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

the cake / fleurs / decorations / cakerations

October 29th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

GOOD AFTERNOON, and welcome back to the joyful spin cycle in my head! Today, the decor. When you wed beneath fall foliage, you really don’t need much, so we just went with some simple Decorative Wedding signs (lovingly crafted by Morrison’s awesome bro John and his wife, Jacy):

And then some simple basic everyday framed pictures of Cracker at every table.

We also put bowls of skittles at each table because skittles. Our florist is the kind of gal who simply picks mountain wild flowers the day before and brings them over, so that the whole thing seems like a beautiful coincidence. Here’s the main big guy that my Dad HAPPILY loaded on his truck when my Mom attempted to take it home and preserve it, and even more happily took it back off when it definitely didn’t fit:

As for the cake, I just so happen to have gone to high school with a phenomenal baker, Jessica. She made three beautiful chocolate pound cakes, one of which we ate with our hands the next day, another of which we will eat with our hands in one year:

New Years,  a few years back, Morrison and I spent an absurd amount of time dreaming up a cobbler truck business, with eight very specific flavors with very specific names.  And so, we also went the cobbler route at the reception. Jessica made these wondrous mini jars of rosemary blackberry and peach ginger cobbler:

Guests dumped the cobblers over vanilla ice cream, like the perfect kind that comes from a bucket. Special thanks to our other high school friend, Missy, for helping make the table look like PINTEREST COME TO LIFE THAT ALSO YOU CAN EAT.

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OH HAI GOD

October 21st, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

FACTS:

1. It’s been unseasonably warm so far this year in the North Carolina mountains.

2. Really all I have ever wanted is a fall wedding with fall weather and feelings.

3. I mean I guess technically, I have also wanted other things, but this has been my wedding related wish.

4. When we arrived yesterday, it was a balmy 80 degrees.

5. Early this morning, the most stunning clouds and drizzle moved in over the mountains, bringing the fall weather with it, AND ALSO NOT ONE BUT TWO RAINBOWS, as if to say, here you are, my dear. Your wish.

HENCEFORTH AND THEREFORE / PROOF OF GOD.

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classic Morrison move

October 13th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

Oh nothing, just Morrison’s nephew Morrison bringing the heat with the same at once loving and unsettling eyes that his Uncle has, or as his mom aptly put it, ‘casually staring into your soul.’

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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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WHY TO BE JEWISH

October 4th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

We had the honor of being included in a Rosh Hoshanah dinner last night, and my main take away, other than the weird and beautiful feeling the sung prayers gave me: LORD, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN HIDING SNICKERDOODLE MAC N CHEESE ALL MY LIFE, READ: KUGEL, WITH ITS LAYERS OF PASTA AND CINNAMON AND EVERYTHING IN THE DAIRY CASE CAREFULLY PILLOWED IN A PAN?

OH, IN THAT OTHER RELIGION THAT IS IN FACT IN MY BLOOD AND HISTORY THAT MY GRANDMOTHER, BLESS HER HEART,  KEPT TRYING TO TEACH ME  ABOUT? OKAY COOL SEE YOU IN SYNAGOGUE.

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HEY MRS. PRODUCER

September 28th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

I’M TALKIN  TO YOU MRS.

Definitely didn’t make Morrison take this picture of me by my credit at all, because I’m a producer now and basically just far too busy and important and self-aware to do such childish and unproducerish and braggidocious type things.

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ACTUAL PICTURE OF THE INSIDE OF MY HEAD

September 23rd, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

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Cousinhood of the traveling overalls!

September 12th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

A few months ago, I happened upon these childrens’ overalls in a vintage store, and obviously I bought them because HOW COULD YOU NOT.

My idea: to send them to darling nephew Luke, in the hopes that when he grew out them, they would be passed to another cousin to wear, and then to another, and then to another, until all of the grown adult cousins sit around a bonfire someday, making fun of their lame parents, remembering how they once all were made to wear the same pair of overalls. I’M HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE: IT BEGINS.

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tv is the new black

September 10th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

Hear ye, Hear ye: Queen Sugar on OWN and Atlanta on FX are the best new shows on TV this fall, and I WRITE for a show new to TV this fall (I selfishly and affectionately declare This is Us third best.) Exceptional tone, writing, acting, beautiful landscapes in each. Atlanta makes me laugh and squirm in a way I think I forgot how to. Queen Sugar is the first TV show to make me cry in, maybe ever. I don’t think it’s any coincidence that both were created by black writers and feature mostly black casts. Culturally, we need both shows, so badly. They reveal truth behind cliche and public perception. They are gritty and real, they are at once specific and UNIVERSAL. If,  as a white writer, this means I need to step aside for a minute, I will step aside and aside and aside, and happily watch from said side as these shows change TV for the better.

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‘MATER SHOW!

September 1st, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

Last year I had the pleasure of writing a web series for the lovely Paten Hughes, an actor slash tomato farmer, about, well, an actor slash tomato farmer, who tries to find a new life purpose when she inherits a relative’s farm, HENCE THE TITLE HEIRLOOM AS IN THE FARM SHE INHERITED, AND ALSO THE TOMATO VARIETAL, KEEP UP PEOPLE. LAYERS. It’s sweet and optimistic and charming and I can’t wait to see how abruptly it makes people abandon all things and run desperately to the nearest grocery store in search of  tomatoes and burrata and basil and a pinch of sea salt, which would be the only thing I wanted to  eat while writing the show. Episodes go up on Vimeo September 9th. More info Here! IT REALLY MATERS TO ME THAT YOU WATCH IT.

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