BAT's 42nd season!

 

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February 10 through March 5, 2023 (Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays a 2 pm)(Friday, February 24, 2023, has been canceled.)

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.

 

On the Market by Jason Odell Williams

This is a West Coast premiere!

 

Directed by Maggie Larrick and Rochelle Flynn.

 

A former singer, now realtor, struggles with the modern dating scene after becoming a widow two years ago. Her life is turned upside down when she finds a mysterious note from her dead husband telling her it’s okay to “move on.” A touching modern, romantic comedy for grown-ups about love, loss, and finding your Forever Home.

Please note, On the Market contains minimal adult language (one “d” and two “g” words).

 

Playwright Jason Odell Williams will appear via Zoom from New York at the talkbacks after most Sunday Matinees.

Cast:

Amy Anderson - Diane, plus Eccentric Wife, Rustic Wife, Excited Girlfriend, and Nice WifeAnderson Amy old headshot
Amy is so excited to be back on stage after a five-year break. She is thankful to BAT for providing this opportunity to work with such funny and supportive people. Some of her favorite roles have been of the musical theatre sort (Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Ms. Shields in A Christmas Story, Amazing Maisie in Seussical) so you will understand if Diane breaks out in song. She can’t control it! Amy has the best family and especially gives thanks for the most encouraging husband ever.
John Dugaw - Frank, plus Date #2, Date #4, Eccentric Husband, Chatty Husband 1, Rustic Husband, and Nice HusbandDugaw John headshot curent
When John is not on stage he often talks to himself in a small padded room (voice acting), or, writing and designing software. His recent stage credits include OSLC Mustard Seed’s Hello Dolly (Horace), Children’s Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker (Drosselmeier), Edmonds Driftwood Players’ Holmes and Watson (understudy all male characters), and choking on dust during the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Festival playing a German mercenary. John thanks the directors, producers, his fellow cast mates, and everyone involved in making this show a reality, for the love, support, and opportunity to pursue a dream made real, acting. Making art makes magic. Loving and supporting communities gives artists the JUICE needed to make art. A glance at any newspaper should let us all know we need more magic in the world. GO MAKE IT!
Jalyn Green - James, plus Grief Counselor, Date #1, Date #3, Mark, Chatty Husband 2, Excited Boyfriend, and Delivery GuyGreen Jalyn headshot1024 1
Jalyn is returning to BAT for the first time since playing Igor in Young Frankenstein. Jalyn is a Aries/Taurus cusp, who studied at Centralia College and at the UW, and who's work has been seen up and down the I-5 Corridor. His most recent credits as an actor include The Foreigner (As If Theatre), God of Carnage (Phoenix Theatre), 12 Angry Jurors and Frost/Nixon (Secondstory Rep), Midsummer Night's Dream (Greenstage), Accomplice (Renton Civic Theatre), Clue (Olympia Little Theatre), and as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (Driftwood Theatre). As a director, his most recent credits include Around the World in 80 Days (Secondstory Rep) and It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play (Bainbridge Performing Arts). By day you can catch him down the street working at Umpqua Bank. It's good to be back! Enjoy the show!
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Karin is thrilled to be making her professional debut with Burien Actors Theatre. Karin grew up acting in Portland, Oregon. She went on to study acting and perform in productions at Skidmore College (including Execution of Justice, Waiting for Lefty, and The Trial) and Stanford University (including Twelfth Night, The Sphinx, and Fen). After moving to Seattle, she continued her studies at Freehold Theatre before taking a long pause to pursue other dreams. She ended that pause a few years ago, returning to study at Freehold, where she has been fortunate to learn from an amazing group of teachers, mentors, and new friends. Thanks and love to her endlessly supportive and encouraging family, friends, and teachers; to her new BAT family; to Aimee for helping her find her voice; and to Dennis, the Greatest Guy in the World.

 

Maggie Larrick (Co-Director, Co-Production Manager, Set Designer, Costume Designer) was initially sucked into the vortex of theater to paint sets for a high school play, which led to acting, directing, design and more. Maggie has worn many hats at BAT since 2005 and previously with small Seattle-area theaters such as Triad Ensemble and Theatre Schmeater. She has directed 13 productions at BAT with her insightful and gifted colleague Rochelle Flynn, four of them by Jason Odell Williams.
Recent costume design includes Native Gardens, Hay Fever and The Play’s the Thing. Recent set design includes BAT’s Playwrights Festivals and outdoor parks shows.
Maggie is grateful to the show cast, production team, volunteers, and supporters for an amazing show and experience. Special shout-out to Jim Lapan, Darren Olson, Jim McLaughlin and the administration and staff of Kennedy Catholic High School for being so welcoming, accommodating and helpful in acclimating BAT to the school’s theater, equipment and processes. And much appreciation to the audience for being an indispensable part of the BAT family!

 

Rochelle H. Flynn (Co-Director) is very happy to be back at BAT for the return of live indoor theatre! She is delighted to be co-directing this charming, upbeat play with the supremely talented, Maggie Larrick, for their thirteenth show together. Previous collaborations include Jason Odell Williams’ Church And State, Handle With Care, and Destroying David. She has directed and/or acted in over 30 BAT productions. 
Rochelle has been an actress, director and teacher for most of her life. She was a founding member of Brass Ring Theatre and has worked with a variety of theatres in the greater Puget Sound area, including Latino Theatre Projects, Centerstage Theatre, and Tacoma Little Theatre. She has taught classes for King County ARC, Bellevue Parks and Recreation, North Seattle Community College and Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services.
Many thanks to everyone involved with bringing this show to life, including our amazing, versatile cast and dedicated designers and technicians. 
Shout out to Maggie and Eric for all they do to ensure BAT will continue to move forward successfully and thrive, and for providing a theatrical "home" to so many (present company included). As always, thanks to John Flynn for his humor, encouragement, patience and love.

 

Heather Bernadette (Stage Manager, Costume Designer) s excited to be working on another show with BAT. She has stage-managed for BAT since Church & State in 2018. Heather has been stage-managing for over a decade, working at theaters such as Seattle Musical Theatre, Centerstage, Annex, Latino Theatre Projects, Broadway Bound, and Pacific Play Company. By daytime she is an education coordinator, production manager, and teaching artist. Thanks to a wonderful team here at BAT. Extra special thanks to Heather’s partner, David. Enjoy the show!

 

Jason Odell Williams (Playwright) - An Emmy Award nominee, Jason’s plays have been produced all over the country and include CHURCH & STATE and HANDLE WITH CARE (which both ran Off-Broadway for over 100 performances and are published by DPS), AMERICA IN ONE ROOM (published by TRW Plays), DESTROYING DAVID, ON THE MARKET, SOMEONE ELSE, DIVISION STREET, BALTIMORE IN BLACK & WHITE, and a new farce called MAKE ‘EM LAUGH! which will premiere at high schools in Iowa, South Carolina and New York this year. He’s currently writing a musical called THE SOUND (Semi-Finalist, 2023 National Music Theater Conference at the O’Neill Theatre Festival) with his wife and collaborator, Charlotte Cohn, and composer Christian Douglas. On television, Jason’s work as a writer and producer has been seen on National Geographic, the History Channel, Discovery, and Netflix. Jason lives in New York City with his wife and their 17 year old daughter – a budding artist, naturally. 

 

Online: On the Market - tickets, or make a reservation at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and pay at the box office, or if you are willing to risk being turned away due to a sellout, just show up before the show!

 

TinyBeautifulThings web

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

 

Possible triggers:

BAT is proud to engage with artists and audiences on a wide range of subjects as we explore our shared humanity. To preserve the story-telling that will unfold onstage, we do not list all potential triggers for audiences. Tiny Beautiful Things may have triggers for some. This play contains strong language and some sensitive adult content. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call our office if you would like to discuss any concerns you have prior to attending.

 

 

“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

 

CAST:

Sugar 

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.

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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.

 

TICKETS:

Online: Tiny Beautiful Things - tickets, or make a reservation at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and pay at the box office, or if you are willing to risk being turned away due to a sellout, just show up before the show!

 

BAT takes it to the parks!

For the Summer of 2023, the comedy Good Morning, Bill is coming to a South King County park near you! (The performances are free.)

 

Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Performances run approximately 90 minutes and are sponsored by the cities of Burien, Covington, Des Moines, Federal Way, Normandy Park, and SeaTac, with special thanks to Kennedy Catholic High School and the Highline School District.

 

Support local eateries by making this a dinner and a show. Bring takeout to the performance, or dine out before or after.

 

Directed by Rachel Rene.

 

The Story: While on vacation in Seattle, Bill falls for the aloof Dr. Sally Smith. After Bill returns to Mount Vernon, he longs for Sally. Comedic complications arise when Bill’s uncle misunderstands, hatching a plan to bring his nephew together with the wrong woman. Rachel Rene’s adaptation updates and moves the comedy from 1920s England to 1989 Seattle and Mount Vernon. Family-friendly comedy.

 

Cast:

Lord Tidmouth           Jalyn Green

Lottie                           Madison McVeigh

Marie, the Maid           Rachel Rene

Bill Paradene              Rex Waters

Sally Smith, M.D.        Karin Rogers

Sir Hugo Drake           Anthony Floyd

 

Performance schedule:

  • Friday, July 21 at 7 pm, Federal Way in Steel Lake Park, 2410 S 312th St, Federal Way, WA 98003

Sunday, July 23 at 5 pm, Normandy Park in Marvista Park,19990 4th Ave SW, Normandy Park, WA 98166

Friday, July 28 at 7:00 pm, SeaTac in Riverton Heights Park, 3011 S 148th St, SeaTac, WA 98168

Sunday, August 6, 5:00 pm,  Burien in Burien Town Square Park, 480 SW 152nd St, Burien, WA 98166

Friday, August 11 at 6:30 pm, Covington in Covington Community Park & Soccer Field, 17649 SE 240th St, Covington, WA 98042

Sunday, August 20 at 5:00 pm, Des Moines in Des Moines Beach Park (in the meadow), 22030 Cliff Ave S, Des Moines, WA 98198*

 

*  New this year in Des Moines, adults, teens, and kids are invited to join in playing free Theater Games in Des Moines Beach Park on Sunday, August 20 from about 4 to 4:45 p.m. before BAT’s 5 p.m. performance. These are fun, low-stress games, with no acting experience needed.

 

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