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Debra Jo Rupp (That ’70s Show) heads cast in the world premiere of Bekah Brunstetter’s ‘The Cake’ at the Echo Theater Company.
Faith, family and frosting collide in a touching and timely new play by Bekah Brunstetter (NBC’s This Is Us). The Echo Theater Company continues its 20th Anniversary Season with the world premiere of The Cake
Debra Jo Rupp stars as Della, a baker who makes cakes, not judgment calls — those she leaves to her husband. But when Jen, the girl Della helped raise comes back home to North Carolina to get married and the fiancé turns out to be 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.
“This play is my attempt to humanize conservative values,” says Brunstetter, who hails from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. “I feel there’s a lack of empathy, especially in our liberal pocket, a sense of dismissiveness towards people we don’t agree with. There are people in my life who have these values, who I love, who I am always trying to understand.”
“Whenever I’m trying to figure out how to have a conversation, I write a play about it. Plus – I love baking shows. I love eating cakes and baking cakes.”
Following its world premiere at the Echo, The Cake is scheduled to open at Playmakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill, NC in Sept. 2017 Warehouse Theatre in Greenville, SC in Dec. 2017 La Jolla Playhouse in Feb. 2018 and Houston’s Alley Theater in June, 2018.
According to Brunstetter, “This play was born in the Echo Theater’s Playwright’s LAB and wouldn’t be what it is without their support. I rewrite a lot during the rehearsal process for a first production, so it’s also wonderful to premiere the play in the city where I live and work.”
The cast also includes the voice of Morrison Keddie as the host of the Great American Baking Show.
Dedicated to producing new work, the multiple award-winning Echo Theater Company was anointed “Best Bet for Ballsy Original Plays” by the LA Weekly and was a recipient of a 2016 “Kilroy Cake Drop” – one of only 13 theaters in the country to be surprised by cakes to honor the efforts they are making to produce women and trans writers. Under the leadership of founding artistic director Chris Fields, the Echo has introduced Los Angeles to playwrights such as David Lindsay-Abaire, Adam Rapp, Sarah Ruhl, Adam Bock and Miki Johnson among others. The company is also recognized for its acting ensemble in the Los Angeles Times, theater critic Charles McNulty wrote, “Echo Theater Company, which has cultivated a community of top flight actors, would be my go-to place in Los Angeles for symbiotic ensemble acting.” KCRW’s Anthony Byrnes stated, “It’s time to start paying attention to the Echo Theater Company… The company has made bold choices and backed them up.” Last season’s production of Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel received the Ovation Award for Best Production and was recently remounted at Culver City’s Kirk Douglas Theatre by Center Theatre Group as part of “Block Party.” The Echo Theater Company is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary.
The Cake runs July 1 through Aug. 6, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sundays at 4 p.m. and Mondays at 8 p.m. Three preview performances are set for Wed., June 28 Thurs., June 29 and Fri., June 30, all at 8 p.m. Tickets are $34 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and $20 on Mondays preview performances are pay-what-you-can. A “community night” on Sunday, July 9 at 4 p.m. is sponsored by McConnell's Fine Ice Creams and Cheerwine tickets for that performance are $10, and include a post-show “ice cream social” with the cast. Atwater Village Theatre is located at 3269 Casitas Ave in Los Angeles, CA 90039. On-site parking is free. For reservations and information, call (310) 307-3753 or go to www.EchoTheaterCompany.com.
Presenter / Producer: Echo Theater Company
Theater > Theatrical Comedy
Event Phone: 310-307-3753
Atwater Village Theatre
3269 Casitas Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90039
LA - Central / Downtown
Performance Dates: 6/28/2017 - 8/6/2017
Wed - Sat 8:00 pm Sun. 4:00 pm Mon. 8:00 pm
$10 community night $20 Mondays $34 Fri., Sat., Sun. Previews pay what you can
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