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

skirtchalance

June 30th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

Some of the actors came into the writer’s room today to hear their storylines for the season, which has absolutely NOTHING to do with the fact that I chose to wear this fun skirt that makes me feel like I might be allowed to sit at the same table with famous people.

I would never try to be perceived as more elegant or put together than I actually am.  I am FAR too busy and engaged in my own work to actually wonder things like ‘if I wear this skirt will the famous people notice?’ or ‘why, no matter how much of my money I give to Nordstrom, do I still look like a very tall baby?’ or ‘why is there cabbage in my hair?’ FAR TOO BUSY TO EVEN CARE.

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Calendar Girl

June 29th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

Growing up as an overweight, brown corduroy obsessed child, I always secretly knew that someday I’d blossom, get super hot and end up in a Calendar (section of newspaper) (because of theater) (not because of hot) (but also check out this smoldering stare)

WHAT’S UP JUNE! Full article HERE!

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Re: if I want to get coffee

June 28th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

NOTE: THE FOLLOWING MUSINGS DO NOT MEAN THAT I DO NOT WANT TO HELP YOUNG WRITERS, I REALLY DO, I JUST HAVE A THOUGHT ABOUT ALL OF THE COFFEES, END NOTE.

Dear Young / emerging / aspiring writer:

1.) I love you. You’re great.  You are going to do great things.

2.) Whenever I get an email from you asking if I can meet for coffee so that you might ask my advice about things, I feel a duty to help you, as when I was a young / aspiring / emerging writer, so many people had coffee with me —

3.)  WAIT. HOLD UP. NO. That’s not a thing. Upon genuine reflection, unless I am completely forgetting large chunks of my past, which is possible, I did not ask anyone to have coffee with me when I was just starting out. I was honestly too busy writing and failing and doing to hunt down email addresses to sit in the hot Sun and drink coffee I didn’t actually want.

4.) And so: I’m not saying these meet ups are fruitless, but every minute you spend in one of them, you COULD be writing. If you’re feeling frustrated because no one sees you or hears you, write about that. If you’re feeling bitter and jealous because everyone around you is getting a leg up and you’re not, write about that. If you’re feeling left out, stepped out, looked over, taken advantage of, invisible, unimportant, GUESS WHAT, ALSO WRITE ABOUT THAT. Every minute you spend looking at me while I anxiously rattle off my resume, YOU COULD BE WRITING, IF NOT LIVING.

5.) Here is my advice,  and you don’t even have to watch me eat a salad to get it: Work a job. Write at night. Take the money from your job. Make what you wrote. LIVE YOUR LIFE! DRINK COFFEE ONLY WHEN YOU WANT IT! DON’T LISTEN TO ME! WRITE YOUR LIFE. FORGET ANYONE AND ANYTHING ELSE EXISTS. FORGET IT’S A CAREER AT ALL. WRITE TO LIVE. That’s the only way the career stuff starts to happen organically — which, trust me, when it comes to anything worthwhile, is the only way it should.

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forever keepsake

June 27th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

I wrote a Noah’s Ark Cake into my Cake Play because why would you not, and some genius props person  made this out of clay:

I can’t wait to take it home with me after the run and keep it in my house forever and be a creepy old great grandma in 2067 who, when you come to visit with your new girlfriend, makes you go into her living room and admire the Noah’s Ark Cake that someone made for her fifty years ago and  you’re like who’s Noah and  what’s a play and she throws a book at your head and you’re like what’s book?

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GET OUTTA MY HEAD, CAR!

June 26th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

OH NOTHING, JUST MY CAR  RANDOMLY SELECTING TO PLAY MY ALL TIME FAVORITE SONG ON MY DRIVE TO WORK THIS MORNING, GIVING ME THE ULTIMATE SHOT OF OPTIMISM AND POSITIVITY WHICH I SO BADLY NEEDED,  CONFIRMING THAT LIFE IS GREAT AND ALSO OUR CARS KNOW US BETTER THAN WE KNOW OURSELVES AND ALSO I GUESS LISTEN TO US AND SENSE OUR FEELINGS SO I GUESS WE SHOULD BE SCARED BECAUSE THE FUTURE

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the Epitome of selflessness 

June 25th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

My dear mother, who lives her life solely for others, once again flew my favorite cake in the world — pink lemonade from Deweys In Winston-Salem — across the whole dern country so that the cast of the Cake might taste the inspiration for the play during tech weekend. 



She braved security, turbulence, protected it like an actual baby, delivered it to us yesterday as we worked. As if it weren’t already sky high, the bar to which I will try to live my life, in terms of service to those I love, OFFICIALLY RAISED.

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WEEEEEEEEE!

June 24th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

As a TV writer, I manipulate the universe, and the plot that happens inside of said universe, so that a character finds themselves trapped in a day in which the dance competition and also prom and also Mom’s surgery are all on the SAME. NIGHT. It’s usually a bit forced but we all just suspend our disbelief and pretend that that’s how life happens. WELL THIS WEEKEND, IN MY ACTUAL LIFE, my parents are here, my play is in tech, I’m writing an episode, and we put an offer on a House. WATCH ME DO IT ALL! IT’S GOING TO BE HILARIOUS / DROPS PLATE / CRIES

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THIS IS (MY) PARENTS

June 23rd, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

NBD, just some very cool locals cruising around the Paramount lot like a couple of Hollyweird veterans who remember when Lucille Ball opened the daycare for her kids. THEY’VE SEEN IT ALL, FOLKS! They know all the ins and outs! Mostly where we keep the sparkling water, and that the trees outside the Pearson houses are not actually real trees!

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S.O.S.

June 22nd, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

HAVE SCRIPT TO WRITE BUT JUST ACCIDENTALLY GOOGLED CLOGS FOR BABIES

PLZ SEND SOMEONE TO TURN OFF THE INTERNET AND ALSO THE PART OF MY BRAIN THAT WANTS TO LOOK AT BABY CLOGS

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(re)watching

June 21st, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

Off of the suggestion of a co-worker, I’ve been rewatching the Wonder Years, and by rewatching, I think I mean watching for the first time, as I really don’t think I ever watched it the first time around. We weren’t a big TV  family, so I feel like there’s a bunch of stuff from the 80s / 90s that I missed. Its characters are familiar like people I went to middle school with but I’m pretty sure I never actually hung out with them. But they are my NEW FAVORITE PEOPLE. They’re all trying so hard just to live and relate to each other, they’re all a little right and a little wrong, there’s always a little sadness, a little longing, and always a hope at the end, and meanwhile, it is all so very subtle, and even a little bit weird. Has there ever been better TV other than of course M*A*S*H and also Little House on the Prairie the Nellie Years and also Lois and Clark staring Dean Cain and Terri Hatcher and also seasons 1-3 of Touched by an Angel and the other things the Brunstetters randomly DID watch together as a family?  I THINK NOT. BUT I REALLY WOULDN’T KNOW AS THAT’S BASICALLY ALL OF THE TV I’VE EVER SEEN.

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