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June 1, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until June 8, 2019
An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Friday, repeating until June 8, 2019
Della believes that the secret to a good cake and a good life is simple: just follow the rules. When her best friend’s daughter asks her to make her wedding cake, she is overjoyed… until she learns that there will be not one bride, but two. Suddenly, Della is working without a recipe as her previously-unquestioned beliefs and emotions come into sharp conflict. Bekah Brunstetter’s The Cake closes Pacific Theatre’s 2018-19 season with a sweet and thoughtful story of love, conflict, and delicious baked goods.
This is the Canadian premiere of The Cake, which was first staged in Los Angeles in 2017. Set in North Carolina, Brunstetter said the play reflects her conflicted feelings about living with one foot in the progressive world of coastal theatre and the other in her Southern hometown.
“Della is very much a conglomeration of a lot of women that I’ve known and observed in my life,” she said. “I tried to imagine what it was like in her home and why she believed what she believed. And then I wanted to explore what happens when someone she loves deeply brings home a woman. Once that situation is in your world, you can’t push it aside.”
Director Angela Konrad will return to Pacific Theatre for The Cake after directing Outside Mullingar in 2017 and Ruined for Dark Glass Theatre in 2018.
“I love everything about this play,” says Konrad. “I love that it pulls a story out of the headlines and embodies it on stage in front of us. I love the richly detailed characters who force us to look beyond assumptions and stereotypes. I love the magic realism that makes journeying into Della’s mind fantastic fun. I love the smart, sassy, and surprising humour. And I love the love! Brunstetter cares about these people and they care about each other. Like all good theatre, the play stimulates conversation and generates empathy. And I love that most of all.”
Photo by Jalen Laine Photography.
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