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Dan O'Brien

Dan O'Brien is a playwright, poet, and librettist in Los Angeles. 

Dan O’Brien is an internationally produced and published playwright, poet, and librettist whose awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship in Drama & Performance Art, the inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, the Horton Foote Prize for Best New American Play, and the PEN Center USA Award for Drama. His most recent play, The House in Scarsdale: a Memoir for the Stage, premiered at Boston Court Pasadena in 2017 and received the 2018 PEN America Award for Drama. His docu-drama about the haunting of war reporter Paul Watson, The Body of an American, has been produced in recent years off-Broadway, in London, and regionally in Chicago, Washington DC, Denver, Hartford, Portland, and elsewhere. Dan O’Brien: Plays One was published in 2018 by Oberon Books in London. O’Brien lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actor, writer and producer Jessica St. Clair, and their daughter Isobel. More info at danobrien.org.

An Interview with Beth Henley
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An Interview with Beth Henley

29 September 2011

Dan O'Brien interviews Beth Henley about her play The Jacksonian, and what it means to be a playwright from the American South.

Writing About Myself
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Writing About Myself

23 January 2011

Playwright Dan O'Brien discusses the intersection between the personal and the political, and his findings which indicate that the most compelling stories come from the lives of others.