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Full Length Play
11 men, 3 women
Winner of the 2017 Tony Award for Best Play.
Everyone remembers the stunning and iconic moment in 1993 when Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat shook hands on the South Lawn of the White House. But among the many questions that laced the hope of the moment was that of Norway’s role. How did such high-profile negotiations come to be held secretly in a castle in the middle of a forest outside Oslo? A darkly funny and sweeping play, OSLO tells the surprising true story of the back-channel talks, unlikely friendships, and quiet heroics that led to the Oslo Peace Accords between the Israelis and Palestinians. 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.
About the Author
J.T. Rogers’s plays include BLOOD AND GIFTS (National Theater, London; Lincoln Center Theater), THE OVERWHELMING (National Theatre, followed by UK tour with Out of Joint and BBC Radio; Roundabout Theatre); MADAGASCAR (Theatre 503, London; Melbourne Theatre Company), and WHITE PEOPLE (Off Broadway with Starry Night Productions). As one of the original playwrights for the Tricycle Theatre of London’s Great Game: Afghanistan, he was nominated for 2009 Olivier Award. His works have been staged throughout the United States and in Germany, Canada, and Israel, and are published by Faber and Faber and Dramatists Play Service. Recent awards include NEA/TCG and NYFA fellowships, the Pinter Review Prize for Drama, the American Theatre Critics Association’s Osborne Award, and the William Inge Center for the Arts’ New Voices Award. Rogers’s essays have appeared in American Theatre and in London’s Independent and The New Statesman. He is a member of New Dramatists and the Dramatists Guild and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. www.jtrogerswriter.com
“…as expansive and ambitious as any in recent Broadway history…[A] colossus [with] urgent behind-the-scenes intimacy at its fast-beating heart…a marvel of both expository efficiency and exciting showmanship, by which a big picture is revealed to be a composite shot of precisely defined, imperfect individuals.” —The New York Times.
“…unequivocally fascinating…This is what we call drama, and it’s what we live for.” —Variety.
“…a madly engrossing play…gripping human drama…[OSLO makes] diplomacy not just interesting but moving…” —New York Magazine.