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

Togetherness.

March 5th, 2015 by Bekah Brunstetter

I just wanted to voice in this public space that I am loving this new HBO show, so much. It’s about a married couple in LA, and their friends, their kids, their relationship.  Seems simple, right? Perhaps too simple? But like any good show: the world is perhaps familiar,  but the TONE, the SPECIFICS, the weird ways in which the characters express themselves, the worlds they find themselves in, all of these choices make the show explode with humor and sadness and grit. It’s arresting to watch it now, as I am not yet married — there are moments when the show makes me want to run screaming away, find celibacy in a cave somewhere forever.  But ultimately, it makes me sort of long for the complications that marriage brings. It makes me want to feel the sort of love and connection and need to protect and provide for and fight for that I think comes from having kids. It’s about the future.  It’s about love being tested by time, and what happens when two people continue to Grow Up way into their adulthoods.  Grown ups CAN play dodgeball and make new friends and accidentally drink mushroom tea. You get older, it gets harder, but it gets better, and life never stops surprising you. BRING IT, LIFE! IF YOU COULD ALSO BRING A DODGEBALL THAT WOULD BE GREAT!

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Jane the Virgin!

October 14th, 2014 by Bekah Brunstetter

I had the pleasure of attending the Jane the Virgin premiere last night with my buddy and fellow tvwright (noun: a playwright who also writes for TV, I just decided)  Chris Pena. It’s a new CW show about a girl, a virgin, who, through a bizarre series of events, scored with awesome score and narrated by hilarious narration,  accidentally gets inseminated at her gyno. If it sounds insane, it’s because it is, but in  a good way. It’s modeled after a telenovela, is aware of its form, and it is, to my MOST GREAT PLEASURE, straight up chock full of whimsy. I love whimsy. I love when whimsy knows that it’s whimsical. Call me simple or nuts, I just do. I especially love seeing it on TV, and even more especially love when its grounded in truthful and likable characters. I also had the pleasure of meeting a few of the lady actors:

These are not seasoned, jaded TV stars. These are actors who are happy and gracious grateful to be there, who are stoked to be a part of a show that’s innovative and re-energizing its network. Reminded me very much of the cast of Switched. TV, I LOVE YOU SO MUCH RIGHT NOW! I’m definitely going to keep watching this show, as should You.

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Miraculous

March 14th, 2014 by Bekah Brunstetter

I am finally watching this French series on Netflix, in which the dead start coming back to life with no awareness of their death. Not as zombies or ghosts, just — suddenly There again. I like it for a myriad of reasons: its look, its twists, its peoples, but mostly that it’s about something MIRACULOUS.  There’s something really beautiful about seeing people have their dead loved ones in their lives again, but it’s also this painful exploration of how complicated that would be. So far, there’s no real mention of where the people have been for the last some odd years, whether or not they’ve gone to heaven or some sort of afterlife. It’s more about the immediate and human reactions to the miracle, and the unravelling of mysteries. It’s deeply human and shocking but also subtly twisty-turny. Point being: If you aren’t watching it, I GENUINELY DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE DOING WITH YOUR LIFE BUT IT’S PROBABLY THINGS THAT AREN’T WATCHING TELEVISION AND SO WELL GOOD FOR YOU.

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Orange is the New Black is the New Thing I can’t Stop

August 5th, 2013 by Bekah Brunstetter

This show, vs:

Life

Sleep

Doing things

quality time with other humans

THIS SHOW ALWAYS WINS. I love this show. I love the dramedy. I love the specifics and the horror. I  can’t wait for all of the subsequent costumes this halloween and for when women start paying to go to jail, for fun. Lastly So proud of  / jealous of all my friends writing for it and bein in it.

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The Ghost is Seen

February 17th, 2013 by Bekah Brunstetter

I’d like to issue a formal apology for the sadsack nature of my blog as of late, but I’m basically just a ball of snot and feelings these days. As soon as I can breathe through my nose I’ll go stick my face in a puppy or go on a hike and tell you all about that. For now:

I don’t know if you’re watching HBO’s Enlightened, but I’ve watched it on and off since its beginnings. It’s one of those shows that miraculously is still on TV, because each episode is like a little one act play where oftentimes, not much happens and it dares to have a protagonist that’s oftentimes punch her in the face grating. My favorite and least favorite part is always the voiceover, depending on the episode. Most recently, this character Tyler, pictured above, a simple, lonely IT guy who’s mostly been a pawn, gets his own story, and it’s incredibly sad and beautiful.

He starts:

It’s okay to be a ghost. It has its pleasures.

You’re light. You float. You slip in and out unseen.

There’s no love to lose. Or burden to be.

You have so little to hold you down. You are free.

Some pearls are never found.

They hide under the sand on the ocean floor, No one knows they’re there.

But the pearl knows. Maybe there was a time he wanted to be found. To be seen. And to be held. But now, only hope hurts.

I am my own secret. A scret kept by me.

And then after he’s found an awkward love with Molly Shannon:

Something is changed.

Now, the ghost is scared.

He cannot float. He’s heavy. He’s flesh and blood. He must open doors. He can’t slip away unseen.

The ghost is sad. All those years invisible, haunting now.

Why didn’t he try?  Or care? Or be?

The ghost is happy.

He is found. He is held. And he is seen. The ghost is seen.

I’ve always surrounded myself with lots of people, though I very much love to be alone. But when I’m alone NOT by choice, it’s terrifying. That unknown is terrifying. But I feel like Tyler is telling me through my computer screen that it’s okay to be alone, and it can be liberating, and that I should start comparing myself to pearls and using more pearl metaphors, in general, as this will win me lots of friends, including but not limited to Molly Shannon.

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THE KISS!

January 31st, 2013 by Bekah Brunstetter

I have been SUPER EMOTIONALLY INVOLVED in the will they / won’t they of Nick and Jess on New Girl since the pilot, and they FINALLY KISSED, YOU GUYS. In the privacy of my room, I teen girled out and rewinded and rewatched about nine times. It was simultaneously predictable and unexpected, adorable and hot. KEEP KISSING GUYS. YOU MAKE (ME) AMERICA/ AND PROBABLY OTHER COUNTRIES HAPPY.

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DOES EVERYBODY KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS?

October 14th, 2012 by Bekah Brunstetter

It is time to tell the LA sunshine to mind its own beeswax and instead, lay around all afternoon with boy watching home improvement, peppered occasionally with episodes of Kitchen Nightmare in which grown men cry over frozen meatballs. Also, it is Tool Time.

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The Neighbors

October 6th, 2012 by Bekah Brunstetter

I love this new ABC show in which a family moves into a suburban neighborhood and discovers that their neighbors are ALIENNNNSSSSSS!!!!!!! and I DON’T care who knows it. I think it’s smart, sweet, charming, good old fashioned sitcomedy. My love for this show has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that my buddies Isaac and Elizabeth are writing for it. I/E are a writing team who I met on Pants, who are not only great friends, incredibly good writers, but insanely attractive:

Sometimes I like to imagine myself just sort of seated between them.

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Homeland Vs.

October 4th, 2012 by Bekah Brunstetter

The Debates, sleeping,  going places, doing things, everything in the world that is not watching Homeland:

HOMELAND FOR THE WIN!

IS HE OR IS HE NOT A TERRORIST?! I MUST KNOW!

Except for the fact that if you know, do not tell me.

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New Mindless Favorite

July 16th, 2012 by Bekah Brunstetter

This morning while gyming, I happened upon a new reality show about some rich people in Texas. One blonde lady said to another, I’ve been really upset since Bonnie turned on me at the Pheasant Hunt. And then I watched it for nine hours, and we all lived happily ever after, our brains slowing turning to mush.

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