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

The Process!

July 24th, 2013 by Bekah Brunstetter

Last night, the other playwrights and I, or the P Dubs as I’ve dubbed us, gathered to discuss our writing processes, because we’re nerdy and awesome and are always on the lookout for a good reason to sit around  an old table and drink boxed wine. And well, it was fascinating and informative and great.  I don’t think I spend nearly enough time thinking about my process, or that of others. I just kind of do my thing, because I’ve been doing it so long. (That’s reason #1137 that the O’Neill is so great. You get the chance to pause the work and discuss it. What of fancy stage directions? What of form on a page? Is a play meant to be read and seen? How can a director prove to you she’s on your side? DISCUSSIONS!)

The other P dubs had incredibly specific and smart processes that they’d perfected over time, like drawing pictures of the play’s structure before they start, writing chunks of texts without character names on Stickies, doing extensive character and language studies before putting down a word. I’m inspired by fellow PW’s to shake things up a bit and try and new process for my next play, which will be about a Christmas Tree farm or John Edward’s daughter or Both? I’m challenged to slow down and to think deeply about what I’m doing, to start a play without knowing the ending, to write at 6 am, to just attempt change, in general.

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Dear MTV,

July 24th, 2013 by Bekah Brunstetter

Thank you for paying my rent for a few years, and also for moments like this.

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Clever Girl.

July 23rd, 2013 by Bekah Brunstetter

There I was, innocently scouring the internet for a Clever Girl picture a la Jurassic Park because lately I keep hearing people say it to each other, and I just remembered Mack live-pitched a Jurassic Park children’s puppet musical to the Old Globe when they were giving us a tour, so it’s just, well it’s just been on my mind, but then I found THIS:

and now I have to stare at her for a least five minutes. Ugh. So cute. HER NAME IS PENELOPE (I’ve decided.)

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You know, like we do.

July 23rd, 2013 by Bekah Brunstetter

Day off lobster feast!

And if you’ve never dipped watermelon in whiskey just…go do that right now.

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Or: the most action I’ve seen in weeks

July 22nd, 2013 by Bekah Brunstetter

OLD MAN LEAVING COFFEE PLACE BEHIND ME:  If I was eighty years younger, I woulda chased you out the door! Good lookin woman!

ME: hahahaha I run pretty fast, so….

OLD MAN: Well maybe you could slow down fer me!

ME: hahahaha, maybe, hahahaha

OLD MAN: I – I think I forgot my donut –

ME: What kind was it?

OLD MAN: Blueberry, was it blueberry?

ME: Great donut.


ME: Well!  Nice to meet you.

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We like to party

July 22nd, 2013 by Bekah Brunstetter


I may be young but I’m readyyyy
To joust with you on an inflatable surface

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I’m sorry, but it’s Real.

July 21st, 2013 by Bekah Brunstetter

I’m really loving Miranda Lambert these days. I love her simple,  girlish and southernish sometimes poetry that she perhaps did or did not write herself.

Some favorites:

I ain’t the kind you take home to mama, I ain’t the kind to wear no ring. Somehow I always get stronger when I’m on my second drink. Even though I hate to admit it, Sometimes I smoke cigarettes. Christian folks say I should quit it, I just smile and say God Bless. I heard Jesus, he drank wine, I bet we’d get along just fine, He could calm a storm, and heal the blind, and I bet he’d understand a heart like mine.


Well, I’ve been saved by the grace of southern charm. I got a mouth like a sailor and yours is more like a Hallmark card. If you wanna pick a fight, well, I’m gonna have to say good night, I don’t have to be hateful, I can just say, “Bless your heart.”  So let’s shake hands and reach across those party lines, You got your friend just like I got mine. We might think a little differently. But we got a lot in common you will see. We’re just like youuuu,  only prettier.


My neighbor’s car got stole last night, right out of his driveway. We heard the dogs a barkin, we never paid em any mind. Mary says she’s gonna lock the door from now on when we go away. I been walkin around this farm, wondering if it’s Time….Time to get a Gun (that’s what I been thinkin.) I could afford one, if I did just little less drinkin, time to put somethin between me and the sun. When the talkin is over, it’s time to get a Gun.

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Dream Design!

July 21st, 2013 by Bekah Brunstetter

One of the 900 things that’s great about the O’Neill is this dream design thing that they do, in which you get to chat with the resident designers about what the world of the play  might look like with a limitless budget. Nowadays you have a way better chance of having your play read than staged. In fact, you will most likely have your play read 10s of times, but never staged, so the staged reading becomes its own thing, a production in itself, and you weirdly make peace with the fact that the play may never fully happen. What stage directions to read when becomes its own art. But the O’Neill asks you to dream anyways, and then they do awesome sketch things and share them the night of your reading. See above some beautiful thoughts by the resident set designer Carolyn Mraz in which a play is a computer game is a play.

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Mystic pizza?

July 20th, 2013 by Bekah Brunstetter


Apparently there is some movie with Julia Roberts where she works at this pizza place in mystic, CT and so went there andWHOCARESGIVEMEALLYOURPIZZA.

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More of the sameeeee!

July 20th, 2013 by Bekah Brunstetter


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