Uptown Players Hosts The Regional Premiere Of THE CAKE

Uptown Players Hosts The Regional Premiere Of THE CAKE

Uptown Players closes its 2018-2019 season with the regional premiere of The Cake by Bekah Brunstetter, running August 9 - August 25, 2019.

Della's North Carolina bakery is legendary! She is overjoyed when her best friend's daughter returns from New York to get married and asks Della to make her wedding cake. Della, a sweet-natured Christian, is forced to re-examine her deeply-held beliefs and her own marriage when she realizes there is not one bride, but two. Faith, family, and frosting collide in this delicious new comedy from the writer of the NBC hit series, "This is Us" - Bekah Brunstetter.

"When LGBTQ issues clash with Religious Freedom issues, the discussion goes to the national press and to headlines. But when those issues are reduced to one baker and one old friend, the conversation become very personal and relatable. Bekah Brunstetter has given us a work on a human level. Our cast brings the conversation alive with humor, tears and cake." -Cheryl Denson / Director

Bekah Brunstetter (playwright) hails from Winston-Salem, North Carolina and currently lives in Los Angeles. Her plays include Going to a Place Where You Already Are (South Coast Repertory), The Oregon Trail (Portland Center Stage Fall 2016, O'Neill Playwrights Conference; Flying V), Cutie and Bear (Roundabout commission), A Long and Happy Life (Naked Angels commission), Be a Good Little Widow (Ars Nova, Collaboraction, The Old Globe), Oohrah! (Atlantic Theater, Steppenwolf Garage, Finborough Theater/London), Nothing Is the End of the World (except for the end of the world) (Waterwell Productions), House of Home (Williamstown Theater Festival) and Miss Lilly Gets Boned (Ice Factory Festival). She is an alumna of the CTG Writers Group, Primary Stages Writes group, Ars Nova Play Group, The Playwright's Realm, and the Women's Project Lab. She is currently a member of the Echo Theater's Playwright's group. She has previously written for MTV (Underemployed; I Just Want My Pants Back), ABC Family's Switched at Birth and Starz's upcoming series American Gods. She is currently a Co-Producer on NBC's This Is Us. She received her B.A. from UNC Chapel Hill and her M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from the New School for Drama.

The cast features Natalie Young as "Jen," Sky Williams as "Macy," Shannon McGrann as "Della" and Sonny Franks as "Tim."

The creative team includes Cheryl Denson, Director; Dennis Canright, Scenic Designer; Suzi Cranford, Costume Designer;Amanda Davis West, Lighting Designer; and Marco Salinas, Sound Designer.

The Cake runs August 9 - 25 2019, with shows at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday (no performances August 11). Performances take place at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd (at Blackburn), Dallas, TX 75219. Tickets are $25-$40 and can be purchased online at www.uptownplayers.org or by phone at (214) 219-2718.

Photo Credit: Mike Morgan

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