MONA JUUL – Norwegian. Mid 30’s – Early 40’s. Our narrator/guide to the story. Elegant and charismatic. She holds any audience in the palm of her hand. Under her impeccable manners is a sharp wit and a will of steel. Her grace and ability to be two moves ahead of all the men on the proverbial chessboard is what keeps the game going.
TERJE LARSEN – Norwegian. 40’s. Mona’s husband (and, back in the day, her professor in school). A dynamic, charming, raconteur; Norway’s answer to Noel Coward, if the latter went into politics. The crazier things get, the more joyous it is for him. A true intellectual whose charm dazzles.
AHMED QURIE – Palestinian. 50’s. A great and formidable man, full of passion and speechmaking. Rabelaisian in his appetites and operatic in his emotions. He has a volcanic temper that he uses to his advantage. When he loses control is he acting? Is it real? Sometimes even he doesn’t know. Not an intellectual and defensive about that. Immensely charming, intensely clever.
HASSAN ASFOUR – Palestinian. Mid 30’s – Late 40’s. A hardline Communist; cold, unbending, he speaks as infrequently as he can. He is full of anger and slashing words and a walking compendium of the history of the Middle East and its grievances.
YOSSI BEILIN – Israeli. Mid 30’s – Mid 40’s. Israel’s boyish, earnest George Stephanopoulos (when he was in the White House with Clinton). Friendly, excited, passionate… seems so nice until he has to lower the boom and then, ah, that’s why he’s powerful.
URI SAVIR – Israeli. Mid 40’s – Mid 40’s. The wonder boy of Israeli politics. Loves NYC, jazz, besting others in argument, and showing off his ballroom dancing. He can flip from charm to cold ruthlessness on a dime. Speaks many languages; a brilliant mind. Competitive as the day is long.
JOEL SINGER – Israeli. 40’s. Twenty-year veteran of the Israeli Defense Force who’s a partner now in a law firm in NYC. He kicks ass and takes names; he has no use for the diplomatic language of the rest of the negotiators. He is very good at breaking china. He’s often bad cop to Uri Savir’s good one. Sharp as hell and knows it.
JOHAN JORGEN HOLST/FINN GRANDAL
JORGEN – Norwegian. 50’s – 60’s. The soon to be Foreign Minister of Norway and Mona’s boss. Like, say, John Kerry. At the end of a long and distinguished career and loves to hear the sound of his own voice.
GRANDAL – Norwegian. 50’s – 60’s. The grounds keeper at Borregaard Castle. Toril’s slower, and very taciturn husband. Speaks very little English. A man who prefers to keep quiet and make and do things with his hands.
MARIANNE HOLST/TORIL GRANDAL
HOLST – Norwegian. 40’s-50’s. The political wife, with all the baggage and frustration that comes with that never-enough-respect role. Thinks she’s a great mover and shaker.
GRANDAL – Norwegian. 50’s. Housekeeper and cook at Borregaard Castle. Roughhewn and ruddy cheeked, her English is rough but her enthusiasm and warmth are copious. She is the master of the domicile and takes fierce pride in her cooking prowess.
JAN EGELEND/RON PUNDAK
JAN EGELAND – Norwegian. 30’s – 40’s. The golden boy of the Norwegian foreign service and Mona’s former lover in college. Okay political chops but has great hair. Smart but vain.
PUNDAK – Israeli. 30’s. A professor as well. The academic Hardy to Hirschfeld’s Laurel. He’s garrulous and fun-loving–often too much so.
THOR BJORNEVOG – Norwegian. 30’s – 40’s. Senior officer with the Norwegian Secret Service. Hired by Terje and Mona to be completely immersed in all the activities scheduled for the weekend. Discrete, confident, intelligent, and with a good sense of humor, he approaches the task at hand with full gusto.
SHIMON PERES – Israeli. 60’s – 70’s. The elegant, larger-than-life scion of the Israeli left. More European than Israeli. A charmer and seducer held in awe by those around him. One of his nation’s founding fathers–an Old World Intellectual… who will twist the knife in when needed. The most powerful man in the room.
All members of the company may play additional roles