Bekah Brunstetter hails from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and currently lives in Los Angeles. She is a Producer on NBC’s critically-acclaimed hit series, “This is Us.” She has previously written for MTV’s “Underemployed,” ABC Family’s “Switched at Birth,” and Starz’s “American Gods.” Bekah’s plays include: “The Cake” (Echo Theater Los Angeles, upcoming MTC, Alley Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse), “Going to a Place where you Already Are” (South Coast Repertory), “The Oregon Trail” (Portland Center Stage, Flying V), “Cutie and Bear,”, “A Long and Happy Life,” “Be A Good Little Widow” (Ars Nova), “You May Go Now” (Babel Theatre Project, NYC) and “Oohrah!” (The Atlantic Theater, Steppenwolf Garage, the Finborough Theater / London). Bekah is currently working on two new musicals, one with Cinco Paul and another with Karen O from the band Yeah Yeah Yeahs. In feature films, she wrote the screenplay adaptation of the book THE SECRET. Bekah is an alumna of the CTG Writers Group, Primary Stages Writers Group, Ars Nova Play Group, The Playwright’s Realm, and the Women’s Project Lab. She is currently a member of the Echo Theater’s Playwright’s Lab. BA UNC Chapel Hill; MFA in Dramatic Writing from the New School for Drama.
2 Males, 2 Females
Margaret Edson's powerfully imagined Pulitzer Prize–winning play examines what makes life worth living through her exploration of one of existence's unifying experiences—mortality—while she also probes the vital importance of human relationships. What we as her audience take away from this remarkable drama is a keener sense that, while death is real and unavoidable, our lives are ours to cherish or throw away—a lesson that can be both uplifting and redemptive. As the playwright herself puts it, "The play is not about doctors or even about cancer. It's about kindness, but it shows arrogance. It's about compassion, but it shows insensitivity."
In Wit, Edson delves into timeless questions with no final answers: How should we live our lives knowing that we will die? Is the way we live our lives and interact with others more important than what we achieve materially, professionally, or intellectually? How does language figure into our lives? Can science and art help us conquer death, or our fear of it? What will seem most important to each of us about life as that life comes to an end?
The immediacy of the presentation, and the clarity and elegance of Edson's writing, make this sophisticated, multilayered play accessible to almost any interested reader.
As the play begins, Vivian Bearing, a renowned professor of English who has
spent years studying and teaching the intricate, difficult Holy Sonnets of the
seventeenth-century poet John Donne, is diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer. Confident of her ability to stay in control of events, she brings to her illness the same intensely rational and painstakingly methodical approach that has guided her stellar academic career. But as her disease and its excruciatingly painful treatment inexorably progress, she begins to question the single-minded values and standards that have always directed her, finally coming to understand the aspects of life that make it truly worth living.