“There is always something good on the other side of horrible pain.” – Bekah Brunstetter

About the Project

This summer, Unexpected Stage is excited to bring you Bekah Brunstetter's Be a Good Little Widow -- an offbeat comedy that looks at how devotion and hope can persevere in the midst of unexpected loss. 

Life can be messy. Like uproot-your-life-and-move-in-with-your-boyfriend-across-the-country-and-then-that-boyfriend-dies-in-a-plane-crash messy. Melody thought being a young wife was hard, until she became a widow. As she contemplates the manuals on the proper way to grieve, her mother-in-law is by her side with expert, never-ending, yet well-meaning, advice. From dutiful black dresses to inappropriate outbursts, Melody navigates an uncharted course towards understanding what it means to find someone through losing them. 

The New York Times
 declared Be a Good Little Widow to be “Delicately satisfying…[Ms. Brunstetter] writes fresh, unfussy dialogue and characters who earn their laughs and emotional moments by honest means.”

According to Backstage, “Bekah Brunstetter’s powerful new play marries the humor and sadness of grief. Brunstetter’s words pierce the soul, and she makes the depths of the human experience profoundly relatable….”
 

The cast of Be a Good Little Widow features Nick Duckworth as Craig, Emily Morrison as Hope, Lansing O’Leary as Brad, and Ruthie Rado as Melody.
 Playwright Bekah Brunstetter is currently a producer on NBC’s television hit This Is UsBrunstetter has written for ABC Family’s Switched at Birth and Starz’s series American Gods (co-producer). Her plays include The Cake, Going to a Place Where You Already Are (Theater Alliance, 2016), and The Oregon Trail (Flying V, part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival 2015). 

The production is directed by Unexpected Stage Company co-founder Christopher Goodrich. The creative team includes Michael Cherry (set design), Andrew Dodge (lighting design), and Matthew Mills (sound design).

Your pledge will go toward turning on the lights ($1,700 for light rental and design), turning up the volume ($500 for sound design and implementation), building the set ($2,000), making it all run smoothly ($1,300 for house management), and more!

We thank you deeply for your support and look forward (with your help!) to bringing these ideas to life. 


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