Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage has announced complete casting for the world premiere historical drama Camp David, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright and directed by Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith.
Based on true events surrounding the 1978 Camp David Accords, the play follows the 13-day meeting between President Jimmy Carter, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat as they attempted to negotiate peace in the Middle East.
Joining the previously announced Ron Rifkin (Begin) and Richard Thomas (Carter) in the cast will be Tony nominee Hallie Foote (Dividing the Estate) as Rosalynn Carter and Egyptian actor Khaled Nabawy (Kingdom of Heaven) as Sadat.
Camp David is the second project produced as part of Arena Stage's American President's Project, an initiative investigating the lives and legacies of the United States' presidents and their families.
"To say this is one of the most important stories to put on our stage is a complete understatement," says Smith. "It's important to be reminded of a moment — now 35 years ago — when people from very different cultures and perspectives risked their lives and careers and put themselves on the line personally, intellectually and spiritually by sitting down to forge an agreement. Through Lawrence's brilliant script, this incredible cast and with the incomparable access and research provided through Gerald Rafshoon, audiences will viscerally experience the complex and deeply human process of these pivotal negotiations."
Camp David will run in the Kreeger Theater from March 21-May 4.