The Cake


The Cake

Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  3w, 1m

In Bekah Brunstetter's touching and topical dramatic comedy, a vivacious, conservative North Carolina baker named Della faces a crisis of conscience when Jen - whom she loves like a daughter - asks her to bake a cake for Jen's lesbian wedding.

Image: 2019 Manhattan Theatre Club Production (Joan Marcus)

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3w, 1m
  • Duration
    90 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Faith-based, Romantic Comedy
  • Suggested Use
    • Monologues
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience
    Target Audience


Della makes cakes, not judgment calls – those she leaves to her husband, Tim. But when the girl she helped raise comes back home to North Carolina to get married, and the fiancé is actually a 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.
The Cake premiered at the Echo Theatre Company in Los Angeles, CA in June 2017 under the direction of Jennifer Chambers.
Cast Attributes
DELLA – 40s, pleasant, round, with a mass of big, curly hair. 
TIM – 40s, her husband, a good ol’ boy. 
JEN – early 30s, with a wedding binder, who has dreamt of her wedding day her whole life.
MACY – early 30s, her reluctant fiancé, African American.
  • Time Period Present Day
  • Setting Now, North Carolina. A Bakery; A Home.
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Additional Features Not Applicable
  • Duration 90 minutes
  • Cautions
    • Strong Language
    • Mild Adult Themes


“Brilliant... Powerful and meaningful... great writing.” – LA Post-Examiner

“The play's tight narrative construction is apparent from the opening scene, which immediately seduces us with Della's bubbly charm... What's refreshing and heartening about The Cake is its characters' willingness to face their differences and limitations head-on... This is us as we could be, if we'd all just try a little harder.” – Los Angeles Times

“Recommended... Stage Raw Top 10... a singularly savory dramedy that crystallizes a contentious issue and, with empathy for both sides, portrays it in an edifying and insightful way... I left the theater feeling moved and enlightened.” - Stage Raw 

“Brilliant... Powerful and meaningful... great writing... great direction... abundant wit and humor.” – LA Post-Examiner 

“Wow!... puts a deeply personal, delightfully down-home face on the Gay-Wedding-Cake Wars... I cried, I learned, I loved.” – StageSceneLA


Playwright Interview: Bekah Brunstetter

Coryn Carson
February 21, 2019

Having Our Cake and Eating it Too
by Courtney Sale
November 8, 2019


  • The Cake: Echo Theatre Trailer youtube thumbnail

    The Cake: Echo Theatre Trailer

  • The Cake: Montage (Manhattan Theatre Club) youtube thumbnail

    The Cake: Montage (Manhattan Theatre Club)

  • Bekah Brunstetter discusses The Cake  youtube thumbnail

    Bekah Brunstetter discusses The Cake

  • The Cake - Bedroom Scene (MTC) youtube thumbnail

    The Cake - Bedroom Scene (MTC)


  • The Cake

    Image: 2019 Manhattan Theatre Club Production (Joan Marcus)

Licensing & Materials

  • Minimum Fee: £70 per performance plus VAT when applicable.


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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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