The Body of an American

The Body of an American

by: Dan O'Brien

by: Dan O'Brien

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The Body of an American

The Body of an American

by: Dan O'Brien

by: Dan O'Brien

Overview

Dan O'Brien's gripping and provocative play, The Body of an American speaks to a moment in recent history when a single, stark photograph - of the body of an American dragged from the wreck of a Blackhawk through the streets of Mogadishu - reshaped the course of global events. In a story ranging far in time and place, from Rwanda to Afghanistan to the Canadian Arctic, and in powerful, theatrical language, Dan O’Brien explores the ethical and personal consequences of Paul Watson’s photograph, as well as the interplay between political upheaval and the experience of trauma in an age saturated by images and information.

In his multi-award-winning play, Dan O'Brien pinpoints a globally historic moment, and with it, shines a light on deeply personal issues relevant to our time and culture. 

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Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

Details

  • Genre: Docudrama/Historic
  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Cast Attributes: All Male
  • Target Audience: Adult, Senior

Authors

Dan O'Brien

Dan O’Brien is a playwright, poet, and librettist. His play The Body of an American received the inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize, the Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Pl ...

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