Currently making its world premiere at Arena Stage is Camp David, directed by Artistic Director Molly Smith and written by Lawrence Wright. Camp David tells the story of the peace talks that took place during the 13-day meeting in 1978 that President Jimmy Carter (portrayed by Richard Thomas) hosted between Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin (Ron Rifkin) and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat (Khaled Nabawy) at the presidential retreat, nestled in the Cacoctin Mountain Park in Maryland. Hallie Foote (who portrays Rosalynn Carter) rounds out the cast, along with U.S. Marines that make a cameo.
Humor helps lighten the mood of a production that deals with a very serious topic – peace talks between Israel and Egypt, with Rosalynn Carter’s character providing the most comic relief. The turning point in the tense negotiations between Begin and Sadat is when Carter takes the pair to Gettysburg and each recite portions of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. History buffs will especially enjoy Camp David, since TV and movie producer Gerald Rafshoon, who was White House communications director during the summit, was the producer. I thoroughly enjoyed Camp David, and recommend you see it soon. Camp David runs through May 4 in the Kreeger Theater. Tickets are available here.
Photo by Teresa Wood, courtesy of Arena Stage