bekah brunstetter
Bekah Brunstetter I care deeply. About a lot of things. Like really, really deep. Ow
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sets, pt. 2

February 23rd, 2009 by Bekah Brunstetter

Hi, I write about sets all the time apparently.


Only my good friends at Working Man’s Clothes ( could pull this off – a whole truck inside of a black box?? Right on. Right on.

This is the set for our current show Fresh Kills, playing at 59 e 59th through next week. Now, I use the term ‘our’ lightly, but also gravely. I’m a founding member of WMC and was, for quite some time, the Lit Manager, but as of late, have had to step back. This is the first WMC show I haven’t been directly involved with which feels really weird. But c’est la vie.

I saw the show last night and am super, super proud of ‘our’ level of skill, and audacity, generally.

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February 22nd, 2009 by Bekah Brunstetter


One of the best things about The Drama Play is how it can be interpreted and presented in an infinite amount of ways, depending on the space, artistic team, etc.

Above is the set for Centenary’s production of You May go Now –  a creepy, near TV-set ish 50’s kitchen – complete with weird mickey mouse night light and ‘cock cut-out’, if you will above fridge.

In 2007, Babel did it this way:


More of a country cottage.

Getting ONE company to put time and money into your show is amazing enough. But TWO? Getting to see it twice? Truly a blessing. Truly. Cause then you get to see the heart of the play sort of emerge throughout the interpretations. Having a set that is more than a table or acting cube? Um, Lighting designers? Fireplaces? Staircases? Running water? Incredible.

Fans, I think this little playwright is nearly all growed up, or getting there. Next thing you know, I’ll have an intern. FYI, I am currently accepting applications.

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I’m sorry, but

February 20th, 2009 by Bekah Brunstetter


In case you’ve made a home beneath some sort of Rock, I’ll bring you up to speed – this cartoon – published in the New york Post – has caused great outrage.

Inspired by the (truly truly tragic) story of the Stamford, CT chimp gone Mad story (HE BIT OFF HER HANDS) – many find this image deeply offensive, as it clearly depicts Obama getting shot like a dirty monkey.

…Or does it? I don’t know….the assumption that a chimp would be used to insinuate Obama, a black man – isn’t that kind of – um – racist?

Either way, I think it’s safe to say that violent monkey humor is totally off limits for the next 4 to 8 years. There goes my next drama play.

I’m kidding.

 – the white girl

– or –


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February 18th, 2009 by Bekah Brunstetter


Britney’s whole story makes me sad. And the whole very IDEA of celebrity is so odd to me. How normal people interact with famous people, fame itself, Paparazzi. Etc. So I done penned a play bout it, or tried to!

So today at the Women’s Project, I’m going to hear my new play Celebrity, which is hot off the press. I’m kind of scared cause it’s kind of a mess. It’s about a few things. It’s kind of inspired by a hardcore Brittney fan’s   ‘Leave Brittney alone’ youtube video – in which he, in tears, pleads with us to ‘Leave Brittney alone,’ and declaring ‘you’re lucky she even performed for your bastards!’

In Celebrity, a Brittney esque character looses her shiz after accidentally dropping her infant child, landing him in a coma. At the end of her rope, she shows up at the home of who she perceives to be her biggest fan – desperately in search of safety and normalcy. Paparazzi are hot on her trail, quickly showing up at the Hood River, Oregon house.  Once she learns that her son has died from his injuries, she threatens to kill herself on live TV. The question is – will anyone stop her?

If I were to try and say a smart thing about the play, I think it’s about fear of mediocrity and the quest for ‘normalcy.’ Desperation when it comes to success and feeling special. I don’t know. I’ll keep you posted.

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Only in Connecticut

February 17th, 2009 by Bekah Brunstetter


This happened yesterday in Stamford, CT, a seemingly safe and friendly town where I have often travelled for work. In my mind, it’s always been a moderately quaint place. That is, until this chimp went crazy yesterday. People, he bit off a woman’s hands.

…He bit off her hands.

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You may be Totally Disturbed Now

February 16th, 2009 by Bekah Brunstetter


Get a load of that terrifying picture! Right on! It’s for my play You may go Now, which is opening at Centenary Stage in Hackettstown, NJ, this Friday. It’s a tough play but a goodie, I hope. Come one! Come all! Guns! Mystery! Cake!

Info here:

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playground rules

February 16th, 2009 by Bekah Brunstetter


I love writing short plays. So much. Especially since it’s becoming harder and harder to find or make time to write – it’s so nice to be able to begin and complete something I like in one sitting. It’s really satisfying and aids my AHHHHH I NEVER HAVE TIME TO DO ANYTHING!!! hysteria. Fast and furious. Like going through the drive thru. OF MY MIND. Or, the um, the fast lane. Life in the um – meh. I’m fresh out of metaphors.

Anyways. So when these guys (who I’ve met through Ars Nova) asked me to write something for this I said YES PLEASE! Also,  the theme of the evening was pretty much irresistable. It’s four short plays about childhood secrets.

So, on a bumpy bus to Hackettstown, I penned a short play, Leviticus. In the spirit of hurried, sad, but possibly awesome things – you should patron it this weekend.

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February 15th, 2009 by Bekah Brunstetter


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February 15th, 2009 by Bekah Brunstetter

Steve is cute. Babies are cute. Babies named Max Powers are especially cute.


Steve with a cute baby named Max Powers SMILING at him??

Um, I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

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strangers in the night

February 15th, 2009 by Bekah Brunstetter

 da da da da, dooby dooby dooooo –dsc02116.jpgLast night Steve surprised with an indoor picnic. Hot. There were candles, homemade sweet pepper and olive pizza, wine, and of course, gay Frank Sinatra music. Perfect.  dsc02118.jpgPost-eating, we watched odd things on youtube, enamored, and lazed about.  dsc02121.jpgdsc02120.jpg   dsc02123.JPGYep, um, it was pretty much exactly what I needed and wanted to do.  

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