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

Halloween, for couples

October 31st, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

When in a Relationship, it is important to listen to your partner’s needs re: halloween. It’s important to suss out what’s important to them, and together build a pair of costumes that compliment each other. (Tip:  This should probably be done an hour before you’re supposed to be somewhere.)

Or: you can simply say, I am going to be a creepy cat lady because I really want to wear this cat dress I got at goodwill that I have no other excuse to wear so you can pretty much do what you want, you could also be a cat person. Or Macgruber.

The attentive partner then responds by taking your John and Kate plus eight wig from last year, wearing it backwards, grabbing a roommate’s fur vest and a pair of women’s sweat pants and becoming EL GATO!!!!

The couple can then, together, develop a really elaborate narrative that link their costumes, that takes a really long time to explain as it requires backstory, such as El Gato is the harlequin romance fantasy man-cat that comes to life in the Cat Lady’s dreams. Genius.

Couples may also choose to be variants upon a theme, like Hippie mummy and Rock Mummy:

…or a two part clever contemporary reference, like a rescued Chilean miner and the Gold he went looking for.

I told Anne she could be the mistress that one of the rescued miners came up to find. She said she didn’t want to be a mistress for halloween. Why? Because she has integrity.

…..As do we all.

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terror, of sorts

October 30th, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

I don’t claim to be an expert in anything but my own fear, but the thing I find more terrifying than this actual cartridge discovered yesterday in a package en route from Yemen to the US (which I think now is confirmed to contain a device that could have been detonated remotely by cell phone) is that it’s just as possible that Al Qaeda planned on doing NOTHING with this device – other than inducing terror / fear, and testing our response times and means for later attacks.

At least I’m unafraid of run on sentences.

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The hills: still alive

October 29th, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

So maybe when in Europe I went all the way to Salzburg JUST so I could take the sound of music tour of the city and maybe I still really want to write a play about that. Maybe there are ceramic collector’s plates of stills from the movie in my bathroom at home. Maybe I love this movie, just a little bit, and am so not ashamed.

The cast of the Sound of Music was on Oprah yesterday and I pretty much loved every second and even cried a little bit.

I can’t say that I’ve ever even watched an hour of Oprah before, but this was grand. It included interviews with people whose lives have been touched by the movie (a deaf girl for who the movie was the first thing she ever heard after surgery), an old man who watched the movie 127 times while in Nam because it reminded him of his wife, etc. Basically, the movie means so much to so many people. For me I just really really really used to like to watch it with my Mom. Julie Andrews and Christopher Plumber didn’t write it, sure, but they sort of became it. It was such a magical movie even in the making to the point were all of the Von Trapp kids, pictured above, most clearly with Work Done, still hang out. How nice is that? Gah. Sometimes things are just so. Nice.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, Maria and Captain Von Trapp’s great grandchildren are STILL singing as the Von Trapp family singers, and they sang Edelweiss for me, and it was beautiful.

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October 28th, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

Too true; too true.

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October 28th, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

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October 28th, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

SO MUCH. So. Much. I’ve seen it maybe 30 times and if I even THINK about it I smile and get all Christmasy. So the question is – will I love / must I then also see this? Elf the musical. It’s tagline is discover your inner elf. So I will pretty much see you there, at every show.

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October 27th, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

I’m researching the Peace Corps, Argentina and how Tom’s shoes came to be for my high school reunion play. Sometimes when doing research, I feel a bit sad like I’ve missed out. Like I’ve spent so much time and energy studying writing, and writing, and absorbing everything I hear and overhear, that I haven’t done as much actual living as I should. A good writer is equal parts writing and living, I think, so have I maybe not done enough of the latter?

Okay fine. I will join the peace corps, right now.

Or maybe just buy some cordorouy Toms that I can’t afford.


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Bedstuy: reflections

October 26th, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

For some ALHL research (gearing up for draft #17 in which I change everything all over again) I drove around Bedstuy and East New York.



– Brooklyn is big. I’m small.

– The giant trucks will start to honk at you BEFORE the light even turns, just because you’re being alive, ie stupid.

– Park for a minute and school kids will start to lounge on your car then make fun of you while you parallel park.

– The fancy bakery I ventured to (RESEARCH / CHOCOLATE CROISSANTS) was boarded up and gone.

– The stoop where a 15 year old was shot a few months ago looks exactly like any other stoop.

–  I must try Trinidad / Trinidadian? Curry.

– Brand spanking new luxury apartments sit unoccupied, it seems, between rundown buildings.

– Again: world: Big , me: small.

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October 26th, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

I just successfully moved Final Draft from old to New computer via external hard drive, installed, sleuth-ily found Customer number on old computer, and activated. Now I can use final draft on my new computer to write really brilliant TV shows and movies whose successes will surely afford a private jet for my Dad, justifying the new computer.

…..but I’m pretty much done for the day.

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Mamrie is a genius (again)

October 25th, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

You should just do this. 4 bars, 4 bloody mary’s, dance parties inbetween. Tshirts, prizes, bacon. November 7th. Info here.

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