November 2013 Later Mom Profile: Brooke Berman

NAME:  Brooke Berman

AGE:  44

RELATIONSHIP STATUS:  Married

RESIDENCE:   New York City

CHILD’S NAME/AGE: Benjamin, almost 3

I’m primarily a playwright and screenwriter. I’ve recently made my directorial debut with the short film UGGS FOR GAZA, based on a story by my husband Gordon Haber.  Currently the film is in “post” — which means, we’re making it perfect.   My plays have been produced at Steppenwolf, Primary Stages, Second Stage, WET, The Play Company, Theater 7 Chicago and others.  I am about to see the world premiere of my play OUT OF THE WATER (developed as part of the Primary Stages writers lab and again with Naked Angels in residence at NY Stage and Film) at Red Stitch Theater in Melbourne, Australia.  Plays have been developed by SPF, Arielle Tepper Productions, The O’Neill, Williamstown Theater Festival, The Royal Court Theatre (London), The National Theatre Studio (also in London), CTC (Minneapolis), the Playwrights Center (Minneapolis), New Dramatists, MCC Theater (where I’m a founding member of the Playwrights Coalition and a former educator/staff member) and others. As a screenwriter, I have written films for Natalie Portman, Vox Films, Red Crown, The Mark Gordon Company and Fugitive Films.  My short film ALL SAINTS DAY, directed by Will Frears, won Best Narrative Short at The Savannah Film Festival in 2008.  I attended Barnard College and the Juilliard School.  More info: www.brookeberman.net.

You have had success as an award-winning playwright and screenwriter.  Where does the inspiration come for your work?  Do you have one piece you are most proud of? I am most proud of my play SAM AND LUCY.  It’s the closest to my heart and the most personal.  This play has never been produced but it was workshopped quite beautifully at SPF in New York Citystarring Merritt Wever (Nurse Jackie, Tiny Furniture, Michael Clayton, New Girl), Mireille Enos (The Killing, World War Z, Big Love) and Didi O’Connell (a goddess of the American theater.) [Read the rest of the article here]