Comedy "Rapture, Blister, Burn" at Burien Actors Theatre

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Rapture, Blister, Burn at Burien Actors Theatre (“BAT”) is an intensely smart and immensely funny Pulitzer Prize finalist that explores whether the grass really is greener on the other side of the fence. Performances run Feb. 16 through March 11.

The Burien Actors Theatre production features specialty drinks themed to the show and plenty of free on-site parking, plus an opening night party.

“RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN”

Written by Gina Gionfriddo, this keen, clever, sharp-eared comedy mixes big discussions about serious topics with plenty of cocktails.

Gwen stayed home, supporting her husband and raising children. Catherine went the academic route, published several books on feminist issues, and is a prominent speaker and teacher.

When the two women, who went to college together, reunite more than a decade later, each envies what the other has. Looking back at turning points in their own lives, they can't help but wonder if they could have been better off. Through a feminist theory class accompanied by plenty of martinis, their viewpoints clash. They begin to wonder if, just like a Disney movie, there might not be some way they could trade places.

Toss in Catherine’s feisty mother, Gwen’s flawed husband, and a young former stripper. Then shake it all together with feminist theory, Dr. Phil and lots of martinis for a bumpy and hilarious ride.

This show contains some adult language that includes "F, B, and A" words, plus mature content and frank discussions of sex and sexuality. BAT's policy is to inform audiences of content but to let parents, guardians and teachers make decisions that they feel appropriate for the youth and teens in their care.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. at Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 4th Ave. S.W. in Burien.

Ticket prices range from $7 to $20. Student tickets are just $10. Enjoy opening weekend deals: Tickets on opening night, Feb. 16, include free admission to the opening night party. On Saturday, Feb. 17 all tickets are half price. On Sunday, Feb. 18, which is BAT’s Seven Buck Sunday, admission is just $7.

For tickets, special deals or other information, go to www.burienactorstheatre.org or call 206-242-5180.

Rapture, Blister, Burn is sponsored by 4Culture and Pickled & Preserved.

THE CAST, DIRECTOR AND DESIGNERS

Stage directors Barbara Cawley and Beau M.K. Prichard direct the talented cast of Kris Pepper Hambrick (Catherine), Alissa Cattabriga (Gwen), Caitlin Colman (Avery), Trish Cosgrove (Alice) and Wade Hicks (Don). Natalie H. Berg is the show’s stage manager.

Designers for the show are: Albie Clementi, set; Zanna King, lighting; Cyndi Baumgardner, props; Janelle Kimbrough, costumes; and Eric Dickman, sound.

ABOUT BURIEN ACTORS THEATRE

Exciting live theater has been a tradition in Burien since 1955. Incorporated in 1980, Burien Actors Theatre (BAT) has been a leading producer of quality live theater serving residents of the Seattle and south Puget Sound areas.

Burien Actors Theatre gives audiences an intriguing and invigorating theatre experience with unusual and fantastical productions they can’t see on film or see anywhere else. The company’s mission is to treat audiences to productions of the highest artistic integrity that excite, engage and involve both the local and expanding theatrical communities in the Puget Sound region.

BAT is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) entity and operates on revenue from ticket sales, donations, grants, sponsorships and volunteers.

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