Auditions for Church & State

BLT Blog - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 22:14
Auditions for fast-paced dramedy Church & State

Burien Actors Theatre announces auditions for the fast-paced dramedy Church & State. The show will be performed April 27 through May 20, 2018 at Burien Actors Theatre.

Church & State calls for a strong ensemble cast of four actors, two male and two female. Actors do not have to be the ages indicated, but must be able to convincingly portray them. The intent in casting is to be as consistent as possible with the time, place and circumstances in which the play is set.

SYNOPSIS:  It’s three days before Republican Charles, Charlie” Whitmore’s Senate re-election. In the wake of a school shooting in Charlie’s hometown, he has decided to finally tell the public exactly what’s on his mind, no filter.

What could possible go wrong? Particularly when faith, politics gun control and “The Twitter” mix it up? As Charlie’s comments to Marshall, a journalist-blogger, call into question the Senator’s stance on gun control and God, his wife and campaign manager try to contain the damage. This look at how religion, guns, and social media influence our political system is simultaneously funny, honest, heartbreaking, and uplifting.

“Subtle and gripping entertainment… Jason Odell Williams is a postmodern Clifford Odets” – LA Times. “A crackling script! I wish every member of Congress could see it!”…..NPR

Performances are at Burien Actors Theatre in Burien from April 27 through May 20 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Rehearsals will be at Burien Actors Theatre, beginning Monday, March 19, with rehearsals weeknights and some weekend times, depending on actor schedules.

BAT has free on-site parking and is two blocks from the Burien Transit Center.

The stage directors are Rochelle Flynn and Maggie Larrick, who have co-directed five productions together.

$100 stipend provided.

Auditions are at Burien Actors Theatre on Sunday, Jan. 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 22 from 7 to 10 p.m. Callbacks will be at Burien Actors Theatre on Wednesday, Jan. 24 from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

Please prepare two contrasting contemporary monologues (serious/comedic) totaling no more than 3 minutes. Please also bring resume and headshot. Callbacks will consist of cold readings from the script.

Please make audition appointment:, 206-242-5180. Auditions will be held at Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 Fourth Ave S.W., Burien. For directions, go to

Character Descriptions/Requirements

Actors do not have to be the ages indicated, but must be able to convincingly portray them. The intent in casting is to be as consistent as possible with the time, place and circumstances in which the play is set.

Senator Charles “Charlie” Whitmore:  Male, age 40s-50s. Republican from North Carolina, born and raised in North Carolina, he is a former State Senator, now incumbent Junior U.S. Senator, up for re-election. His father was Governor of North Carolina for many years before he died. Charlie’s two older brothers are Congressmen in North Carolina. Though not gunning for it himself, the party is grooming Charlie for a Presidential run in a few years. Charlie is a man filled with doubt. But he has plenty of charisma and sex appeal. He’s a rare honest politician and gifted public speaker. A real family man who loves his wife, sons and constituents. 

Sara Whitmore: Female, age 40s. Charlie’s wife. Former real estate agent, now stay-at-home mom to their boys Matthew and Luke (9 and 6). Sara is the undisputed boss of the household. More “street smart” than “book smart,” Sara is a big personality who can hold her own with the big boys. Also born and raised in North Carolina, she loves her family, Jesus and the Bible. She’s a tough southern woman with a soft underbelly. At the heart of this play is the real love, respect and affection Charlie and Sara have for each other. Chemistry and charm are a must. Even when she is bossing you around she does it with an irresistible smile. Sara is attractive and put-together, but she’s no trophy wife.

Alex Klein: Female, age 30s-40s. Charlie’s campaign manager, a fast-talking, no-nonsense liberal Jew from New York whose star is on the rise as a go-to campaign manager. She successfully defeated 5 different Congressional incumbents in the last 3 election cycles, but this is her first Senate race. Hired by the Whitmore campaign so she wouldn’t defeat him by working for the other side. She is great at her job, but knows her career is on the line if this election goes badly. Her self-doubt bubbles to the surface at times, but she’s clearly a professional at the top of her game.

Tom/Marshall/News Reporter/Security Guy:  Male, age 20s-30s. Has to be a versatile actor. Tom, a paid intern with the campaign, is a North Carolina State graduate and North Carolina boy through-and-through. Has a good heart. Eager to please and in awe of Senator Whitmore. He’s more “country,” while Marshall is more of a “southern gentleman.” Marshall is a blogger with Christian values but not much journalistic experience. As the on-the-scene News Reporter, he is a smart and charming. The Security Guy is a typical nonspeaking bodyguard.


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Search for BAT Burien

BLT Blog - Sun, 01/07/2018 - 12:39

There is a fun aspect of Google. When you go to do a search, Google tries to guess what you are looking for. It provides a list to choose from, as you type.

For example, if you type in the letter “f,” the list starts with Facebook. That is because more people whose searches begin with “f” are looking for Facebook than any other search term.

I thought it would be fun to see how many letters you would have to type to get BAT on the list. – I tell people looking for BAT to search for BAT Burien and we’ll be at the top of the list. – So, how well did that work out?

At “b” the top of the list was Best Buy.

At “ba” the top was Bank of America.

At “bat” the top of the list was Bath and Body Works.

At “bat “ the top of the list was bat coin.

At “bat b” the top of the list was bat bite.

At “bat bu” the top of the list was bat bugs, but BAT Burien was second on the list. This was the first time BAT Burien made it to the list.

At “bat bur” the top of the list was BAT Burien.

Not too sure what this means, but somehow I think its pretty good for a 94 seat house that produces better live theater in Burien.

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As BAT relabels the books in BALL

BLT Blog - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 23:05

BAT has a lending library. It is located in Phoenix Tea on 152nd in Burien. Right now there are about 300 books and scripts in BALL, Burien Actors Lending Library. A small personal library has just been donated to BAT, so the number will rise as the books and scripts can be labeled and logged in.

So, why does BAT have a lending library?

The short answer is that when BAT looked for scripts to produce, there were none to be found in Burien. Sure, a bookstore or two had some Shakespeare, but nothing more recent. But there is much more to the answer to that question.

How can a theater town like Burien not have access to the amazing world of scripts and theater tech?

BAT is a theater. Theaters flourish when they have supporters who enjoy theater. To many, that enjoyment includes reading scripts and learning about the craft that is live theater. It may not be for everyone, but many, like me, enjoy a script as much as a novel. However, until BALL, there was no place to get a script in Burien. BAT set out to change that. Hence, BALL.

It all started with a few scripts and a couple of books on theater tech. Then more and more scripts and books. BALL is now 300 volumes strong and growing.

With the exception of musicals and manuscripts that do not allow BAT to keep them or lend them out, BAT puts a copy or two of the upcoming show in BALL. So, you can always read the script to see if the show fits your taste.

Additionally, BAT reads scripts for upcoming seasons. Not all fit the time slot or would feel right on BAT’s stage. Nothing wrong with them, in fact, some are great, but just not right, right now. BAT adds those scripts to BALL. As of now BALL’s books span 80 years. One is from 1937, and a couple are from 2017.

Tonight, BAT was meeting with a possible new volunteer, she said she did not understand BAT having a lending library. It got me thinking. How to spread the word about BALL? How to get people excited about the world of scripts and theater magic?

Right now, I am not exactly sure how to make that happen, but I do know you can stop by Phoenix Tea, pull up a chair, a cup of tea, and enjoy some theater. Of course, you can also check a script or book out, just remember to bring it back.



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Burien Arts Pop-up Gallery will feature Danny Mansmith; reception Jan. 9

B-Town Blog - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 12:30

Burien Arts Pop-up Gallery this month features Danny Mansmith, a celebrated local mixed media textile artist.

The exhibit opens on Tuesday, Jan. 9,  with a meet and greet the artist at 6 p.m. hosted by Burien Arts, your local non-profit art association which has been bringing art and cultural events to the Burien community since 1968.

The exhibit runs until Jan. 26, and is open to the public during Center hours, 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Thursday, and 8:30 a.m.  – 5 p.m. on Fridays.

The NEW Pop-up Gallery location is in the Burien Community Center Lobby, located at 14700 6th Ave SW, Burien, WA 98166

FREE Admission.

For more info about Burien Arts, visit

Here’s Danny’s Bio:

Danny grew up in the Chicago suburbs and was particularly close to his grandmother, who sewed his clothes while he was growing up. “My grandma was a tough Polish lady with a big heart who was also an artist, but would never have said that. She nurtured me with love and exposed me to art, giving me the ability to see possibilities in things around us.” Danny said.

Danny always wanted to be an artist and went to art school for a year, but found it was not for him.  He moved to Chicago in the early 90s and, inspired by his grandmother, taught himself to use a sewing machine. In addition to making handmade clothes, he taught himself to draw with the sewing machine and constructed dolls and sculptures out of found objects, covering them with stitched designs.

“Working with my hands has saved my life,” he says. “Instead of being the fastest or the smartest I found my strength, sanctuary and cushion from the world in making art. I want to push myself to make art with the things around me, to be resourceful and to follow my heart’s inspiration,” he explained.

“Making something wearable, drawing with sharpies or the sewing machine, sculpting, to creating installations that incorporate all of these elements has become my spirituality – my survival,” he continued.

Danny now lives in Burien.

Reception for Al-Abboud’s recent Art will be this Saturday at Scarlet Ibis Gallery

B-Town Blog - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 10:46

9 Circles: Dante’s “Inferno” provided the inspiration for this work. Each circle contains an image that corresponds with a circle in the book, and these images are contained within the flesh of the forbidden fruit, the symbol of the so-called original sin. The ten pillars represent the Ten Commandments.

Eternal Presence: This piece revolves around the concept of “Time” and the absence of it, which was inspired by 4’33”, a silent composition by artist and musician John Cage. As Cage highlighted the space between the musical notes, Al-Abboud imagined a space where time stops and we are neither going forward or backward but rather existing solely in the present.

Al-Abboud’s luminous, geometric paintings have been on exhibit on the walls of Scarlet Ibis Gallery since the beginning of December 2017, and will be up through the end of January 2018.

The work can be viewed during regular gallery hours, and visitors also have the opportunity to meet the artist and discuss his work at a reception this Saturday, Jan. 6, from 6 – 10 p.m. at the gallery.

The event is free and open to the public.

Here’s more about Al-Abboud:

After spending two years as an architecture student, Al-Abboud realized that he wanted to be an artist instead of an architect as his family wished, even though it meant burning bridges and relinquishing emotional and financial support. He accepted the sacrifice as the price all artists must endure and forged into a new way of living as an artist.

Although he had changed his major, those early years studying architecture came to influence his artwork, which reflects the discipline of geometric patterns within which complex messages can be discovered. Duchamp’s cubist-style “Nude Descending Staircase” and Dali’s “Madonna” inspired him to create images that change according to distance and angle, not unlike one’s evolving perspective of the world across time and space. Such perspective invokes wonder, invites questioning and raises the consciousness of the viewer.

His detailed work is done with acrylic paint except for a brief experimentation with screen-printing, which was influenced by his career as a graphic artist. Working with acrylics fits his style while serving a practical function as he works over the entire canvas and needs it to dry fast. Literature, music and travel provide never-ending sources of inspiration.

About the gallery
Scarlet Ibis is an art gallery in the heart of downtown Burien, established in August of 2016. The gallery is committed to promoting smart and interesting work by artists working in the local Puget Sound region and beyond. The gallery is located at 447 SW 152nd Street, accessible by entering through Phoenix Tea. To contact the gallery, email or call 206-453-8374. Open hours are Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10am – 6pm, Thursday 10am – 8pm, and Friday noon – 6pm.

WHAT: Al-Abboud: Recent Work

WHEN: December 2017 – January 2018

RECEPTION: Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018: 6 – 10 p.m.


Burien’s annual Empty Bowls fundraiser Lunch/Dinner will be Friday, Jan. 26

B-Town Blog - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 11:34

Moshier potters have teamed up with Discover Burien and Burien Parks and Recreation to host the City’s annual Empty Bowls fundraiser on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018.

Empty Bowls events can be found around the country raising money to combat hunger in our communities. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Highline Area and White Center Food Banks.

Potters have donated bowls to be filled with soup at this fun, popular (and tasty) event…and all are invited!

Your donation will get you the opportunity to pick out a beautiful handmade bowl, as well as a simple but wonderful meal of soup, bread, drink and dessert donated by area businesses. Proceeds will go to the Highline Food Bank and White Center Food Banks.

There will also be a raffle/auction of beautiful handmade serving bowls and platters, and wine.

Wine sampling from 4 – 5 p.m., and wine for purchase from 4-8pm.

WHEN: Friday, January 26, 2018:

  • Lunch: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Dinner: 4 – 8 p.m.

WHERE: Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Avenue SW (map below)


  • $20 minimum donation for adults
  • $10 minimum donation for children

INFO: Call (206) 988-3700 for more information, or visit

To volunteer, please contact Gina Kallman at

PHOTO: Sunrise as seen from Burien

B-Town Blog - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 11:25

Courtesy Marc Milrod comes this great photo, showcasing the beautiful sunrise of the first workday of 2018 as seen from Burien on Tuesday morning, Jan. 2, 2018 (click image to view larger version):

VIDEOS/PHOTOS: Scenes from the 2018 Polar Bear Plunge at Three Tree Point

B-Town Blog - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 19:45

Dozens of adventurous spirits plunged into the chilly Puget Sound waters on a clear and crisp New Year’s Day at Burien’s Three Tree Point neighborhood on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

The winner of the coveted Polar Bear Plunge trophy this year was Katarzyna Patora, who wore an amazing mermaid costume that she made herself:

Here are some video highlights from our live Facebook feed:

Here’s GoPro POV cam footage shot by Shawn Anderson:

And here are photos courtesy Elston Hill (click images to view larger versions/slideshow):

PHOTOS: Dozens explore Seahurst Park Beach during Moonlight Beach Walk

B-Town Blog - Sun, 12/31/2017 - 12:56

Dozens of people showed up Saturday night (Dec. 30) despite the drizzle at Seahurst Park Beach for the Environmental Science Center’s final Moonlight Beach Walk of 2017.

Science Center Naturalists were on the beach to help guests see marine animals in a whole new light – their FLASHLIGHTS!

In addition to flashlights, all that was required for participants were boots, hats, gloves, coats and the desire to meet new fellow B-Town neighbors who live in Puget Sound.

Resient Elston Hill was there, with at least 60 other people, including many children.

“Lots of wildlife – crabs, anemones, sea stars, and so much more,” Elston said. “Great way for young people to learn about our ecosystem.”

The next Moonlight Beach Walk will be on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, from 6 – 8 p.m.; more info here.

Click images to view larger versions/slideshow:

BALL in boxes

BLT Blog - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 21:12

BALL, Burien Actors Lending Library, is temporarily closed. In fact, it is in five boxes.

After living in Bumbershoot Books for years, BALL is moving. Sadly, Bumbershoot Books permanently closing on December 31, 2017. It was a great host BALL, and Bumbershoot Books will be missed.

Very soon, BALL will be moving to Phoenix Tea located at 447 SW 152nd St, Burien. BAT and BALL are very excited about the move. Read a script or theater book and enjoy some great tea. Sounds like a perfect fit.

Before BALL can reopen, BAT has to re-label all of the books and scripts with the new address. But there is good news, BAT has more than 100 new books to add to BALL. In its new home, BALL will be even more of the resource!

BALL is coming soon to a tea shop near you!

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My father’s coat

BLT Blog - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 20:45

This is a request for blankets, winter coats, or a donation to help BAT buy emergency blankets, sometimes called space blankets. It is now winter and BAT sees many people in need of a little warmth. DONATE HERE.

Now, the Holiday story: on Christmas Eve we were at BAT doing what we do most days to make it possible for BAT to produce better live theater.

In the building next to BAT is Transform Burien, a group of churches who work together to feed and clothe those in need. They are great neighbors, and when BAT gets a costume donation we always check to see if there is something Transform Burien’s clothing bank can use.

On Christmas Eve, Transform Burien had a free meal for people. It was also the day it snowed in Burien. As they cleaned up a few apparently homeless folks hung around under the awnings at BAT. It was a cold and snowy night.

As we were leaving, we noticed some we’re underprepared for the cold.

At BAT we keep a box of blankets, energy blankets, and winter coats that we give out when we see this kind of need. BAT does not use that many heavy coats and blankets on stage, and the emergency blankets are there just to give out.

BAT had not restocked its supply of blankets and the like since last winter, so we did not have as much to share as we do sometimes. BAT gave out what it had, but there was still a gentleman without a warm coat.

My father died about ten years ago. I held onto a few of his coats. They were very good quality and I wanted to hold onto something of his. After a few years, I realized I was not wearing dad’s coats. I gave them to BAT for costumes.

On that snowy Christmas Eve, one of dad’s coats was the warmest coats we had that might fit a cold gentleman. So, BAT gave dad’s coat to someone who needed to be a little warmer. If dad can look down, I am sure he is pleased.

BAT wants to replenish its blankets and especially it emergency blanket supply. The latter is especially important as emergency blankets are easy to carry, waterproof, and warm. Please take a moment to see if you have a blanket to share and make a donation to BAT so it can buy a number of emergency blankets to give away. DONATE HERE.

If you want to buy some regency blankets on your own to give to BAT, and you use Amazon, remember to go to Amazon Smile or Amazon Prime Smile, then select Burien Actors Theatre as your charity, and BAT will get a small donation from Amazon based upon the amount of your purchase.

Have a very Happy New Year and if you can help BAT keep people warm this winter.



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PHOTOS: Yes, we had a White Christmas!

B-Town Blog - Mon, 12/25/2017 - 10:59

Courtesy Elston Hill comes these great photos, submitted as proof that yes Virginia, we had a White Christmas in Burien!

“Since the 1890’s, there has been snow on Christmas Eve six times,” Elston said. “That is once every 20 years. And we picked Christmas Eve to fly back into Sea-Tac!”

Click images to view larger images/slideshow:

VIDEO: Re-live Burien’s wonderful Dia de los Muertos celebration

B-Town Blog - Sat, 12/23/2017 - 10:30

The City of Burien this week released an excellent video that showcases its annual Dia de los Muertos celebration, held at the Community Center on Nov. 2, 2017.

Here’s the video, which features an interview with Nancy Salguero McKay (Curator of Collections and Exhibits at the Highline Historical Society), with more details from the City below:

The Día de los Muertos celebration in Burien is an example of a community and City partnership at its best. At this year’s celebration, community members were invited to build their own altars at the Burien Community Center. The Burien celebration generally follows traditions from Mexico, but it also includes ofrendas that are considered “freestyle” instead of traditional ofrendas. Volunteers offered storytelling and other children’s activities that taught the meaning and history of the celebration. People also enjoyed traditional face painting, music, and dance.

What is Día de los Muertos?
El Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead), is a day to celebrate, remember and prepare special foods in honor of those who have departed. Although celebrated throughout Latin America, Día de los Muertos is most strongly associated with Mexico, where the tradition originated. In Latin America, the streets near the cemeteries are filled with decorations of papel picado (colorful banners), flowers, candy calaveras (skeletons and skulls), and parades.

It is believed that the spirit of the dead visit their families on October 31 and leave on November 2.
Families celebrate by making altars and place ofrendas (offerings) of food such as pan de muertos baked in shapes of skulls and figures, candles, incense, yellow marigolds known as cempazuchitl (also spelled zempasuchil) and most importantly a photo of the departed soul is placed on the altar.

The day is celebrated differently in different counties. For example, in Guatemala, kite festivals are a part of the tradition. In Honduras and El Salvador, local festivals that date back to pre-Hispanic times are part of the celebration.

Wherever it is celebrated, it is an opportunity for families to face the death of loved ones with both mourning and joy.

La celebración del Día de los Muertos en Burien es un ejemplo de asociación entre la comunidad y la ciudad en su máxima expresión. En la celebración de este año, los miembros de la comunidad fueron invitados a construir sus propios altares en el Centro Comunitario Burien. La celebración de Burien generalmente sigue las tradiciones de México, pero también incluye ofrendas que se consideran de “estilo libre”, en lugar de las ofrendas tradicionales. Los voluntarios ofrecieron narraciones de cuentos y otras actividades para niños que enseñaron el significado y la historia de la celebración. La gente también disfrutó de la pintura facial tradicional, la música y el baile.

¿Qué es el Día de los Muertos?
El Día de los Muertos es un día para celebrar, recordar y preparar comidas especiales en honor a los que se han ido. Aunque se celebra en toda América Latina, el Día de los Muertos se asocia más con México, donde se originó la tradición. En América Latina, las calles cercanas a los cementerios se llenan de adornos de papel picado, flores, calaveras dulces y desfiles.

Se cree que el espíritu de los muertos visita a sus familias el 31 de octubre y se va el 2 de noviembre.

Las familias celebran con altares y colocan ofrendas de alimentos tales como el pan de muertos, horneado en forma de calaveras, y figuras, velas, incienso, caléndulas amarillas conocidas como cempazuchitl o zempasuchil y lo más importante es una foto del difunto que se coloca en el altar.

El día se celebra de manera diferente en distintos países. Por ejemplo, en Guatemala, los festivales de cometas son parte de la tradición. En Honduras y El Salvador, los festivales locales que se remontan a la época prehispánica forman parte de la celebración.

Donde sea que se celebre, es una oportunidad para que las familias confronten la muerte de sus seres queridos con duelo y regocijo a la vez.

PHOTOS: Beautiful views seen while flying out of Sea-Tac Airport

B-Town Blog - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:40

Courtesy resident Elston Hill:

Wednesday (Dec. 20) was a great day to be taking off from Sea-Tac Airport – great view of Burien!

First picture you can see Lake Burien in the foreground (click images to view larger versions/slideshow):

In the second picture the Safeway store is in the picture at the bottom left.

Because we took off north, I thought we would not see Mount Rainier. To my delight we crossed almost directly over Mount Rainier, so close that only the top was in view. Then the pilot tilted the plane so we got a picture of the freshly snow covered mountain:

Year end 2017

BLT Blog - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 17:27

It is that time of year when we look back and look forward. Here at BAT, our fiscal year ends in June, but the calendar year is a good place to pause too.

Looking ahead, BAT is getting ready for Rapture, Blister, Burn. Like all of the shows this season, BAT is excited to get Rapture, Blister Burn on stage. About a week ago, BAT had the first reading of the show with the cast. We all laughed out loud. Rehearsals begin in earnest right after the First of the Year.

Soon, there will be auditions for Church & State. Church & State is BAT’s final show this season, and the season will end with a gem.

But BAT has bigger plans for the year than even producing better live theater. BAT will be joining with the Foster School of Business again in 2018. This time, BAT will be working to clean up its business plan, in hopes of enticing more donors.

For BAT, donors are our lifeblood. We intentionally work to keep ticket prices down, but we can only do that when those who can make a donation to BAT. BAT is a non-profit, but as I say, “that is an IRS designation, not a way of life.” DONATE HERE! Without your generosity, BAT will go black forever. As little as $5 makes a difference! DONATE NOW!

BAT is also reading scripts for its 2018-19 season. Is there something you want BAT to read? Send a title to us, and we’ll put it on the list.

BAT was at the swearing in of three new Burien City Council Members this week. BAT is looking forward to getting to know each of them and to work with the new and existing Council Members to move arts and theater forward in Burien. If you would like to rave to the City council about how much you love better live theater at BAT, you can email them at

Nominate Maggie Larrick and BAT as Burien’s person of the year HERE.

BAT is also looking forward to growing its Board of Trustees in 2018. This job is near and dear to BAT. Literally, BAT’s board is the theater’s heart and soul. BAT would not be BAT without those who so freely give their time and money.

Looking back at 2107, it was a year of growth at BAT. We started the year with Sex with Strangers. The show title and poster design caused a bit of an uproar, but that did not take away from how great the show was. (No one who saw the show raised any complaints. Complaints only came from those who did not see the show, or did not read the free copy of the script BAT placed in BALL, Burien Actors Lending Library, before the show opened.)

Then onto the Playwrights Festival. From a myriad of scripts BAT produced four, They Walk Among Us, Escorting Tom, Winter People, and Law of the Sea. It was a rousing Playwrights Festival with new works to engage and enjoy.

BAT then took the Summer to do some much-needed upgrades and longterm planning. We were very busy. At the end of the Summer, BAT began its 38th season. First up was Ben Butler. A play about the Civil War, the end of slavery, and it was a comedy. Hard to believe, but true. As one patron posted on social media, “I’m sitting in a room of mostly white people laughing at true events from the civil war. That sounds bad, but [Ben Butler] is so good, and so funny, I can’t help myself.”

Then it was the Holiday show, The Christmas Carol Rag. It was a retelling of The Christmas Carol with a female Scrooge set in a 1911 New York sweatshop. This story never gets old, and this twist made it new all over again.

BAT has been blessed with so many great actors, directors, tech crew members and creative team members! Without them, and patrons, donors, and supporters like you BAT would not survive. Because of you, we thrive.

Enjoy the Holidays, DONATE if you can, and we’ll see you at the show!

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SHOP LOCAL: Save 20% Off at everything at Junkie Jane’s through Saturday!

B-Town Blog - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 11:09

Junkie Jane’s – located at 902 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien – will be running a 20% Off sale for the entire store until this Saturday, Dec. 23!

They also just received over 50 chairs of all sorts ranging in price from $7 to $35 so if you need a few more chairs to go around the Christmas Dinner table – come see them:

Junkie Janes:

902 SW 152nd Street
Burien Wa 98166


More info here:

‘Dumpster Divas’ films in Olde Burien

B-Town Blog - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 14:17

Courtesy Writer/Director/Actor Lee Ryan Coston comes this report on the recent filming of ‘Dumpster Divas’ in Burien:

When someone thinks of film, they automatically think of Hollywood/Los Angeles, CA. However, the film industry in the Puget Sound area is alive and well! There are thousands of writers, directors, actors and talented film crew members sprinkled throughout the area.

You don’t have to go to Hollywood to find gems like: Barry Gregg, DP; Ryan Wagenhauser, AD/Editor; Thomas Hernandez, Sound; and Shelby Schill Skiena, PA. And I’d compare our main actors: Megan Bell, Shanna Allman or Richard Werner Fahr against anyone in Hollywood.

As a writer/director, a common concern, even as I’m still writing is “where am I going to shoot this?” However, I found the perfect location for “Dumpster Divas”, which will be one of 50 film shorts to be included in a feature length film called “Drive I-5”, created by Darryl Robert Small. The perfect spot was in Olde Town Burien.

The Burien business owners were beyond amazing! Robert of Jay Lauris Jewelry not only let us shoot in front of his business, he allowed us to set up camp in his back parking lot and even gave us some screen time with Bogart, his Basset Hound. Connie, from 3 Wishes, came in more than an hour early, so that the actors would have a place to change clothes and warm up. The Tin Room offered up their bathrooms, and Gina, from Lucky U Consignment, loaned us two gorgeous fur coats, as well as the main star, a pair of Ferragamo shoes.

In the course of producing any film, short or feature length, it’s a laborious process that begins weeks and months before the day of shooting. However, when you have a wonderful group of business owners all clustered together, it not only shortens the process, it becomes a delight.

And thanks, also, to the people of Burien who walked on the other side of the street, quieted their dogs and kept their conversations low, so that we could finish up in record time.

Burien is definitely film-crew-friendly and I thank you all!

– Lee Ryan Coston

For more information on filmmaking in Burien, visit the City’s Film Office website here:

‘Santa’s Holiday Wine Workshop’ is this Thursday at Tin Room Bar & Theater

B-Town Blog - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 14:13

From Advertiser The Tin Room Bar & Theater:

December Wine Tasting!
Thursday, Dec. 21: 5 – 7 p.m. in the Tin Theater.

Find your perfect pairing for your holiday dinner!

Featured Wines:

  • Valdo DOCG Prosecco NV
    Straw yellow color with golden bright reflections. Fine and persistent perlage. Floral with fruity aromas of strong pear and golden delicious apple. The palate is refined, harmonious with lingering aroma and savoriness.
  • Northwest Cellars Petite Verdot 2013
    Robust and dark yet very floral on the nose and palate with soft mulling spices, black cherry, vanilla and a hint of cigar. More flavors of lighter red fruit are here with a finish of pie cherry and black tea. Nicely dry with firm tannins. Approachable now, and will also cellar beautifully for years. Only 70 cases were made.
  • Three of Cups Le Chariot Red Blend 2013
    A blend of 50% Syrah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Petite Sirah from Red Mountain, WA. Smoked bacon and plum on the nose with hints of tobacco, coffee, cherry, cocoa, sage, licorice, cassis, plum, dark cherries, vanilla, blackberry and clove notes.
  • Fivash Cellars Barrel Select Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    Aromas of black cherries, blueberries and sweet tobacco. Flavors of black currant, plums and mountain huckleberries moving into dark chocolate, toasty vanilla and subtle coffee notes. A refined, sophisticated presence of tannin enhancing the pleasure of the wine.
  • Foxy Roxy Cabernet Franc Port Style Dessert Wine 2013
    A wonderful finish to any occasion. Broad, round mouth feel, dense flavors of toasty nuts and vanilla with the essence of chocolate and raspberries. A long and lasting end to the wine.

Tin Room Bar & Theater
923 SW 152nd Street
Burien WA 98166
(206) 242-8040

A script search

BLT Blog - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 01:19

BAT is reading scripts for 2018-19. This is a fun time because, right now, BAT’s season could be anything. Literally anything. As BAT begins the narrow things down, the season will come into focus.

To make a good season, BAT often has to chase down scripts. This is how BAT has gotten to know a number of playwrights and their agents. Some of these relationships have lasted, and others have not. But either way, dealing with an author or an agent is almost always more fun than dealing with a big script publishing house. To the publishing house, BAT is just someone at the end of an online royalties form. With an author or agent, BAT has a face.

Right now, BAT is chasing down a script from London. This chase may not turn into something because the rights may not be available in the US, but sometimes they are. Once the foreign show is done by a US professional house, even just once, it may be available to smaller theaters like BAT. So, it is possible, if BAT finds the right person to talk to, that the show might be available.

This chase has been frustrating, but as it turns out fun.

First, none of BAT’s usual sources have turned up a US agent. BAT has found the London agent, but they cannot help. They do not control the rights outside of England.

Then there was someone who appeared to be the US agent. But they do not control the rights to the show BAT is after. Then there is was a publishing house. They were of no help. Again, BAT is just a name at the end of the royalties request form to them.

But here is where this gets fun. BAT’s search came up with what appeared to be the playwright’s personal email address. A late night email brought this reply within minutes:

Thanks a lot for your email, how lovely. I have cc’d XXXXX and XXXX who will be able to help with this.

Hope this works out.

What a sweet reply from a very busy playwright, but it gets better. BAT emailed a thank you back almost right way. It got this reply:


I am out of the country at the moment and I will check emails only sporadically until 21st of December.

My apologies if it takes longer for me to reply.

What BAT figures is that it hit the perfect moment to get a reply from the playwright, with a cc to her agents, before the playwright was off the grid for a few weeks.

How fun.

We’ll have to see if the playwright’s agents can help or not. But at least the chase has been fun.



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South King Media to expand into Kent with acquisition of

B-Town Blog - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 12:39

This week and South King Media, owner of six local blogs – including The B-Town and Waterland Blogs – celebrated their 10-year anniversaries with a big announcement. 

Effective January 1, 2018, South King Media will take over the day-to-day operations of, a Kent-based blog started by freelance writer and publisher Dana Neuts in September, 2007. Scott Schaefer will be responsible for the editorial side of the business, and Theresa Schaefer will manage the business side including sponsorships and advertising.

iLoveKent celebrated its 10-year anniversary last Friday at Artsy Fartsy Art Lessons in downtown Kent with about three dozen guests in attendance, including readers, sponsors, advertisers and friends. Neuts made the announcement that evening.

“I started iLoveKent ten years ago to fill a growing media gap in South King County. The site has grown beyond my expectations, particularly in the last year with our rebranding, participating in community events and hosting of two Kent political candidate debates,” Neuts said. “It is time to take the site to the next level, and I know that the Schaefers and their team are the right people to do that. They will retain all of our strengths and build upon our successes.”

South King County media will keep Michelle Teeter and Kara Hackney of the iLoveKent team on to assist with the transition and future growth. Neuts will stay on as an advisor and occasional writer, and the Schaefers will be responsible for all editorial and operational decisions starting January 1.

“This is a very exciting opportunity,” Schaefer said. “Our goal is to utilize what we’ve learned over ten years of producing local, award-winning reporting and translate that to iLoveKent. Dana has done a terrific job building her site up, and we will work hard to replicate what we’ve done in our other markets – in this case our goal will be to make this the leading news source for Kent.”

Kent is the sixth largest city in the state, and third largest in the county, with a population of 126,952.

iLoveKent will be the seventh local news blog that South King Media publishes in the region.

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