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

DISCOVERIES

January 30th, 2018 by Bekah Brunstetter

Last night we attended the Ovation Awards (an annual ceremony celebrating excellence in LA theater.)  The Cake got a few nominations and one MUCH DESERVED WIN.  But let’s focus on the real high points of the evening,  these life changing discoveries:

1.) THIS HAIR. I will now forever wear my hair like this, or at least whenever possible. Part anime character, part mid-90s Shania Twain, part Myself, it makes me feel like I can do anything, or at least walk up and down stairs without tripping.

2.) DEBRA JO IS ACTUALLY A GHOST.

3. No but really, this lady won Best Lead Actress, and I’m not sure if anyone has ever deserved an award more. SO. HAPPY.

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t’aint always easy

January 27th, 2018 by Bekah Brunstetter

Almost 14 years ago, I carefully glued all of my grad school rejection letters into a scrapbook, and amused myself by highlighting the word ‘regret’ in all of them. I think I sensed that someday, I might want to reflect back on them. My two favorites:

Reflection day is upon me. I am currently experiencing a lot of fortune with the Cake, like really more than a playwright could dream of or hope for (though honestly the bar is low, as having a play produced, in itself, is a miracle.) Meanwhile, I  somehow winded up working on a hit show that is managing to heal and to warm those that watch it (though, so did Switched at Birth, just on a smaller scale.) Reflecting on both of these career fortunes it’s easy to forget all of the Regret to inform You’s, but  I want to remember them and celebrate them, and I don’t know, maybe just a hair bit Gloat? So without further ado, I was rejected from: Columbia graduate Playwriting! NYU Graduate Playwriting! Yale Graduate Playwriting! Boston College MFA Playwriting! Post-grad school, I was rejected not once, not twice, but three times from Julliard, with nary even an interview, and I’ve been rejected by New Dramatists (an elite playwriting residency in NYC)  count ’em, 7 times! STILL STANDING, Y’ALL! WHAT DOESN’T ACCEPT US TO THEIR PROGRAM MAKES US WORK HARDER TO SHOW THEM WHAT.

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how to melt my heart like butter in the microwave

January 22nd, 2018 by Bekah Brunstetter

In latest Cake news, which is  a thing in my life right now, the play is currently in rehearsal down at the La Jolla Playhouse down in San Diego, and LAST WEEK THEY HOSTED A CAKE BAKE OFF FOR THE EMPLOYEES OF THE THE THEATER.

Someone (also aptly named Bekah) even attempted a pink lemonade cake!

Really the only downside here is that I wasn’t able to be there / judge / twitch with gratitude and sugar high.

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Noah’s Ark Cakes FOREVER

January 20th, 2018 by Bekah Brunstetter

The Warehouse theater in Greenville, SC sent me their Noah’s Ark Cake prop as a housewarming gift and I COULD NOT BE MORE THRILLED ABOUT IT.

You got your orangoutangs, you got your zebra’s —

YOU GOT YOUR GIRAFFES!

Just to toss this wish out into the universe, if every theater ever that does The Cake could send me their Noah’s Ark Cake once to production ends, so that I might someday fill an entire room with them, THAT WOULD BE MOST PLEASING, THNKS!

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re: what kind of plays to make now

December 26th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

Do you wonder what plays are even for? Do give this article by LA Times theater Critic Charles Mcnulty a good solid read. He expresses what I’ve been feeling and saying my responsibility as a playwright might be, ever since November 2016, if not before. Some favorite bits:

More than telling us what to think, theater artists retrain us how to think by jarring us out of our calcified patterns of understanding. Habit, Beckett said, is a great deadener, and the mind is the first to go. The 2016 election was worrying for a number of reasons, none more so than for the way it threw into relief the widespread deterioration of critical reasoning. Drama, the art in which perspectives are brought into collision, is a powerful antidote to the sophistry and sensationalism nullifying our capacity for intelligent debate.

And:

Identifying with characters who are both like us and not like us, whose individual qualities turn out to be a subset of the universal, is a necessary corrective to the solipsistic ruts that human beings regularly fall into. Empathy is a muscle that must be regularly exercised, and there’s no better gymnasium than the theater to keep it from atrophying.

And:

And more power to those who want to appeal to Trump loyalists in an attempt to, if not convert them, at least respectfully grapple with their convictions.

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The City Shoe!

December 20th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

Presenting the City Shoe! Like most shoes, it goes on your Feet! Perfect for both plane rides and hotel workouts!  Transitions seamlessly from Walking Around the City while Reflecting on how much your Life has Changed to Darting Away from those Feelings! Also great for various Ninja activities, running from Scenes of Crimes, Jaywalking, and fleeing Creative Insecurity! New, from Adidas!

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WHABAM!

November 27th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

YET ANOTHER STELLAR CAKE SET IN THE BOOKS, this time with cakes that glow like game show choices! I just adore it.  This beaut’s currently up at the Warehouse in Greenville, SC.  I just want to be there and watch him whisper to her, Think those cakes are real? and she says SHHHH Jeff be quiet the play is happening and then Jeff goes I KNOW I SAID I WOULD COME TO THE PLAY WITH YOU, I DIDN’T SAY I WOULD BE QUIET THE WHOLE TIME and she gets really tight and then softly goes, this is why we don’t make love anymore

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LOOK NO FURTHER

November 19th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

Just yesterday, I fretted that I didn’t so much have any new ideas to work on. But the thing with new inspiration is, IT IS A PANTHER IN THE NIGHT. You needn’t find it, it will find you. Today, I unpacked a box my mom sent me, a  bunch of my old pictures / journals / books,  and happened upon my next two projects. They  have just been lying in wait for me to return to them for some 25 years. COMING SOON:

Santa Wants a Daughter

Sylvie and the Homeless

Are they children’s plays? Are they Lifetime movies? Are they Freeform series? ARE THEY FUNNY OR DIE SHORTS? WHO EVEN KNOWS OR CARES, THEY WRITE THEMSELVES

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practice makes Cake

November 7th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

Today, on the Cake play is just the gift that keeps on Caking: rehearsals start today for the Cake at Warehouse Theater in Greenville, South Carolina, and in preparation for the role of Della, actor Mimi Wyche has been baking lovely and elaborate seasonal cakes, and delivering them to the theater:

THEY ARE SO BEAUTIFUL / I WANT TO EAT THEM WITH MY HEART

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Camera Ready Playwright

October 25th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

Asking a playwright to show up for a photo shoot camera ready is like asking a model to show up to a photoshoot with a  journal full of profound haiku and short plays, which is to say, OF COURSE SOME MODELS ALSO WRITE POETRY AND OF COURSE SOME PLAYWRIGHTS KNOW HOW TO MAKE THEMSELVES ATTRACTIVE / LET’S NOT PUT PEOPLE IN BOXES, but personally, I do NOT know how to contour my face or find my light, so I will be showing up like the conventional playwright, which is to say, camera AFRAID.

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