Chicago Premiere

September 10 - October 20, 2019

“A riveting political thriller.”
— Associated Press

Don’t miss TimeLine’s Chicago premiere of the 2017 Tony Award® winner for Best Play—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. Roger’s’ 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.

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Production Team


* Member of Actors Equity Association

# Member of United Scenic Artists

~ Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

+ TimeLine Company Member

^ TimeLine Associate Artist

§ TimeLine Playwrights Collective


  • Chicago Tribune

    September 19, 2019

    ★★★½. “With Oslo, TimeLine Theatre reaches for a moment the world changed … [in] J.T. Rogers’ magnificent 2017 play … It is political history, of course, but also applicable to the more prosaic negotiations in which we engage every day. Lessons from Oslo will serve you, and some very skilled Chicago actors are putting themselves in service thereof.”

    —Chris Jones

  • Chicago Sun-Times

    September 19, 2019

    A swiftly paced and smartly acted production. … it’s a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at a remarkable moment.”

    —Kris Vire

  • Chicago Reader

    September 25, 2019

    READER RECOMMENDED.A smart and timely local premiere… The great strength of Nick Bowling’s smart production for TimeLine (presented in association with Broadway in Chicago) is not just how it keeps the sometimes-complicated narrative clear, though that’s no small feat. It’s how, by showing us the full range of emotions felt by these complex individuals, all of whom are invested in their people’s survival as well as their own desire for a bit of history making, we see the wisdom of Terje’s approach. There’s not a weak link in the 13-member cast.

    —Kerry Reid

  • Daily Herald

    September 23, 2019

    ★★★½. “[A] droll, erudite drama, which makes diplomacy exciting … Rogers’ play, in an invigorating TimeLine Theatre revival directed by Nick Bowling, ends with an expression of optimism so genuine as to convince even a cynic that peace is indeed possible.

    —Barbara Vitello

  • Windy City Times

    September 22, 2019

    “TimeLine Theatre shows off its artistic might by brilliantly teaming up with Broadway in Chicago. … With such a great script in hand, director Nick Bowling masterfully brings it to life with a sterling 13-member cast and great production team. … The time just flies by thanks to everyone working at the top of their game.

    —Scott C. Morgan

  • Newcity

    September 19, 2019

    “Detailed performances, sharp writing and expert craftsmanship … Oslo stands as a beacon of possibility in a world where that is not always a guarantee. … It begs you to consider, in the smallest way, that peace is possible. That hope is possible.

    —Ben Kaye

  • Stage and Cinema

    September 19, 2019

    It’s hard to imagine a story more intrinsically theatrical than the real-life crises and complications that transform Oslo into a foreign-affairs thriller. … A crackling collaboration between TimeLine Theatre Company and Broadway in Chicago, it’s history on steroids.”

    —Lawrence Bommer

  • The Times of Northwest Indiana

    October 1, 2019

    “An interesting work that never drags … Playwright J.T. Rogers has created a well written artistic work that is intelligent, humorous and sensitive.

    —Eloise Marie Valadez

  • Urban Matter

    September 23, 2019

    “A powerful, humorous and inspiring true story about the people inside the politics. … As Mona Juul, the always-excellent Bri Sudia steals the stage at every chance. Her over-the-top performance is laced with both humor and in-your-face, non-negotiable terms when she has to be. Several times, applause for her stopped the show.

    —Mira Temkin

  • Around the Town Chicago

    September 19, 2019

    “This should be on your MUST SEE list.”

    —Alan Bresloff

  • Let's Play

    September 19, 2019

    Oslo is amazing! We could stop this review and save you time to get your tickets … Director Nick Bowling has done an excellent job setting up the storylines, which had to be captivating, exciting with a hint of mystery and charm to keep the audience engaged.”

    —Rick and Brenda McCain


  • Daily Herald

    September 6, 2019

    This Daily Herald feature explores “How TimeLine Theatre snagged the Chicago premiere of Tony-winning Oslo,” with interviews from Oslo director Nick Bowling and actor Tom Hickey.

    —Scott C. Morgan

    Read the full review

  • The Times of Northwest Indiana

    September 18, 2019

    “This is a show about hope.”

    Read more about cast members Jed Feder and Anish Jethmalani, and their experiences working on the Tony Award-winning play Oslo, in this feature from The Times of Northwest Indiana.

    —Eloise Marie Valadez

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  • Chicago Jewish News

    September 19, 2019

    “Everyone comes back to the number one precept, love thy neighbor as thyself. I do not think that maxim could be more ever-present in a play than it is in Oslo.”

    Read this Chicago Jewish News interview with Oslo cast member Bernard Balbot as he discusses his favorite characters, finding the levity in the drama, and how his Jewish faith impacts his work in this complex play.

    —Ellen Braunstein

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  • Conversations with Ed Tracy

    September 16, 2019

    Ed Tracy and Oslo actor Bri Sudia sat down to talk about career highlights, working with TimeLine, and taking inspiration from the real life Mona Juul.

    —Ed Tracy

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  • GoPride Chicago

    September 18, 2019

    GoPride interviewed Oslo‘s Bobby Bowman to talk about his trajectory as an actor, and what it’s like to be an understudy for this complex, timely production.

    —Matt Inawat

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  • The Daily Northwestern

    September 16, 2019

    An interview with Oslo actor Jed Feder about his experiences playing the combative Uri Savir, and how Northwestern has shaped his career.

    —Wilson Chapman

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  • Belmont Theater District

    August 30, 2019

    Belmont Theater District’s Clare Brennan talks with Oslo director Nick Bowling about what he’s most looking forward to with Oslo and what’s next for TimeLine’s 23rd season.

    —Clare Brennan

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Discussions & Events

  • OSLO Starts Performances
    September 10, 2019

    The first performance of OSLO, kicking off TimeLine’s 2019-20 season.

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  • Open Captioned Performance of OSLO
    Various dates

    Featuring a text display of words and sounds heard during the performance.

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  • OSLO: Sunday Scholars Series
    Sunday, October 6 at 4:45pm

    This one-hour post-show panel discussion features experts on the themes of the play.

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  • OSLO: Post-Show Discussion
    Various dates

    Join us for informal post-show discussions with members of the production team and cast.

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  • OSLO: Company Member Discussion
    Sunday, October 13 at 4:45pm

    Join us for an informal chat with TimeLine’s Company Members after today’s performance.

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    Monday, October 14, 2019 at 7 p.m.

    An exclusive one-night-only reading of a new play about the historic Apollo 11 moon landing.

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  • OSLO: PRE-Show Discussion
    Various dates

    Join us for an informal sneak peek into this production with members of the production team.

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