Casting Announced: The Body of an American

We’re thrilled to announce the casting of our 2016 production of The Body of an American by Dan O’Brien. The Body of an American tells the true story of an extraordinary friendship as two men, a war photojournalist and playwright, journey from some of the most dangerous places on earth to the depths of the human soul.

Crane, MichaelMICHAEL CRANE: New York Theater: Gloria (Vineyard); Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, King Lear and Richard III (Public Theater), Taking Care Of Baby (MTC), Doris To Darlene (Playwrights Horizons), The MAG-7 (Naked Angels), The Young Left (Cherry Lane), The Tenant (Woodshed Collective), West Moon Street (Prospect Theater Company), Bone Portraits (Stillpoint Prods), Brack’s Last Bachelor Party (59E59), Middlemen (Human Animals). Regional: Father Comes Home From The Wars (A.R.T.), Hamlet (Pioneer Theatre), Pig Iron Theatre Co., Long Wharf, Williamstown, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Weston Playhouse. TV/Film: Winter’s Tale, “Damages,” “White Collar,” “Forever,” “Law & Order,” “Kings.” MFA: NYU.

Michael Cumpsty MICHAEL CUMPSTY: Broadway: Machinal, The Winslow Boy, End of the Rainbow (Tony nomination), Sunday in the Park with George, The Constant Wife, Democracy, Copenhagen, Enchanted April, 42nd Street, Electra, 1776, Racing Demon, The Heiress, Translations, La Bete, Timon of Athens, Artist Descending a Staircase. Off Broadway: including Hamlet (Obie award), Richard ll, Richard lll, Twelfth Night, Timon of Athens, All’s Well That End’s Well, Cymbeline. Two River Theater: Absurd Person Singular, Present Laughter, Much Ado. TV: including “The Good Wife,” “Madam Secretary,” “The Knick,” “Elementary,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Law and Order,” “LA Law.” Film: including Eat Pray Love, Wall Street 2, The Visitor, Flags of our Fathers, The Ice Storm, Fatal Instinct, The Ex, Starting Out in the Evening.

Dan O'Brien, author of the play "The Body of an American" DAN O’BRIEN (Playwright): Dan O’Brien’s The Body of an American premiered at Portland Center Stage, directed by Bill Rauch, and received the Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play, the inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize, the PEN Center USA Award for Drama, and the L. Arnold Weissberger Award. In 2014 The Body of an American received a European premiere at the Gate Theatre in London and Royal & Derngate in Northampton, directed by James Dacre, and was shortlisted for an Evening Standard Drama Award. O’Brien’s debut poetry collection War Reporter was published in 2013 in the US and the UK, where it received the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize. O’Brien lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actress and writer Jessica St. Clair, and their daughter Isobel.

Jo Bonney

JO BONNEY (Director): Premieres: Suzan-Lori Parks’ Father Comes Home from the Wars (The Public Theater & ART, Boston); Neil LaBute’s adaptation of Strindberg’s Miss Julie (Geffen Theater); Lanford Wilson’s The Mound Builders (Signature Theater); David Rabe’s An Early History of Fire (The New Group); Eve Ensler’s Emotional Creature (Johannesburg & Cape Town, S.A.; Cine 13, Paris; Berkeley Theater; Signature Theater, NY); Lynn Nottage’s By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Second Stage, NY; Geffen Playhouse) (Drama Desk & Lucille Lortel Nom. Best Director); Neil LaBute’s Break of Noon and Fat Pig (MCC & Geffen); Culture Clash’s American Night (OSF, La Jolla PLayhouse, The Kirk Douglas); Naomi Wallace’s The Hard Weather Boating Party (Humana Festival) and Fever Chart (Public Theater); Michael Weller’s Beast (New York Theatre Workshop); Alan Ball’s All that I Will Ever Be (NYTW); Jose Rivera’s Adoration of the Old Woman (La Jolla Playhouse) and Reference to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot (Public Theater); Will Power’s The Seven (NYTW & La Jolla Playhouse) (L. Lortel Best Musical); Darci Picoult’s Lil’s 90th (Long Wharf Theatre); Christopher Shinn’s On the Mountain (Playwrights Horizons); Universes’ Slanguage (NYTW/ Mark Taper Forum); Diana Son’s Stop Kiss and Anna Deavere Smith’s House Arrest (Public Theater); Jessica Goldberg’s Good Thing (The New Group); Danny Hoch’s Some People and Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop (USA/Britain); Dael Orlandersmith’s Stoop Stories (Studio Theatre, Washington & The Goodman Theatre); Eric Bogosian’s Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll; Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead (USA/Britain) & Humpty Dumpty (McCarter Theatre) among others. Productions: John Pollono’s Small Engine Repair (MCC); Nilo Cruz’s Anna in the Tropics (Arena Stage); Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Neil LaBute’s Some Girl(s) (MCC); Lanford Wilson’s Fifth of July (Signature Theatre) (L. Lortel Best Revival); Charles Fuller’s A Soldier’s Play and Lisa Loomer’s Living Out (Second Stage); John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger (CSC) Recipient of a 1998 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Direction, the Lilly Award and editor of Extreme Exposure: An Anthology of Solo Performance Texts from the Twentieth Century (TCG).


For tickets to The Body of American, visit our website.

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