Playwright Spotlight: Becky Bruhn

Honey Moon [Quickies Vol. 14June 2013]


Where did the idea for Honey Moon come from?
I was writing a piece on a 3+ hour deadline for a 24-hour play festival (14/48: The World’s Quickest Play Festival) and I had an idea that needed two couples. But when they gave me my assignment it was for three people. I really wanted that other man there! So, then I thought of someone who was there but not there. And then the idea of a missing husband struck me as funny. Sad but funny.

What was your favorite moment in working on this piece?
I love the last moment of the play. I love it because I find such sweetness when we can enjoy each other’s happiness even when we are missing it in our own lives. In some ways, it’s the most generous we can ever be.

What projects are you currently working on?
I’m working on personal essays these days – essays about dating in post-divorce middle age. It’s another sad but funny mother lode of inspiration!

Finish the sentence- “I love theater that…”
…inspires me to write.

Who is your current artist crush (any discipline)?
There are so many artists that I get crushed on but I’m basically forever in love with Jane Austen. Don’t tell her I said so.

What was the best advice you were even given as a theater artist?
I’ve only ever written for theater, I’ve never been on stage. Someone suggested that I take an acting class. It’s great advice for a writer. Of course, I hated the acting class absolutely. Still, it was good advice.

What is the one thing you know as an artist now that you wish you could tell your younger self?
Oh, I’d probably just mind my own business.

Outside of theater, what are you really into right now?
I’m learning French. Again. I have to learn it every few years because it keeps seeping out of the cracks of my brain. And I’ve been birding which indicates, I think, the arrival of my dotage.

What is your favorite and least favorite word?
I love the word Pabst – all those consonant sounds. I don’t like vacuum.

Any other thoughts you’d like to share? (About Live Girls! Theater, Quickies, Love, Life, Puppies, Ponies…really – anything at all?)
My sisters and I recently ran across old letters from my parents who are both long dead. It was such a gift and it reminded me how important it is to put our thoughts and ideas in writing. Texting is fine for some situations but history will be written in a longer hand.

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Becky Bruhn’s writing has been performed at 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival, Annex Theater’s Spin the Bottle and Verbalist. She is on the board of Rain City Projects.