The Body of an American (Paperback)

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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.

 

2014 Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play
2013 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama
2013 PEN Center USA Award for Drama
2011 L. Arnold Weissberger Award

 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.  

— Mr. Samuel French BODY OF AN AMERICAN

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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.

Praise For…


"Hauntings, on a personal and national scale, guilt, obsession and depression form the subject of this dense, knotty play... a play that tightens its grip as it probes where war lives, and discovers we each carry it inside ourselves." - The Guardian

"A feisty docu-drama about Paul Watson...a fascinating mix of troubled and troubling biography and autobiography...holds you in a steely grip." - Time Out

"An engrossingly subjective docu-drama which feels psychologically acute and politically important...a really superb piece of theatre." - The Stage

"The Body of an American is a play about writing a play but it’s also an intricate meditation on the nature of memory and guilt." - Evening Standard

"Provides ample food for thought… Moment by moment the livewire, oddly introspective theatrical experience keeps us on our toes, and accumulatively it presents us with a debate about where we should draw the line between observation and involvement, what’s good about curiosity and what’s bad." - Telegraph
Product Details
ISBN: 9780573703164
ISBN-10: 0573703167
Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.
Publication Date: October 10th, 2014
Pages: 94
Language: English