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PTC presents Oslo by J.T. Rogers

August 31, 2018
For: IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Kirsten Park
801-581-6270
PIONEER THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS
OSLO
BY J.T. ROGERS
Ensemble cast performs 35 characters with six languages, five dialects and one goal
 

Salt Lake City – Pioneer Theatre Company presents J.T. Rogers’ award-winning drama, Oslo, in its first major regional premiere, running Friday, Sept. 14 through Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018.

Oslo won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Play, telling the dramatized story of the Norwegian diplomats who secretly brought together representatives of the State of Israel and Palestine to broker the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords, proving that sometimes the greatest act of heroism is the willingness to sit in a room and talk with your enemy.

Oslo also won the 2017 Best or Outstanding Play awards from Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, New York Drama Critics’ Circle and Drama League.

Playwright J.T. ROGERS won the 2017 Obie Award for Best New American Theatre Work for Oslo. He was resident playwright at Salt Lake Acting Company in 2004-2005 and his plays have received world premieres in Utah. Rogers will be at PTC to participate in a post-show talkback hosted by Doug Fabrizio of KUER’s RadioWest after the Saturday, Sept. 22 matinee performance.

JEFF TALBOTT and KATE MIDDLETON portray the married Norwegian diplomats, Terje Rød-Larsen and Mona Juul. The couple organize breakthrough negotiations between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat.

“One of the (many) things I love about this play is how undaunting it is. You hear ‘history play, peace in the Middle East’ and immediately think ‘uh-oh, here comes hard work’. But not this play,” said TALBOTT. “It’s wildly entertaining from the first moment. That it happens to also be moving and aspirational in a time when we can really use it is a great bonus.”

TALBOTT returns to PTC after appearing previously in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Odd Couple and Doubt. Also a playwright, he wrote last season’s world premiere of i. MIDDLETON returns to PTC after appearing in the 2014 production of A Few Good Men and 2015’s Alabama Story.

IAN BEDFORD, NEAL BENARI, RICHIE CALL, BEN CHERRY, DEMOSTHENES CHRYSAN, SUSANNA FLORENCE, JOEL REUBEN GANZ, THAMER JENDOUBI and MAX WOERTENDYKE and the ensemble play 35 roles, in 6 languages and 5 dialects.

Utah audiences have seen BEDFORD at Utah Shakespeare Festival where he began his professional career 20 years ago, continuing to film and TV. BENARI’s Broadway credits include Fiddler on the Roof, Aida, Victor/Victoria, The Merchant of Venice, Chess, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Roza and The First. CALL returns to PTC after Newsies, The Last Ship, Something’s Afoot, The Philadelphia Story and Hamlet. CHERRY appeared on Broadway in Indecent and Fiddler on the Roof; CHRYSAN’s turns on Broadway have included Junk, Golden Boy and The Velveteen Rabbit.

FLORENCE has been seen most recently in PTC’s Twelfth Night last season, but also in King Charles III, Fiddler on the Roof and One Man, Two Guvnors. GANZ debuts at PTC; he was in Broadway’s Tony Award-winning War Horse. JENDOUBI also enjoys his regional theatre debut with this production, to add to his career as a comedian. WOERTENDYKE’s credits include Broadway’s A View from a Bridge. 

The rest of the ensemble includes HADLEY HEGE, PATRICK KINTZ and JOHN TERRELL.

KAREN AZENBERG directs this production in her seventh season as PTC Artistic Director after directing last season’s world premiere of i and Newsies.

Oregon-based DANIEL MEEKER is the production’s scenic and lighting designer, returning to PTC after designing the sets for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Women in Jeopardy!, Outside Mullingar and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

LEON WIEBERS costume designs for this production after designing for productions in the United States and internationally. Recent credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Music Man, Gypsy and The King and I.

SARAH SHIPPOBOTHAM is dialect coach. ALEXANDRA HARBOLD is dramaturg. Hair and makeup design is by PTC Resident Hair and Makeup Designer AMANDA FRENCH and sound design is by PATRICK BLEY.

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PUBLICITY PHOTO SHOOT:
 There will be an on-stage publicity photo shoot on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. on stage. Please call Kirsten Park at 801-581-6270 to RSVP.

MEDIA PHOTOS AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD: High-resolution color photos of this production will be available for media use on the PTC website beginning Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018 after 3:00 p.m. Go directly to http://www.pioneertheatre.org/press-room/media-photos/ to view the photos.

TV CAMERA FILMING: Filming a short segment of the production during preview or opening night performances for press use can be arranged. Call 801-581-6270.

INTERVIEWS: Interviews with the cast, playwright and artistic staff are available. Call 801-581-6270.

WHO:
Pioneer Theatre Company

WHAT:
Oslo
by J.T. Rogers

WHEN:
September 14 – 29, 2018

TIMES:
Mondays – Thursdays, 7:00 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday matinees, 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre
300 South 1400 East, Salt Lake City

PRICES:
$30 – $45 in advance, and $5 more when purchased on the day of the show
Kids in grades K-12 are half-price on Mondays and Tuesdays

MORE INFO:
Box Office: 801-581-6961
Open 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Mon. – Fri.
www.pioneertheatre.org

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CAST:

IAN BEDFORD*……………………………………….. Johan Jorgen Holst/Finn Grandal
NEAL BENARI*……………………………………….. Yair Hirschfeld/Shimon Peres
RICHIE CALL*………………………………………… Joel Singer
BEN CHERRY*………………………………………… Uri Savir
DEMOSTHENES CHRYSAN*……………………. Ahmed Qurie
SUSANNA FLORENCE*……………………………. Marianne Heiberg/Toril Grandal
JOEL REUBEN GANZ*…………………………….. Yossi Beilin
HADLEY HEGE……………………………………….. Ensemble
THAMER JENDOUBI*…………………………….. Hassan Asfour
PATRICK KINTZ……………………………………… Trond Gundersen/Ensemble
KATE MIDDLETON*………………………………. Mona Juul
JEFF TALBOTT*……………………………………… Terje Rød-Larsen
JOHN TERRELL………………………………………. Thor Bjornevog/Ensemble
MAX WOERTENDYKE*……………………………. Jan Egeland/Ron Pundak

ARTISTIC TEAM:

KAREN AZENBERG………………………… Director
DANIEL MEEKER…………………………… Scenic & Lighting Designer
LEON WIEBERS……………………………… Costume Designer
PATRICK BLEY……………………………….. Sound Designer
AMANDA FRENCH………………………….. Hair and Makeup Designer
SARAH SHIPPOBOTHAM………………… Dialect Coach
ALEXANDRA HARBOLD…………………..Dramaturg
MARY P. COSTELLO*……………………… Production Stage Manager
BECKY LYNN DAWSON*………………… Stage Manager
ABBY FETTERS……………………………… Assistant Stage Manager

* Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association.
Pioneer Theatre Company operates under an agreement between the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. Pioneer Theatre Company, Utah’s only fully professional theatre, performs at Roy W. and Elizabeth E. Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre, located on the University of Utah campus at 300 South and 1400 East in Salt Lake City, easily accessible by TRAX light rail. Free parking is also available and the theatre is equipped with an elevator, handicap parking, hearing assistance devices and other easy-access features.