The Body of an American

Illustration by Donald Ely
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This engrossing and provocative play tells the true story of the extraordinary friendship between playwright Dan O’Brien and war reporter Paul Watson, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of a dead American soldier being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu reshaped the course of global events. In a journey spanning Rwanda to Afghanistan to the Canadian Arctic, and with powerful, theatrical language, O’Brien explores mental health, war, friendship and the ethical consequences of personal actions. Don’t miss the winner of the 2014 Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play in its regional premiere.

“A play that tightens its grip as it probes where war lives, and discovers we each carry it inside ourselves.” – The Guardian

Production Information

Approximate Running Time
105 minutes


Paul Watson
Dan O'Brien

Creative Team

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