Brooke Berman is the author of over 25 plays including:
In Detroit, 1967, a Jewish housewife and an aspiring Motown singer forge an unlikely friendship in a city that’s about to explode. Can two women from different backgrounds find common language and overcome over-identification with the men in power? Inspired by a true story.
Developed and reconceived with Leigh Silverman, Lisa Timmel and Stacey Mindich Productions.
Originally workshopped as 1300 Lafayette East with the Jewish Plays Project, Plowshares and JET, Detroit.
Amy and Isaac are the perfect couple. Amy and Emma are the perfect friends. If everyone is so perfect, why are they so unhappy? A dark comedy about love, growing up and letting go.
“Enjoyable comedy-drama…Ms. Berman has a breezy, accessible voice.”
—Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
Relationships and the City, and a Little Band of Gold New York Times – June 20, 2008
Developed: The Royal National Theatre, London; Naked Angels, MCC, New Dramatists and New River Dramatists, North Carolina. Commissioned by Arielle Tepper Productions.
Four New Yorkers seek shelter, both physical and spiritual, in a variety of temporary abodes and in one another in this dark comedy. Named one of the Ten Best Plays of 2008 by New York Magazine.
“As every young, single New Yorker quickly learns, real estate is destiny in this town, a fact of urban life that Brooke Berman addresses with bracing wit and intelligence …
…Berman wastes no time exercising the satirical verbal wit that has already opened doors for her with savvy institutional theaters like Second Stage and Steppenwolf…
in re-casting the old relationship questions as real-estate issues–who will move in with whom and what will be the price of this commitment? –Berman finds a fresh and funny way of looking at the mortal terrors of being young and on your own in a bewildering existential landscape.
—Marilyn Stasio, Variety
Produced: Primary Stages, NYC
Developed: MCC, Underwood Theater, New Dramatists.
On the verge of the millennium, a strange teenaged prophetess obsessed with New Wave music invites a suburban family and the raunchy movie star who has crashed in on their holiday to join her as she welcomes The New World.
Produced: Second Stage Theater
Developed: MCC, The Hourglass Group, The Playwrights Center, The Royal Court Theatre (London), ASK Theater Projects (LA).
Lucy, clad in vintage Gucci, struggles with Saturn Return, ghosts, and family legends while lunching with her mother’s lover.
“Brooke Berman’s script is one of the most promising ever at the Next Stage Series of readings… At times elegiac and at times hilarious, it uses a sextet of actors to tell, in musical, contrapuntal interplay, the story of a young woman who begins to find her adult identity with the return of her long-missing father, meetings with her mother’s long-ago lover and (spoiler alert!) the death of her mother. ”
—Tony Brown, The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Developed: SPF, Cleveland Playhouse, Rattlestick, MCC.
Twenty-one-year-old It-Girl Abby and her plucky best friend Clea, embark on a spur-of-the-moment revenge trip to London — Abby, in pursuit of the young novelist who has cannibalized her in his literary debut and Clea desperately seeking Madonna.
Heartbreak Houses Village Voice – Oct. 14, 2003
Produced: The Play Company
Developed: The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, MCC, Rising Phoenix Rep and The Play Company.
Claire and Sevrin, newly minted best friends,take a thrilling walk in each other’s shoes when they swap apartments for the summer. But all turns sour when Claire begins to suspect that her captivating new friend may be taking over not only her apartment but her entire New York life.
Developed: Bay Area Playwrights Foundation’s Rough Reading Series, Primary Stages, Playwrights Rep at Brown University and MCC Theater.