The Body of an American

The Body of An American

The Body of An American

January 7 – 31

By Dan O’Brien

Directed by Jo Bonney

“If you do this, I will own you forever.”

Canadian photojournalist Paul Watson is haunted by the words he heard a dead soldier say as he took the photo that would win him the Pulitzer Prize and reshape American foreign policy. Playwright Dan O’Brien, struggling with ghosts of his own, reaches out to Watson, and the two forge a friendship as they reckon with the traumas that have shaped their lives. The Body of an American is a bold, radically theatrical and poetic true story that ranges from Afghanistan and Iraq to the Canadian High Arctic. The Winner of the inaugural Edward Kennedy Prize, the Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play, and the PEN Award for Drama.

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All photos by T. Charles Erickson


Dan O’Brien

Jo Bonney

Set Design
Richard Hoover

Costume Design
Ilona Somogyi

Lighting Design
Lap Chi Chu

Sound Design
Darren L. West

Projection Design
Alex Koch

Elizabeth Williamson

Stage Manager
Lori Ann Zepp

Assistant Stage Manager
Alisa Zeljeznjak


Michael Crane

Michael Cumpsty


Community Partners:

Veterans Art Foundation

Community Renewal Team

Till Duty is Done

Giant Steps Art Therapy Program

Veterans Homefront Theatre

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