'Handle with Care' premierers in Burien

By Winter Dorval - Staff Reporter



Laugh in the holiday season with Handle with Care opening this weekend.

This show will be at the Bur- ien Actors Theater from Nov. 23 to Dec. 16.

"Handle with Care is a dram- edy. That is, a mix of a comedy and drama. Handle with Care is more comedy than drama, but the touching drama is in there," said Artistic Director Eric Dick- man.

Moving from Israel, a Jewish grandmother and granddaugh- ter come to America, and experi- ence the magic of Christmas ac- companied by comedy, he said.

"The Burien Actors Theater likes to have a play for the holi- days, but to be honest, many hol- iday scripts are poorly written. There are a few gems out there, but they are few and far between.

Luckily, Handle with Care is one of those gems."

Large sections of the script are in Hebrew and two actors who spoke Hebrew and agreed to audition for the play didn't, he said.

"No one who auditioned spoke Hebrew. Thank goodness for the amazing talents of Anna Richardson, the fantastic actor who took on, and succeeded at acting while speaking Hebrew, no small feat," Dickman said.

This run will be Handle With Care's Northwest premiere.

"This play will warm your soul on a cold winter's night. In a world full of holiday noise, that

is quite an accomplishment for a Holiday play," Dickman said.

Handle with Care was written by Jason Odell Williams.

"The Burien Actors Theater hopes the audience will take away a bit of the holiday spirit from the show," Dickman said.

"Handle with Care is an enjoy- able reminder of love between a grandmother and granddaugh- ter, between two school friends, of the sweetness of first loves, the way we carry love when the loved one is lost, and of the won- der of falling in love. Such love makes us smile."

The cast includes Anna Richardson playing Ayelet, Tim Takechi as Josh, Eileen McCann as Edna, and Adam Hegg as Ter- rence.

Heather Bernadette is the stage manager.

"Handle with Care is also a reminder that love conquers: the aftermath of war; national her- itage; time; and even language. Love may not be all-powerful, but as Handle with Care reminds us, love is a light in the darkness. It lasts a lifetime," Dickman said.

Love inspires us to do things, he said.

"To read a diary, travel to for- eign lands, rent a car and drive through the county, come out on a snowy night to aid a friend, call a friend when we are in need, and to honor those we love even as we move forward without them," Dickman said.

The directors of this perfor- mance are Rochelle Flynn and Maggie Larrick.

"If Handle with Care does nothing else, it reminds us that love brings us joy when the world gets cold and dark. Love is the miracle we seek," Dickman said.

Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and mati- nees on Sundays at 2 p.m.

The address for the Burien Actors Theater is 14501 4th Ave. S.W., Seattle.

Tickets are $20 for general ad- mission, $17 for seniors, $10 for students, and $12 for groups of 10 or more.

To purchase tickets, and for more information visit burien- actorstheatre.org/shows/cur- rent-season.

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