Spotlight on: "Oslo"
How did the 1993 Middle East peace talks come to be held secretly in a castle in the middle of a forest outside Oslo?
ABOUT THE SHOW
A darkly funny and sweeping new play, Oslo
tells the surprising true story of the back-channel talks, unlikely friendships and quiet heroics that led to the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords between the Israelis and Palestinians. Playwright J.T. Rogers presents a deeply personal story set against a complex historical canvas: a story about the individuals behind world history and their all-too-human ambitions.
- The genesis of the play occurred during the run of a previous play by J.T. Rogers at Lincoln Center Theater, Blood and Gifts. Director Barlett Sher introduced his friend Terje Rød-Larsen, a Norwegian diplomat, to the playwright. Over drinks, Larsen shared that he and his wife, Mona Juul, now Norway's Ambassador to the UN, had covertly organized the back-channel talks between the State of Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization that led to the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords. Rogers knew he had his next play (and his director).
- Past productions that have begun at the Mitzi Newhouse Theater and moved upstairs to the Vivian Beaumont include the 2000 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Contact, as well as John Guare’s 1990 play Six Degrees of Separation, which is being revived on Broadway this season.
The world premiere of Oslo
took place at Lincoln Center Theater’s Off Broadway venue, the Mitzi Newhouse Theater, in the summer of 2016, before transferring to Broadway.