bekah brunstetter
Bekah Brunstetter I care deeply. About a lot of things. Like really, really deep. Ow
playwright in brooklyn, NY

Why to write for Kids

November 4th, 2019 by Bekah Brunstetter
I very highly recommend writing plays that feature kid actors BECAUSE OF THEIR CLOSING NIGHT CARDS, SPECIFICALLY.
HE LOVES ME, OKAY? AND MAYBE I LOVE HIM TOO

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Hallowinbetween

October 31st, 2019 by Bekah Brunstetter

Q: what does an adult person do on Halloween when they don’t have kids yet, but are just slightly too old and too tired to fully engage with the grown up kids version of the Holiday?

A: SEASONAL LEGGINGS, the clothing version of a mildly enthusiastic shrug

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Keep Austin VERY VERY WEIRD FOREVER

October 27th, 2019 by Bekah Brunstetter

I’m in Austin for the weekend for the Austin Film Festival, to talk about myself for 900 hours to anyone who will listen (panels.) Julien Joined me for 47 hours of it and I’m SO GLAD SHE DID. One of my favorite things about Julien Is her ability to find the best foods and the weirdest places anywhere she goes, and then she actually remembers them, and if I’m lucky, she Takes me there. Also for a girl who hates pictures of herself she sure does love photo booths, and remembered a particularly magical one she found here on her last trip, RESULTING IN THESE FOREVER GEMS:

SO MANY HANDSHAKES AT THIS INDUSTRY EVENT:

HIGHLIGHT OF WEEKEND

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VERY CALM UPDATE

October 25th, 2019 by Bekah Brunstetter

I was feeling anxious about only having used my Calm App a few times this week, BUT THEN I RECEIVED AN EMAIL THAT SOMEONE IN MALAYSIA LOGGED INTO MY ACCOUNT AND MEDITATED FOR AN ENTIRE HOUR, so thanks person in Malaysia (?) please don’t use my social security number to buy cars but please be the person that meditates in my stead

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Life.

October 19th, 2019 by Bekah Brunstetter

Pro tip: while attempting to create life, spend any leftover emotional space and money on plants, as they are Life, but not People. Marvel at their designs. Obsess over their watering instructions.

IF ANYTHING HAPPENS TO ANY OF THEM, IF ANY OF THEM COUGHS OR CRIES OR WILTS, COMPLETELY THROW YOURSELF OUT OF THE NEAREST WINDOW.

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Animal Work

October 7th, 2019 by Bekah Brunstetter

Darwin once said, “Intelligence is based on how efficient a species became at doing the things they need to survive” and I might add ‘while waiting for prescription pickups at CVS.’ And so here’s my Mom and I, proving that we DO come from monkeys, and maybe a little bit cats, AND THAT ULTIMATELY WE ALL COME FROM THE SEASONAL AISLES OF DRUG STORES.

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Holly

October 1st, 2019 by Bekah Brunstetter

I’ve been gradually digesting Ken Burn’s Country Music, which is a gorgeous 17 million hour PBS documentary that walks its audience carefully through the evolution of Hillbilly and Bluegrass music, from the 18th century up through the present. On the walk, you hear original recordings of your favorite country songs, you learn things you never knew about US history, and best of all, Merle Haggard tells you his version of all stories. But of all of the talking heads, HOLLY WILLIAMS IS MY FAVORITE. The granddaughter of Hank Williams, she is so connected to his story, his music, so much so that she herself became a musician. You can literally see his face in hers. When she talks about him it’s as if he raised her, like he didn’t OD at age 29, in the back of his own car, before they ever even met. She’s a vibrantly breathing example of how humans persevere through their offspring, and you can hear and feel it in her music. And if she ever wanted to, say, hang out with me, like drink wine with me in a yard overlooking a holler at sunset and learn me about how important it is to stay connected to ones’ roots, to know the stories that made you inside and out, THAT WOULD BE MOST PLEASING.

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Outside In

September 25th, 2019 by Bekah Brunstetter

I am a quivering ball of wrath and vulnerability these days, BUT AT LEAST THAT BALL IS DRESSING HERSELF LIKE THE INFERTILITY BARBIE THAT NO ONE BOUGHT, with carefully selected outfits to distract myself. Roll up her sleeve to find a cotton ball taped to her arm from her most recent blood draw. Check out her haunches for tiny bruises from shots! Also STOP UNDRESSING HER, YOU FREAK. Looks include:

Playwright on Opening night, with cape like coat to cover swollen haunches which sort of look like misplaced butt implants:

Emmys, or how to respond to innocent questions like how are you? without sobbing but instead shouting things like WHAT? NOTHING I’M FINE I’M WEARING A TUX IT’S FROM ZARA DO YOU NOT KNOW ABOUT ZARA? LET ME TELL YOU ALL ABOUT ZARA

And my favorite: full body soft textured Nordstrom Rack, perfect for a day trip to a mountain lake to escape one’s feelings only to find that one’s feelings are Always There

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Vintage Bekah

September 13th, 2019 by Bekah Brunstetter

2009

Bottled from grapes grown on the side of a dirty Williamsburg building, soaked for years in a four dollar dress from Goodwill

Notes of Bangs, Saturn Returning, Capri Cigarettes, Morning Star burgers, Gummy Bear aftertaste

Pairs well with Gladiator Sandals and Finding Yourself, BUT REALLY YOU CAN DRINK IT WITH ANYTHING, just make sure you drink it or it’ll wonder if you’re mad at it for something it said but doesn’t remember saying

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Bekah’s Book Club

September 7th, 2019 by Bekah Brunstetter

At the urging of three separate friends, I started reading this INDEED VERY PAINFULLY BEAUTIFUL book, about the coming of age of a mysterious girl who lives in the Marsh on the North Carolina coast. It’s the kind of book that makes me all day Can’t Wait to go to bed, so I can read it. Not only is it just a great story, it checks two huge Bekah’s Book Club boxes for me, things that I always look for in literature that I might read again, recommend to friends:

1.) Incredibly detailed descriptions of how thin the main girl character is and how strong and skinny she is and how small and firm her breasts are and how ‘taut’ her skin is and how flat her stomach is and how puberty happened like an accident and now her hair is down to her butt and she could wear it like a dress around her taut skin, if she wanted

2.) EQUALLY DETAILED DESCRIPTIONS OF WHAT THE CHARACTER EATS FOR EVERY MEAL, LOTS OF REFERENCES TO CORN BREAD COOLING ON THE STOVE, FRIED CHICKEN, BLACKBERRY COBBLER WITH HARD CREAM; followed immediately by more descriptions of how taut said character still is

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