David Berry, 1943-2016

David Berry, the playwright and screenwriter whose acclaimed 1977 play, “G.R. Point” was based on his service in the Vietnam War,   died December 16  at age 73 following a heart attack. Berry joined the Army in 1968 after graduating from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. He received an early emergency discharge in Vietnam to take care of his two siblings following the death of his mother.

“G. R. Point”   ran Off Broadway and moved to Broadway in 1979 in a production starring Michael Moriarty, Michael Jeter, and Howard Rollins  The play takes place at Graves Registration Point in Vietnam in 1969. It deals with a recent college graduate who decides to write about what he sees in a series of letters to his mother. Much of the dialogue deals with how that decision goes over with the other men in his unit.

Berry  also wrote the play and screenplay of “The Whales of August, and the screenplay of “In the Shadow of a Rainbow.” He received an OBIE Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship.

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