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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

THE BODY OF AN AMERICAN by Dan O'Brien (New Jersey premiere at HTW)

THE BODY OF AN AMERICAN by Dan O'Brien (New Jersey premiere) 
October 17 to November 3  
“If you do this, I will own you forever,” words that haunted Canadian photojournalist Paul Watson.  A single, stark photograph—of the body of an American soldier dragged from the wreckage of a Blackhawk helicopter through the streets of Mogadishu—reshaped the course of global events and won war photographer Paul Watson the Pulitzer Prize. Yet, he is haunted by that shutter click. 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. In this gripping true story, the two explore the ethical and personal consequences of the photograph, as well as the interplay between political upheaval and the experience of trauma in an age saturated by images and information.  Winner of the inaugural Edward Kennedy Prize, the Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play, and the PEN Award for Drama, Body of an American  is a bold, radically charged, theatrical and poetic true story that ranges from Afghanistan and Iraq to the Canadian High Arctic..

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