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Jimmy Carter Play ‘Camp David’ Aims for Broadway

“Camp David,” the play about the peace deal brokered by Jimmy Carter at the 1978 Camp David conference, is targeting Broadway for an opening in the 2016-17 season.

The play by Lawrence Wright — who wrote the nonfiction book “Thirteen Days in September,” on which the play is based — premiered in 2014 at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., where it was directed by Arena a.d. Molly Smith (“The Velocity of Autumn”). Prior to its New York run, the play will get have pre-Broadway engagement (in a staging also directed by Smith) at San Diego’s Old Globe running May 13-June 19, 2016.

No casting for the Broadway production has been announced. The Arena cast included Ron Rifkin, Richard Thomas, Khaled Nabawy and Hallie Foote; the quartet will reprise their roles this weekend as part of the Carter Center Weekend in Vail, Colo.

The storyline of “Camp David” centers on the 1978 conference at the presidential retreat, where a complicated negotiation between the leaders of Israel and Egypt resulted in the first peace treaty struck in the Middle East. Wright’s book showed up on several best-of-the-year book lists in 2014.

Steve Traxler — a Broadway regular who’s on the producing team of upcoming shows “China Doll” (with Al Pacino) and “Fiddler on the Roof” — will produce with Gerald Rafshoon, a Main Stem newcomer who was in the Carter administration. Exact Broadway details, including theater and dates, remain to be set.

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