By Richard Rhodes
Reykjavik concerns the October 1986 meeting in Iceland between President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Richard Rhodes’ has crafted a taut, often poignant two-character play that tells the more personal side of the story behind the scenes when for a fleeting, little-known moment, the two superpowers came close to eliminating all nuclear weapons. Rhodes has distilled the politics and hyperbole of a dozen characters into the essence of two men discussing the fate of the world.
Reykjavik addresses issues that are at once historic, yet relevant to our world today including the dangers of nuclear proliferation, the economic effects of an arms race, the need for international trust and cooperation, the role of science and diplomacy in public policy, and how the quality and integrity of any country’s leadership can affect its standing on the world stage.
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The Makers: Reykjavik
On Monday, November 26, 2018, Tonic launched The Makers: Reykjavik, a campaign to publicize our upcoming production of Reykjavik, by Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Rhodes. The Makers is a free public program designed to educate about the social and political climate during the Cold War as well as its legacy in advance of the Reykjavik production. It brings together artists in discussion with the diplomats, policymakers, and scientists who have shaped the history of the Cold War and current nuclear policy. The initial program was held on Monday, November 26, 2018, at the Carnegie Institution for Science. It featured Richard Rhodes, former senior US arms control negotiator Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr, actors Edward Gero (Gorbachev) and David Bryan Jackson (Reagan), and was moderated by Kurt Elftmann. Tonic is planning more The Makers events, with decision-makers from government, science, and civil society, particularly looking at the threat still posed by nuclear proliferation.
Thank you to our Makers panel
Reykjavik playwright, Richard Rhodes
David Bryan Jackson
Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr.