The Drama of Shimon Peres Comes to Life in New Play

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A scene from the stage play "Oslo" by J.T. Rogers.
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Leaders from around the world are gathering in Jerusalem today to pay their final respects to Shimon Peres, one of the last surviving founders of Israel who died this week at the age of 93. Peres held a number of roles in the Israeli government — from prime minister to minister of transportation, and president between 2007 and 2014.

He was instrumental in the establishing the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords, which was signed on the White House Lawn 23 years ago this month. The Accords remain one of the few examples of a realized peace between Israel and Palestine.

As Peres is laid to rest, we speak J.T. Rogers, the writer and director of the stage play "Oslo," which tells the story of the back channel negotiations that led to the Oslo Accords. Click on the 'Listen' button above to hear our full conversation.