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

incredible

July 25th, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

Poor young Lucas Kavner, Williamstown actor, THOUGHT he was going for an innocent frolic on Tim Daly’s Vermont farm, until he sadly fell and broke his foot. This was of course caught on tape. THAT’S WHAT YOU GET FOR FROLICKING, KAVNER. That’s what you get.

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Cabaret!

July 24th, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

As a festival, Williamstown does many things right, including but not limited to: my complimentary industrial strength fan, opening night parties with COOKIES AND MORE COOKIES, hand-picked good people, the breathtakingly good production of Amy Herzog’s After the Revolution, and the Cabaret. Since they’ve got so many talented people here at any given point in time (now: they’re developing a Jeff Buckley musical so incredible songsters in town for that) – each weekend, in this big pretty old church, they host a cabaret, where select performers sing – well – whatever they want. And so well. Its a past my bedtime affair but was well worth it – what, with the $4 wine, cheetoes, Clowns and Carrie Underwood covers. My headache is mad at me for going, yet I am so glad I did.

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this guy

July 23rd, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

Last night, I realized I was having dinner with This guy! Dylan Baker. And then: all I could think of was the movie Happiness. I tried to put this out of my mind, and instead listened to how he and his wife, actor Becky Ann Baker, met as apprentices at Williamstown 25 years ago, and are STILL in love and working together, currently here for a production of Our Town. I like this, very much.

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we’re bacckkkkk

July 23rd, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

Naturally, the play about a tragic and random murder / suicide starts with a town history paegant and peanut festival. Naturally.

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Go to this okay? Okay.

July 23rd, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

In which I write outside theater for children, and Isaac Byrne directs.

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hmmmmm

July 22nd, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

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BRAVERY

July 22nd, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

With House of Home, which painfully and nicely revealed itself to me yesterday in a first reading – I am BOLDLY* going where no bekah has gone before! A PAGE ONE rewrite**. Like starting from the very beginning, and changing, keeping whatever nuggets I can salvage, and forging ahead. But I’m not frightened. Because: this is the sort of process that being here encourages, the time and the sanity to try things that don’t work, and then to fix.

* I am not scaling mountains or sticking my head into the lives of lions or defending my country but I am still VERY BRAVE (?)

** Are you getting tired of me whining or commenting about writing? I am, a little bit. And so, this:

AND LASTLY THIS:

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other people’s plays

July 21st, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

I forget sometimes how really refreshing it can be – when spending so much time thinking about your OWN plays – to read someone else’s. I just finished Laura Jacqmin’s amazing Look We are Breathing –¬† and it was so beautiful and inspiring, I literally feel like I’ve been rejeuvenated, or bathed. Now think of a bunch of playwrights bathing each other. There’s a reality show in there somewhere. Sponsored by vitamin water.

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CONFLICT

July 21st, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

My new life chapter, post-job, has been about confronting my writerly weaknesses. Before, when I couldn’t figure a play out, I had a good excuse: ahhhhhh not enough time, must write super fast, must wake up, most go to work, must fix this scene in three seconds, sure it’s not truly ‘fixed’ but not enough time! Etc. But now that it’s just me myself and play – said excuse no longer floats. And this biggest epiphany I’ve had, in terms of where I fall short as a playwright: Conflict. When it comes to blow-outs – the climax in which people say what they mean and throw down with beautiful, poignant, intelligent words – intelligently articulating their needs and woes – No Can Do. And this is really frustrating. EQUALLY frustrating is how it’s directly linked to ME. As a human being. I hate conflict. I don’t know if I’ve ever yelled at anyone in my LIFE. Had a huge fight. I am observant, scared, passive aggressive at worst. Option one: write observant, passive aggressive people (hello, we do exist.) Option two: CONFRONT my writerly – and subsequently personal – Weakness. AND SO: WHO WANTS TO FIGHT?!!!! No. People don’t change, they just change their hair. I might just have to take some comfort in the fact that the way I write is somehow an extension of who I am – and therefore, truthful at least?

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Six Degrees of Separation

July 21st, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

BAD Theater nerd! BAD! I somehow made it through high school, college and grad school without ever reading or seeing this incredible play by John Guare. But thankfully! It’s running at Williamstown right now, Dad! Staring¬† Tim Daly from wings!

And I had the pleasure of seeing it last night. I was actually really grateful to just be able to watch it, having no pre-conceived notions of the show. I thought it was truly amazing. Penned in the early 90s, in a slightly different commercial theater climate, this play has SEVENTEEN CHARACTERS. I love it. And the most beautiful, profound monologues come from the characters we only know for 5 minutes – they are crucial. It’s about – as the title suggests – how we are all connected – rich, poor – also about upper class guilt, and a million other things I can’t really articulate, because I am not John Guare, but things I truly felt. SO. Three cheers for theater, for people putting on funny costumes, memorizing lines, and then saying them in the dark.

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