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1 January 2014 • by Gate Staff

Who is Dan O'Brien?

If you've seen The Body of an American, you've met Dan O'Brien - both playwright and one of the two characters within the play.  But how well do you really know him?  We caught up with him to get an insight into the man behind the character.

 
  • Height: 6'

  • Eye Color: Blue

  • City of Birth: New York, NY

  • City of Residence: Los Angeles, CA

  • Age: 40 as of quite recently. Jesus.

  • Occupation: Playwright & poet.

  • If I weren’t a (actor/ playwright-poet), I would bean actor. I used to act, a bit, and I do miss it sometimes.

  • A job I’d never ever do isPolitician.

  • The best place for a snack in Notting Hill: Jamie Oliver's Recipease -- nipped away here many times during rehearsals and previews of The Body of an American. Witnessed a pickpocketing close-up (and too late to stop it). Exciting. The Thai Chicken Curry and a Curiosity Porter is highly recommended.

  • Favorite movie of 2013: Hmm. Don't know. I don't like movies, mostly because I don't give a sh*t about superheroes. I did enjoy "Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa" on one of my recent LAX-Heathrow long-hauls. And I love (almost) anything my wife Jessica St. Clair has a role in -- like Afternoon Delight, or Enough Said.

  • Favorite song right now: Chris Knight's "Miles to Memphis"

  • Next country you’d like to see that you’ve never been to before: Australia

  • The most important photograph since the turn of the Millennium isI don't know about important. I don't feel qualified to make that call. But here's one of Paul Watson's I keep looking at and thinking about. It's of a shepherd boy in northern Iraq at the beginning of the war, as Kurdish rebels, with the aid of US Special Forces directing air strikes, drove Saddam Hussein's forces west toward Mosul. Not far away, Paul happened upon a similar field of sheep, slaughtered by an errant bombing. But this one's a very sweet, still picture, and in a way it says more about the horror of war than any photograph of carnage.
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If you've seen The Body of an American, you've met Dan O'Brien - both playwright and one of the two characters within the play.  But how well do you really know him?  We caught up with him to get an insight into the man behind the character.

 
  • Height: 6'

  • Eye Color: Blue

  • City of Birth: New York, NY

  • City of Residence: Los Angeles, CA

  • Age: 40 as of quite recently. Jesus.

  • Occupation: Playwright & poet.

  • If I weren’t a (actor/ playwright-poet), I would bean actor. I used to act, a bit, and I do miss it sometimes.

  • A job I’d never ever do isPolitician.

  • The best place for a snack in Notting Hill: Jamie Oliver's Recipease -- nipped away here many times during rehearsals and previews of The Body of an American. Witnessed a pickpocketing close-up (and too late to stop it). Exciting. The Thai Chicken Curry and a Curiosity Porter is highly recommended.

  • Favorite movie of 2013: Hmm. Don't know. I don't like movies, mostly because I don't give a sh*t about superheroes. I did enjoy "Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa" on one of my recent LAX-Heathrow long-hauls. And I love (almost) anything my wife Jessica St. Clair has a role in -- like Afternoon Delight, or Enough Said.

  • Favorite song right now: Chris Knight's "Miles to Memphis"

  • Next country you’d like to see that you’ve never been to before: Australia

  • The most important photograph since the turn of the Millennium isI don't know about important. I don't feel qualified to make that call. But here's one of Paul Watson's I keep looking at and thinking about. It's of a shepherd boy in northern Iraq at the beginning of the war, as Kurdish rebels, with the aid of US Special Forces directing air strikes, drove Saddam Hussein's forces west toward Mosul. Not far away, Paul happened upon a similar field of sheep, slaughtered by an errant bombing. But this one's a very sweet, still picture, and in a way it says more about the horror of war than any photograph of carnage.
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