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Dan O'Brien's The Body of an American Opens at the Cherry Lane Theatre

The work explores O'Brien's friendship with Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Paul Watson.

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Michael Crane and Michael Cumpsty star in The Body of an American at the Cherry Lane Theatre.
(© Allison Stock)

The Primary Stages/Hartford Stage coproduction of Dan O'Brien's The Body of an American celebrated its New York opening at the Cherry Lane Theatre on February 23.

Director Jo Bonney and playwright Dan O'Brien celebrate their opening night.
(© Allison Stock)

Winner of the 2014 Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play and the inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Award, The Body of an American tells the true story of an extraordinary friendship as two men, war photojournalist Paul Watson and playwright O'Brien, journey from some of the most dangerous places on earth to the depths of the human soul.

Michael Cumpsty poses with Paul Watson, whom Cumpsty plays in The Body of an American.
(© Allison Stock)

Jo Bonney directs a company made up of Tony nominee Michael Cumpsty (Machinal) and Michael Crane (Gloria). The production features scenic design by Richard Hoover, costume design by Ilona Somogyi, lighting design by Lap Chi Chu, sound design by Darron L West, and projection design by Alex Basco Koch.

Dan O'Brien and Paul Watson are the subjects of O'Brien's new play, The Body of an American.
(© Allison Stock)

For tickets to the Primary Stages engagement, click here.

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