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RE: Damien appearing in 'The Body Of An American' by Dan O'Brien | London and Nottingham early next year
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Going to see it 6th Feb.. one of the evenings with a debate after the show! can't wait to see Damien..plus i've always loved William in Silent Witness too.

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Yay, happy you are able to go too Matty! 3 times? wow Laura that is dedication! Agreed Su, so second time around we want detailed blow by blow account!

Wow this really isn't that far away now. Damien really has worked hard this year and it sounds like next year will be no exception.

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Yes I am hoping that I will be able to remember as much as possible this time. I may record it on my phone, not to put online anywhere or anything but just so I can remember what he says!! Lol!! The molony effect makes my already useless memory even worse.

Feels like a long way off for me yet. 2 whole months! Still so excited that he is doing this. What a lovely suprise for us over Christmas :) xx

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the announcement was the perfect christmas pressie hey!

If there are stage door opportunities, Maybe someone will be able to ask Damien if he would record a tiny video message like he did once for the BH fans, when he said he couldn't wait for us to see it! He has always been very gracious about posing for photos and the fan vids.

The run at Gate Theatre begins 16th January, that's only 20 days away! theatre

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Ooh yes that is a fab idea! I may try to ask him when I go the second time as long as there aren't too many people there..

Only 20 days till some lucky people get to see our lovely damo! Jealous! Lol xx

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Just wondering if anyone going on opening night?  



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Is anyone going on closing night?



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Not as far as I'm aware! Xx

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I know I can't go to opening night because we're seeing War Horse that night. Closing will be in Northampton so unlikely for me as well!

But then, still waiting on my husband to give me his free dates so we can book generally, lol!

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19 days until the UK premiere of 'The Body of an American' at The Gate Theatre in London!

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Dan O'Brien has a fab website, check it out here

See Dan talking about the play in the Royal &Derngate season trailer below

(2.32 mark)



'The Body of an American' is available as a Pre-Publication Manuscript here

 

with the following notes about the play:

 

Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Docudrama/Historic

120 minutes (2 hours)

Settings Of Play - Various times and locations, then the Arctic in the present.

 

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Multimedia

Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

 

THEMES

Current Events, Death, Politics, War,

 

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Winner! 2013 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama 
Winner! 2011 L. Arnold Weissberger Award

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 powerful, theatrical language, O’Brien explores the ethical and personal consequences of Watson’s photograph, as well as the interplay between political upheaval and the experience of trauma in an age saturated by images and information.” - Columbia University, Kennedy Award Announcement

“A stark, intense work…an arresting script that elegantly ponders the implications of bearing witness to atrocity.” - Be Portland

“[The play’s] strength - in many ways, but not all - is that it deals less with battlefield maneuvers and casualties than with wars within, the fight each of us in some way wages against private hurts and fears and alienation.” - The Oregonian

The Body of An American was first presented by Portland Center Stage in Portland, Oregon, on October 9, 2012. It was directed by Bill Rauch. The play was commissioned and developed with support from The Playwrights’ Center’s 2009-2010 McKnight Commission and Residency Program, Minneapolis, MN. Additional support received from the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency, a Future Collaborations Grant from Theatre Communications Group, a Sundance Institute Time Warner Storytelling Fellowship, the 2010 PlayLabs at The Playwrights’ Center, the 2011 New Harmony Project, a workshop at Pioneer Theatre in 2011, and the 2011 JAW Festival at Portland Center Stage.
Characters

CASTING

2m 

MAN 1 - Dan and others, 30s 

MAN 2 - Paul and others, 50s
 

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

All Male

 

CASTING NOTES

Two actors play all the roles here—ideally one actor in his 30s, who plays Dan most of the time, and an actor in his 50s to mostly play Paul. The older of these two actors has the first line of the play, and with each new character-heading the actors alternate.



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Wow, that is a lot of information to take in.....main points floating around in my head right now....target audience = adult to senior? Hmmm....

2 actors will take on all the roles....promising!

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Done it! Greg and I are going on the 28th.

I *may* sneak another one in as well??? maybe the 23rd?

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Interesting info isn't it Su, I love that it will be just the two actors on stage for the entire play!

Woohoo congrats Kat! Excellent news that 3 Forum mods will be seeing Damien's next theatre work

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Booked some tickets to see it on March 1st. They arrived this morning! Really can't wait and I'm going to try and meet him so I'm kind of nervous..



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My tickets for 1 March in Northampton were waiting on my doorstep today too.
If you're going to the evening showing a bunch of us forumers are going then so we might see yo there IAmArmony.
Do try to meet him if you get the chance as he is lovely and will put your nerves at ease straight away.

I notice that his spotlight page has updated with The Body Of An American details & Damien has added the poster as the banner on his twitter account.

The more I read about this play the more intrigued I am to see it.
28 days & counting until my first viewing! coolbouncegiddy



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