PictureJ.T. Rogers. Courtesy image.

The Marin Theatre Company kicks off its 2018-19 season with a bang this week, rolling out the Bay Area premiere of Oslo, the “darkly comic and fast-paced” Tony-winning play from J.T. Rogers (at left). The political thriller tells the true and widely unknown story of how a couple of young Norwegian academics, diplomat Mona Juul, and her husband, social scientist Terje Rød-Larsen, orchestrated top-secret meetings between the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization. Those meetings ultimately led to the 1993 Oslo Accords. 

MTC calls Oslo “a deeply personal story set against a complex historical canvas, a story about the individuals behind world history and their all too human ambitions.”

Oslo, which won a 2017 Tony Award for Best Play, premiered in 2016, at a time when America itself seemed divided and polarized more than ever before, recalls that our most powerful tool in any process toward peace, is hope. Despite its clear inspiration from documented events and real-life political players, Rogers says this play is not a docudrama. “It’s the first play I’ve written where everyone is a version of a living or formerly living person,” he says.

MTC Artistic Director Jasson Minadakis directed this production of Oslo, with a cast of 14 actors, including many new faces joining familiar MTC favorites. Sean Fanning created the set and the play is underscored by original music from composer Chris Houston.

The 411: Marin Theatre Company‘s production of Oslo opens Sept. 27, and runs through Oct. 21. 397 Miller Ave. Tix $25-$60. MORE INFO & TIX

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