out the script for The Letters at BALL.

Often authors with whom BAT deals with to get scripts before the script is picked up by a big publishing company will not let the scripts to be placed in a library. Luckily for you that is not the case here. A very special hat tip to the author John W. Lowell.

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