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16 January – 14 February

Gate Theatre and Royal & Derngate Northampton's Underground Studio present...

The Body of an American

Box office: 020 7229 0706

Key Dates

£10 Gatecrasher Nights
  • Thu 16 Jan — 7.30pm
    Fri 17 Jan — 7.30pm
    Sat 18 Jan — 7.30pm

Press night
  • Mon 20 Jan — 7.00pm

Captioned performance
  • Thu 30 Jan — 7.30pm

Mogadishu, 1993. Paul is a Canadian photojournalist who is about to take a picture that will win him the Pulitzer Prize. Princeton 2007. Dan is a writer who is struggling to finish his play about ghosts. Both men live worlds apart but a chance encounter over the airwaves sparks an extraordinary friendship that sees them journey from some of the most dangerous places on earth to the depths of the human soul.

Flying from Kabul to the Canadian High Arctic, The Body of An American sees two actors jump between more than thirty roles in an exhilarating new form of documentary drama. It urgently places these two men’s battles – both public and private – against a backdrop of some of the world’s most iconic images of war.  

 

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Mon - Sat 7.30pm
Sat 3.00pm

★★★★
The Observer

★★★★
The Guardian

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The Telegraph

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Time Out

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Evening Standard

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Metro

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WhatsOnStage

★★★★★
Exeunt Magazine

The Body of an American is supported by Arts Council England, Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Royal Victoria Hall Foundation.

THE BODY OF AN AMERICAN PRODUCTION SYNDICATE:
Nancy and Tommaso Albanese
Louise Bhattacharjee
Kristina Borsy and Nick Turdean
Charles Cormick
Lisa Erickson Ocampo
Sarah Havens and Greg Sando
Ann and Ravi Joseph
Bill and Stephanie Knight
David and Linda Lakhdhir
Anne Marie and James Mackay
Georgia Oetker
Robert and Corinne Rooney
Chris Rust
William Smith Bowers

Dan O’Brien is a playwright and poet from New York, currently living in Los Angeles. His play The Body of American premiered at Portland Center Stage, directed by Bill Rauch, and received the
inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama, as well as the PEN Center USA Award for Drama.  His debut poetry collection, War Reporter, published in the UK and the US, received the 2013
Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. O’Brien’s previous plays have been produced off-Broadway and regionally in the US at Second Stage Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and elsewhere.
James is Artistic Director of Royal & Derngate, Northampton, having previously been Associate Director at the New Vic Theatre and Theatre503. His world premiere production of The Mountaintop (Theatre503 and Trafalgar Studios 1) won the 2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play and was nominated for a further five awards, Precious Little Talent (Trafalgar Studios) won Best Play at the 2011 London Theatre Festival Awards and was nominated for an Evening Standard Award, 4000 Miles (Bath Theatre Royal and transfer to The Print Room) was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize, The Thrill of Love (New Vic Theatre, Stephen Joseph Theatre and transfer to St James Theatre) is shortlisted for the 2013 Writer’s Guild Award, The Accrington Pals (Royal Exchange Theatre) won the 2013 UK Theatre Award for Best Design Team, and As You Like It (Shakespeare’s Globe, European Tour and 2012 revival) shared the UK Theatre Awards' 2011 Renee Stepham Award for touring. Other credits include King James Bible (National Theatre); Desire Under the Elms, Copenhagen and Bus Stop (New Vic Theatre), Judgement Day (The Print Room); Orpheus and Eurydice (National Youth Theatre and Old Vic); The Unconquered (Stellar Quines, UK Tour and Off-Broadway transfer) and Nightshifts (Traverse). Work Off-Broadway includes Baal, The Error of Their Ways, Work and Come and Go. James has directed new plays by Mike Poulton, Roy Williams, Amanda Whittington, Katori Hall, Dic Edwards, Suzan Lori Parks, Ed Kemp, Molly Davies, Torben Betts, Bekah Brunstetter and Ella Hickson amongst others. He has been awarded Fulbright and Schubert Fellowships in Theatre Directing and trained on the ITV/Channel 4 Regional Theatre Director’s Scheme.
William has worked extensively in Television, Theatre, Radio and Film (including ‘James Loveless' one of the Tolpuddle martyrs in Bill Douglas’ final film Comrades).    He has appeared in many of our most popular television series, The Bill, Casualty, Hope and Glory, Dangerfield, Spooks, People like us, Attachments… but is best known for his role as Professor Leo Dalton in Silent Witness recently leaving after eleven series. On stage he has worked in a variety of productions at the York Theatre Royal, the Bristol Old Vic, the Swan Theatre Worcester, and the Soho Poly. Roles include Dr Polidori in the premiere of Howard Brenton's Bloody Poetry at Hampstead Theatre, Brian Epstein in John, Paul, Ringo, George and Bert at the Young Vic, and Dr Joseph Cardin in Howard Davies' production of The Children’s Hour at the National Theatre.  He has most recently completed an ATG tour of Terence Rattigan's Less than Kind. On radio his credits include  The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency,  the role  of Ian Smith in Kwame Kwei-Armah’s God’s  President,  and most recently The Dreamer with Jane Asher.  He has read innumerable audio books including most of Bernard Cornwell’s ‘Sharpe’ series and played the part of Dr Locke in The Archers for six years.
For theatre, Damien’s work includes If You Don’t Let Us Dream, We Won’t Let You Sleep (Royal Court), Travelling Light (National Theatre) and ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (West Yorkshire Playhouse – 2nd Prize for the Ian Charleson Award). For television, his work includes Suspects, Ripper Street and Being Human.
Recent work: Edward II (costume), National Theatre; Victoria Station/One For The Road (The Young Vic/Print Room); Blake Diptych (Laban and Southbank Centre); A Clockwork Orange, (Stratford East); The Marriage of Figaro, Takin'  Over the Asylum, A Christmas Carol, (Glasgow Citizens and Edinburgh Lyceum); The Adventures of Mr Broucek (Opera North and Scottish Opera co-production); The Lion’s Face (The Opera Group/ROH2); She Town, A Doll’s House, The Elephant Man-CATS award Best Design and TMA nomination, Anna Karenina, Equus, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast -CATS award Best Design (Dundee Rep)While You Lie (Traverse); The Marriage of Figaro (Sadlers Wells); The Gentle Giant (ROH Education);Tobias and the Angel -selected as part of the UK team Prague Quadrennial (Young Vic); The Nose (ROH2); Beyond the Rave (Hammer Films). Alex is one of the Gate’s Jerwood Young Designers for 2013.  
This is Charles’s 14th production at the Gate Theatre, from Blood of Angels (1987) to Body of an American (2014).
 
Other theatre credits include: The Alchemist, A Midsummer Night’s Dream – A Play for the Nation, Queen Anne, Hecuba, The Christmas Truce, I’ll Be the Devil (RSC); Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (National Theatre); Mojo, Richard III, Posh, Through the Leaves (West End); The River (Broadway); Torn, Choir Boy, The River, Chicken Soup With Barley, The Girlfriend Experience, Now or Later, The Ugly One, Country Music (Royal Court); Ah Wilderness, dirty butterfly, The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Young Vic); The Events (ATC/Young Vic/New York Theatre Workshop); Minetti (Edinburgh International Festival); The Suppliant Women (ATC/Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh); Jumpers for Goalposts, The Angry Brigade (Paines Plough/Bush Theatre); Orlando, The Accrington Pals (Royal Exchange, Manchester); The Hook (Northampton Royal/Liverpool Everyman); The Borrowers, Catch-22 (Northern Stage); The Tempest (Liverpool Playhouse); Marilyn, Ghosts (Glasgow Citizens); The English Game, Angels in America (Headlong); The Duchess of Malfi, Hedda Gabler (West Yorkshire Playhouse).
 
Dance credits include: Over 30 works with the Richard Alston Dance Company (Sadlers Wells & worldwide); Hyrdrargyrum, Labyrinth of Love, Bloom (Rambert); Run For It (Scottish Ballet/Cultural Olympiad); Magical Night, The Red Balloon (ROH/Aletta Collins); Woman in Memory (Tate Modern/Rosemary Butcher); Shaking World (Beijing Dance Academy); Eden/Eden (Stuttgart Ballet/San Francisco Ballet/Wayne McGregor).
 
Opera/Music credits include: La Bainca Notte (Hamburg Opera); Carmen (Vlaamse Opera); OperaShots, La Voix Humaine (ROH); Carmen, Werther, Saul (Opera North); Silence Night & Dreams (Athens Acropolis); Jordan Town (Errollyn Wallen); Hagoromo, Thimble Rigging (Queen Elizabeth Hall).

Adrienne is a freelance sound designer and composer. She trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London.  

Previous shows include:Splendour, (Donmar Warehouse); Bad Jews (Arts, London); Ghost Train (Royal Exchange, Manchester); The Whipping Man  (TRP, Plymouth); The Ladykillers (Watermill); Sex & 3 day week (Liverpool Playhouse); Inside Wagner’s Head (Royal Opera House); Grand Guignol, (Southwark); Juvenalia (Assembly, Edinburgh); Every Last Trick (Spymonkey); Untold Stories (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Goya (Gate Theatre); Tale of Two Cities, Body of an American (Royal & Derngate, Northampton); After Electra (Tricycle Theatre) Get Happy, And the Horse, Fräulein Julie (Barbican); Too Clever, You Can’t Take It With You (Royal Exchange); Merit (Theatre Royal Plymouth); Chekov in Hell (Soho Theatre); The Astronaut’s Chair, Horse Piss for Blood, Nostalgia (Theatre Royal Plymouth); The Shawl, The Container  (Young Vic); The Vortex (Rose Theatre, Kingston); The Importance of Being Earnest (Hong Kong Arts Festival); Three Little Pigs (Circo Ridiculoso); One Monkey (Eclipse); Rings of Saturn (Cologne);  The Roundabout (Paines Plough); Stockholm (Frantic Assembly); Thomas Hobbes (Royal Shakespeare Company); 365 (National Theatre Scotland); Woyzeck (St Ann’s, NYC); The Painter (Arcola Theatre); Reykjavik (Roundhouse); 93.2FM (Royal Court); The Fastest Clock (Hampstead Theatre); Faustus, School for Scandal, Volpone, The Duchess of Malfi (Stage on Screen).

www.adriennequartly.com

Theatre credits include Roots (Donmar Warehouse), Paper Dolls (Tricycle Theatre), A Marvellous Year for Plums (Chichester), Going Dark (Fuel Theatre), Orpheus and Eurydice(National Youth Theatre Old Vic Tunnels), Tristan and Isolde (Grange Park Opera), Fat Girl Gets a Haircut (The Roundhouse), Tiger Country (Hampstead Theatre), The King and I (Leicester Curve), Desire Under the Elms (New Vic Staffordshire), Seize the Day (Tricycle Theatre), Tales of Ballycumber (Abbey Theatre Dublin), It’s a Wonderful Life (Wolsey Theatre Ipswich), The Mountaintop (Trafalgar Studios), Just Add Water and Faultline (Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company), Rushes (Royal Ballet), The Ring Cycle (ROH), Sugar Mummies and Hitchcock Blonde (Royal Court Theatre), Julius Caesar (The Barbican and tour), Richard II (The Old Vic), The Woman in White (Palace Theatre London and Marquis Theatre NY), His Dark Materials, Henry V, The Coast of Utopia and South Pacific (National Theatre), Jumpers (National Theatre, Piccadilly Theatre and Brooks Atkinson NY), The Duchess of Malfi and The Powerbook (National Theatre and tour).  Dick studied Fine Art combining photographic and mixed media installations with post graduate study in graphic design. Dick has designed for many seminal theatre, fashion, commercial and architectural projection events and formed the company Mesmer for video designers with common interests in visual and performance based activities. Dick’s range of  experience has extended over technological advances whilst still being grounded in traditional visual language. He is involved in image production, post production editing and animation and the delivery of the content into the display system. Dick’s interest isdesigning projection that involves creating content for unusual spaces and contexts.

16 January – 14 February

Gate Theatre and Royal & Derngate Northampton's Underground Studio present...

The Body of an American

Box office: 020 7229 0706

Key Dates

£10 Gatecrasher Nights
  • Thu 16 Jan — 7.30pm
    Fri 17 Jan — 7.30pm
    Sat 18 Jan — 7.30pm

Press night
  • Mon 20 Jan — 7.00pm

Captioned performance
  • Thu 30 Jan — 7.30pm