Comedy The Christmas Spirit at Burien Actors Theatre looks at what is really important

Burien Actors Theatre’s (“BAT”) production of the comedy The Christmas Spirit is a touching and hilarious look at what makes life worth living.

Performances of this play run Nov. 29 through Dec. 22.

The Burien Actors Theatre production, written by Frederick Stroppel, features specialty drinks themed to the show and plenty of free on-site parking, plus BAT’s famous opening night party.


When Death arrives to whisk Julia Dowling into the afterlife, Julia instead fast-talks him into a nonexistent Christmas party. As Julia scrambles to bring her estranged family together on Christmas Day, old resentments surface, new connections are made, and even Death feels the magic of the Christmas spirit.

The show contains a little adult language, including the “G”, “J”, “F” and “D” words. BAT's policy is to inform audiences of content but to let parents, guardians and teachers make decisions that they feel are 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 $25. Student tickets are $10. Enjoy opening weekend deals: Tickets on opening night, Nov. 29, include free admission to the opening night party. Only on Saturday, Nov. 30, which is BAT’s Lucky 13 Saturday, all tickets are just $13. Only on Sunday, Dec. 1, which is BAT’s Seven Buck Sunday, admission is just $7.

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

The Christmas Spirit is sponsored by 4Culture and Pickled & Preserved.


Director Taylor Davis directs the talented cast of Dale Bower (Bernie), Dawn Brazel (Rosemary), Patricia Haines-Ainsworth (Julia), Eric Hartley (Father John), Phillip Keiman (Jack/Death), Kpojo Kparyea (Melissa), Marc “Mok” Moser (Paul), Devin Rodger (Beth) and Chap Wolff (Matthew). Heather Bernadette is the show’s stage manager.

The creative team for the show is: Albie Clementi, set; Dave Baldwin, lighting; Cyndi Baumgardner, props and set dressing; Eric Dickman, sound; Elizabeth Kaye, dialect coach; Jae Hee Kim, costumes, and Monica Ravitch, scenic painting.


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

BAT gives audiences an intriguing and invigorating theatre experience with unusual and fantastical productions they can’t stream online 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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