The Cake

by  Bekah Brunstetter

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  1m, 3f

“Brilliant [...] Powerful and meaningful [...] great writing [...] great direction [...] abundant wit and humor.” - LA Post-Examiner 

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Della makes cakes, not judgment calls – those she leaves to her husband, Tim. But when the girl she helped raise comes back home to North Carolina to get married, and the fiancé is actually a fiancée, Della’s life gets turned upside down. She can’t really make a cake for such a wedding, can she? For the first time in her life, Della has to think for herself.
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Reviews

REVIEWS 

"The play's tight narrative construction is apparent from the opening scene, which immediately seduces us with Della's bubbly charm [...] What's refreshing and heartening about The Cake is its characters' willingness to face their differences and limitations head-on [...] This is us as we could be, if we'd all just try a little harder." - Los Angeles Times

“Recommended [...] Stage Raw Top 10 [...] a singularly savory dramedy that crystallizes a contentious issue and, with empathy for both sides, portrays it in an edifying and insightful way [...] I left the theater feeling moved and enlightened.” - Stage Raw 

“Brilliant [...] Powerful and meaningful [...] great writing [...] great direction [...] abundant wit and humor” - LA Post-Examiner 

“Wow! [...] puts a deeply personal, delightfully down-home face on the Gay-Wedding-Cake Wars [...] I cried, I learned, I loved.” - StageSceneLA


Videos

  • The Cake Echo Theatre trailer
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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Now, North Carolina.
    A Bakery; A Home
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

1m, 3f
DELLA - 40s, pleasant, round, with a mass of big, curly hair. 
TIM - 40s, her husband, a good ol’ boy. 
JEN - early 30s, with a wedding binder, who has dreamt of her wedding day her whole life.
MACY - early 30s, her reluctant fiancé, African American.
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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)

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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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The Cake premiered at the Echo Theatre Company in Los Angeles, CA in June 2017 under the direction of Jennifer Chambers.

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