Interview with OSLO’s STEF TOVAR
Showbiz Chicago favorite STEF TOVAR returns to discuss his upcoming role as Yossi Beilin in OSLO. Winner of the 2017 Tony Award for Best Play by J.T. Rogers, OSLO focuses on the back-channel negotiations in the development of the pivotal 1990s Peace Accords between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization. It is a humorous, surprising, and inspiring true story about the people inside politics, and the incredible progress that is possible when we focus on what makes us human—together. OSLO will make its Chicago premiere with TimeLine Theatre’s production at Broadway In Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse (175 E. Chestnut) for a limited six-week engagement from Sept. 10 – Oct. 20, 2019. For more information, visit BroadwayInChicago.com or timelinetheatre.com.
STEF TOVAR (Yossi Beilin) returns to TimeLine, where he appeared in BOY and ENRON. This season, Stef was seen in MAMMA MIA! (Drury Lane) and THE ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCH (Court). Chicago credits include APPROPRIATE (Victory Gardens); THE MUSIC MAN (Paramount); SOUTH PACIFIC (Jeff Award nomination – Supporting Actor in a Musical; Marriott) and A TWIST OF WATER for Route 66 Theatre Company, where he is the founder and co-artistic director. Film and television credits include PROVEN INNOCENT, CHICAGO FIRE , CONTAGION, and WIDOWS. Stef is also a professional on-camera acting coach. For more, visit steftovar.com.
The Tony Award® Best Play Winner OSLO will make its Chicago premiere with TimeLine Theatre’s production at Broadway In Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse (175 E. Chestnut) for a limited six-week engagement from Sept. 10 – Oct. 20, 2019.
OSLO received the 2017 Tony Award for Best Play, as well as New York Critics, Outer Critics, Drama Desk, Drama League, Lucille Lortel, and Obie awards—a sweep of the 2016-17 New York awards season—and was nominated for the Olivier and Evening Standard awards.
OSLO is a remarkable story about the unlikely friendships, quiet heroics, and sheer determination that pushed two foes to reach something neither thought truly possible—peace. When the Israeli prime minister and the chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization shook hands on the White House lawn in 1993, the world had no idea what it took to orchestrate that momentous occasion. Behind the scenes, a Norwegian diplomat and her social scientist husband hatched an intricate, top secret, and sometimes comical scheme to gather an unexpected assortment of players at an idyllic estate just outside Oslo. Far from any international glare, mortal enemies were able to face each other not as adversaries, but as fellow human beings. J.T. Rogers’ OSLO is a humorous, surprising, and inspiring true story about the people inside politics, and the incredible progress that is possible when we focus on what makes us human—together.
The cast will star Scott Parkinson as Terje Larsen and Bri Sudia as Mona Juul, with TimeLine Company Member Anish Jethmalani as Ahmed Qurie and Jed Feder as Uri Savir, and Bernard Balbot, Ron E. Rains, Amro Salama, Stef Tovar, Bassam Abdlefattah, Tom Hickey, Victor Holstein, and TimeLine Company Members Juliet Hart and David Parkes.
The creative team includes J.T. Rogers (Playwright), Nick Bowling (Director), Jeffrey D. Kmiec (Scenic Designer), Jesse Klug (Lighting Designer), Christine Pascual (Costume Designer), Katie Cordts (Wig and Hair Designer), André Pluess (Sound Designer), Mike Tutaj (Projections Designer), Amy Peter (Properties Designer), Eva Breneman (Dialect Designer), Deborah Blumenthal (Co-Dramaturg), Maren Robinson (Co-Dramaturg), Jonathan Nook (Stage Manager) and Mary Zanger (Assistant Stage Manager).
TimeLine’s Chicago production of OSLO is the Chicago premiere. It premiered in fall 2016 in a sold-out run at New York’s Lincoln Center and opened on Broadway in April 2017. It then played at London’s Royal National Theatre in September 2017 before transferring to the West End in October 2017.
Individual tickets for OLSO range in price from $30 – $75 with a select number of premium seats available. Tickets are available for groups 10 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710 or emailing [email protected]