The Cake

New Play

The Cake

February 6 - March 4, 2018 | Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

By Bekah Brunstetter | Directed by Casey Stangl

Jen lives in New York but has always dreamed of getting married in her small North Carolina hometown, so she heads down south with her partner to ask Della, her late mother’s best friend, to do the honors of making the wedding cake at her bakery. Della’s cakes are legendary, even earning her a spot as a contestant on the “Great American Baking Show.” She is overjoyed at Jen’s request, until she realizes there’s not just one bride, but two, forcing her to re-examine some of her deeply-held beliefs, as well as her own marriage. Faith, family and frosting collide in this touching and timely new play.

Click here to read the program online

ACCESS Performance: Saturday, February 24 at 2:00 pm

Production Sponsors:

Gail & Ralph Bryan

John Hancock Real EstateThe Sheri and Les Biller Family FoundationProcopio

In-Kind Support Provided by:

Crafted Baked Goods

Photo credit: (L-R): Miriam A. Hyman as “Macy” and Aubrey Dollar as “Jen” in The Cake; photo by Jim Carmody.

Cast & Creators
  • Creators
  • Cast
  • Design
Image of Bekah Brunstetter Bekah Brunstetter Playwright

Bekah Brunstetter hails from Winston-Salem, North Carolina and currently lives in Los Angeles. Her plays include Going to a Place Where You already Are (South Coast Repertory), The Oregon Trail (Portland Center Stage) Cutie and Bear (Roundabout commission), Be A Good Little Widow (Ars Nova, Collaboraction, The Old Globe), among others. She is an alumna of the CTG Writers Group, Primary Stages writers group, Ars Nova Play Group, The Playwright’s Realm, the Women’s Project Lab and is currently a member of the Echo Theater’s Playwright’s group. She has previously written for MTV, ABC Family and Starz and is currently a Co-Producer on NBC’s This is Us. She received her B.A. from UNC Chapel Hill and her M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from the New School for Drama.

Bekah Brunstetter Playwright
Image of Casey Stangl Casey Stangl Director

Casey Stangl is making her Playhouse directorial debut. Regional: The Revolutionists (Everyman Theater); The Nether, Fully Committed, The Drawer Boy (Jungle Theater); Ella Enchanted: The Musical, The Siegel, Venus in Fur (South Coast Repertory); Love and Information, Venus in Fur, Ah! Wilderness (A.C.T.); Stage Kiss, Pygmalion, Blue/Orange, Top Girls (Guthrie Theater); Cloud 9, Peace in our Time, The Liar, The Curse of Oedipus (Antaeus Company); Lombardi (Cleveland Playhouse and Arizona Theater Company); Sirens (Actors Theater of Louisville/Humana Festival); The Big Slam (Woolly Mammoth Theater Company); Resident Artist, Ojai Playwrights' Conference. Currently serving on the Executive Board of SDC, the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

Casey Stangl Director
Image of Faith Prince Faith Prince Della
Image of Wayne Duvall Wayne Duvall Tim
Image of Aubrey Dollar Aubrey Dollar Jen
  • David WeinerScenic Designer
  • Denitsa BliznakovaCostume Designer
  • Elizabeth HarperLighting Designer
  • Paul James PrendergastComposer/Sound Designer
  • Eva BarnesDialect Coach
  • Telsey + Company;
    Karen Casl, C.S.A.
  • Gabriel GreeneDramaturg
  • Katrina HerrmannStage Manager
  • Mandisa ReedAssistant Stage Manager
  • Becca DuhaimeProject Production Manager
Venue Info

Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

The third and newest of La Jolla Playhouse's theatres, the 6,500-square-foot Sheila and Hughes Potiker theatre is the centerpiece of the first permanent year-round home for the Playhouse — the $17 million Joan and Irwin Jacobs Center.

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