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

FALL 2017

November 8th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

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search for motive

November 6th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

My new play is called ‘Search for Motive.’ It’s an excruciating yet commonplace story about the piecing together of evidence after a mass shooting:  letters and phone calls and domestic relationships and gas station purchases and high school yearbook pictures and bank accounts and lonely one bedroom apartments and listless gazes at interstates and black pants with pockets and furious, furious despair. It offers no insight or answers. It’s currently playing in every city, everywhere. It’s immersive, and happens around when you least expect it. Tickets are free and forced upon you.

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COSTUME, FOREVER

October 31st, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

SAD AND ANXIOUS AMERICAN READING ABOUT ANOTHER TERRORIST ATTACK ON LUNCH BREAK

YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE TO AMAZON PRIME THIS COSTUME

IT JUST LIVES ON TOP OF YOUR BODY, FOREVER

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Lazitude

October 10th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

I do not have the time or brain space this lunch break for thought, original or otherwise, definitely not just because of the salad dressing I just spilled on my pants, and so please accept this picture of Morrison and I in our evidently eternal blue phase at Katharine’s wedding as something insightful, or new. Please let it stand in for astute comments on all things wildfire and Harvey Weinstein:

SUCH CALM. SUCH PEACE. SUCH COORDINATION. OKAY, BACK TO MESS

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INSPO

October 7th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

Family wedding Hair and makeup people: please bring inspiration pictures to the appointment so that we might guide you to your best look.

Me:

Hair and Makeup people: Is this serious, or a joke?

Me: WHAT IS ‘SERIOUS?’ WHAT IS ‘JOKE?’ NOW PLEASE, MAKE ME LOOK THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN THE WORLD WITHOUT TOUCHING ME

Result:

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DIVERSION DIVERSION DIVERSION

October 2nd, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

Once again, I offer to you my coping mechanism for just how awful the world is right now:

JUST FOCUS ON PICTURES OF NIECE OLIVIA

THERE IS ONLY OLIVIA

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Let them in

October 1st, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

My first plays in college were very much just me trying to articulate and work through some things that were troubling me about my life, about the world and the way that I saw it. Being that I was all of 18-21, which is to say, very mature and deep and complicated, I, for the most part, kept these plays to myself, and didn’t share this part of myself with my parents. Over the years, this started to feel wrong, as there is little space between myself and my plays, so keeping my parents away from them was cutting them off from a big part of my Self. Last night we strolled through the classrooms where I wrote said first plays, then I sat with them as they watched The Cake. My feelings could be described as ‘terror’ and ‘worry’ and ‘wanting to at the same time vomit and cry’ and ‘where is wine’ but now, on the other side of it, I feel lucky and liberated  and open,  having shared. Why do the work if you can’t share it with the people who made you? IF A PLAY FALLS IN AN UNDERGRADUATE THEATER BUILDING, DO ANY PARENTS HEAR IT AT ALL? (Because they should.)

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pre-pregnant

September 25th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

We are not yet trying to multiply ourselves, but moreso just in the beginning stages of preparing for that stage of life, which is to say, we are pre-pregnant, a term that I keep using and will keep using until it’s a thing. A couple most notably spends this time combing through grandparents for names, wistfully idealizing all phases of child birth and rearing, staring at other people’s babies, and sleeping til 9 AM whenever humanly possible. A woman most notably spends this time eating chicken nuggets whenever possible, drinking wine at 3 PM whenever possible, gaining ten pounds for no reason, secretly googling ‘fun maternity dress’ and living with an ever-present, low-grade HOW WILL I BRING LIFE INTO THE WORLD AND ALSO DO MY WORK panic, followed immediately by the comfort that women have been doing this for at LEAST, you know, like a few hundred years, at LEAST. To really lock in this life phase for all that it is, I’m starting myself on a regimen of pre-natal gummy vitamins, which are perfect for ANY WOMAN WHO IS STILL IN FACT A CHILD AND STILL CALLS THEIR WORK THEIR BIG GIRL JOB SO HOW THEN IS IT EVEN POSSIBLE THAT SHE WILL CREATE AND BEAR LIFE? HOW HOW HOW (STAY TUNED FOR HOW)

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lie there and think about yourself

September 12th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

Maybe I’m doing it wrong, but I don’t like the part at the end of yoga where you’re supposed to ‘lie there and think about yourself, and only yourself.’ All I ever do is think about myself. I am, in fact,  sick of thinking about myself. Whenever the instructor tells me to do this, I just lie there and think about all of the ways in which I spend too much time thinking about myself, and by the time the class ends, I am so weighed down by my own narcissism that I can barely move. Maybe instead, I’ll lay there and think about other people. Maybe for me, savasana should be FORGETTING I EVEN EXIST.

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fragility

September 7th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

Do you ever feel like it’s sort of pointless to spend time building and cultivating and perfecting a physical home, because the Weather is a sometimes benevolent but oftentimes vengeful, irrational beast that we have no control over and so maybe it’s better to spend time and money and resources on constructing strength of CHARACTER to endure whatever disasters the Weather create,  instead of walls and ceilings and stairs? NO?  JUST ME? OKAY I’LL JUST SIT HERE ALONE AND FEEL THAT

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