The Salt Lake Acting Company (SLAC), Utah’s leading destination for brave, contemporary theatre is pleased to formally announce their upcoming production of ‘The Cake,’ by Bekah Brunstetter (writer/producer on NBC’s This is Us). They are excited to offer this production to Utah audiences a week before it opens at Manhattan Theatre Club in New York. The timely socio-political dramedy opens at SLAC after successful runs throughout the country, and concurrent with a run Off-Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club.
Bekah Brunstetter’s acclaimed comedy opens at SLAC following runs at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse, Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse, and Houston’s Alley Theatre.
The premise of ‘The Cake’ regards Della, a woman who is the best baker in her politically red North Carolina town, who is faced with a decision that pits her faith against her family. Will she bake a wedding cake for two women – one of whom is as close as a daughter? A refreshing examination of both sides of a passionate debate, ‘The Cake’ has already charmed theatergoers around the country and will soon do the same for SLAC audiences.
In a July 2018 interview, playwright Bekah Brunstetter explained her inspiration for writing ‘The Cake.’ “I see both sides of this issue and couldn’t have written the play if I couldn’t see both sides. My parents share the same beliefs as this baker, so I can’t turn my back on it. And, I can’t turn off my empathy, so I’m stuck trying to figure out what to do.”
The production also continues SLAC’s commitment to bringing cutting-edge new plays, many of which have explored queer issues and how they relate to religion, to Utah audiences. The Utah Pride Center and Flourish Bakery serve as production partners.
“When I first read ‘The Cake,’ I was charmed by its quirky writing and the incredible love I felt for these characters,” said SLAC’s Executive Artistic Director Cynthia Fleming. “This is Us turned the network family drama format on its head. Bekah’s writing in ‘The Cake’ does the same for contemporary stage drama. It’s a play with incredible heart, and a successful new work in that it holds a mirror up to an extremely timely issue in a well-balanced manner.” She continues, “When looking for plays for our 48th season, my goal was to find uplifting works that wouldn’t leave our audiences feeling isolated in their viewpoints, and most importantly, to encourage empathy for the world around us.”
‘The Cake’ runs February 6 through March 10. Tickets can be obtained at tickets.saltlakeactingcompany.org, in person at the SLAC box office, or by calling 801-363-7522.