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

please don’t

June 23rd, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

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I’M NOT SORRY

June 23rd, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

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Being that I’m only back in bk for less than 24 hours, there were some errands to run, things to take care of: bank, pharmacy, filling up on toiletries, GOING TO ANTHROPOLOGIE AND BUYING EVERYTHING EVER, and then faxing some things. It’s not my fault that the new anthropologie is located DIRECTLY across the street from my bank, nor can I help that walking into one of those stories makes you feel that you are not feminine or cute, but that you WOULD be if you rub THIS candle on yourself, or wrap THAT ribbon around your head. I raided the sale rack, and decided that these items, lace shirt thing, and friendly morroccan party shorts? were both necessary. I realized at williamstown that I dress like a little boy a little bit, in cut offs and striped tank tops, so I think I will make an effort to be more feminine with my choices. And nothing says feminine like morrocan party shorts (?) and lace.

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what it is

June 22nd, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

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Ahhh! So! A play! We have literally been building this play like a house. Today: the kitchen. The family room? The heart. (The loud AC unit in the attic?) The foundation. The central thing. The murder.

When I started reading about the Maxwell’s, I couldn’t stop wondering what it was like for them in those moments leading up to Billy pulling out a gun. Did it come out of nowhere? They were sitting down to dinner clearly, but then what? I was a bit terrified to do it, but wrote the this dinner scene, and we started to dissect it today…….the point isn’t the violence really, but the play play by of what transpired in the house that night. We’re working with tableaus of what went down to sort of play against the violence. And I felt them in the room with me as I watched, or maybe it was that I wondered if they were watching, and said a small / weird prayer of, I don’t even know, I guess thanks, and I’m thinking of you.

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BANANAs

June 21st, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

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I know. I know. You woke up this morning like, how does bekah Feel about bananas? Well, I WILL TELL YOU. Sometimes I really love them, they make me feel trim and empowered, like, I WILL EAT THIS BANANA. It insinuates that I do yoga and take fantastic care of myself. Also, they truly fill you up, and give you energy. Also, if you are eating a banana, chances are someone near you is as well, and you can kind of look at each other, and have a moment about it, as if you are wearing the same shoes.

Also, please enjoy these weird concentration camp bananas:

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Gossip

June 20th, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

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Another thing we’ve been playing with is small town gossip / how news spreads, with fun, elaborate games of telephone involving demonic microwaves; dogs hung from posts. Oh, it spreads!

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king of the castle

June 20th, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

 Happy Father’s Day to this guy!

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I honestly can’t say enough good things about my Dad. As I’ve gotten older, he’s morphed from a Dad-person who gives me talking-to’s in his study, to a buddy, advisor and confidante who I can call anytimes with questions, and good news. Also The older I get, the more I realize the sacrifices he has made to provide for his family,  Making big, beautiful Christmases happen, college tuition, love and support, and the occasional airplane and motorcycle. As if it weren’t enough that he works his hiney?  off as both a lawyer and a Senator, he is also truly supportive of his kids, and also cleans up real nice:

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Love you Dad!

Also, if you haven’t checked out Senator Blogstetter, you need to get there, immediately. Apparently this whole thing is a link, and a long one. Hmm. I don’t know why. 

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How to run Forever

June 19th, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

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…Just run by that.

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FUN

June 18th, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

For the first few days of rehearsal, we have been having Fun. I nearly forgot about Fun! I knew I wanted to write about the Maxwells, but I also knew I wanted to fictionalize it. I wouldn’t want to do anything that doesn’t honor their memory. So! We’ve been creating this fictional small town, and the people who live in it, sort of laying the ground for the tragedy. Constructing the American Ideal, to then deconstruct. (The murder actually took place in Fayetteville, which is definitely not a small town, but I am using my license that clearly reads ‘poetry.’)

Faux history pageants! Songs about Peanuts! Interviews! Rabbit killers! Also We’ve been looking at a lot of Norman Rockwell images:

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And bringing them to life:

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Lice jokes, cottage cheese references and family banter ensue.

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monologues!

June 18th, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

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Please enjoy that fairly irrellevant picture of a child auditioning for a….personal pan pizza commercial?

BOOKIT!!!!!!

Last night, Kerry and I went to the see the acting company – 26 incredible actors – do their 2 monologues a piece for the Assistant Directors to cast them in their side projects. (Williamstown has all of these intricate project layers that I am just starting to understand.) It was nearly 3 hours of monologue-ing, which you would think would get dull and dry. But: the actors were amazing, and I found it to be extremely useful in terms of my homemade monologue-ing, I made a lot of mental notes……I think when I’m writing mine, I sometimes get stuck in the idea of the thing I’m writing, and have trouble making it active, in terms of what is fueling the monologue, and who the person is speaking to.

AND: 3 of the actors did monologues from my plays! It was completely surreal. I’ve sat in on so many auditions, and of course done them myself in high school and college: and to hear my OWN PLAY announced as the monologue piece was completely insane and amazing*.

* I went to public school, and have a limited vocabulary, therefore will say  amazing 1100 times except the for occassional ‘fantastic.’

Amazing.

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the bekah

June 17th, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

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One of the five dining establishments in williamstown is a sandwich shop which names its sandwiches after actors, directors, etc, based on their preferences. I was asked, what would mine be? I supposed: pesto, bacon, fresh mozzerella?….On a doughnut?

I don’t know if I would even eat that, even.

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