For Immediate Release
Contact: Theresa M. MacNaughton,
office 860-520-7114, cell 203-213-4102    

Hartford Stage Awarded Grant from Connecticut Humanities to Support
The Body of an American

CT HumanitiesHartford, CT – December 16, 2015 – A $1,500 grant to Hartford Stage, awarded by Connecticut Humanities, will help support four free community events surrounding The Body of an American next month.

The Body of an American is an important play about the close friendship developed between two journalists who have observed some of the world’s most recent atrocities,” said Michael Stotts, Managing Director for Hartford Stage. “This play will spark conversations in the community about PTSD and other emotional outcomes of such experiences. We are grateful to Connecticut Humanities for providing a grant that will help support the cost of some of these conversations.”

Dan O'Brien
Playwright Dan O'Brien

The Connecticut Humanities award will help Hartford Stage in providing four free events coinciding with the run of the play, including: A Conversation with Paul Watson and Dan O’Brien on Monday, January 11 at 7:30 pm; a month-long art exhibit from members of the Veterans Art Foundation; War Talk with Dan O’Brien, playwright of The Body of an American, and Emma Sky, author of The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq, at the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford on Thursday, January 14; and The Journey Home: A Veteran’s Perspective – a post-show panel discussion following the performance of The Body of an American on Thursday, January 21.

Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, supports cultural and historic organizations that tell the state’s stories, build community and enrich lives.

The Body of an American runs at Hartford Stage January 7 through January 31, 2016. Tickets for all shows start at $25. For group discounts (10 or more), contact Theresa MacNaughton at 860-520-7114. Hartford Stage also offers a 50% discount on all tickets to active duty and veteran military personnel and their immediate families. To purchase tickets through the Hartford Stage box office, call 860-527-5151.

For additional information on The Body of an American and event programming, visit    


Now in our 52nd year, Hartford Stage is one of the nation’s leading resident theatres, known for producing innovative revivals of classics and provocative new plays and musicals, including 68 world and American premieres, as well as offering a distinguished education program, which reaches more than 20,000 students annually.

Hartford Stage has earned many of the nation’s most prestigious awards, including four 2014 Tony Awards for A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder on Broadway, including Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical by Darko Tresnjak, and the 1988 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Other national honors include Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, OBIE, and New York Critics Circle awards. Hartford Stage has produced nationally renowned titles, including the New York transfers of Enchanted April, The Orphans' Home Cycle; Resurrection (later retitled Through the Night); and Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Water by the Spoonful, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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