The Cake


The Cake

September 10 - October 21, 2018
Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater

A Presentation of Echo Theater Company's World Premiere Production
Written by Bekah Brunstetter
Directed by Jennifer Chambers
Featuring Morrison Keddie, Shannon Lucio, Rod McLachlan, Carolyn Ratteray & Debra Jo Rupp

“Be prepared to laugh hysterically!” – Broadway World
The Cake explores human conflict from an insightful, slightly offbeat perch with understanding, respect and compassion for opposing points of view.” – Los Angeles Times
“Debra Jo Rupp is like a hurricane in miniature.” – Stage and Cinema
“Director Jennifer Chambers keeps the humor flowing... Rupp is extraordinary!” – TheaterMania
“Rupp knows how to reach and please an audience with comedy timing that cannot be taught.” – Desert Local News
“A complex exploration of roots, faith, family and love.” – Stage and Cinema
“Director Jennifer Chambers' assured focus illuminates the characters' individual conflicts, with ample laugh-out-loud, quirky humor to modulate the serious stakes.” – Los Angeles Times
“The beauty of this excellent production lies in the full-blown honest, authentic, and appealing characters created by Bekah Brunstetter.” – Desert Local News

When Della (Debra Jo Rupp), a North Carolina Baker and devout Christian, is asked to bake a wedding cake for her best friend’s daughter, she is overjoyed. But that joy is short-lived when she learns that the intended is another bride and realizes she is faced with an agonizing choice between faith and family. Struggling to reconcile her deeply-held belief in “traditional marriage” and the love she has for the woman she helped raise, Della finds herself in strange new territory.

Inspired by a story still in the headlines, this marvelously funny new play by Bekah Brunstetter (This is Us, Switched at Birth), directed by Jennifer Chambers, is proof that love is the key ingredient in creating common ground.

The Geffen Playhouse is proud to present the Echo Theater Company's world premiere production as part of its commitment to celebrating the vibrant Los Angeles intimate theater community

Limited seats remain! Rush tickets available 30 minutes before curtain; please call the Box Office at 310.208.5454 on day of performance for availability.




Meet The Artists

Bekah’s plays include The Cake (Echo Theater Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Alley Theatre, Barrington Stage Company, upcoming at Manhattan Theatre Club in 2019), Going to a Place where you Already Are (South Coast Repertory), The Oregon Trail (Portland Center Stage, O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Flying V Theatre), Cutie and Bear (Roundabout Theatre Company commission), A Long and Happy life (Naked Angels commission), Be A Good Little Widow (Ars Nova, Collaboraction, The Old Globe), Oohrah! (Atlantic Theater Company, Steppenwolf Theatre Garage Rep, the Finborough Theater/London), Nothing is the End of the World (except for the end of the world) (Waterwell productions), House of Home (Williamstown Theatre Festival) and Miss Lilly Gets Boned (Ice Factory Festival.) She is an alumnus of the Center Theatre Group Writers Group, Primary Stages writers group, Ars Nova Play Group, The Playwright’s Realm and the Women’s Project Lab. She is also a founding member of The Kilroys, an advocacy group dedicated to achieving gender parity in the theater. She has previously written for MTV (Underemployed), ABC Family’s Switched at Birth and Starz’s American Gods. She is currently a supervising producer on NBC’s This is Us. B.A. UNC Chapel Hill; M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from the New School for Drama.

Jennifer has directed the world premieres of The Cake by Bekah Brunstetter, Sheila Callaghan’s Bed and Jessica Goldberg’s Better for the Echo Theater Company, where she was Associate Artistic Director as well as being Artistic Director of The Echo Writers Lab. Other credits include The Cake at Barrington Stage Company, Continuity by Bess Wohl for South Coast Repertory’s NewSCRIPTS series, I Get Restless by Caroline McGraw for South Coast Repertory’s Pacific Playwrights Festival, Princess Diana in Auschwitz by Deborah Stein at CalArts, Daryl Watson’s Unbound at IAMA Theatre Company, the world premiere of Stephen Belber’s The Muscles in Our ToesThe Pain and The Itch by Bruce Norris, Playdates by Sam Wolfson and the world premiere of Complete by Andrea Kuchlewska. She assisted Jonathan Moscone on Shaw’s Man and Superman (California Shakespeare Theater) and Liz Diamond on Crooked by Catherine Trieschman at The Women’s Project Theater. Northwestern University.

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Performance Info

90 minutes, no intermission.

There is no late seating.

This production contains flashing lights and partial nudity.