by J.T. Roger
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. They were “two old warriors who personified the conflict between their peoples,” wrote The New York Times, “sealing the first agreement between [them] to end their conflict and share the holy land they both call home.” 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?
Beaumont Theater – Lincoln Center
First Preview 23, Mar 2017
Opening Night 13, Apr 2017
Cast & Creative
| Michael Aronov – Uri Savir
Director-General of the Foreign Ministry
| Anthony Azizi – Ahmed Qurie (‘Abu Ala’)
Finance Minister for the PLO
Adam Dannheisser – Yossi Beilin
Deputy Foreign Minister
Jennifer Ehle – Mona Juul
Official in the Foreign Ministry; reports to Jan Egeland; married to Terje
| Daniel H. Jenkins – Jan Egeland
Deputy Foreign Minister Ron Pundak
Junior professor of economics at the University of Haifa
| Dariush Kashani – Hassan Asfour
Official PLO liaison with the Palestinian Delegation at multilateral US-spo
| Jeb Kreager – Trond Gundersen
Officer with the Police Intelligence Service
| Jefferson Mays – Terje Rød-Larsen
Director of the Fafo Institute for Applied Social
Christopher McHale – Thor Bjornevog
Senior officer with the Police Intelligence Servic American Diplomat
Daniel Oreskes – Shimon Peres
Foreign Minister Yair Hirschfeld
Senior professor of economics at the University of Haifa
| Angela Pierce
Henny Russell – Marianne Heiberg
Executive with the Fafo Institute; works for Terje; married to Johan
Housekeeper and cook at the Borregaard estate outside Oslo; married to Finn Swedish Hostess
Joseph Siravo – Joel Singer
Senior law partner for a Washington, D.C. firm
T. Ryder Smith – Johan Jorgen Holst
Foreign Minister; married to Marianne
Groundsman at the Borregaard estate outside Oslo; married to Toril
Wheelchair access to the Beaumont and Newhouse Theaters is available from the street-level entrance via a manned elevator located to the right of the large mural.
J. T. Rogers Playwright
J. T. Rogers is an internationally recognized American playwright who lives in Brooklyn, New York. He is a graduate of the professional actor-training program of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he was made an Honorary Doctor of Performing Arts in 2009.
Rogers is known for plays that deal with what he called “theater that engages the public realm” in his much-discussed Laura Pels Keynote address to the New York theatre community in 2008. The speech was published as an essay in American Theatre magazine called “Writing Without Borders”. His play The Overwhelming, in which an American family who arrive in Kigali, Rwanda, in early 1994, must confront life-and-death realities of the Rwandan Genocide, had its world premiere at the Cottesloe Theatre, Royal National Theatre, London, in association with Out of Joint, in May 2006. It then toured throughout the UK and was performed on BBC radio. Its American premiere was at the Roundabout Theatre in September 2007. For the play, Rogers received the Otis Guernsey New Voices Playwriting Award at the 2007 William Inge Theatre Festival in Independence, Kansas. The Overwhelming has since been done throughout the world, selected as a Top 10 Play of the Year by Time Magazine, Time Out New York and the Chicago Tribune, and nominated for Best Play of the Year by London’s South Bank Show and Boston’s Elliot Norton Awards.
In 2009, Rogers was the sole American playwright along with 11 British authors to create The Great Game: Afghanistan for the Tricycle Theatre, London. The cycle of plays was a sensation, garnering an Olivier nomination for all involved. Rogers has since turned his contribution into the full-length play Blood and Gifts, which debuted at the Lyttelton Theatre, Royal National Theatre, London, in September 2010, starring Lloyd Owen. In late 2011, it was given its American premiere at Lincoln Center Theater, where it garnered tremendous critical acclaim.
J. T. Rogers’s best known play is Madagascar; set in a hotel room overlooking the Spanish Steps in Rome, it is about a mysterious disappearance that haunts the life of the play’s three characters. It was commissioned by and had its world premiere at the Salt Lake Acting Company, where it received the American Theatre Critics Association’s 2004 M. Elizabeth Osborn Award and the 2005 Pinter Review Prize for Drama, which included its first publication by the University of Tampa Press and a related public dramatic reading. It was also a finalist for the ATCA’s Steinberg New Play Award and performed at the Summer Play Festival in New York City in July 2005. In 2010, the play had its Australian premiere at the Melbourne Theatre Company and its European debut at London’s Theatre 503.
Rogers’s other plays include White People, which had its world première at the Philadelphia Theatre Company and then received the L.A. Drama Critics Circle and John Barrymore Award nominations for “Best Play of the Year”. The revised play was produced by Starry Night Entertainment Off-Broadway in 2009, and has been seen at the English Theatre of Berlin. The play was seen in repertory with Madagascar at the Road Theatre in Los Angeles in 2010. His Seeing the Elephant was nominated for the Kesselring Prize for “Best New American Play”, and his play Murmuring in a Dead Tongue was produced by Epic Rep, in New York City, where he is a company member, in its 2003–2004 season. In 2008, it was mounted as part of the inaugural DC Theater Alliance.
His works have been seen at the Williamstown Theater Festival, New Theatre of Coral Gables, Florida, New Actors Union Theatre (Moscow), Road Theatre (Los Angeles), and often at the Salt Lake Acting Company. He is a founding member of The Next Stage, in New York City, which produced his plays Bob Comes to Life, Above the Beasts, and Frankfurt. In September 2004, he was artist-in-residence at the Eugene O’Neill Center. He has also been a guest artist at Truman State University (Missouri), and lectured at the schools of drama at Columbia University, Northwestern, Yale, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and the University of Utah and at the Claremont McKenna College School of Economics. In July 2016, his political drama Oslo premiered at the Newhouse theatre.
After receiving nearly universal acclaim, it has been slated for a Broadway run at the Beaumont theatre.
He was selected as one of ten playwrights in the United States to receive a NEA/TCG Theatre Residency for 2004–2005, through which he was playwright in residence at the Salt Lake Acting Company (Salt Lake City). In 2004 and 2008, Rogers was awarded playwriting fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts. His plays are published by Faber and Faber in the US and UK and in acting editions in the US through Dramatists Play Service and Playscripts. Rogers is a member of the Dramatists Guild and a resident playwright at New Dramatists. In 2012, he won a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for his work.
The Overwhelming (2004)
Murmuring in a Dead Tongue (1998; 2003)
Seeing the Elephant
Above the Beasts
Bob Comes to Life
Chicks ‘N Beer
The Saddest Lines
Blood and Gifts
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