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

I will Bio you! So hard!

August 19th, 2009 by Bekah Brunstetter

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I totally forgot about this! When I finished grad school, there were a couple of weeks (or months?) when I convinced myself that I was going to make a living via freelance writing gigs found on craigslist (sorry Dad. I’m just – sorry.) So, amidst my dellusions, I actually did manage to write some decent artist bio’s! It’s kinda fun. I just wrote one for Aaron, who needed something to send to ‘Cinemall’ (the combination mall / movie theater in his small hometown in Virginia.) It’s kind of the funnest process ever. Essentially, I just went in his office and starred at him until he felt so uncomfortable that he started telling me things. Are you next?

Read below – the bio does match the dude, does it not?

A. Barr

Born in  Bristol, Tennessee, Aaron Barr (Eric) was raised in Damascus, Virginia – a loyal only child of an Engineer daddy and Beautician momma. A typical country kid, he spent his days fishing, playing in the dirt, hanging out with animals, and running around buck-wild in the woods.

At the ripe age of four – his uncle had the genius to gift him with a $5 flea market guitar. Lil’ Aaron was hooked from the get-go, and began mastering the instrument and writing songs, Stat. Sure, the first songs were about pretty girls and things he didn’t quite yet understand – but soon thereafter – while attending Holston High School – he discovered he could sing, as well! When he wasn’t cruising around in his  ’95 toyota truck (like in Back to the Future! Sweet! 1.21 JIGAWATTS!! …anyways) – Aaron was playing local parties and gigs with his band, Lodi. After high school, he took the practical route and received a BS in Marketing from Virginia Tech. He then moved to Richmond, pursuing a girl. When the latter didn’t quite go according to plan, he moved to DC, more fervently pursuing music –  still generating his own material, playing with a slew of indie-pop and post-punk bands.

He then moved to Brooklyn, NY to pursue music – and a girl (sensing trend, much?)
Upon moving to NYC in 2006, Aaron found his true calling with the Vanguard, an innovative indie-pop band (
www.myspace.com/thevanguardatmyspace.) Since it’s creation, the Vanguard has played in coveted NYC venues like Arlene’s Grocery, Webster Hall, and the illustrious Exit Festival in Serbia. At the forefront of this collective, Aaron continues to make music (singing, writing, playing, mixing) and to consistently have good hair / melt hearts.  He now lives in Long Island City with his guitar, his orchids, and his ghosts.

By day, he works for a corporate housing company, and manages to juggle the two worlds. It was at this very desk that it one day occurred to Mr. Barr that mayhaps he should try acting? He went online in search of auditions and, sure enough, saw a posting for the Mow Crew audition – and subsequently landed the part of Eric, the earnest, conflicted musician.

Aaron remains a country boy at heart, retaining his charm and laissez – faire attitude. While Aaron does love Brooklyn – acoustic jams with the Vanguard on the streets of Williamsburg, warm late-night panini’s, impromptu brass band marches, ferry rides to Martha’s Vineyard – he revels in trips home to Virginia, and the much-needed relief from city life these trips provide.  While home, Aaron enjoys good times with Mom and Dad, fresh garden tomatoes, and Potato soup from Alison’s (‘…amazing…soupy… ….chunky.’)

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Mentors!

August 18th, 2009 by Bekah Brunstetter

Today, I feel called upon to give ‘shout-outs’ to my teachers (and subsequent mentors) from the New School, credit where credit is due. Over two years since I graduated, and they are still encouraging and supporting me, further proving that my grad school debt is totally, totally worth  it.

There’s Pippin Parker, chair of the New School Playwriting Program:

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PP conceived of and organized the inaugural The Bekah Brunstetter Playwriting Award of Excellence in Playwriting (for the Stage.) I already liked him, but after that, I liked him all the more. He’s a director as well as a playwright / TV writer – a co-founding member of Naked Angels, and an incredible leader, teacher, and friend. Also, he wears cool shoes, constantly, and was the first the really teach me the fine, infuriating art of re-writing.

Then, there’s Christopher Shinn:

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Chris found success as a playwright at a very young age, with plays produced at the Royal Court in London, then onto Lincoln Center, Playwrights Horizons and the like. He’s got an Obie and a Guggenheim under his belt. None too shabby! Chris was our teacher my first year of school, and is a champion of writing truthfully. He took us (kicking and screaming, slightly) through psychoanalysis and Literary theory – which later proved to be invaluable. 

And Sir Michael Weller:

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Weller bikes around town on a collapsable bike, with a back pack full of banana’s, being brilliant. He began as a composer / musician, then had huge success in the 60s / 70s ((have you READ Moonchildren??) and continues to write great plays. With Weller, I first learned to consider, at all points, what your audience is tracking, feeling, expecting – the basics of dramatics.

I am eternally grateful to them. Little do they know it, but they are pretty much stuck with me, forever.

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DRESS BANDIT

August 17th, 2009 by Bekah Brunstetter

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I just had this genius idea for a, uh, movie, or webisode or something, or maybe even just a new way of Living my Life. Picture this:  A masked perp (me?) who stalks girls,  punches* and / or tasers them and robs them of the cute dresses they are wearing!! They come to, minutes later, wearing something shapeless from Old Navy, not knowing what hit them. (It was the DRESS BANDIT.)

(Bored.)

*Bekah does not condone violence against women, even if they are wearing cute dresses that you covet.

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Cudzoo Photo Shoot!

August 17th, 2009 by Bekah Brunstetter

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They are so pretty I could Puke Pink all over them!

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Featured Reader

August 17th, 2009 by Bekah Brunstetter

(Featured Reader? Really Bekah? Are you really Going to Go There?)

(Yes.)

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Jason Roberts, ladies and gents, husband person of Blaine. Who: when he was first a-courtin’ Blaine, made a serious effort to be-friend her friends, the true way to a lady’s heart. (Good work, Roberts. You won. Prize being Blaine.) Jason reads my blog without even being forced, and has encouraged me to include more things of the sports variety.

Sooo…..Sports. Sports are crazy. Things are happening right now, regarding sports. That guy got hit in the head with a baseball, but it looks like he’s going to be fine. Some people swim, and some people run around. Sometimes people time them while they do it. And they compete against each other.

So.

Jason, your ICareDeeply Tshirt and Subway coupons are in the mail. You. Win.

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August 16th, 2009 by Bekah Brunstetter

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Housewarming!

August 16th, 2009 by Bekah Brunstetter

New house = officially warmed. So maybe it was almost four months after we actually moved, but we did it!

Lemon bars, hot bacon dip, cantalope salad, olives and really pretty local celebrities were served.

Determined, I was, to fight against the inherent adultness of the housewarming party!! So I drank too much wine and flitted about like an errant butterfly, demanding that people do ‘weird things!’

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And demanded that people SQUEEZE ME! And LOVE ME! And LIKE IT While someone took a PICTURE of it!!

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…but regretfully, guests were fairly well-behaved.

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Though I did make break a mirror. And Sarah and Steve did do this:

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GUNS!!!!!

August 16th, 2009 by Bekah Brunstetter

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……SWEET.

The M-4 rifles arrived yesterday, and it was the first time I truly realized what I had written. (Little girls at the rifle range. Giant marines pulling guns on each other. Etc. Just who exactly do I think I am?) FYI, 13 year old Sami learned to field strip her rifle faster than her older, dude-r counterparts.

In her dance leotard, naturally. Amazing.

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…Sports?

August 14th, 2009 by Bekah Brunstetter

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Aaron (exclamatory): Ahhhh I knew it! I KNEW The Eagles were gonna take Michael Vick, I totally called that!

(A moment.)

Me: I have no idea what you’re talking about. But I think it has something to do with sports.

Aaron: ..Michael Vick, he just served two years in jail for dog fights, he’s out now, and the Eagles took him!

Me: So he’s like the Martha Stewart of football!

Aaron:……..

 Me: I’m going to go blog about this now!

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Tim Brunstetter

August 13th, 2009 by Bekah Brunstetter

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This just in: as I previously suspected, my little Brother is so awesome. Brave, funny, humble, smart. He pretty much officially confirmed all of these things yesterday – he flew in early for a wedding in Long Island, and we had some much needed brother/sister/beer/sandwich/ city time.

I convinced him to come early and talk to the cast and crew of Oohrah! who had lots of questions for him about his experience as a Marine. It was this perfect collision of my two worlds – my heart was seriously exploding with warm happy things listening to him talk to the actors, and laugh at jokes in the play (re: puppies getting thrown off cliffs.) It gets the Funny stamp of approval from him, so I pretty much think we’re good to go.

Also, he taught a 13 year old Sami to march and shoot:

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Patiently Stood in Front of things that he matched, while I took pictures:

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And allowed me to speak blatantly about arranged marriages between he and one of the Kilby sisters. Either or.

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(On another note, how pretty is Sarah?? Seriously, it’s like Stupid.)

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