BB: Favorite flavor ice cream: anything chocolate. Chocolate-chocolate chip is always a winner. Mint-chip in summer.
KLC: Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever traveled to and what was so cool about it?
BB: Coolest place I've travelled? Taxco Mexico to do a writing workshop with Irene Fornes. She invited me 2 days before the thing started, said I could come as her guest if I paid my own airfare and lodging. I spoke no Spanish, had never been to Mexico, cashed in the temp paycheck and sort of... went for it. The most amazing 2 weeks. Maybe ever.
KLC: Name one movie you can quote and then quote it.
BB: The Breakfast Club. "Alison here wants to go Afghanistan.." Or, "Clare? What kind of name is that? Clare is a fat girl's name." "It's a family name." "It's a fat girl's name."
KLC: Pick one: Eleanor Roosevelt, Angela Davis, or Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
BB: Angela Davis. DUH.
KLC: The United States electoral process is _______________________.
BB: The United States electoral process is not working. But it's better than the shit going on in a lot of other places.
KLC: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done to get someone’s attention?
BB: The strangest thing I've ever done to get someone's attention? Two things come to mind. One -- I wrote letters to Hal Hartley when I was 22 -- and spent a week or so looking for the "pink diner" he said he frequented. But it didn't work. He thought I was a stalker. And two -- I moved to LA for 3 months to get someone's attention. That didn't work either. I can't say more.
KLC: If you had the opportunity to patent a brand new product, what might that be?
BB: Brand new product -- Dream-Activated Software - makes it possible to write directly from the dreamstate. Like, imagine the device in the Wim Wenders movie "Until the End of the World" -- what if, instead of putting the dreamer inside her dream, it could pump images directly from the dream into your computer, as text.
KLC: Which of the following is least likely to ever exist: bigfoot, elves, or government regulation on Wall Street?
BB: I'm gonna say government regulation on Wall Street. I know elves exist.
KLC: Wild card question! If you have a signature dish that no one makes better than you, tell us what is and tell us the secret ingredient. (Hint: you may lie.)
BB: Signature dish, since having a child I have become a master of Cookie Bars. The secret ingredient is extra vanilla!
KLC: Wild card question 2: If you could name someone famous—living or dead—as your emergency contact, who would it be?
BB: And my emergency contact would theoretically be Coco Chanel except I think she hated Jews. So she might bring me a jacket but she might not actually help.
Brooke's plays have been produced and developed across the US at theaters including: Primary Stages, The Second Stage, Steppenwolf, The Play Company, Soho Rep, Williamstown Theater Festival, Naked Angels, MCC, WET, SPF, New Dramatists, New Georges, The Hourglass Group and the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. In the UK, her work has been developed at The Royal Court Theatre, The National Theatre Studio and Pentabus. Plays include: Hunting and Gathering (Primary Stages); Smashing (The Play Company, The O'Neill); Until We Find Each Other (Steppenwolf, The O'Neill);The Triple Happiness (Second Stage), Sam and Lucy (SPF, Cleveland Playhouse), A Perfect Couple (WET), Out of the Water (Cape Cod Theater Project, ARS Nova),Casual Encounters (New Dramatists Creativity Fund) and others. Her plays are published by Broadway Play Publishing, Playscripts, The Backstage Books and Smith & Kraus.
Brooke is the recipient of a Berilla Kerr Award, a Helen Merrill Award, two Francesca Primus Awards, two LeCompte du Nuoy awards and a commissioning grant from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture. She recently completed a seven-year residency at New Dramatists, where she served on the Board of Directors and developed countless plays.