‘Oslo’: From Tony Awards to Oscars?

One of this year’s four Tony nominees for Best Play, “Oslo”, is already scheduled to be made into a movie. J.T. Rogers (“Blood and Gifts”) is adapting his play with Tony-nominated helmer Bartlett Sher going behind the camera. Two-time Oscar nominee Marc Platt (“Bridge of Spies” [2015], “La La Land” [2016]), who happens to be a backer of “Indecent,” one of the other Best Play nominees, is producing.

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This taut political thriller tells the little-known true story of Norwegian diplomat Mona Juul (two-time Tony winner Jennifer Ehle) and her husband, Terje Rød-Larsen (Tony winner Jefferson Mays), who together coordinated top-secret peace negotiations between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat that culminated in the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993.

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Rogers originally considered writing “Oslo” as a film, but opted to write it as a play first in order to narrow its scenes into a series of negotiation rooms while the subject matter of headlines are projected in the theater. As he explained: “It’s such a verbal and idea-driven story, but also a visually-compelling one, I always thought that in the back of my mind, it’d be fascinated to pivot and come at it from a very different way. I’m excited to bring back parts I had to cut from the play, and add things like shots of men and women arriving from the Middle East after riding all night in a taxi. Images like that are powerful to this story.”

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The Broadway production is currently running at Lincoln Center Theater through June 18. It will then play at the National Theatre in London this fall before the film officially goes into production. Sher, who won a Tony for directing the acclaimed revival of “South Pacific” in 2008, is making his feature directorial debut with “Oslo.”

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