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

Food

June 30th, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

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Please note that this gentleman is engaged in a ‘corn-eating contest,’ which just sounds painful and complicated.

I just wanted to say: I’ve noticed this shift in my relationship to food. I wouldn’t say thatI tragically over-eat, but I can be very I WILL EAT EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME especially if it’s say, Doritos, or cake, or string cheese, or everything. I think that also, I used to think, one needs 3 square meals a day! And dinner must be an event! But what I’ve finally realized is, I only really need like half the food I ever ate, and that I can mostly sustain myself with fun, good things like almonds and granola bars and bananas and the like, and the occasional sandwich. Now if I can just avoid corn eating contests, at all costs, I think I’ll be great.

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where I now am

June 29th, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

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You know that thing that I do, that I have dubbed, ‘blogging from bubble of narcissism,’ which I do all the time? Well! I will continue to do it. I just arrived in Poughkeepsie, campus of Vassar College, to spend two weeks workshopping A Long and happy Life with New York Stage and Film. It is totally perfect, because I actually started the play this time last year in this very place, prompted by some terrorist bomb anxiety that I suddenly felt in Grand Central. (Go There, I dare you, and try and NOT feel it.) And so, I will be diving into this play, clarifying, trying to fix, do a bit of honing in on why I started the play to begin with, this play that has grown into a beast – that i believe in -  as well as playing with my step team / greek chorus (YES) and trying NOT to revert to corporate housing days – and inspect my furnished apartment ( I am in great townhouse thing instead of dorms, and the furnishings are nearly EXACTLY like that of Equity’s. Nightmares, I will have.) That was eleven things, and a lot of commas, and you’re welcome.

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Cyrus

June 29th, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

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This movie: so good. Such a perfect blend of these really emotionally raw people with really deep needs – as well as the hillarious, quirky* things that they say and do. Jonah’s Cyrus (whose Mother, Marisa Tomei, has finally met a man, John C. Riley, whose relationship he is hell-bent on quietly sabatoging) is weird but the weird, funny things he says make PERFECT SENSE emotionally.

* I think I hate this word. What does this word MEAN? It sounds or feels like it means childish, without substance. I know it doesn’t, but. Maybe I just don’t want to be called this anymore.

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Issues

June 28th, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

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As a writer I think it’s important to always have issues, things that you’re scared of / worried about / confused by, so that at the drop of a hat, you can pull from one of these fears and write something. I LOVE doing the 24 hour plays and wouldn’t miss it for the world, so of course wrote one from home last night while on weird London time, ie like 4AM. I got my actor assignments, panicked SLIGHTLY, then reached into my issue/ thought-bucket – which is also a word document – and remembered, thank Goodness, that I’m scared of 2012.  Nice. A bit redundant, but. I then wrote about a family on Dec 21, 2012, celebrating Christmastime…..but their yuletide joy is interrupted by their 8 year old, Benny, who is convinced that the world is going to end. Hopefully fun, and terrifying! We will see in 13 hours, exactly!

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ello, more of this!

June 28th, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

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Me with cast and some crew outside theater!

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Lily and I!

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Myself, standing outside a pretty thing!

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London Assurance

June 27th, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

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I confess that ever since I was a wee theater student, I’ve always been a bit ‘meh’ to farces, to plays not of my century (save Chekov,) to stuffy Britsh plays, etc. BUT: I now think, or rather know, that I was completely wrong. I think it’s just that I never really SAW them, was only forced to read them. I saw London Assurance at the National yesterday, with the Incredible Simon Russell Beale prancing about in plum colored waist coats, doing this hillarious ballet- leg pointing thing, rouged and lipsticked. It was hillarious. Hillarious. But beyond that, it was seriously beautiful. For the first time ever, I heard / saw this perfectly time comedy balanced with these really beautiful words, this emotional weight. I felt so wrong, in the best way possible. Oh, England, even though you call shrimp prawns, which makes them sound like weird bugs that grow beneath boats: there is much to learn from you.

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An elephant

June 27th, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

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I think what designers are able to do is so amazing. See Harold the elephant, in his cell, which is also the Sunday School classroom of a plant enthusiast, which is also the bedroom of a little boy. HOW DO THEY DO IT???? (They just do.)

PS, there a secret bed stored beneath the platform. It’s kind of like that time in Oohrah! when the designer made the bed turn into an airplane.

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eh?

June 26th, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

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When someone offers to buy your dinner / drink, I know you are supposed to politely protest, and I do, but really at the end of the day, yes please, and THANK YOU.

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Miss Lilly: a thorough report

June 25th, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

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Ahhhhhhh It’s been indescribably awesome to finally get to see Miss Lilly realized, after writing and rewriting it for nearly four years. It seems perfectly at home in the tiny Finborough, on a rustic white set littered with bright potted plants. Lily has worked so hard and made so much sense of the play. And the actors: Harold the elephant is hauntingly elephant like. Richard is wicked and Jordan is this incredibly cheeky and talented child star and Lilly and Lara are incredibly real and Vandhalla is nerdy and lovely in her white coat.  I feel so lucky that i get to see it three times. It’s a tricky thing, the 2 seemingly unrelated worlds of the play, how it sort of flips back and forth, and I think the challenge is to subtly bring the 2 worlds together without being all nose-on-y…..I don’t think I’ve gotten it exactly right yet, but getting there. There’s something about a small theater that makes you feel entirely safe like a hug, or a pat on the head, it’s alright, little playwright. You are safe here. Until the reviewers come and tell you you’re stupid. (Hopefully they won’t.)

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jetlag

June 24th, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

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I dreamt a bunch of my teeth fell out in my hand, and inside of these teeth were these little villages, and I decided to live inside of them.

Explanations: the showing of ‘The toothfairy’ on the plane, that weird engraving on the tooth story in A Serious Man, and well, maybe the fact that English people, namely nearly all I was on the train with this morning, all have weird teeth. I’m sorry, but it’s true.

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