Going To A Place Where You Already Are

by  Bekah Brunstetter

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  3m, 2f

"Belief, mortality and the possibility of heaven. Playwright Bekah Brunstetter manages to treat these subjects seriously, drawing out their emotional resonance, while making them entertaining [...] A terrific new play." - Los Angeles Times

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Going To A Place Where You Already Are

by  Bekah Brunstetter

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    75 Minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Is there a heaven? Joe says no; it’s all a bunch of hokum. His wife, Roberta, has always claimed to agree. But lately she’s beginning to wonder, especially when they find themselves in church a lot, having reached the age when funerals are more frequent than weddings. Their granddaughter, Ellie, doesn’t have time in her own busy life to ponder the after-life. But when mortality confronts them, her grandmother’s claim to have gone to heaven and back doesn’t sound so crazy after all. With thoughtful storytelling and quiet wit, Brunstetter looks at beginnings, endings—and an enigmatic angel.
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Reviews

REVIEWS 

"Belief, mortality and the possibility of heaven. Playwright Bekah Brunstetter manages to treat these subjects seriously, drawing out their emotional resonance, while making them entertaining...A terrific new play." - Los Angeles Times, Read More 

"Brunstetter has a gift for words...humor and a sense of reassurance that rises gently out of authentic emotions and situations." - DC Theatre Scene, Read More 

"Sweetly dramatized without being preachy either for or against the adherence to faith, GOING TO A PLACE WHERE YOU ALREADY ARE creates a safe space for love and goodness to thrive." - Broadway World, Read More 


Videos

  • Scenes from Going to a Place Where You Already Are
  • South Coast Rep Dramaturg Kimberly Colburn discusses Going to a Place Where You Already Are
  • Directoor Marc Masterson discusses Going to a Place Where You Already Are
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Setting: Heaven / Earth
  • Additional Features: No intermission

Casting

3m, 2f
ROBERTA - 66
JOE - 70, her husband
ELLIE - 30s, Joe’s granddaughter
JONAS - 30s, a stand up in a wheelchair and the irony is not lost on him
AN ANGEL - an ageless quality 
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Authors

Bekah Brunstetter

Bekah hails from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and currently lives in Los Angeles. Plays include The Cake (Ojai Playwrights Conference), Going to a Place where you already are (South Coast Repertory), The Oregon Trail (Portland Center Stage Fall 2016, O’Neill Playwrights Conference; Flying V) Cutie and Bear ( Round ...

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Going to a Place Where You Already Are premiered at South Coast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa, CA in March 2016 under the direction of Marc Masterson.

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