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

those who can’t sing / write and stare

May 10th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter


First I loved writing stories, then poems, then plays, then movies, then TV, then emails to high schoolers who just discovered they love plays, then the occasional succinct note in Morrison’s lunch, but most recently: MUSICALS. I’m currently working on a few, workshopping one in NYC then week, and it my NEW FAVORITE THING.  I would give multiple limbs for any sort of musical talent, so writing the book for one is a way to be a part of it without reading sheet music or having vocal vibrato ever at all. It’s the most fun. It’s not easy, as the book must elegantly support the song and never draw too much attention to itself, but it’s my new favorite thing to attempt to master. THOSE WHO CAN’T SING WRITE THE BOOK AND STARE IN AWE AT THE ACTORS AS THEY SING LIKE VERY HIP ANGELS AND LIFT US ALL UP FROM OUR EARTHLY PROBLEMS AND INTO THE AIR.

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the Book of Love

May 1st, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

Every now and then, I hear a new song and it burrows into that part of my brain that intersects with my soul and I have to listen to it over and over. At this weekend’s wedding, both bride and groom had an absurd amount of musical talent in their extended families, and so everyone from cousin to Grandma serenaded them with these little musical gifts and then we all cried. The Bride’s brother, Spencer,  sang them a Magnetic Fields song, The Book of Love. He was like, pretty good at it, as he is, in fact, a musician by trade. (You can give his band Auditorium a listen Here.) It was one of those arresting song moments that sort of stopped time and lifted every one present slightly above the ground. In a blatant attempt to recapture the moment, I’m going to listen to the Magnetic Fields version about 900 times, and also leave the lyrics here:

The book of love is long and boring No one can lift the damn thing
It’s full of charts and facts and figures and instructions for dancing
but I I love it when you read to me and you you can read me anything

The book of love has music in it In fact that’s where music comes from
Some of it is just transcendental Some of it is just really dumb but I
I love it when you sing to me and you you can sing me anything

The book of love is long and boring and written very long ago
It’s full of flowers and heart-shaped boxes and things we’re all
too young to know but I I love it when you give me things and you

you ought to give me wedding rings I I love it when you give me things
and you you ought to give me wedding rings

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come back

October 12th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

Nope, nothing new, STILL just thinking about the Dixie Chicks concert. When Mary and I left pre-encore to beat traffic, I looked back and saw a thousand people summoning the band back onto the stage with this gesture:

It’s as if everyone holds a small moon or fairy in their hand that is used primarily for silent communication; emojis, also.

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DIXIE CHICKS FOR PRESIDENT

October 11th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

I love the Dixie Chicks. I am a cliche. I don’t even CARE. These gals got me through high school. They are the very sound an old blue Beretta makes combined with tradition and optimism and bravery a deep yearning to run far and alone. They have soundtracked my plays and their Landslide cover is the only thing that truly calms me down. Last night, I got to see them live, some 20 years after they first happened. Not only did they slay / cover Beyonce / do classics / push limits, there was ALSO MILD YET EFFECTIVE SOCIAL AND POLITICAL COMMENTARY, to the point where, during this particular song:

My friend Mary leaned over, and sort of stunned-said, Look at this. We live in America. God Bless these gals from their boots to their banjos. SLAY FOREVER, CHICKS.

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oh hi, it’s just me

October 6th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

Might I suggest pausing Beyonce Pandora, like just for a moment, and giving her sister Solange a listen? Her new album A Seat at the Table is minutes and minutes of her just being there, not shouting, but more like humming wisdom,  I’ve been here the whole time, I will not burn out, I will always be. It’s the very sound of a person standing just out side of a spotlight, tucked warm into the shadow it casts.

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MOTOWN PHILLY’S BACK AGAIN

July 9th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

GOD BLESS AMERICA AND ITS CONCERTS,  ITS PEOPLE AND ITS PEOPLE’S MUSIC, particularly from the mid-90s, even more particularly the music played at proms, most particularly Boyz II Men and En Vogue, who I witnessed last night lifting the spirits of thousands of people, black and white and in-between, up and out of the muck of life.

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HIDDEN TOP SECRET MEANING

April 28th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

LIFE GAVE BEYONCE LEMONS, AND SO SHE MADE LEMONADE.

I AM THE FIRST PERSON  TO GET THIS HIDDEN SECRET MEANING RIGHT?

OKAY COOL I THOUGHT SO TOO.

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Solutions.

March 4th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

Whatever the question, whatever the existential quandary, I can guarantee you that 87% of the time the answer is a Merle Haggard cover of a  Baptist Hymn.

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HOTLINE BLING.

February 5th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

I like to discover things just a few days after everyone else in America has already obsessed over the thing and are over the thing. Then I sweep in, and I’m like, HEY, THIS THING! And everyone has moved onto Sia’s new video featuring Ina Garten trapped in a colonial boat’s exoskeleton which is definitely her next video.  And so today: I can’t stop watching Drake’s Hotline Bling video.  It is SOOTHING AND INTOXICATING. For one, Drake is effortlessly dancing around in either a Grandpa sweater or an Owl hoodie, with these amazing sort of geriatric salsa dance moves that feel wonderfully inevitable:

Also,  it features lady dancers with normal bodies:

And at one critical moment, Drake LIES DOWN AND TAKES A NAP ON ONE OF THE BUTTS.

AHHHHHH. Who needs LEXAPRO / WINE WHEN THERE IS DRAKE.

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THESE WOMEN.

November 16th, 2015 by Bekah Brunstetter

THE DIXIE CHICKS, or the Pandora station in my brain all the time unless of course it’s December at which point it’s country Christmas,  the emotional raw material for 60% of my plays, the soundtrack to my years 16-18, ARE GOING ON TOUR IN 2016. I never got to see these gals in my youth, and so I will be taking my adult money and purchasing BOX SEATS so that I can SEE THEIR FACES SING INTO THEM WITH BOTH VOLUME AND GRATITUDE. Here’s hoping they play, you know, nothing but old songs and the occasional Rihanna cover.

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