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


November 18th, 2008 by Bekah Brunstetter


Coming soon to a macbook near you…..and mayhaps a theater – Happy Birthday / I’m Dead, a film version of my samely titled play, in which Eliza comes home wasted on her 29th birthday, to find a mysterious man in her apartment – who claims to be her husband from the future. Have I already told you this?

Timetravel. Heartbreak.

Also, Erin eats a cupcake off the floor.

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that guy

November 18th, 2008 by Bekah Brunstetter


I know one of these gentlemen.

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Rachel Getting Married

November 15th, 2008 by Bekah Brunstetter


….Amazing. Go see it!  I cried. So did Steve.

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November 15th, 2008 by Bekah Brunstetter



Would anyone like some clothes?

* please note that though I possess 12 coats (okay, okay, 75% of them were 8 bucks from goodwill and smell like rats, old ladies, and old lady rats.)  Even though I possess 12 coats, I found it imperative to go where no Bekah’s wachovia card has gone before and purchase this fantastic coat for $150:


Which hurt so bad and felt so good. I mean, it has little gold buckles and is sort of like a cape.

Fortunately, for those of us who feel Coats speaking to us when we waltz through overpriced botiques and thrift stores, there are things such as coat drives. Said drives serve as atonement for our overspending, as, well, we are helping people. I can’t wait to see a homeless person or child shuffling about in a grandma coat I spilled merlot on.

But for real, it’s a good idea. Donate your old winter coats!!!

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little ones

November 14th, 2008 by Bekah Brunstetter


Oh, babies.


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November 14th, 2008 by Bekah Brunstetter


…. Pretty.

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This Just In.

November 11th, 2008 by Bekah Brunstetter

Um….Do you remember Alex Mack?


She was the star of her own Nickolodeon show in I want to say the early to mid nineties. She was a teenage girl who had been accidentally mauled by nuclear waste – rendering her cursed – with SUPER POWERS ranging from zapping things to disappearing to turning into water! Memory jogged? I used to watch this show. A lot. It’s all coming back to me. I think it was while babysitting. But she was smart, the Alex Mack. She was cute and over-alled and and smart. She was, well, and is –

Larisa Oleynik.

Later in life, you’ll recall she was featured in the film of the Babysitters Club (only the Best Movie Ever, and the answer to all of my elementary prayers/ seriously I was so obsessed with these books) – playing Dawn, the loveable hippie.


Also, she was of 10 Things I Hate about You, which I know you liked. Don’t pretend. And she was flipping adorable in it.


Point being – this just in – She’s going to be a movie version of my short play, I Have it, being filmed in LA next month, and I beside myself with nostalgia and joy.

I like to think that everyone googles themselves – in which case, Larisa you are so reading this. In which case, three things: 1.) Thanks!! 2.) Awesome. 3.) We are going to be friends.

You just wait.

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wedding time!

November 9th, 2008 by Bekah Brunstetter


Fanbase, please pardon the interruption in your service – I was out of town this weekend to be a bridesmaid in the wedding of miss Blaine Barbee and Mr. Jason Roberts in Carborro, NC. This was my virgin bridesmaid voyage, and people, it was intense. I would say that I’m never eating or drinking ever again, but I just ate and drank. So, instead, I’ll say – never again will I do it for four consective days – that is, until the nupital festivities of another best friend, at which point I will do it with glee. On the tuesday before her wedding, Blaine Bride Barbee got diagnosed with bronchitis AND pneumonia (WHAT?! I know) – but like a true Bride, like the trooper that she always has been, she bucked it up, and party we did.

A quick riff on weddings: my favorite thing about them is how the event become an extension of what the couple values and what they respresent.  A couple can pick and choose from tradition (escorts, boquets, toasts and cakes) and add items of personal taste (tuxedo-ed doggies, bunk beds, a hearty spread of mozzerella sticks and M&Ms, etc.)

Blaine and Jason, being the outdoorsy yet classy people that they are – chose a warm november day and a woods-buried Barn for the site of their outdoor wedding.


Classical wedding elements of the weekend included a saucey bachlorette party, complete with inflatible and edible phallic items –


dsc01617.JPG well as a rousing game of pin the Hose on the Fireman –


Followed by a slightly unorganized yet very fruitful rehearsal –


in which the bride used her teacher voice and told us to stand places.


This was followed by a rehearsal dinner, held at the home of some friends. Another friend, chef and wine connessieur, ‘preparer le menu,’ you know, as they say in France. Le Menu included barbecued chicken, chipoltle corn chowder, bacon spinach salad with pecans and SO MUCH AWESOME BACON, garlic mashed potatoes, swissey chard, homemade corn bread, and pear crisp. Oh, and also, more wine and pretty dresses than we knew what to do with, so we (the bridesmaid and brides) posed pretty like this:



Go pneumonia bride, Go!

It is the custom in ‘weddings’ for bridesmaids to look ‘pretty,’ so the next day, Carrie and I (who, by the way, was my faithful and voluputous companion for the weekend)  went to get our hair did. Carrie opted for Rachel Zoe Waves of Infinite  awesome Waves –


and I decided to get my haircut for the first time in circa five years – opting for a Kind of Katie Holmes, which I scratched with intrigue.


The bride, of course, picked the most perfect prettiest bestest hair Ever. I mean, there are just no other words.


Then onto the ceremony! In a tizzy, we experimented with the wrappage our fancy wrap dresses, each choosing a different method of wrap.



Next, I do’s, etc, awkward toasts, tearful toasts, etc, dancing, etc, sushi, etc, presents and cake and food. Presiding over all of it – The Mr. and Mrs., and their children.


In summation, it was a beautiful weekend. A.) It was the best excuse ever to SLOW DOWN FOR A MINUTE – in the sense that I barely touched my computer the whole weekend (and this is a good thing.) B.) My writer brain was given a much needed break, and I was able to devote myself entirely to lookin pretty, C.) eating and drinking obsessively, and D.) making Blaine feel like a princess.

As for being a bridesmaid – I might not feel the same 27 dresses later (zing!) but for now,  I’m totally into it.


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I choose my Choice

November 4th, 2008 by Bekah Brunstetter


Oh, America. Land of the free, home of the fat.

On this day of choice, against my better judgement, I think I choose to go with my (chubby) gut and bake massive amounts of mac n cheese. With steamy sausage chunks. And butter. And fat.

This recipe has been directly theived from my mom’s very ancient Betty Crooker cookbook, inside of which all pages have nearly turned to flour. It’s even better two days later when you eat cold chunks of it out of the fridge, and the best five days later after accosted by a microwave.

Cheesey Fat Pasta Pie:

2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni (7 ounces)
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cups milk
2 cups shredded or cubed Cheddar cheese (8 ounces)
1. Heat oven to 350ºF.
2. Cook macaroni as directed on package.
3. While macaroni is cooking, melt butter in 3-quart saucepan over low heat. Stir in flour, salt, pepper, mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Cook over medium low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and bubbly; remove from heat. Stir in milk. Heat to boiling, stirring constanly. Boil and stir 1 minute. Stir in cheese. Cook, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted.
4. Drain macaroni. Gently stir macaroni into cheese sauce. Pour into ungreased 2-quart casserole. Bake uncovered 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly.

Come ye emotional eaters! Welcome, ye weary, ye skinny, ye cold! Oh, freedom of chubby choice. Salt and Pepper to taste.

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empire state

November 1st, 2008 by Bekah Brunstetter


Oh, tourism.

An Equity field trip in honor of the departure of our Interim manager forced me to go where no Bekah has ever gone before. Or Bekah Brunstetter, at least.  After four years of residence in NYC, I finally made it to the top!

There was a mere hour of illogical line and elevator taking –


But once atop the 86 stories – I, and a large slew of French people,  hovered above the thing I hastily rat race around in every day. Our digital cameras begged for a nap.


It was beautiful and totally worth it.


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