You’ve heard the story before. It’s been in the headlines – a local baker loves baking wedding cakes until he or she finds out it is for a gay couple. Now this serious situation has been made into a heartwarming play.
Here’s the synopsis of the play, The Cake:
When Della, a local baker, is asked to bake a wedding cake for her best friend’s daughter, she is overjoyed. But that joy is short-lived when she learns that the intended is another bride. Struggling to reconcile her deeply-held belief in “traditional marriage” and the love she has for the woman she helped raise, Della finds herself in strange new territory.
What did I think of Cake?
I’ll admit, I went into this with some preconceived notions: Della would be the unyielding, bible thumping, close minded person that you picture when you think of the southern Baptists. I also thought that Jen, the bride, originally from the small town in North Carolina where the play’s writer is from, would charge in with her New York this-is-who-I-am-and-you-must-accept-me attitude. But actually neither of those were true in Cake. They both struggled with their beliefs. And Della never refused to bake the cake, just really didn’t approve. Jen really wanted her approval more than anything as her mom had died and Della, her mom’s best friend, was the next closest thing she had.
There were definitely funny moments in Cake like when Della’s husband Tim says of the bride and bride marriage “That’s not natural.” And Della retorts with a “Neither is confectioner’s sugar!” Oh and just wait for the mashed potato scene – quite amusing!
I won’t give away too much but Della is up for a big competition (The Great American Baking Show) but is faced with a setback and word gets out that she “refused” to bake a cake for a gay wedding. Even still, she’s more despondent about an estranged relationship with Jen more than the show which she’s worked so hard to be a contestant. Not to mention the private struggles she faces in her marriage. And Jen can’t seem to make her Fiance, Macy, understand why having her family’s approval is so important to her.
Did you know the inspiration for The Cake?
Sure, we’ve all heard that story where a baker in Colorado refused to bake a wedding cake for a same sex couple. In my mind, I just think, money is money, right? But the play’s writer Bekah Brunstetter, raised Southern Baptist, faced some challenges with her own family. Her father a state senator, voted against gay marriage in 2012, which inspired The Cake!
Inspired by a story still in the headlines, this marvelously funny new play by Bekah Brunstetter (TV’s This is Us) is proof that love is the key ingredient in creating common ground. Cake is not for kids. Wouldn’t recommend anyone under 16 seeing it.
Protip: Skip dessert. There’s cake from Alon’s bakery for everyone after The Cake is finished!
Ticketing Information for Cake
Performances are May 17 – June 23, 2019
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8 PM
Saturday, 3 PM & 8 PM
Sunday, 5 PM
MATINEE – Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM
PRIDE NIGHT – Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 5:00 PM