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The Cake

Oct 25 - Dec 1, 2019

By Bekah Brunstetter
Directed By Tracy Ward

Regional Premiere

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Things are on the rise for Della. She’s been accepted as a contestant on the Great American Baking Show, her faith is as solid as ever, and her goddaughter, Jen, is back in town and wants Della to bake her wedding cake. But cracks start to appear in Della’s idyllic life when she learns Jen is marrying a woman - something that goes against everything Della believes. From Bekah Brunstetter, a writer on the Emmy-nominated series, This Is Us, comes a delectable story about love, political divisions, and the value of a good piece of cake.


By Bekah Brunstetter | Directed by Tracy Ward


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“...terrific lines, and Jackson delivers them with ace comedic timing” - Bay Area Reporter


"a toothsome, bittersweet confection” - Bay Area Reporter


"The Cake a thought-provoking mixture at New Conservatory" - For All Events


A "tightly written, fast-paced, ninety-minute play" - Theatre Eddys


"...a main course that is thoughtful and touching, heartbreaking and heart-warming, alluring and awakening. Come ready not only to be entertained but also to be challenged and to leave maybe a bit changed when it comes to viewing people who have beliefs and practices different from ourselves." 
- Theatre Eddys

"Like a lovingly prepared buttercream confection, The Cake sparkles with a well-crafted script that allows the actors, directed by Tracy Ward, to enhance each other in scenes with surprising humor and revelations that give the audience a tasty treat.” - Theatre and Such


"As soon as we meet Della in Bekah Brunstetter’s play, The Cake, it is almost impossible not to fall immediately in love with her” - Theatre Eddys


“J.J. Van Name is perfect as Della giving her character misplaced strength in the Bible and at the same time showing compassion. Her highs and lows ring true even though her faith in the Bible is resolute. Jensen Power creates the conflicted Jen with great stature and makes you feel her pain at the same time shows the strong dependent love for Macy. Asia Jackson’s Macy is a study in strength/love and control that becomes modified before the end of the show.” - For All Events



About the playwright


Bekah Brunstetter is a prolific writer of stage and screen. She is an alumni 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 group. Bekah has previously written for Starz’s American Gods, ABC Family’s Switched at Birth, NBC’s This Is Us, and the film adaptation of The Secret.




Wedding Wednesdays


Join us before the show every Wednesday night at 7:00 pm for our own wedding reception. Enjoy live music and receive a free gourmet mini-cupcake from Mission Minis with the purchase of one of our signature cocktails. Free with ticket purchase. Bar opens at 7pm. 


Oct. 30: Jan Gilbert

Nov. 6:  Kitten on the Keys

Nov. 13: Kitten on the Keys

Nov. 20: Juliana Lustenader


Season Producers: Alvin Baum & Robert Holgate, Michael Golden & Michael Levy, Lowell Kimble, Ted Tucker

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