The Oregon Trail
by Bekah Brunstetter
About the Play
A tale of two young women, both named Jane. One is an awkward middle schooler with burgeoning body odor, a crush on a jerk who likes her sister, and an epic aptitude at The Oregon Trail. The other is actually in the game, living through the hardships of trail life with her family, totally unaware of her capricious fate as a character in a classic video game. But this game has an agenda of its own, maneuvering both Janes on a painful path towards self recognition. Looking at the impact of memory and the legacy of sadness across generations, The Oregon Trail asks the age old question – do you want to ford the river?
Bekah Brunstetter (Playwright)
Bekah hails from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and currently lives in Los Angeles. She is an alumni of the CTG Writers Group, Primary Stages writes group, Ars Nova Play Group, The Playwright’s Realm, and the Women’s Project Lab. She has previously written for MTV (Underemployed; I Just want my Pants Back) and is currently a Story Editor on ABC Family’s Switched at Birth. BA UNC Chapel Hill; MFA in Dramatic Writing from the New School for Drama.
Amber McGinnis Jackson (Director)
Amber is a DC-based director and writer for both theatre and film. Some of her favorite local credits include Lobster Alice with Flying V Theatre, Orlando with WSC Avant Bard, The Last Burlesque with Pinky Swear Productions, as well as collaborations with The Folger Theatre, Keegan Theatre, 1st Stage, Source Festival, and Constellation Theatre, where she is also a company member. She was a producer for the Emmy Award-winning Kennedy Center Honors Film office, and has written and directed over two dozen films for WILL Interactive. Amber holds a MFA in Directing from Baylor University. She will be directing Constellation Theatre's upcoming production of Equus.