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


    90 minutes
  • 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 another 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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"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." — The 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” — Stage Scene LA


  • The Cake Echo Theatre trailer
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Performing Groups

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


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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • 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


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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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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