The Cake

By Bekah Brunstetter

Content Advisory: This play contains mature language and depictions of sexual situations.

Directed by Jennifer Nostrala

February 5 - 14, 2021

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Operational support provided in part by Bravo Greater Des Moines.

About The Play

An Interesting Recipe

Jen has dreamed of her wedding her whole life; she's found the one and returns to her North Carolina hometown to ask her deceased mother’s best friend, Della, to bake her wedding cake. But Della refuses because Jen is marrying a woman. Mix in a baking reality TV show and dormant marriage, and then things get very, very interesting.

Facts About The Play

  • From a writer of the hit TV show This Is Us

  • Inspired by the events that led to the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission Supreme Court case

  • Bekah Brunstetter says of the character Della:
    "Della is very much a conglomeration of a lot of women that I’ve known and observed in my life. I tried to imagine what it was like in her home and why she believed what she believed. It’s easy for people like her to feel how they feel about same-sex marriages. I believe once that situation is in your world, you can’t push it aside. I didn’t want her to just change all of a sudden. I was trying to focus on the small change."





Adult - $39

Senior - $35

Student/Young Professional - $25

Veterans/Service Members - $25

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Venue & Parking

The Stoner Theater

221 Walnut St

Des Moines, IA 50309


There are parking ramps at 3rd & Court Ave. and at 4th & Grand Ave. Metered street parking and limited, free bridge parking is also available.

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*Resident Artist Company Member

†Cloris Award Winner

Kim Haymes*


Rae Fehring


Becky Scholtec


James Serpento*



Jennifer Nostrala

Stage Manager

Sarah Couer

Costume Design

Emily Ganfield

Scenic Design

Nicholas Amundson

Lighting Design

Jim Trenberth*

Sound Design

Josh Jepson*


Rebel Clodi

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