By J.T. Rogers
Directed by Joel Greenberg
Presented by David Mirvish
February 9–March 3, 2019
Previews: February 9–13
CAA Theatre (formerly the Panasonic)
651 Yonge Street, Toronto
2017 TONY® AWARD-WINNER FOR BEST PLAY
In 1993, in front of the world’s press, the leaders of Israel and Palestine shook hands on the lawn of the White House. Few watching would have guessed that the negotiations leading up to this iconic moment started secretly in a castle in the middle of a forest outside Oslo.
Inspired by the true story of the back-channel talks, unlikely friendships, and quiet heroics that led to the Oslo Peace Accords, Oslo is a deeply personal story set against a complex historical canvas, a story about the individuals behind world history and their all too human ambitions.
At this cultural moment when finding common ground is paramount, “Oslo gives us hope” (Daily News).
“Vivid and thoughtful, crackling theatre.”
The New York Times
“A fast-paced, quick-witted intellectual thriller. Remarkable!”
Studio 180 Season Sponsor
February 9–March 3, 2019
Previews: February 9–13
Saturday & Sunday 1:30pm
*No performance Wednesday February 13, 1:30PM
Approx. 2 hours and 45 minutes, including intermission
Regular tickets are $40-93 and student tickets are $25 (use discount code STUDENT).
Prices do not include HST or service charges.
Tickets can be purchased through Mirvish Productions either over the phone at (416) 872-1212 or online.
Use of strong language. Limited smoking onstage. Some haze. Recommended for ages fourteen and older. Babes in arms or children under the age of two are not permitted in the theatre.
The CAA Theatre is wheelchair accessible. Please make sure you inform the box office when purchasing your tickets so the necessary arrangements and seating location can be arranged. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cast & Creative Team
Written by J.T. Rogers
Directed by Joel Greenberg
Assistant Directed by Kerry Ann Doherty* and Sarah Orenstein
Featuring Jonas Chernick, Patrick Galligan, Amitai Kedar, Omar Alex Khan, Mark McGrinder, Marla McLean, Sarah Orenstein, Jordan Pettle, Alex Poch Goldin, Geoffrey Pounsett, Sanjay Talwar, Blair Williams and Anders Yates
Stage Manager Laura Baxter
Assistant Stage Manager Victoria Wang
Set & Costume Designer Ken Mackenzie
Sound Designer Thomas Ryder Payne
Lighting Designer Kimberly Purtell
Projection Designer Cameron Davis
Head of Props Monica Lee
*This position is made possible through the support of the RBC Foundation.
For Studio 180: Asher Lev in My Name is Asher Lev. Theatre credits include Biff in Death of a Salesman, Speed-The-Plow, The Chosen (WJT); Cote Saint Joe (Persephone / WJT); Film & TV credits include Fargo, The Best Laid Plans (Canadian Screen Award), The Border (Gemini Award, ACTRA Award nomination), My Awkward Sexual Adventure (TIFF Top Ten, ACTRA Award & Canadian Comedy Award nominations), Borealis (Vancouver International Film Festival Special Jury Award), A Swingers Weekend (Canadian Film Festival Best Ensemble Cast Award), How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town (Canadian Film Festival Best Ensemble Cast Award), Private Eyes, Saving Hope, Covert Affairs and the upcoming films James vs His Future Self and The Prague Orgy based on the novel by Philip Roth.
For Studio 180: King Charles III, NSFW. Shaw Festival (15 seasons) highlights: The Hound of the Baskervilles, Henry V (2018), Androcles and the Lion, Dancing at Lughnasa (2017), Our Town, Dance of Death (2016), Peter and the Starcatcher (2015), The Sea, When We Are Married (2014), My Fair Lady (2011), Doctor’s Dilemma, An Ideal Husband (2010), Born Yesterday (2009), After the Dance (2008), Hotel Peccadillo (2007), Rosmersholm (2006), Journey’s End (2005), Man and Superman (2004), Widower’s Houses, Plough and the Stars (2003). Other theatre: Measure for Measure, The Winter’s Tale (Groundling Theatre); War Horse (Mirvish/National Theatre of Great Britain); The Misanthrope, Courageous, Elisa’s Skin, One-Eyed Kings, The Four Lives of Marie, The Glass Menagerie (Tarragon Theatre); Richard III, Romeo and Juliet (Stratford Festival).
For Studio 180: debut. Amitai is thrilled to make his Canadian debut in Oslo. Born in Toronto and raised in Israel, he is a graduate of Tel Aviv University’s School of Performing Arts and has appeared in numerous film, television and live theatre productions in Israel, Europe and the United States. His film credits include the Oscar-winning Son of Saul (2016). Theatre roles include Habima’s (Israeli National theatre) production of The Dybbuk and a North American national tour of the Gershwin musical My One and Only. For Yiddishpiel, he starred in Oedipus Schmoedipus, a stage adaptation of New York Stories, in which he played the role of Woody Allen.
For Studio 180: Debut. Theatre Credits (Selected): Timon of Athens, The School For Scandal, The Komagata Maru Incident (Stratford); A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Wars (The Grand); The New Canadian Curling Club, 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt (Blyth); As You Like It, Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare in High Park/Canadian Stage); The Kite Runner (Theatre Calgary/Citadel); Glengarry Glen Ross, Romeo and Juliet, The Seafarer (RMTC); Acha Bacha (Passe Muraille/Buddies). Film and TV Credits (Selected): Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, Less Than Kind, Killjoys, The Strain. Other: omaralexkhan.com, @omaralexkhan
For Studio 180: The Laramie Project, Stuff Happens, Our Class, Parade, Clybourne Park, You Will Remember Me and, most recently, The Nether. Mark is a member of Studio 180’s Core Artistic Team and co-ordinates the Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT program. He also adapted and directed Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish for the company and has assistant directed productions of Blackbird, God of Carnage and The Laramie Project 10th Anniversary reading. Mark was a member of the Shaw Festival’s acting ensemble for 5 seasons and performed in several reviews with The Second City’s National Touring Company. Film and television credits include; Spotlight, Remedy, Murdoch Mysteries and Mayday.
For Studio 180: debut. Selected credits: Grand Hotel (assistant director), Oh What a Lovely War, Dracula, Uncle Vanya, Juno and the Peacock, The Philanderer, Enchanted April, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Serious Money, Albertine in Five Times, An Ideal Husband, After the Dance, The Stepmother, A Month in the Country, St. Joan (The Shaw Festival). Blithe Spirit, Miracle on 34th Street, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Government Inspector (Neptune Theatre), The 39 Steps (LyndesFarn Theatre), Mamma Mia (Mirvish Productions), The Miracle Worker, Three Sisters (Atlantic Theatre Festival), Evita (MTC/Theatre Calgary). Film/TV: Suits (USA Network), Beefcake (Thom Fitzgerald), Homeless to Harvard (Hard Rock Pictures). Teacher with The National Theatre School.
For Studio 180: as actor – Stuff Happens, The Normal Heart, God of Carnage, My Name is Asher Lev; as Assistant Director – King Charles III. Selected theatre credits: ATP – The Virgin Trial. The Grand – Glass Menagerie. Tarragon – The Message, Scorched, Mrs.Klien, Collected Works of Billy the Kid. Stratford Festival – Shakespeare in Love, Possible Worlds, Zasstrozzi. TPM – The Stillborn Lover. Theatre New Brunswick – Cat On a Hot Tin Roof. Shaw Festival – (Company member 13 seasons) Councillor at Law, Millionairess, Heartbreak House, Playboy of the Western World. HGJT – Brighton Beach Memoirs. Sarah is a multi award-winning actress with a career long commitment to developing new Canadian pieces. She is thrilled to be expanding her relationship with Studio 180 into directing.
For Studio 180: debut. Jordan has been working across the country on both classical and contemporary plays, and in television, film and radio for over 20 years. He has spent four seasons with the Stratford Festival and has worked extensively with Soulpepper Theatre. Toronto acting credits include: Soulpepper – A Christmas Carol, Picture This, The Heidi Chronicles, The Dybbuk, Twelve Angry Men (Dora Award for Best Ensemble), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Dora award for Best Ensemble), Speed-the-Plow, The Sunshine Boys, Jitters, Glengarry Glen Ross, Travesties, Antigone, Ring Round the Moon, Waiting for Godot; Tarragon – The Waiting Room, Sextet, Generous, Goodness, The Whirlpool; Canadian Stage – Sunday Father, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Written on Water, Romeo and Juliet, Taming of the Shrew; Factory Theatre – Zadie’s Shoes, Tiger of Malaya; Theatre Passe Muraille – Yichud, Three Squares, Small Returns; YPT – Danny, King of the Basement. He has performed leading roles in Ottawa (GCTC, NAC); Halifax (Neptune); Winnipeg (PTE; WJT) and Edmonton (Citadel). Directing credits include: Zadie’s Shoes, Therac 25 (Factory Theatre), Terminating (Summerworks Festival); Six Degrees of Separation, The Clandestine Marriage, She Stoops To Conquer – Georgian Period Study (George Brown Theatre School) Metamorphoses (Ryerson Theatre School); The Ash Girl, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Haroun and the Sea of Stories (Wexford Collegiate for the Performing Arts). He has led acting workshops for Soulpepper Theatre and is a regular guest teacher at Randolph College for the Performing Arts, and Wexford Collegiate. TV and film credits include: American Woman; Titans; The Strain; Designated Survivor; Saving Hope; Rookie Blue; Lost Girl; Murdoch Mysteries; Fugitive Pieces; Lost in Wonderland. Jordan was a regular on the CBC radio drama Afghanada (ACTRA nomination for voice performance). He is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.
For Studio 180: Our Class (Dora Nomination). An actor and playwright, Alex has worked across Canada and his plays have been produced internationally. Selected theatre: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Dybbuk, Incident At Vichy (Dora Award – Soulpepper); Amadeus (TIFT); Disgraced (Mirvish); King Lear (Groundling); My Name is Asher Lev (Segal/RMTC-META Award/WTA Nomination); Superior Donuts (Coal Mine); Harper Regan, Angels in America, Intimate Apparel, Comedy of Errors (Canadian Stage); Remnants, Scorched (National tour/Tarragon); King Lear (RMTC); Belle (NAC/Factory); Possible Worlds (Munich). Film/TV: Suits, Dark Matter, Cardinal, The Calling, Nero Wolfe, Good God, The Kennedys, Flashpoint. Playwriting: Cringeworthy, This Hotel (Dora Nominations), Yahrzeit (Jewish Playwriting Award/German tour), The Great Shadow, The Bad Luck Bank Robbers, The Right Road To Pontypool (4th Line). Opera Libretti: The Shadow, From The House Of Mirth. Alex has been nominated for five Dora Awards and a Jessie. Alex is a graduate of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, The Dome Theatre and teaches at The Toronto Film School.
For Studio 180: Debut. Selected Theatre (Acting): War Horse (Mirvish); If We Were Birds, No Great Mischief, Alias Godot (Tarragon); Leisure Society, Zadie’s Shoes (Factory); Fire (Charlottetown Festival, Theatre Calgary – Betty nomination); Doubt (Theatre Northwest); Tuesdays With Morrie (TIP); You Will Remember Me, Games, How Do I Love Thee? (ATP); A Few Good Men, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Neptune); Moon For The Misbegotten (Watermark); The Miser, The Game of Love & Chance, Three Days of Rain (STC); Romeo & Juliet, Juno & The Paycock, Cyrano (Stratford). Selected Theatre (Directing): As You Like It (GBTS); Brown Bull of Cuilange, Red Machine (The Room); Western (NSTF); A Quiet Place (NSTF – Dora nomination); The Swearing Jar (Best of Fringe); The Seagull (LabCab). Recent Film & TV: It (New Line), Impulse (YouTube), Private Eyes (Global), The Girlfriend Experience (Starz).
For Studio 180: debut. Shaw Festival: Stage Kiss, The Orchard (After Chekhov); Wilde Tales, 1979, Arcadia, Peace in Our Time, Helen’s Necklace, Come Back, Little Sheba. Other theatre: The Invisible Hand, Theatre Aquarius; The Men in White, Arts Club; As You Like It, Hamlet, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Peter Pan, Macbeth, Stratford; The Road to Paradise, Human Cargo; Around the World in 80 Days, ATP; The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Measure for Measure, Titus Andronicus, director for The Merchant of Venice, 5 seasons as artistic director, Shakespeare in the Rough; The Winter’s Tale, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Dream in High Park; Helen’s Necklace (Jessie award), Tarragon, Pi Theatre. Film/TV: Orphan Black, Puck Hogs, The Border, Flashpoint, Supernatural, Murder Unveiled/A Love Story. Training: Dalhousie University.
For Studio 180: debut. Most recently, Blair toured Australia with the internationally renowned chamber Orchestra Tafelmusik in the narrative concert Circle of Creation. Selected credits: as director – Here On The Flight Path (Foster Festival); Light Up The Sky. A Lovely Sunday For Creve Coeur, Peace In Our Time, The Millionairess, Ways Of The Heart, The President (Shaw Festival); The Play’s The Thing (Segal Centre); Rope (Vertigo Theatre). Acting credits include appearances with Nightwood, Vertigo, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Tarragon, Segal Centre, Soulpepper, Theatre Calgary, The Citadel, Canadian Stage, Walnut Street Theatre (Philadelphia), The Everyman (Liverpool, England) and over thirty productions with the Shaw Festival. He is the voice of Mr. Porter on Nickelodeon’s hit series Paw Patrol and Uncle Phil on Teletoon’s Wishfart. TV credits include Suits, Murdoch Mysteries, The Romaoffs, Reign, Dark Matter, and Designated Survivor. He is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.
For Studio 180: debut. Recent theatre credits include Slip with Circlesnake Productions, Toronto, I Love You and La Grande Jatte, both with the Bad Dog Theatre Company. Feature film credits include Indian Horse (Screen Siren Pictures), Through Black Spruce (Serendipity Point Films) and Stockholm (Blumhouse Productions), along with television roles on Titans (DC Entertainment), Condor (MGM Television), Taken (Universal Television), Murdoch Mysteries (Shaftesbury Films) and Helix (Sony Pictures Television). Anders spends most of his time on stage doing improv, sketch or standup comedy and has toured North America and Europe with his award-winning comedy troupe Uncalled For. More recently he helped create the queer improv troupe Kinsey Fail. He has performed with the Second City Touring Company and can be seen regularly at the Bad Dog Comedy Theatre. He is also a frequent contributor to the satirical news site The Beaverton.
For Studio 180: King Charles III, My Name is Asher Lev, My Night with Reg, You Will Remember Me, NSFW, Cock, God of Carnage, Clybourne Park, The Normal Heart, Our Class, Parade (director and choreographer), The Overwhelming, Stuff Happens, Blackbird, The Arab-Israeli Cookbook, The Laramie Project, The Passion of the Chris. As performer – Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish. Co-founder and Artistic Director. Other theatre credits include: As director – The Underdogs, What the Butler Saw (Just For Laughs, Montreal); Taking Sides (Centaur Theatre); The House of Blue Leaves, Lend Me a Tenor, You Can’t Take It with You, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Theatre Aquarius); Vanities (The Grand Theatre). As director and choreographer – Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Dora Award); Forbidden Broadway (Dora Nomination); Bells Are Ringing (Grand); The Golden Land, The Rothschilds (Winnipeg Jewish Theatre). As choreographer – seven productions with Second City in Toronto and Chicago; She Loves Me (Grand). As playwright and director – Drink the Mercury (Dora Award) and The Nuclear Power Show (Chalmers Playwriting Award) for YPT.
For Studio 180: debut. Kerry Ann is thrilled to be joining Studio 180 as the RBC Emerging Director this season. A Toronto-based theatre artist, Kerry Ann has spent the last two years creating and studying in London, England. Her dedication to Canadian theatre inspired her to launch the Little Lion Theatre Company, where she directed a production of Tuesdays and Sundays and a staged reading of The Drowning Girls. Other directing credits include the UK premiere of Asking For It (Corbett Theatre); Little One (East 15); the world premiere of the musical One More Time (Tristan Bates); and The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh (Carousel Players). Assistant Directing credits include Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Queens Theatre, Hornchurch); Tenderloin (East 15); and Like A Memory Lost (East 15). Kerry Ann holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Calgary and recently completed her Masters in Fine Arts with the University of Essex.
Kerry Ann’s position is made possible through the support of the RBC Foundation.
J.T. Rogers’s plays include Blood and Gifts (National Theater, London; Lincoln Center Theater), The Overwhelming (National Theatre, followed by UK tour with Out of Joint and BBC Radio; Roundabout Theatre); Madagascar (Theatre 503, London; Melbourne Theatre Company), and White People (Off Broadway with Starry Night Productions). As one of the original playwrights for the Tricycle Theatre of London’s Great Game: Afghanistan, he was nominated for 2009 Olivier Award. His works have been staged throughout the United States and in Germany, Canada, and Israel, and are published by Faber and Faber and Dramatists Play Service. Recent awards include NEA/TCG and NYFA fellowships, the Pinter Review Prize for Drama, the American Theatre Critics Association’s Osborne Award, and the William Inge Center for the Arts’ New Voices Award. Rogers’s essays have appeared in American Theatre and in London’s Independent and The New Statesman. He is a member of New Dramatists and the Dramatists Guild and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. www.jtrogerswriter.com
For Studio 180: My Name is Asher Lev, My Night With Reg, You Will Remember Me, NSFW, God of Carnage, Clybourne Park. Other theatre credits: I Call myself Princess (Cahoots/ Paper Canoe/ Native Earth), Black Boys, The 20th of November, Arigato Tokyo, Obaaberima, The Maids, The Silicone Diaries, Breakfast, Neon Nightz (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre), The Story, Tails From the City, The Public Servant, Happy Days (Common Boots Theatre), Little Pretty and The Exceptional, Age of Arousal (Factory Theatre), Elle (Theatre Passe Muraille), Love and Information, Venus in Fur, Shakespeare in High Park: 6 seasons (CanadianStage), Soliciting Temptation, More Fine Girls (Tarragon Theatre), The Berlin Blues, Ipperwash (Blyth Festival) Speaking in Tongues, Festen (The Company Theatre), Music Music Life Death Music (One Little Goat), A Sleigh Ride Christmas Carol, Everyone, The Story, Macbeth (Caravan Farm Theatre).
For Studio 180: debut. Selected credits: Once, The Hockey Sweater: A Musical (Segal Centre); Murder at the Howard Johnson’s (Orillia Opera House); Pigeon King (Blyth Festival); speaking of sneaking (RISER Project); Love and Information, Hamlet, All’s Well That Ends Well, Julius Caesar, Comedy of Errors (Canadian Stage), The Story (Common Boots); Othello (Driftwood Theatre), Binti’s Journey (Theatre Direct), HROSES (It Could Still Happen), Like There’s No Tomorrow (Architect Theatre), The Misanthrope and The Importance of Being Earnest (Guild Festival Theatre). Outside of theatre, Victoria runs an ongoing community installation project called memory palace which had its first showing at the Toronto Fringe Postcript Patio in 2018. Victoria is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the National Theatre School of Canada.
By J.T. Rogers
FEBRUARY 9—MARCH 3, 2019
CAA Theatre (formerly the Panasonic)
651 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1Z9
Weekday matinées: February 20 & 27 1:30pm
Student group rate: $20 (student groups of 10+, 1 complimentary teacher ticket per 20 students)
Recommended for: Grades 11 & 12
Perfect for: Drama, English, Writer’s Craft, History, Politics, World Issues and World Religions
“In this room, we four will forge a peace, or there will be no peace.” – Singer
From the playwright behind The Overwhelming comes the fictionalized account of the secret back-channel negotiations that culminated in the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords. A large ensemble brings to life this epic drama by J.T. Rogers, shedding light on the all too human individuals whose efforts almost brought peace between Israel and Palestine.
“Vivid and thoughtful, crackling theatre.”
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Your experience at the theatre includes…
- A comprehensive study guide complete with background information and pre- and post-show discussion questions and activities (study guide available soon)
- A talkback with cast members
- Complimentary teacher tickets