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Going To A Place Where You Already Are

Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  2w, 3m

With thoughtful storytelling and quiet wit, Bekah Brunstetter looks at one family’s relationship to heaven, death, beginnings, endings – and an enigmatic angel.

Going To A Place Where You Already Are

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2w, 3m
  • Duration
    Duration
    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Faith-based
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult

Details

Summary
Is there a heaven? Joe says no; it’s all a bunch of hokum. His wife, Roberta, has always claimed to agree. But lately she’s beginning to wonder, especially when they find themselves in church a lot, having reached the age when funerals are more frequent than weddings. Their granddaughter, Ellie, doesn’t have time in her own busy life to ponder the afterlife. But when mortality confronts them, her grandmother’s claim to have gone to heaven and back doesn’t sound so crazy after all. With thoughtful storytelling and quiet wit, Brunstetter looks at beginnings, endings – and an enigmatic angel.
History
Going to a Place Where You Already Are premiered at South Coast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa, CA in March 2016 under the direction of Marc Masterson.
Cast Attributes
ROBERTA – 66
JOE – 70, her husband
ELLIE – 30s, Joe’s granddaughter
JONAS – 30s, a stand up in a wheelchair and the irony is not lost on him
AN ANGEL – An ageless quality 
  • Time Period Contemporary
  • Setting Heaven / Earth
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Additional Features No intermission
  • Duration 75 Minutes
  • Cautions
    • Strong Language

Media

“Sweetly dramatized... creates a safe space for love and goodness to thrive.” – Broadway World

“Belief, mortality and the possibility of heaven. Playwright Bekah Brunstetter manages to treat these subjects seriously, drawing out their emotional resonance, while making them entertaining... A terrific new play.” – Los Angeles Times, Read More

“Brunstetter has a gift for words... humor and a sense of reassurance that rises gently out of authentic emotions and situations.” – DC Theatre Scene, Read More

“Sweetly dramatized without being preachy either for or against the adherence to faith, Going to a Place Where You Already Are creates a safe space for love and goodness to thrive.” – Broadway World, Read More

Videos

  • Scenes from Going to a Place Where You Already Are youtube thumbnail

    Scenes from Going to a Place Where You Already Are

  • South Coast Rep Dramaturg Kimberly Colburn discusses Going to a Place Where You Already Are youtube thumbnail

    South Coast Rep Dramaturg Kimberly Colburn discusses Going to a Place Where You Already Are

  • Directoor Marc Masterson discusses Going to a Place Where You Already Are youtube thumbnail

    Directoor Marc Masterson discusses Going to a Place Where You Already Are

Licensing & Materials

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

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Authors

Bekah Brunstetter

Bekah Brunstetter hails from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and currently lives in Los Angeles.

As a TV writer and producer, she has written for Switched at Birth, American Gods, This is Us and Maid. She has developed content for Apple TV, Hulu and FX.

As a playwright, her work ...

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