bekah brunstetter
Bekah Brunstetter I care deeply. About a lot of things. Like really, really deep. Ow
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Best 81!

December 31st, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

New Year’s Day is for promises, but first: New Year’s Eve is for reflecting Back.  Once again, people are posting their Best 9, 9 pictures that sum up a year of life lived. BUT WHO AM I TO CHOOSE OR FOLLOW SOCIALLY CONSTRUCTED RULES? And so, here’s 81 pictures from a year filled with friends and work and house and CAKE SO MUCH CAKE / I NOW UNDERSTAND WHY I CURRENTLY HATE MY BODY

Went to the Golden Globes / had a Kilroy’s retreat at Pacific Palms, heavily featuring Karaoke / marched in the NYC women’s march / met my niece nugget Ruby / drove four hours JUST to eat food, at Vivian Howard’s Chef and the Farmer with Julien / attended niece Olivia’s baby shower / ROASTED SOME CARROTS / workshopped The Cake at the Alley in Houston / MADE A GIANT VALENTINE’S DAY COOKIE

Wrapped season 1 of This is Us / Writer’s Guild Awards / went BACK to Pacific Palms, creepiest hotel conference center ever, to write a movie with Mamrie / NIECE OLIVIA WAS BORN / Morrison and I’s short film Again got into Tribeca / we dressed up like Empire Records people for Mack’s 90s themed 30th bday / JULIEN AND I WENT TO PERU

I decided it was okay to wear scrunchies for a minute / My Mom and I made a festive Easter cross cake / I met Olivia for the first time / we went to NYC for Tribeca and saw Again on the Big Screen / attended  fro-worker Elizabeth’s  lovely wedding in Carmel / went to my 10 year grad school reunion / Palm Springs with these womyn

Morrison took me to Santa Barbara for my birthday / I turned 35 and to celebrate, my Mom sent me a cat made of flowers / I finally got to see my episode of American Gods / my parents came to LA and got to see the This is Us sets / MY MOM, ONCE AGAIN, FLEW A DEWEY’S PINK LEMONADE CAKE FROM NC, this time for the cast during tech / The Cake opened at the Echo theater, sponsored by CHEERWINE / cake

baby’s first LA times feature / MORE CAKE, this time from friend Alina / baby’s first NYT feature / Debra Jo and I went on NPR’s the Frame / OH GOD, MORE CAKE / WE CLOSED ON A HOUSE

I MET NORMAN LEAR at my play / This is Us Season 2 premiered / Met Lily Tomlin at play! / MET ALANIS MORISSETTE AT PLAY / The Cake closed / renovated house / learned about things called ’tile’ / cousin Elli fled a Florida hurricane, came to hang with me

EMMYS / Morrison met the great Louie Anderson / THAT GUY STERLING WON AN EMMY / This is Us Season 2 premiere party / got to see The Cake at Playmaker’s with my sisters, where we all first met! / Had a reading of A.D. 16 at Joe’s Pub / SISTER KATHERINE GOT MARRIED!

One year wed = paper = HAMILTON TICKETS! / ate year old cake / finally moved in our house after 3 months renovating; discovered its sunsets / worked on my second solo ep of TIU / sat on a stool and looked off for Written By magazine / BOUGHT A GROWN UP CHANDELIER / Went to my parent’s new spot on Smith Mountain Lake, VA for Thanksgiving

Made house shaped cookies for our housewarming party /  celebrated the holidays with the best writing staff there ever was/  had our first tiny house guest / had a reading of Karen O musical at New York Theater Workshop /  met my soon to be sister-in-law Sarah / had a WHITE CHRISTMAS UP IN OLYMPIA.

SICK OF ME YET? ME TOO. Wishing you a contemplative, reflective New Year’s Day. FIND THE GOOD THINGS, AND LOOK AT THEM.

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BALANCE AND CALM

December 30th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

Today, on  Gifts, Morrison’s sister Anne kindly and knowingly passed on this magazine to me, which I carefully read on the plane ride home, but NOW I’M WORRIED I DIDN’T INTERNALIZE IT / WONDERING IF I SHOULD READ IT AGAIN AND TAKE NOTES / AM I CALM YET?! IS THIS CALM?! AHHHHHHHHHHHH *RUNS INTO WALL*

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to be known

December 29th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

Really actually the best part of Christmas, or really any gift-giving holiday, is discovering how Known you are by those around you, perhaps even more than you know yourself. Take this stamp set that Morrison put in my stocking:

I never would have thought to get it myself, but turns out, I actually need it desperately. COMING SOON FROM MY KITCHEN, THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU NEED!

(BUT MAYBE YOU DO KNOW)

(BECAUSE IT’LL BE FOOD)

(HOPEFULLY AT THIS POINT IN LIFE YOU KNOW YOU NEED FOOD)

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preferred classic literature

December 28th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

Leo Tolstoy WHO? After years of trying to read dense books before bed, I hereby, going forward, only ever want to read seasonal romance novels about beautiful round british baker women who’s bakeries hit crisises at Christmas time, as do their relationships with their beekeeper boyfriends. I don’t care if my brain turns to sprinkles and croissant dough, reading should be an escape, and so THIS IS ALL THAT I WANT.

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Hike-in-Laws

December 27th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

The Foster-Keddies kiddies were all fortunate enough  to grow up on epic hiking trips led by their father (which, I’m fairly certain, is the main source of their fine character) so naturally I asked IF NOT DEMANDED to be taken on a family one, up (a hill adjacent to) Mt. Rainer.

LOOK AT ME GO! I HAVE A POLE AND EVERYTHING! MY WATER BOTTLES ARE EVEN STRAPPED TO MY PACK! I EVEN HAVE A ‘PACK!’  AM I HIKE PERSON NOW?

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re: what kind of plays to make now

December 26th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

Do you wonder what plays are even for? Do give this article by LA Times theater Critic Charles Mcnulty a good solid read. He expresses what I’ve been feeling and saying my responsibility as a playwright might be, ever since November 2016, if not before. Some favorite bits:

More than telling us what to think, theater artists retrain us how to think by jarring us out of our calcified patterns of understanding. Habit, Beckett said, is a great deadener, and the mind is the first to go. The 2016 election was worrying for a number of reasons, none more so than for the way it threw into relief the widespread deterioration of critical reasoning. Drama, the art in which perspectives are brought into collision, is a powerful antidote to the sophistry and sensationalism nullifying our capacity for intelligent debate.

And:

Identifying with characters who are both like us and not like us, whose individual qualities turn out to be a subset of the universal, is a necessary corrective to the solipsistic ruts that human beings regularly fall into. Empathy is a muscle that must be regularly exercised, and there’s no better gymnasium than the theater to keep it from atrophying.

And:

And more power to those who want to appeal to Trump loyalists in an attempt to, if not convert them, at least respectfully grapple with their convictions.

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CHRISTMAS LIST, UNLOCKED

December 25th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

OH HI, are you taking a moment away from your family, be they great, to retreat into the calm of internet, which is to say, take a contemporary deep breath? WELCOME! Don’t forget to also breathe actual breaths. I just wanted to share that All I Wanted for Christmas is a Mother-In-Law who respects and appreciates Christmas ornaments as much as myself and my own mother:

and also  Snow in my Gob.

I AM LEGIT SATIATED FOR LIKE 3-4 MORE CHRISTMASES. Merry Christmas, everyone. I hope you got not just Christmas List Things, but Things that surprised you, that made you feel known and loved. OKAY, BACK TO CARBS.

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if not

December 24th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

Remember how yesterday I was all philosophically like wahhhhh, I maybe want to be someplace far way and regarding something grand! OPEN YOUR EYES, BRUNSTETTER. The view from the Foster-Keddie estate up in Olypmia, Washington, is stunning,  if not tranquil and quieting, if not completely humbling:

Is this how you use ‘if not?’ Asking for a friend. Myself. My friend is myself. We hang out often, if not always.

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near / far

December 23rd, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

Today, on I am a  Gemini whose brain lives inside of the internet: both Facebook and my Blog remind me that one year ago, we were in Thailand, hiking to caves and bathing elephants, waking up each morning and going to bed each night with this:

While a part of me longs to be really far away, gazing at something miraculous that I’ve never seen before and is jealous of all the people currently on similar Christmas adventures, there is an equal part of me who is glad to be close to home and happy to stare instead at Christmas ornaments and the Puget Sound and family and new play word documents and walls,  who tells herself that there is adventure in comfort. It’s a new game called REST, which I need right now, so much. OKAY BYE, OFF TO WIN!

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Knives are a girls best friennndddddd

December 22nd, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

A kiss on the hand
May be quite continental
Bu KNIVES are a girl’s best friennnnndddddd

(Morrison got me these beautiful german knives for Christmas)

(I CAN’T WAIT TO CHOP THINGS WITH THEM)

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