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“This is Us” writer writes “The Cake” a play about gay marriage

When Bekah Brunstetter started writing “The Cake” – a play about gay-marriage controversies centered on a wedding cake – she worried it wouldn’t age well.

It was 2015, public acceptance of gay marriage was on the rise, and that year’s Supreme Court decision seemed to settle the question once and for all, upholding a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. The decision also overturned a law supported by Brunstetter’s father, former state Sen. Pete Brunstetter, the 2011 Defense of Marriage Act defining marriage as only between one man and one woman, also known as Amendment One.

But just as “The Cake” was in rehearsals this past June for its debut, the Supreme Court announced it would hear a case involving a baker who cited religious reasons for refusing to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. That’s exactly what “The Cake” is about.

Brunstetter got the news by text from friends jokingly congratulating her: “What incredible PR people you have!”

Bekah Brunstetter is the playwright behind PlayMakers Repertory Company’s production of “The Cake.”

Courtesy of Elisabeth Caren

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