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


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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Grandmas do not play.

August 7th, 2015 by Bekah Brunstetter

Me: alright, Grandma, I’m taking off for the train station!

Grandma: Okay, did you eat anything yet?

Me: No, I was just gonna grab something.

Grandma: Okay, because I made you some snacks. (Presents the most beautifully and logically assembled bag of snack there ever was.) Just some cheese and crackers and some of my bread I made with my zucchinis from the garden and some fruit and nuts and some apple slices in orange juice so they won’t get brown, would you like that?


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cause I’m a Woman

March 14th, 2015 by Bekah Brunstetter

Last night, I stepped into my closet that I can sort of step into so let’s just say it’s  a walk in closet but really when I step inside of it I can’t so much turn around but HEY NOBODY’S PERFECT. I looked at my clothes, and suddenly, everything felt — too young. I thought to myself, like I actually thought to myself, all of these clothes are made for large children. None of these things are appropriate for a woman of my age. And then, all day today, I’ve felt strangely — open? Aware? Grateful and strong? Something has shifted. Perhaps one of my moons went all the way around my head, or perhaps, is it possible, that I am a woman now?


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December 20th, 2014 by Bekah Brunstetter

Sure, I perhaps grumble the tiniest when I pay my dues to the Writer’s Guild (wait — have I paid my dues lately? I should pay my dues. SORRY, THE GUILD!) but it is 100% worth it once December rolls around and the screeners start coming in, and you bring them all home with you for Christmas, and suddenly, to your Dad and brothers, you are the GREATEST PERSON ALIVE. Going to the movies is great but also there are the annoying things like ‘parking’ and ‘lines’ and ‘other human beings.’ This way, we get to screen the latest flicks from the comfort of my Dad’s manden buried beneath seasonal throws. THANKS, SANTA GUILD!

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December 15th, 2014 by Bekah Brunstetter

I have a problem. I am addicted to making and decorating Christmas cookies. I approach it with the same obsession and mania and precision that say, a heroin addict might approach their Fix. It settles me.

Worse things I could be addicted to:

- heroin

- drinking paint

- pony play (in which you dress up like a pony and feel as if you’ve found yourself and let people ride and pet you)

- a certain TLC show called My Strange Addiction in which people are addicted to things like drinking paint and pony play which I am not addicted to at all

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November 9th, 2014 by Bekah Brunstetter

SO EXCITED. All through college, I was obsessed with the musical Side Show. Adam and I carefully choreographed car-dances to every single song. It’s based the true story of a pair of Siamese Twins who were deeply exploited by the freak show circus in the 1920s, and it’s full of awesome double entendre-y  ballads like I will never Leave You, because like, the sisters swear they will never leave each other, but also, THEY ARE STUCK TO EACH OTHER, SO THEY CANNOT. As fate would have it, there’s a Broadway revival of it happening now, my buddy Andrew is producing it, and so I get to see it when I’m in NYC this weekend. So, so stoked. THESE ARE FEELINGS I’VE GOT TO HIDDDDEEEEEE!

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September 7th, 2014 by Bekah Brunstetter

This is technically not my news to share, but given how stoked my mom is, I imagine that at least all of North Carolina knows by now: MY BIG BROTHER PETE AND HIS GIRLFRIEND MARY GOT ENGAGED! We Brunstetter chillins very much value our independence, and have been far more focused on our careers than nuptials, so it’s taken a while for one of us to reach marriage but I’m so happy that it’s Pete to get there first. I  finally get a sister in Law, and she couldn’t be sweeter. I can’t wait to weep at their wedding. One a more personal note, when my mom called to deliver the good news, she asked me if I’d thought at all about what MY engagement ring should look like? And I was like Mom, that’s crazy, one should not think of those things, I have no idea, I have not thought about it at all.


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January 31st, 2014 by Bekah Brunstetter


a.) a biscuit with sugar on it that mysteriously appeared at lunch today which I promptly ate but not before taking a picture with it

b.) the thing in my hand

c.) what boys sometimes call me

d.) All of the above


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October 11th, 2012 by Bekah Brunstetter

Underemployed premieres next week! Here we have Sofia, or: my favorite character – a writer, very much coddled by her parents, who works at a pretentious donut store to pay the telephone bills and automobills. She’s me at 21,  if I were Asian. She’s great. It’s great. We’re all great. Watch the show. Great!

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Feelings; Schwag

September 14th, 2012 by Bekah Brunstetter

Tonight was a hollywood premiere party of sorts for some new Switched at Birth episodes. To commemorate,  here’s me in my first official piece of SAB schwag (tshirt bearing Bay’s street art staple) while also showing you an integral part of some sign language I know, What’s Up, or Whassup, if you will, even.

About half the partygoers where communicating via ASL, which was a pretty incredible sight. I don’t know about you, but I didn’t grow up around it, like at all. I remember it was a class you  could take at the Career Center, where I took some AP’s, risking fender benders and the obligatory Burger King both there, and back. I had my first ever conversation with a deaf person and their translator. I felt strangely ashamed, that I didn’t grow up with anyone deaf, that I’m 30 years old and was experiencing this for the first time. I also felt an odd joy, to be experiencing something new, and gaining new insight into a culture I knew nothing about. Said first conversation was with the incredible Marlee Matlin, who won an Oscar for Children of a Lesser God. If you’re curious, she’s beautiful, I was starstruck, and it was only four cupcakes that I ate.

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