World-known: The Broadway theater district, New York City. (Photo: Alex Proimos /Wikimedia Commons)
In June, Oslo will play a significant role on Broadway, NYC. The plot of a new play deals with the conflict between Israel and Palestine.
The play Oslo is written by playwright J.T.Rogers, and is directed by Bartlett Sher. It tells the story of the 1993 Oslo Accords.
The Norwegian couple Mona Juul and Terje Røed-Larsen played a key role in top-secret negotiations for peace between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization PLO.
The negotiations took place in and around Oslo in the early 90s. That Israelis and Palestinians met in secret, was crucial. The meetings were not only controversial; they were also prohibited by Israeli law.
The play Oslo is called a dark comedy. It portrays a number of diplomats and politicians who arrange meetings around the world. In real life, the story was just as exciting – and the people involved among which had to mislead the press, accommodate on secret addresses, and rent cars under false names. Several also had private mobile phones, which was not common at that time.
Tony winners Jefferson Mays and Jennifer Ehle have been tapped to star in the world premiere of J.T. Rogers’ Oslo. Tony winner Bartlett Sher directs the Lincoln Center Theater production, which begins performances at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater on June 16. Opening night is set for July 11.
The two will play Terje Rød-Larsen and Mona Juul, a social scientist and Norwegian diplomat whose efforts culminated in the signing of the 1993 Oslo Accords. The cast will also include Michael Aronov, current Fiddler on the Roof star Adam Dannheisser, Daniel Jenkins, Dariush Kashani, Daniel Oreskes, Henry Russell, Joseph Siravo and T. Ryder Smith.
Today, Mona Juul is Norway’s Ambassador in London, and her husband Terje Røed-Larsen is President of the International Peace Institute, IPI, in New York.
Text modified by: Anette Broteng Christiansen, ThorNews