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

Politics as Puppetry

July 18th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

It’s official: with Trump’s selection of Pence, our politics are officially an SNL sketch about a president hopeful who picks a likable, milky, man sized  puppet doll (WITH SCARY HIDDEN FANGS) as his running mate, sits him on his knee, moves his voice through him, just to get the evangelical vote, regardless of his actual intentions. You don’t even have to watch the whole thing to cringe / be terrified / google How to Live in Countries that are not Here. Just watch these Outtakes.

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(a substantial part of) the problem

June 24th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

I don’t want to pretend to fully understand what UK’s vote to leave the EU really means for its countries, or the reasons behind deciding to leave, or stay. But: I read today that after the votes were cast and counted — google analytics revealed that A WHOLE LOT OF BRITS TOOK TO THE INTERNET TO GOOGLE ‘WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO LEAVE THE EU’ and even ‘WHAT IS THE EU?’




I will be the first to admit I am guilty of this. But also, we all are. We the people of the internets. We get riled up about things before we even fully understand them, because it’s cool to get riled up. We click and like and share but don’t take ten minutes to think deeply about what it is that we are liking / clicking / sharing. We hop on bandwagons cause there’s free drinks inside and mini quiches and old books and people with fun hats and impressive IMDBs  BUT WHERE IS THE BANDWAGON GOING, EVEN? WE SHOULD KNOW. NOT YELLING AT ALL OF ENGLAND, YELLING AT MYSELF.

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America Song

June 23rd, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

Cause I’m proud to be an American

where at least I know that some of my representatives care more about doing anything in their power to further secure the safety millions than sojourning early to their beach houses for the 4th of July

and I won’t forget the ones who died


and I’ll proudly sit down

next to them

and give them hugs and snacks

Cause there ain’t no doubt it’s time to push and push against that hard wall, to start taking action, to adapt  with this increasingly terrifying world, and if and only IF we do, then

God Bless the USA

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Sticker System

June 8th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

Wait, we can all agree that all  18 and up US citizens are flocking to the polling station and submitting their vote SO THEY CAN GET A STICKER, RIGHT? But at least it’s motivating people to pay attention, to engage, to vote. BUT ALSO HERE’S A PICTURE OF ME WITH MY STICKER.

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May 6th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

The one day a year that we all pretend to be well versed in Mexican culture and eat so many chips and so much guacamole that the next morning there’s a carb brick the size of Mexico lodged in our guts and it will be weeks if not months before we want either again, unless of course wait, are those chips the extra salty kind and perhaps is that Guac super chunky and limey OKAY FINE JUST GIVE ME ALL OF THE CHIPS AND GUAC VIVA LA MEXICO I LOVE HISPANICS

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January 5th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

ALRIGHT. Maybe this stance is a copout and keeps me from having to make any difficult decisions, maybe it keeps me away from anything that resembles Conviction, but I really, REALLY feel like when it comes to things that divide people so aggressively, the answer is always somewhere in the middle. Media is glorifying mass shootings which is making them far more frequent. ADDITIONALLY, THEY ARE FAR MORE FREQUENT. The answer is not No Guns. The answer is ALSO  NOT sit by and do nothing while it keeps happening. IT IS HAPPENING, AND DOING NOTHING IS NOT AN OPTION. And so there must must be a middle ground. Americans have the right to protect themselves and their families from criminals or their own governments or aliens or zombies or robots or cars that come to life or anything that threatens them. If we ban assault rifles, SICK PEOPLE WILL FIND A WAY TO GET THEM ANYWAYS.  The answer is somewhere in the middle. It has to be. I can get behind what Obama is proposing, first and foremost, because he is DOING SOMETHING. He is trying to make it HARDER. He is not taking anyone’s guns away. He is just trying to make it HARDER. Who knows what he will actually be able to implement without congress, who knows if he will actually get $500 million of federal funding for mental Health — but for those who feel like guns aren’t the problem, but that mental health is — are you with him now? Can you acknowledge that SOMETHING must be done?

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September 17th, 2015 by Bekah Brunstetter

We can all agree that this woman is at least 60% cyborg, right? KURZWEIL CAN NOW RETROACTIVELY ADD PART CYBORG RUNS FOR PRESIDENT TO HIS FUTURE PREDICTIONS for 2015 RIGHT?

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September 14th, 2015 by Bekah Brunstetter

There are many things I don’t understand, but today I choose to harp on white nationalists, and how they are deeply concerned about the fact that, if things proceed as they are, by 2040, whites will be a minority in the US. They’re using this wariness of ‘white genocide’ to justify all sorts of irrational actions and fears, when THIS COUNTRY WAS NEVER WHITE. WE JUST DOCKED OUR SHIPS AND DECLARED IT SO AND HARDCORE GENOCIDED SOME 80-90% OF THE NATIVE AMERICANS SO HARD THAT WE MADE IT A VERB.

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where no my brain has ever gone before

August 29th, 2015 by Bekah Brunstetter

Hi, I has new job! I am  honored and stoked beyond recognition to get to work on the first season  of a Starz show based on the epic and epically beautiful novel American Gods by Neil Gaiman.  HI TO NEIL AND TO NEIL’S GOOGLE ALERT.  It’s only a book about all of the Old World Gods who have been brought over to America by immigrants, who live among us, but are dying out as no one believes in them anymore — waring with New Gods — media and internet and war and fear. It is only about Everything Ever. It is only about agency and selfhood and faith and God and Gods and money and holidays and tv and dreams and Babylon and Ireland and Genies and morality and loss and gain.  JUST THOSE THINGS. I find myself thrust into the very center of every giant question we should be asking ourselves, both personal and political.  I think it has the potential to be a show that is theatrical and big but small and specific and forces us to look out ourselves in an arrestingly truthful way. ONLY THOSE THINGS. Okay so off to build a tower of books to climb up to this VERY HIGH BAR.

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Rest easy in Fiddler’s Green

July 17th, 2015 by Bekah Brunstetter

I found out this morning that one of the Marines killed yesterday  – Gunny Sergeant Thomas Sullivan — served with my little brostetter  in Korea. Tim shared this picture above  of his buddy — he’s the festive marine slash snowman on the far right. Tim was gone over last Christmas, and it was tough, but he promised us over Skype  that he and his Marines were celebrating accordingly, apparently in MASSIVE SNOWMEN COSTUMES, which I am ENDLESSLY DELIGHTED BY. Isis and gun control and worry and fear and WHAT THE CRAP IS HAPPENING IN THIS COUNTRY aside — I’m moved by how Marines commemorate each other when they pass away. It is always an honorable death, no matter what. There’s no Why God Why, there is just acceptance, and a sort of peace. Tim shared some beautiful words about his bud, and wished him to Rest Easy in Fiddler’s Green — a mariner’s afterlife where there is unlimited drink and dance. It’s probably a special Marine thing that I’m not allowed to say, but hell. On behalf of my bros: Rest Easy, Thomas. Thank you for all that you did. I found these words for you:

At Fiddler’s Green, where seamen true
When here they’ve done their duty
The bowl of grog shall still renew
And pledge to love and beauty.

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