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September 13, 2017 – October 1, 2017


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By Bekah Brunstetter

Directed by Jeffrey Meanza

from the writer of NBC’s “This is Us”

With cake so good you could take a nap in it, a surprise lesbian wedding, and a reality show announcer whose narrative style can get a little too personal, this sweet comedy just might make you laugh until you cry. Frosting will fly as Della tries to figure out how her faith and her love for family can co-exist.


“refreshing and heartening”
LA Times

“a fresh and funny voice”

Special thanks to our co-producer


Due to language and adult themes, we recommend this play to audiences 16 and older.


95 minutes. There will be no intermission.

Post-show Panels

Friday, September 29
“LGBTQ Lives in the South: Representation and Experience in the Real World of The Cake.”
UNC students who identify as LGBTQ will be discussing The Cake’s depiction of LGBTQ life, including aspects of community, family, and self. They will also be critically analyzing the representation of LGBTQ characters and relationships in the play. We hope you will join us in this conversation with an open heart and open mind.”

Saturday, September 30—matinee
“Cake and Critical Intersectionality: Slices and Speakers on Food, Faith, and Family”

  • Nancie McDermott, author of Southern Cakes, food writer and photographer, native North Carolinian, UNC Graduate
  • Kendall Vanderslice, Edible Theology, MTS student Duke Divinity, MLA Gastronomy Boston University
  • Elijah Heyward III, UNC American Studies PhD candidate, Yale Divinity


Sep 26 2017

Cake and Critical Intersectionality

There's such incredible interest in "The Cake" and the conversation surrounding it, that we've added a new panel to our Saturday matinee.

Sep 25 2017

The Musical DNA of "The Cake"

Composer Bruno Louchouarn sheds some light on the "musical DNA" of his North-meets-South compositions for "The Cake."

"The Cake" by Bekah Brunstetter at PlayMakers Repertory Company. Set by Jan Chambers. Lighting by Burke Brown. Photo by HuthPhoto.
Sep 20 2017

A Negotiation of Love

What if the contending peoples of the world would just sit down over some cake and talk through their troubles? Such is sweet-natured Della's benign vision.

This is us feature image
Sep 16 2017

From "This is Us" to "The Cake"

The opening of "The Cake" will mark Bekah Brunstetter's home state professional debut. Unfortunately, she won't be in North Carolina to see it.

Sep 7 2017

6 Reasons This Tar Heel Loves Theatre

UNC student Elizabeth Holmes fell in love with theatre last season at PlayMakers. Turns out, there are six reasons this Tar Heel loves theatre.

Aug 30 2017

Jeff Meanza Returns!

Jeffrey Meanza, PlayMakers’ beloved former Associate Artistic Director, is back this fall to direct the first show of the season! We sat down with him to catch up.

Sep 28 2017

When Love Meets Cake

Della is a heteronormative, conservative Christian. Macy is a liberal agnostic who identifies as queer. In most worlds, these two people would never meet.

Jul 31 2019

Where Are They Now?

PlayMakers has helped premiere six new American plays in the last three seasons. From "Draw the Circle" to "Jump" and everything in between, what are the creators up to now?


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