Want to see a free play in the parks? Something beyond Shakespeare? BAT is bringing Hay Fever to the parks! (SeaTac, Des Moines, Burien, and Normandy Park.) This adaptation of Hay Fever by Noël Coward will leave you laughing.
Now set in the 1960s, this comedy follows the eccentric Bliss family during a weekend of misdirection that is anything but relaxing for their unsuspecting guests.
Hay Fever is a hilarious primer on how not to entertain visitors.
Judith Bliss, a recently retired actress for whom all the world is a stage, never met a moment she couldn’t turn the spotlight on herself. When her self-absorbed progeny—Sorel and Simon—argue in her presence, Judith manages to divert their attention to her needs, which are bottomless.
Judith invites a devoted fan, a strapping young boxer Sandy Tyrell, to the Bliss country home for a bit of flirting. She is not amused to discover that her daughter, Sorel, has asked an older man, the assured diplomat Richard Greatham, for the weekend. Meanwhile, Simon has arranged for his crush, Myra Arundel, to come over for a cuddle. Completing the guestlist, novelist father David Bliss, has invited flapper Jackie Coryton to the house for “research purposes.”
The housekeeper, Clara, frets about running out of rooms and food for the unexpected guests. The mischief escalates as the romantic pairings keep changing and the Blisses’ familial rivalries intensify.
Hay Fever is suitable for the whole family. It runs for approximately 90 minutes, without an intermission.
Sorel: Suz Marie
Simon: Kassey Castro
Clara: Angela Parisotto
Judith: Rachel Rene
David: Rex Waters
Sandy: Daniel Barber
Myra: Rylie Latham
Richard: Adrian Cerrato
Jackie: Miki Murray
Director: Rachel Rene
Stage Manager: Garth Ball
Friday, July 30, at 7 pm
Riverton Heights Park, 3011 S 148th St, SeaTac, WA 98168
Sunday, August 15, at 3 pm
Des Moines Beach Park, 22030 Cliff Ave S, Des Moines, WA 98198 - in the meadow
Friday, August 20, at 7:30 pm
Burien Town Square Park, 480 SW 152nd St, Burien, WA 98166