Dan O’Brien is a playwright, poet, librettist, and recent Guggenheim Fellow in Drama &
Performance Art. His most recent play, The House in Scarsdale: A Memoir for the Stage has
received the 2018 PEN America Award for Drama. His play about the Battle of Mogadishu and the haunting of war reporter Paul Watson, entitled The Body of an American, has been
produced in recent years off-Broadway (NY Times Critic’s Pick), in London and Northampton, England (Gate Theatre / Royal & Derngate), and around the US. The Body of an Americanreceived the PEN Center USA Award for Drama, the inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, the Horton Foote Prize for Best New American Play, and was shortlisted for the UK’s Evening Standard Prize for Most Promising Playwright. O’Brien debut poetry collection, War Reporter, published in the US and the UK received the UK’s Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for a First Collection.
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