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

The Women’s Project

January 21st, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter


I think I have yet to be bloggy of the Women’s Project, and so here I go! They are a great Off-Broadway theater here who does plays by, well, Women. Sometimes they let some dudes hang out with them too. I’ve been a part of their writer’s lab for a little over a year and I can’t believe my time with them is almost over, and I’m already helping them read applications for the next group!

Honestly, when I went to the first meeting, it was daunting. I think it was a little daunting for everyone. It was like 40 ladies in a room (writers, directors, producers.) I hadn’t been with so many ladies at once since 7th grade cheerleading (in which we nearly beat the cougars with the routine that Julien and I choreographed / and I didn’t drop her ONCE/ Falcons, IGNITE). I’m also not one to have like a large, mass-organized ‘ladies night.’ In fact, I think I should do that more. I’m going to get together 12 girls. And we’re going to put on heels and go to Applebee’s.

Anyways, The Women’s Project! The absolute best thing about being in the Lab, aside from its amazing members and all the things everyone is doing, is the panelists they’ve brought in to talk to and with us. From agents to pitch-coaches to financial advisors, they really have this keen awareness of what we already know, and what we’re kind of in the dark about it, and bring it guests accordingly. It’s always extremely informative. Like last night, they brought in some set, sound, costume and lighting designers to talk about their Process, and experiences in collaboration. It was very enlightening. Heyo! It really was. I especially loved hearing them talk about their design as storytelling – I definitely have a new-found perspective on what exactly it is that a designer does. I also learned a new word, ‘designerturg,’ which someone should seriously slap on a Tshirt, and how.

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January 20th, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter


Instead of the other things I should be doing, I thought I’d take this completely unwarranted moment to speak with you frankly about cake.

Pineapple Upsidedown Cake was featured on a menu at this amazing place where Steve and I lunch-ed in the Catskills, and now I can’t stop thinking about how much I want to make one. I love them, they are so weird looking and gooey. Unfamiliar? Essentially you melt a stick of butter in the bottom of a cake pan,  stick some pineapples and cherries in it, and then, you know, like pour cake batter over it. I miss making cakes! But pineapple upsiDownside: then you have a whole cake. And  then you’re a girl with a whole cake.

And then you must eat it.

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January 20th, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter


Because I just really needed another thing to be overwhelmed by or about, I have been hereby summoned to jury duty!! As awful as the timing is, I am weirdly looking forward to it? Only because it’s something I’ve never done before. I think I’ll wear my peasant dress with a crown made of dandelions and bring a gift of roast duck. That’s what you do when you are summoned, right? Right?

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January 19th, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter


icaredeeply, I am sad to admit that today begins my affair: I will be being bloggy on another blog. Don’t worry, you’re still my main squeeze! I’ll be contributing once a week to the new blog for At Play Productions, the company I usually described as ‘it’s the Old Vic / New voices Kevin Spacey thing that I did, that I do, with those awesome people, we still do it. You know, that thing!’ I love these people and I think we’re all going to Broadway.

In other news, what’s a girl got to do to get a job staging these horrible and hillarious picture scenes from dramatic life moments? Amazing.

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Lights up on THE FUTURE

January 18th, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter


I’ve been presented with two different tasks by two different companies that both involve me writing something about the future. This is daunting, as the writer must fight predictable urges to just put everyone in monochrome adult onesies and write telepathic love scenes; fights over food tablets. The future is definitely something that’s on our collective Mind. How can it not be? I think I’m most interested in the immediate future. Or, the tiny changes that are slowly making a very large change. Lately I keep having these moments in which I think, ‘I am inside of the future.’ Now, to turn this into a play.

And so, Lights up on the planet of Norb.

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this face

January 18th, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter


I went to see the Lovely Bones already knowing that I wouldn’t like it, because I loved the book so much, and sure enough, my premonitions were correct, I did not love it.  Things were sort of weird and brushed overand not nearly as powerful as the book (but can they ever be?) Instead, the movie pivots around the pretty face of its star, the irish? actress who plays murdered Susie Salmon. The movie itself seemed to be an exploration of how freakishly lovely she is, and how weirdly angelic she can be with echoey voice and quiet tears, without even changing clothes (because, well, she is the Dead.)

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January 17th, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

 Please, let it never be said that I am not a warrior; a daredevil. For I went snow-shoeing.


Hunter mountain was packed with extreme sport-ers, jetting down risky slopes named after skiiers who were killed on them. And while they looked judgingly at our weird foot-pieces, as they yelled ‘WRONG WAY!’ as we went DOWN the ski lift,  I am sure they were really just jealous of the peace, tranquilty and non-death we found on our snow-shoe trails.


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I’ve died and gone to the catskills

January 16th, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

Ladies and Gentlemen, three cheers for Steve, who whisked me away to the Catskills.


The Catskills are mountains, which are large hills. Perfect for hiking (which is walking, but with less of a purpose, and much less dog crap and homeless people) First you hike up; and then you hike down. Only 2 hours outside of the city, the Catskills are home to snow, deer, trees, pensive thoughts, frolicking, and, most best, lots of large cheap antique stores.


Yes, I am pretty much dead with glee.

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January 15th, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter


Please note that I am extremely stressed out and my heart is racing and I’m doing too many things and not anything WELL.  and I kind of just want to move home and live under my parent’s bed and never look at another duvet cover or move-in folder ever again.

(Don’t worry, this will pass, I just need to take a deep breath and have some fruit snacks.  But in the meantime: Please continue to feel sorry for me.)

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on Cabs

January 14th, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter


Hello, it is I, a New Yorker. Can I say that yet? It’s been 5 years. Carrie Bradshaw once said,  it takes 9 years in New York to be a New Yorker.  And being that things stated on Sex and the City are the fundamental basis of my belief system, I guess I have a few years to go. Anyways, I was thinking about Cabs, and how I feel about them. I very rarely take them, as they make me feel guilty for spending money on something I could very well do myself. They seem too luxurious or excessive or something. Considering all of the the dumb things I DO waste money on, I’m proud to say that I’m at least not a frequent cab taker. But: when you really are in a hurry, or every now and then – there’s really no better feel than thrusting your hand into the air – and having a cab pull over, just for you, your private (stinky) chariot to do your bidding.

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