‘Oslo’ Launches on Great White Way this Spring; Tickets Available Now
A new play will soon be arriving on the Great White Way. Following a sell-out off-Broadway run at Lincoln Center Theater last year, Oslo by J.T. Rogers will open at LCT's Broadway space, the Vivian Beaumont Theater, later this month.
Directed by Bartlett Sher (Fiddler on the Roof, South Pacific, Joe Turner's Come and Gone), Oslo focuses on the events of the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords between the Israelis and Palestinians. The play focuses on the personal stories and back-channel talks behind the historical event, which marked the first time the two nations formally recognized each other and committed themselves to negotiate a solution to their ongoing conflict. The accord, which was signed by leaders Yassar Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin, ultimately broke down, however, and the process laid out in the agreement was never completed.
The play's off-Broadway debut was highly praised by critics. Ben Brantley of the New York Times described the "vivid and thoughtful" show as "crackling theater," while Marilyn Stasio of Variety noted it was "compulsively watchable."
"This is what we call drama, and it's what we live for," Stasio exclaimed in her review. "So, go, already - live!"
David Rooney of the Hollywood Reporter also offered praise for the new play. "This is a play alive with tension, intrigue, humor, bristling intelligence and emotional peaks that are subdued yet intensely moving," Rooney wrote, "which concludes unexpectedly on a poignant note of hope."
The Broadway production will retain its off-Broadway cast, which is led by such theatre veterans as Jefferson Mays (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, I Am My Own Wife) and Jennifer Ehle (The Coast of Utopia). Rounding out the cast are Michael Aronov, Anthony Azizi, Adam Dannheisser, Daniel Jenkins, Dariush Kashani, Jeb Kreager, Christopher McHale, Daniel Oreskes, Angela Pierce, Henny Russell, Joseph Siravo, and T. Ryder Smith.
Oslo also features set design by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lights by Donald Holder, and sound by Peter John Still.
Playwright Rogers' previous work includes Blood and Gifts at Lincoln Center, The Overwhelming (National Theatre, UK), and Madagascar (Melbourne Theatre Company). He received an Olivier Award nomination as one of the playwrights of The Great Game: Afghanistan at the Tricycle Theatre in London.
Oslo will begin previews at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on March 23, prior to an official opening on April 13. Oslo tickets can be purchased directly through the box office.
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