‘Cake’ Writer’s Many Layers: Bekah Brunstetter Ices A Big Year With A Timely Play And Her Work On ‘This Is Us’

By Daryl H. Miller
Los Angeles Times

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Writer Bekah Brunstetter hopes her words which explore religion, love, gender and sex get people talking. She says she want to challenge entrenched ideas.

Los Angeles Times

When Bekah Brunstetter needs to think through an issue, she starts writing.

Sometimes she keeps at it until she’s come up with a play, such as her new comic drama “The Cake.”

But what’s most important is the impulse to head to a keyboard, which has proved invaluable to a career that just keeps outracing itself.

In addition to a stack of theater projects, she wrote for two of this season’s hottest television shows, NBC’s “This Is Us” and Starz’s “American Gods.”

“I need to relax more,” the 35-year-old newlywed admits. “I will just work all the time.

“The discipline is good, but there is totally a dark side of it.”

That doesn’t mean she’ll change anytime soon.

She’s back at work for a second season as a writer-producer for “This Is Us” while also rehearsing the “The Cake” with the Echo Theater Company. Even before the play’s first production last week in L.A., it was scheduled at four more theaters, including La Jolla Playhouse in February and Houston’s Alley Theatre next summer.

“The Cake” has caught attention so quickly in part because of its topicality, it’s the tale of a sweet-natured Christian baker surprised by a cake order for a lesbian wedding, and because Brunstetter has become known over the last decade for insightful, relatable, funny writing.

Her plays include “Going to a Place Where You Already Are,” well received in its premiere at South Coast Repertory last spring, and “Be a Good Little Widow,” which has had coast-to-coast stagings, including at San Diego’s Old Globe and North Hollywood’s NoHo Arts Center.

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