By Lillian Parker
ASC Communications Manager
Experience the compelling, darkly funny political drama OSLO, winner of the 2017 Tony Award for Best Play, during Three Bone Theatre’s regional premiere May 23-25 and May 30 – June 1.
Based on a true story, J.T. Rogers’ OSLO recounts the top-secret negotiations between the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization that resulted in the breakthrough 1993 Oslo Peace Accords. Beyond simply recounting the epic history lesson, however, OSLO at its core is a story about humanizing “the other.”
“We’re all still people,” said Robin Tynes-Miller, artistic director of Three Bone Theatre. “We have more in common than we have differences.”
Historically, the Oslo Peace Accords signified a remarkable moment of hope for millions of people around the world. OSLO explores the unlikely friendships formed in the face of polarizing world events that led to one of contemporary history’s most iconic moments of optimism.
To prepare for production, Three Bone Theatre’s management and creative teams and OSLO cast members worked in depth with members of Charlotte’s Palestinian and Jewish communities to gain insight into both the historical and cultural contexts of the Oslo Accords.
“If we’re going to tackle a subject as sensitive as [the Israeli-Palestinian conflict], we have to be just as intentional,” Tynes-Miller said. “We create better art if it’s informed.”
In every production, it’s vital to Tynes-Miller and the Three Bone Theatre team to “bring voices to the table that need to be there” to tell an informed story. For OSLO, Three Bone Theatre’s 15-member cast includes Middle Eastern and Jewish representation and 12 cast members are first-time performers with the Charlotte-based theater.
Want To Go?
Directed by Paige Johnston Thomas, Three Bone Theatre’s production of OSLO will run from May 23-25 and May 30 – June 1 at Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square (345 N. College Street, 28202). Tickets are available now through Carolina Tix for $22 in advance and $28 at the door.