Burien is a city approximately 10 miles south of Seattle. The city is home to a community theater company known as Burien Little Theater. Since 1999, the theater has held an annual competition, The Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival, whose goal is “to encourage, promote and showcase previously unproduced theatre works written by Washington state residents.”
This year’s winning selection, a play entitled Unfound Fossils, is a work of fiction which uses the murder of Paul Stine as its starting point. The synopsis of the play:
“Unfound Fossils” is a psychological drama about a serial killer. October 11, 2009, marked the 40th anniversary of an infamous San Francisco shooting death, which put the exclamation point on the tumultuous summer of 1969. On that foggy October night in the ’60s, two men in their underpants, post-coital, lounge in the bedroom of a Presidio Heights mansion, not far from the scene of the freshly committed murder. As the police search the nearby Presidio, one of these men will come to realize the other is a killer. In Act II, and elderly man named Bill shows up in the fall of 2005 at the Seattle office of a 40-something psychologist and former FBI profiler, Dr. Maureen Campbell. When Bill’s revelations about the 1969 San Francisco shooting death threatens the “facts” in her soon-to-be released crime book, Dr. Campbell does her best to discredit Bill, leaving him no choice but to threaten her in other ways.
You can read more about the theater, its competition and Unfound Fossils on the Burien Little Theater blog.