The Body Of An American

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(from left) Michael Cumpsty and Michael Crane in the Primary Stages production of The Body of an American by Dan O'Brien, directed by Jo Bonney at Primary Stages at the Cherry Lane Theatre.

In 1993, the photojournalist Paul Watson took three photographs of Somali dragging the body of an American soldier through the streets of Mogadishu. As he took the shots, he thought he heard the soldier, William David Cleveland, whisper: "If you do this, I will own you forever." The moment and its aftermath is the subject of a play, "The Body of An American", on through March 20 at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Brooke speaks with the playwright, Dan O'Brien, and with Watson about the photographs, the play, and their friendship. 

Information about 'The Body of An American' is available through the Cherry Lane Theatre's website.

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