Dan O'Brien - Plays One
Published by Oberon
The 5 Plays in the Collection are ...
The Body of an American - M2
Two actors embody more than thirty roles in an exhilarating new form of documentary theatre, against a backdrop of some of the world's most iconic images of war
The House in Hydesville - M2,F5
At once an exploration of familial abuse and the need for spiritual transcendence
A compelling "true ghost story"
The Cherry Sisters Revisited - M1,F5
The five Cherry sisters' love of the vaudeville carries them to the bright lights of Broadway
A provocative comedy with music
The Voyage of the Carcass - M2,F1
Trapped in the ice at the North Pole, only three members of the doomed Carcass crew survive
The Dear Boy M3,F1
James Flanagan is not a kind teacher
But is he a good teacher?
He likes to think so
An intimate and stirring character study of a man forced to face his past, his present, and the life he may still yet live
"Dan O'Brien is a playwright-poet who, like a mash-up of Seamus Heaney and Dashiel Hammett, puts the audience in the middle of an unfolding mystery promising both revelation and terror, and delivering an equal measure of both" ~ Robert Schenkkan
"I run to Dan O'Brien plays. With absolute honesty and a poet's language, play by play, Dan is laying bare the human heart-often his own- trying to understand the heart's homelessness. With relentless courage, wonderful black humor and intricate narrative, Dan gets us where we most desire to go - intimacy. Dan's life is proving to be our roadmap home" ~ Bill Cain
"The Body of an American is a marvel in elegant construction. A story full of unexpected twists and turns, it captures the nightmare of war and our attempts to comprehend it via a mass media designed to both condemn and celebrate violence. Dan O'Brien has written a brilliant gem of a play" ~ Eric Bogosian
'The Body of an American is a play about writing a play but it's also an intricate meditation on the nature of memory and guilt' Evening Standard