Season 18 19
By J.T. Rogers
Directed by Joel Greenberg
Presented by David Mirvish as part of the Off-Mirvish Series
February 9 – March 3, 2019
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).
Written by J. T. Rogers
Directed by Joel Greenberg
Assistant Directed by Kerry Ann Doherty
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 Managed by Laura Baxter
Assistant Stage Managed by Victoria Wang
Set and Costume Designed by Ken Mackenzie
Sound Designed by Thomas Ryder Payne
Lighting Designed by Kimberly Purtell
Projection Designed by Cameron Davis
Costume Design Assisted by Claire Hill
Assistant Projection Designed by Holly Meyer-Dymny
An edge-of-your-seat, witty, juicy & thrilling Tony-winning drama! Joel Greenberg’s crackling production … an excellent cast.The Globe and Mail (★★★☆)
Joel Greenberg’s pacy and elegant production delivers for the audience. This improbable story of world-altering political negotiations in the Norwegian woods is actually true. It implores the audience to keep believing that progress is possible.Toronto Star (★★★☆)
4 STARS! Expertly staged. The actors are excellent. Deft humour.NOW (NNNN)
Think of it as the intellectual’s Come From Away.The Globe and Mail (★★★☆)
A MUST-SEE! Suspenseful, captivating and excellent!L’Express
Such a play as this needs an especially intelligent, articulate cast, and that is exactly what director Joel Greenberg has assembled.Christopher Hoile, Stage Door (★★★★☆)
A powerful look behind the scenes of a moment in history that changed the world.Global TV
A marvellous theatrical experience.Mooney on Theatre
The breaking down of barriers, political and personal, accompanied by both intense anger and laugh-out-loud humour, is one of the delights of the play.Ludwig van Toronto
The political and the personal are joined to make fine drama.James Karas Reviews
J. T. Rogers
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: (selected) King Charles III, My Name is Asher Lev, My Night with Reg, You Will Remember Me, Clybourne Park, The Normal Heart, Our Class, Parade, The Overwhelming, Stuff Happens, Blackbird, The Laramie Project. A co-founder of Studio 180, Joel is a Chalmers and Dora award–winning playwright and director who has directed productions across Canada. Elsewhere: Ain’t Misbevain‘, What the Butler Saw, Taking Sides, Vanities, Bells Are Ringing, Second City (Toronto and Chicago), Dames at Sea (too many times), Tonight at 8:00…8:30 in Newfoundland (all three editions), The Foreigner, Alice, Drink the Mercury and The Nuclear Power Play. Joel taught at Humber College Theatre School from 1984 to 1989 and the Drama Department at the University of Waterloo from 1991 to 2014, also serving as the Chair of each department.
Kerry Ann Doherty
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.
For Studio 180: 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.
Johan Jorgen Holst/Finn Grandal
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).
Yair Hirschfield/Shimon Peres
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.
Omar Alex Khan
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 Nether, You Will Remember Me, Clybourne Park, Parade, Our Class, Stuff Happens, The Laramie Project. 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.
Marianne Heiberg/Toril Grandal/Assistant Director
For Studio 180: as actor – Stuff Happens, The Normal Heart, God of Carnage, My Name is Asher Lev; as Assistant Director – King Charles III. Sarah Orenstein started her career at the age of 5. She studied at the prestigious Vancouver Playhouse acting school and has appeared on stages from her native Halifax to the Queen Charlotte Islands. She has won multiple awards in a career spanning 50 years. She is seen on Film and T.V., commits herself to coaching young actors and new play development. She has recently begun to explore direction in her association with Studio 180. Some credits: Shaw Festival – thirteen seasons, including Millionairess, Blyth Spirit and Heartbreak House. Tarragon Theatre – Patience, Collected Works of Billy The Kid, Scorched (Canadian tour). Stratford Festival – five seasons, most recently seen in Birds of a Kind and Nathan the Wise.
Ron Pundak/Jan Egeland
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 25 years. He has spent four seasons with the Stratford Festival and has worked extensively with Soulpepper Theatre (credits include: A Christmas Carol, Picture This, The Heidi Chronicles, Twelve Angry Men, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Speed the Plow). He has worked for Canadian Stage, Tarragon Theatre, Factory Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Nightwood Theatre and YPT. T.V and film credits include: American Woman; Suits; 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. Upcoming credits include: Betrayal (Soulpepper); directing Metapmorphoses for George Brown Theatre, A Christmas Carol (Soulpepper).
For Studio 180: Our Class (Dora Nomination). Alex is a Dora and Meta award-winning actor and has worked extensively in theatre Oslo (Mirvish/Studio 180), Disgraced, (Mirvish), The Dybbuk, Ma Rainey (Soulpepper) Angels In America, Harper Regan (Canadian Stage), Scorched (Tarragon), Bang Bang, Asher Lev (RMTC) and in film and television (Burden of Truth, Nurses, The Kennedy’s, Cardinal, Suits, Dark Matter, Private Eyes, The Calling) He is also an internationally produced playwright and librettist. He has developed projects for CBC, Bravo! and was a nominee for the Siminovitch Prize for playwriting. His play The Great Shadow will be produced this summer at 4th Line Theatre.
Thor Bjornevog/US Diplomat
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.
Trond Gunderson/German Husband
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: My Name is Asher Lev, My Night With Reg, You Will Remember Me, NSFW, God of Carnage, Clybourne Park. Other selected theatre credits: Black Boys, The 20th of November, Arigato Tokyo, Obaaberima, The Maids, The Silicone Diaries, Breakfast, (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre), Actually (Obsidian/ Harold Green), The Story, Tails From the City, Happy Days (Common Boots Theatre), Trout Stanley, Little Pretty and the Exceptional, Age of Arousal (Factory Theatre), Elle (Theatre Passe Muraille), I Call myself Princess (Cahoots/Paper Canoe/Native Earth), Sweat, Love and Information, Venus in Fur, 7 seasons of Shakespeare in High Park (CanadianStage), Soliciting Temptation, More Fine Girls (Tarragon Theatre), The Berlin Blues, Ipperwash (Blyth Festival), Speaking in Tongues, Festen (The Company Theatre), A Christmas Carol, The Story, Macbeth (Caravan Farm Theatre). Laura is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, 2005. Thank you to my amazing wife Shawn for all your love and support.
Assistant Stage Manager
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.
Set and Costumer Designer
For Studio 180: debut. Ken is a set and costume designer, actor, director, and resident artist at Soulpepper. For Soulpepper⎯Costume Designer: Bed and Breakfast; Lighting Designer: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Peter Pan (with Bad Hats), The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine; Performer & Production Designer: (re)Birth: E.E. Cummings in Song; Set & Lighting Designer: Spoon River, The Just, Cowboy Versus Samurai, The Heidi Chronicles; Co-Creator: Alligator Pie; Set & Costume Designer: Animal Farm, Kim’s Convenience, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Set Designer: The 39 Steps, Bedroom Farce, The Norman Conquests, Oh What a Lovely War. Other theatre⎯Set Designer: Angels in America (Arts Club); Brantwood (Theatre Sheridan). Graduate of the Soulpepper Academy.
Thomas Ryder Payne
For Studio 180: King Charles III, My Name is Asher Lev. Thomas Ryder Payne is a composer and sound designer for theatre, dance and film. Selected past work includes designs for Stratford, Shaw, Mirvish, Soulpepper, CanStage, Tarragon, Factory, TPM, YPT, Crows, Modern Times, Aluna, BIBT, Nightwood, Toronto Dance Theatre, NAC, Theatre Calgary, GCTC, RMTC and many others. Thomas has received 2 Dora awards and 19 nominations.
For Studio 180: (selected) My Name is Asher Lev, My Night With Reg, You Will Remember Me, God of Carnage, Stuff Happens. Kimberly is a Toronto based lighting designer for theatre, opera and dance and is thrilled to be working with Studio 180 once again. Her designs have been critically acclaimed across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Prague, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Moscow and Mongolia. She has designed for the Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, Canadian Stage Company, Soulpepper Theatre, Mirvish Productions, National Arts Centre and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Pacific Opera Victoria, Opera Philadelphia, Arena Stage in Washington DC, Tapestry Opera, Hamilton Opera, Edmonton Opera, Theatre Calgary, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Citadel Theatre, Place des Arts among many others. She has also designed productions for the Pan Am Games and the Vancouver and Beijing Cultural Olympiads. Kimberly has been nominated for numerous awards and has received three Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the Pauline McGibbon Award, a`Sterling Award, and a Montreal English Theatre Award.
For Studio 180: debut. Projection design credits include: The Magician’s Nephew, Dracula, You Never Can Tell, Sweet Charity (Shaw Festival); A Christmas Carol (Ross Petty Productions); The Enchanted Loom, Ultrasound (Cahoots Theatre); Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Pacific Opera Victoria); Up The Garden Path (Obsidian Theatre); The Gay Heritage Project (Buddies in Bad Times/Canadian tour); Domesticated (Company Theatre); Life, Death and the Blues, Crash (Theatre Passe Muraille); Watching Glory Die (Canadian Rep Theatre); Yukonstyle, Cruel and Tender (Canadian Stage); Feng Yi Ting (Luminato Festival, Lincoln Center, Spoleto Festival USA); Dance Marathon (bluemouth inc). Lighting design credits include: How Do I Love Thee? (Canadian Rep Theatre); They Say He Fell, Birth (Pandemic Theatre). Cameron teaches projection design at the National Theatre School of Canada.
Costume Design Assistant
For Studio 180: debut. Recent Work: Selfie (YPT), Wounds to the Face (Randolph) House Guests (Corpus), King Lear/Twelfth Night (Canadian Stage), The Smile Off Your Face (Re:Current, Best of SummerWorks, 2017), Hogtown, Dancock’s Dance (The Hogtown Collective), 4 ½ (ig)noble truths (zeitpunk/WhyNot). Past collaborators include: Theatre Brouhaha, safeword, Single Thread Theatre, Red One Collective, SoupCan, and many more.
Assistant Projection Designer
For Studio 180: debut. Selected Credits: Set Design Into The Woods, The Sound of Music, Set and Projection Design Tosca, Dead Man Walking (Opera On The Avalon); Set Design Titus Andronicus, The Penelopiad; Production Design Anne of Green Gables, Sunshine Sketches, Gift of the Magi (SMILE Theatre); Set Design Assistant The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, The Tempest, To Kill A Mockingbird (Stratford Festival); Set Design L’Homme et le Ciel (FAWN Chamber Creative); Set and Lighting Design Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot (FAWN/Opera Lyra Ottawa). About: Holly Meyer-Dymny is a theatre designer and visual artist based in Ontario. She has designed for opera, theatre, and dance productions with companies such as Hart House Theatre, Opera on the Avalon, Opera Lyra Ottawa, TOES for Dance, and Smile Theatre. She was an assistant set designer at the Stratford Festival for two seasons. Upcoming: Pandora (FAWN Chamber Creative).