Seven 2017 Tony Award Nominations:
Best Play, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Jefferson Mays), Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Jennifer Ehle), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (Michael Aronov), Best Direction of a Play, Best Scenic Design of a Play, Best Lighting Design of a Play.
Real World Politics Reimagined for the Stage:
Lincoln Center Theater presents Oslo, a darkly comic political thriller about the secret talks that led to the 1993 peace agreement between Israel and the PLO.
From the Producers:
How did the 1993 Middle East peace talks come to be held secretly in a castle in the middle of a forest outside Oslo? 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. 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.
Multiple Awards for a Political Thriller:
Oslo originated from a chance connection between playwright J. T. Rogers and Norwegian diplomat Terje Rød-Larsen, through a mutual acquaintance, director Bartlett Sher. Through that mutual relationship, Rogers learned of the diplomat’s unheralded work developing “back-channel” communications in the 1990s negotiations, and took an interest in developing the story into a play – noting that the story fit his playwriting interests. The world premiere production opened Off Broadway in July 2016 at Lincoln Center Theater’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. Oslo transferred to Broadway and opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in April 2017. Director Bartlett Sher as well as the entire original Off-Broadway cast have reprised their roles in the Broadway production. The play won four 2017 Lucille Lortel Awards: Outstanding Play, Bartlett Sher for Outstanding Director, Jennifer Ehle for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play and Michael Aronov for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play. The play also received the 2017 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Broadway Play, the 2017 New York Drama Critics’ Circle award as Best Play and the 2017 Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play.
Oslo – Drama in Diplomacy:
New York Daily News: “Smart, touching and spiked with spy-novel tension and wry humor…”
New York Magazine: “Madly engrossing…Oslo turns the negotiations that led to the Israeli-Palestinian peace accord of 1993 into gripping human drama.”
New York Times: “Thrilling…directed with a master’s hand by Bartlett Sher. “Oslo” has now become the colossus it was always meant to be, while giving an even sharper focus to the urgent behind-the-scenes intimacy at its fast-beating heart.”
Variety: “Unequivocally fascinating…”