Hudson Theatre Works Presents The New Jersey Premiere Of THE BODY OF AN AMERICAN

Hudson Theatre Works Presents The New Jersey Premiere Of THE BODY OF AN AMERICAN

Hudson Theatre Works will present the New Jersey Premiere of "The Body of an American."

Canadian photojournalist Paul Watson is haunted by the words he heard a dead soldier say as he took the photo, in 1993, that would win him the Pulitzer Prize and reshape American foreign policy. Playwright Dan O'Brien, struggling with ghosts of his own, reaches out to Watson, and the two forge a friendship as they reckon with the traumas that have shaped their lives.

"The Body of an American" is a bold, radically theatrical and poetic true story that ranges from Afghanistan and Iraq to the Canadian High Arctic. Two actors play more than thirty roles in an exhilarating new form of documentary drama. The Winner of the inaugural Edward Kennedy Prize, the Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play, and the PEN Award for Drama.

About the cast and crew:


Gregory Erbach (Paul) Co-Founder, Vice President and Producing Director of HTW. Roles include: Pockey in Hudson Theatre Works’ production of  Michael Puzzo’s adaptation of  “Uncle Vanya,” Joey in “A Steady Rain” and Lenny Smalls in “Of Mice And Men”; Terry Malloy in the Northeast’s premier of Budd Shulberg’s “On the Waterfront,” Art Kroeger in the critically acclaimed “The Shannon Doyle Incident” at the Samuel Beckett. 

Tony Knotts (Dan) past credits include Regional: Master Harold...and The Boys (Hally), Tranquil (Aaron), Of Mice and Men (Curley), Tilt the Unlit Candle (Brenden), Enchanted Arms (Charles), (NYC Theater): Den of Thieves (Sal), Really, Really (Johnson), Claire Went to France (Johnathon), Night Blooming Jasmine (Ibrahim/Gabe), Film/TV: The Renovation (Joe), Rolling (Ben), SciFi's School Spirits (College Student), The Bar (Rob), La Traviatta (Craig). The Renovation, directed by Brian O'Neill, premiered at Lincoln Center and won The Merit Award at The Big Eddy Film Festival. 

Frank Licato (Director) Frank is Artistic Director of Hudson Theatre Works.  He is a 2018 recipient of the Tanne Foundation Award for artistic excellence.  He most recently acted and directed in “The Caretaker,” at Hudson Theatre Works.  His directing merits include an Applause Award from the New Jersey Theatre Alliance and a Perry Award for Best Director for “The Grapes of Wrath.”  He was named Best Director by the Off-Broadway Revue for his production of Sam Shepard’s “Seduced,” and his production of Neil LaBute’s “The Shape of Things” was selected as a regional finalist in the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival. His production of Robert Clem's "Fever" was voted a top 10 show at the 2001 New York International Fringe Festival and his production of “On the Waterfront” was made into the award winning documentary, “Waiting for Budd.”  He is a member of the Playwright and Director Unit of the Actors Studio.  He will next be seen in the Company Theater Group’s production of 12 Angry Men as Juror #3.

Set Design by Gregory Erbach, Projection by Sarah Clarehart, Lighting by Domino Mannheim, Costumes by Ann Lowe, Music/Sound by Donald Stark, and Stage Managed by Dawn M. D'Arrigo.

For more information or questions, go to and for tickets go Tickets are $25.00 in keeping with Hudson Theatre Works' policy of low price tickets. The show is sponsored by Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner and the city council, UBS, The Campbell Foundation, Actors Equity and Walmart.

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