April 21 through May 14, 2023 (Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays a 2 pm)
Masks are required!
NOTE our new venue and address: the theater space at Kennedy Catholic High School, 140 S 140th St Burien, WA 98168-3496.
Directed by Devin Rodger
Stage Manager Heather Bernadette
Tiny Beautiful Things by Nia Vardalos
A celebration of the simple beauty of being human, this deeply moving and at times funny exploration of resilience is based on Cheryl Strayed’s (“Wild") journey as the beloved anonymous advice columnist for “Dear Sugar.” Over the years, thousands of people turned to Sugar for wisdom, compassion, and hope. At first unsure of herself, Sugar finds a way to weave her own life experiences together with the deep yearning and heartrending questions from her readers.
The show's runtime is about 90 minutes.
"Because we do not see a story arc take place, the entire play must stand or fall on the talent of the actors and their ability to evoke emotion and empathy within the audience. All four performers handled the material masterfully." -- Alia Sinclair, the B-Town Blog
I really enjoyed this show. I think it's important to remember that while bad or even horrible things will inevitably happen to us all, we must find a way for us to continue living our lives on our terms, and Tiny Beautiful Things demonstrates this throughout the story. -- John Van de Ven, Westside Seattle
“Tiny Beautiful Things” turns out to provide an ideal catharsis for those suffering from the various deep-dyed blues that are so contagious right now. I mean post-election blues, holiday blues, end-of-the-year blues, all those afflictions that make us feel cranky, thin-skinned and intolerant.
Because, more than anything, “Tiny Beautiful Things” turns out be about the endangered art of listening to — and really hearing and responding to — other people. This production is not a successful narrative play in any conventional sense. But it works beautifully as a sustained theatrical exercise in empathy.
The New York Times
Olivia Robinson is excited to be returning to BAT where she was last seen as a Phantom in The Rocky Horror Show. And unlike with that show, she really hopes that a worldwide pandemic does not follow this one. Fingers crossed. Past favorite roles include Cabaret (Fraulein Kost) and Taming of the Shrew (Grumio). She also can be seen occasionally performing with Drunken Owl Theatre at Jules Maes in Georgetown.
Letter Writer #1
Phillip Keiman is so happy to be making his fifth appearance (and third venue) for BAT in Tiny Beautiful Things. Since his last show here he has been busy becoming an American citizen, winning best actor in the 2022 Seattle 48 hour film festival, and celebrating his 60th birthday! Previous roles include Balthazar Higgins for Pork Filled Productions in The Clockwork Professor, Lloyd Dallas for BAT in Noises Off, Niels Bohr for SSR in Copenhagen and Macbeth for Mad Dogs Theatre back in his native England. On the small screen he can be seen in the Prime Video series The Scottish Play, where he plays an English actor in an American Theatre company! He hopes you enjoy the show and also ponder the many life challenges it brings to the surface.
Letter Writer #2
Kpojo Kparyea is excited to make her return to BAT. Her previous theatre works include Once on this Island with Twelfth Night Productions, The Christmas Spirit with BAT and Heathers: The Musical with UTS. In her free time, Kpojo enjoys reading, working out, and doom-scrolling on TikTok! Kpojo would like to thank her family and friends for their constant love, encouragement, and support.
Letter Writer #3
Shawna Petty was raised in Kent, WA and has spent most of her life in or around the area. She is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, Class of 2014 where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in Theatre – Acting. Since graduating, Shawna has worked with a few local theatres in Kent and Seattle. In addition, Shawna has worked with BAT several times; she was a part of the Playwrights Festival in 2019 playing Beth in the premier of Hardened Criminals, took part performing in BAT’s fundraising Gala of 2019, and played in two of BAT’s “Shelter in Place” staged Zoom readings. When she isn’t on stage, Shawna enjoys working out, snuggling her pup, hanging out with her stepsons and watching baking championships on TV with her boyfriend. Shawna has been heard saying that the stage is her home and acting is the only thing that makes her truly feel alive.