Oslo: a remarkable story of humanity at Chicago's Broadway Playhouse

Oslo: a remarkable story of humanity at Chicago's Broadway Playhouse
(L. To R.) Terje Rød-Larsen (Scott Parkinson, Hassan Asfour (Amro Salama), Ahmed Qurie (Anish Jethmalani), Yair Hirshfeld (Ron E. Rains), and Ron Pundak (Bernard Balbot) Photo credit: Brett Beiner photography

A true story about how a human approach can mend high fences

The Timeline production of “Oslo,” a remarkable story about the unlikely friendships between countries, makes its Chicago premiere at Broadway Playhouse.

This true story showcases the path two longtime enemies–Israel and Palestine–follow to find a way that no one thought possible to reach an agreement that brought peace to the region. 

Scott Parkinson as Terje Larsen and Bri Sudia as Mona Juul. Photo: Brett Beiner Photography

Scott Parkinson as Terje Larsen and Bri Sudia as Mona Juul. Photo: Brett Beiner Photography

When the Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat shook hands on the White House lawn in 1993, the world had no idea what it took to orchestrate that momentous occasion.

The top secret plan that resulted in the agreement was hatched behind the scenes, by a Norwegian diplomat (Bri Sudia as Mona Juul) and her social scientist husband (Scott Parkinson as Terje Larsen) resulting in the stranger than fiction story of “Oslo.”

The intricate, top secret, and sometimes comical scheme to gather an unexpected assortment of players at an idyllic estate just outside Oslo had its ups and down before arriving at its successful climax.

L. to R. Palestinian representatives Ahmed Qurie (Anish Jethmalani and Hassan Asfour (Amro Salama) and Israeli representative Uri Savir (Jed Feder).  Photo: Brett Beiner Photography

L. to R. Palestinian representatives Ahmed Qurie (Anish Jethmalani and Hassan Asfour (Amro Salama) and Israeli representative Uri Savir (Jed Feder).  Photo: Brett Beiner Photography

Far from any international glare, mortal enemies were able to face each other not as adversaries, but as fellow human beings through debate, disagreements, dialogue and sometimes even humor through which they discovered similarities that we all share as humans. 

Playwright J.T. Rogers’ “Oslo” is a humorous, surprising, and inspiring true story about the people inside politics, and the incredible progress that is possible when we focus on what makes us human—together.

The cast stars Scott Parkinson as Terje Larsen and Bri Sudia in an award-worthy performance as Mona Juul, with TimeLine Company Member Anish Jethmalani as Ahmed Qurie and Jed Feder as Uri Savir, and Bernard Balbot, Ron E. Rains, Amro Salama, Stef Tovar, Bassam Abdlefattah, Tom Hickey, Victor Holstein, and TimeLine Company Members Juliet Hart and David Parkes.

The creative team includes J.T. Rogers (Playwright), Nick Bowling (Director), Jeffrey D. Kmiec (Scenic Designer), Jesse Klug (Lighting Designer), Christine Pascual (Costume Designer), Katie Cordts (Wig and Hair Designer), André Pluess (Sound Designer), Mike Tutaj (Projections Designer), Amy Peter (Properties Designer), Eva Breneman (Dialect Designer), Deborah Blumenthal (Co-Dramaturg), Maren Robinson (Co-Dramaturg), Jonathan Nook (Stage Manager) and Mary Zanger (Assistant Stage Manager).

ABOUT OSLO

TimeLine’s Chicago production of “Oslo” is the Chicago premiere. It premiered in fall 2016 in a sold-out run at New York’s Lincoln Center and opened on Broadway in April 2017. It then played at London’s Royal National Theatre in September 2017 before transferring to the West End in October 2017.

“Oslo” received the 2017 Tony Award for Best Play, as well as New York Critics, Outer Critics, Drama Desk, Drama League, Lucille Lortel, and Obie awards—a sweep of the 2016-17 New York awards season—and was nominated for the Olivier and Evening Standard awards.

TICKET INFORMATION

Individual tickets for “Oslo” range in price from $30 – $75 with a select number of premium seats available.  Tickets are available now for groups 10 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710 or emailing GroupSales@BroadwayInChicago.com.

WhatTimeLine Theatre’s production of Oslo
Where: Broadway Playhouse (175 E. Chestnut)
When: a limited six-week engagement from Sept. 10 – Oct. 20, 2019.
Tickets: $30 – $75 with a select number of premium seats available

Run time: 2 hours & 45 minutes
Rating: 3 1/2 stars

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