Dates: Oct 12–Nov 11
Run time: approximately three hours, with two intermissions
Location: Falls Theatre
Whisky, waffles, and a flash of hope.
A darkly funny and sweeping new play, Oslo tells the surprising story of the back-channel talks, unlikely friendships, and quiet heroics that led to the 1993 Oslo Accords between the Israelis and the Palestinians. As he did with such wit and intelligence in Blood and Gifts, J.T. Rogers presents a deeply personal story set against a complex political canvas.
The play is inspired by Norwegian diplomat Mona Juul and her husband, Terje Rød-Larsen, who together coordinated months of top-secret peace negotiations between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat in the early 1990s. Their strategy was to provide a comfortable room with a table filled with food and drink as inspiration for finding a connection and perhaps, eventually, a compromise.
Through the lens of the Norwegian couple’s perspective, OSLO takes dramatic license to imagine the individuals behind the historic event that resulted in the famous, ill-fated, handshake on the Rose Garden lawn on September 13, 1993.
Rogers’s other plays include The Overwhelming, White People, Madagascar, and he is a co-author of The Great Game: Afghanistan.
“Oslo is a wonderful and moving work that portrays how real diplomacy works. The play shows us what can happen when men and women on opposite sides of what is perceived as an intractable divide strive to create a shared humanity.” – Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary-General of the United Nations
“A disarmingly funny masterpiece.” – Huffington Post
“So human and so funny. Oslo is gripping, compelling, and compulsively watchable. This is what we call drama, and it’s what we live for. So, go, already—live!” – Variety
“The stuff of crackling theater…Oslo is a vivid, thoughtful, and astonishingly lucid account of a byzantine chapter in international politics.” – New York Times
“Big-boned and gripping.” – New York Magazine
“A riveting political thriller.” – Associated Press
“Exhilarating theatrical magic…Oslo makes high drama out of a complex set of negotiations that in any less wizardly hands would be a shallow biopic.” – John Guare, Tony Award-winning author of Six Degrees of Separation and The House of Blue Leaves