Events

Beer Tasting: The Body of an American
Friday, January 9, 2015 - 7:00pm

Join us for a pre-show beer tasting in our lobby from 7-8pm with Naked Brewing Company - complimentary for ticket-holders to that evening's performance!

Drexel University Event
Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 1:00pm

Drexel students, faculty, and staff are invited to a complimentary lunch reception before the 2:00pm performance and a post-show discussion with playwright Dan O’Brien. Tickets to the performance are just $10 for students with ID and $25 for faculty, staff, and guests. When reserving your tickets please let us know you are planning to attend this special Drexel University event.  If you purchase tickets online, please RSVP to the reception by emailing tickets@wilmatheater.org.    

Directors Gathering Dialogue
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 9:00pm

Immediately following the performance, Directors Gathering will sit with The Body of an American director Michael John Garcés for an audience-led conversation to discuss his work with the play and the behind-the-scenes process of making The Body of an American.

Opening Night: The Body of an American
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 7:30pm
Post-Show Chat: The Body of an American
Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 9:30pm

Journalist Paul Watson has long been haunted by the thought that his Pulitzer-winning photograph had international repercussions. Swarthmore professor Dominic Tierney discusses the impact of the media coverage of Somalia. Dominic Tierney is associate professor of political science, a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, and an official correspondent at The Atlantic.

He completed his PhD in international politics at Oxford University in 2003, and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Mershon Center at Ohio State University and the Olin Institute at Harvard University before coming to Swarthmore in 2005. In 2008-2009, he was a research fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

He has published three books:

- Failing to Win: Perceptions of Victory and Defeat in International Politics (Harvard University Press, 2006), with Dominic Johnson, which won the International Studies Association award for the best book published in 2006, and was nominated for the best book of the decade.

- FDR and the Spanish Civil War: Neutrality and Commitment in the Struggle that Divided America (Duke University Press, 2007), which was described by Diplomatic History (January 2009) as "a model of superb diplomatic history."

- How We Fight: Crusades, Quagmires, and the American Way of War (Little, Brown, & Co., 2010), which Ambassador James Dobbins, former Assistant Secretary of State for Europe, described as "A great theme, beautifully written and compellingly organized, it's a fitting update to Russell Weigley's classic [The American Way of War] and an important contribution to a national debate over the war in Afghanistan which is only gathering steam."

His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, NPR, and various academic journals.

Free Opera Screening of 'The War Reporter'
Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 4:30pm

The story of people haunted by inner voices, The War Reporter transforms the interior world of the mind into a powerful operatic drama by Jonathan Berger and Dan O'Brien. The War Reporter is based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize–winning photojournalist Paul Watson. Convinced that he is haunted by the ghost of an American soldier he photographed in Mogadishu in 1993, Watson seeks to rid himself of this curse. The opera will be followed by a conversation with Paul Watson and Dan O’Brien. Please RSVP to the screening by emailing tickets@wilmatheater.org.        

http://web.stanford.edu/group/visitations/

Conversation with Paul Watson and Dan O'Brien
Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 4:30pm

Presented in collaboration with the Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies and the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at Drexel University

Photojournalist Paul Watson and Playwright Dan O’Brien come together on the Wilma’s stage for a special conversation about their personal and professional experiences. Dan and Paul will share stories from the far reaches of the globe that led up to the creation of The Body of an American. Please RSVP to this free event by emailing tickets@wilmatheater.org.          

Post-Show Chat: The Body of an American
Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 9:30pm

Learn more about the production through discussions with artists and audience members following the performance.

Young Friends Night: The Body of an American
Friday, January 23, 2015 - 7:00pm

For audience members 35 and under, this performance includes a complimentary pre-show food and drink reception at the Wilma from 7-8pm!

Free Documentary Screening 'Under Fire: Journalists in Combat'
Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 4:30pm

Only two journalists were killed in World War I. Sixty-three journalists were killed in World War II.  In the last two decades almost a journalist a week has been killed, with the dead numbering in the thousands.   The conclusions are obvious.  Journalism in times of war has become an increasingly lethal endeavor - and extremely traumatic – as journalists are now viewed as natural targets by combatants; subject to kidnapping, torture and even beheadings. With journalists facing these new realities, UNDER FIRE weaves together combat footage and first-hand accounts by the journalists who were there to reveal what they see, think and feel as they confront the physical danger and savagery of war. Please RSVP to the screening by emailing tickets@wilmatheater.org.   

http://underfirejournalistsincombat.webs.com/

UArts Event
Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 1:00pm

University of the Arts students, faculty, and staff are invited to a complimentary lunch reception before the 2:00pm performance and a post-show behind the scenes tour. Tickets to the performance are just $10 for students with ID and $25 for faculty, staff, and guests. When reserving your tickets please let us know you are planning to attend this special University of the Arts event.  If you purchase tickets online, please RSVP to the reception by emailing tickets@wilmatheater.org.

Post-Show Chat: The Body of an American
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 4:00pm

Learn more about the production through discussions with artists and audience members following the performance; complimentary coffee provided!

Open Captioned Performance: The Body of an American
Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 2:00pm