Talking to Playwright Amy Herzog About Unexpected Poetry at The Park Slope Food Coop

12/19/2012 9:00 AM |


Playwright Amy Herzog’s new play, The Great God Pan, opened yesterday at Playwrights Horizons. An earlier play, 4000 Miles, was an Off-Broadway hit and a favorite of critics, including our own. Earlier this month, the New York Times awarded her its Outstanding Playwright Prize for After the Revolution. She lives in Brooklyn, so we asked her about all her favorite spots around town.

What neighborhood do you live in?
I’ve lived in the north part of Park Slope, close to Flatbush, for about four years. I originally came because a close friend with an amazing apartment was moving, and I jumped at the chance to live on the top floor of a beautiful brownstone for rent that was so far under market that I felt guilty about it. The karma hit me back a year and a half later when the owners sold the building. By then I was hooked on The Slope.

Best place to people watch?
The Brooklyn Larder has a pretty snazzy clientele.

Best place to drink?
I like the Hibiscus Margaritas at Fonda in the South Slope. For local and unpretentious, I enjoy the Park Slope Ale House, though I find if you want to sit outside in the summer you should bring our own mosquito nets.

Best restaurant?
Sorry to be so obvious, but Franny’s always hits the spot. The small dishes are ridiculous, and I am not generally a dessert person, but I swoon over the panna cotta.

Best bookstore or record store?
I like the Community Bookstore on Seventh Avenue and was excited to see it featured on my favorite TV show, Louie. (Though on the show they pretended it was in Manhattan, which is not cool.) If a cat-free environment is preferable, then BookCourt in Cobble Hill is lovely and tasteful.

Best grocery store/farmer’s market?
You either love the Food Coop or you believe it’s proof that socialism does not work. I love it. I also find that the the announcements over the PA system are an excellent source of found poetry:

To the member looking for her wheatgrass:
I found your tray on the floor
in aisle three.
It is now back in produce
where you can find it again.
I’m sorry you’re so angry.

Best laundromat/dry cleaner?
Well, we have laundry in our basement… um, do people really have favorite dry cleaners? The one I go to is on Seventh Avenue near Union. I think my clothes usually come back clean. Oh no, I’m not sure if they’re green, though. Am I living an unexamined life if I’ve never thought about this?