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Camp David

May 13 – June 19

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

Camp David


Camp David

By Lawrence Wright
Directed by Molly Smith
The Old Globe presents the Arena Stage production of Camp David

From The Twenty-seventh Man to Golda’s Balcony to Allegiance, The Old Globe boasts a rich legacy of exploring significant moments in recent history on its stages. Now a new play, Camp David, offers a you-are-there view of a great historical achievement whose legacy continues to resonate nearly 40 years later. In the tumultuous 1970s, Middle East peace seemed as remote a prospect as it does today. Yet during 13 extraordinary days in 1978, two world leaders, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, under the watchful and sometimes exasperated eyes of U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn, hammered out an agreement that inspired the entire world. Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright (The Looming Tower, HBO’s Going Clear) brings us a riveting and moving story filled with humor, insight, and surprises as three very different men, each devoutly committed to his people and also to his faith, find that peace is possible and that hope is always the better choice.

Generously Sponsored by
Peter Cooper and Norman Blachford, Elaine and Dave DarwinPam Farr and Buford Alexander, and Hal and Pam Fuson

Artist Sponsors for Lawrence Wright: Phyllis and Dan Epstein
Artist Sponsors for Molly Smith: Nikki and Ben Clay

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Running Time:

One hour, fifty five minutes. There is no intermission.

Cast and Creative



Lawrence Wright
Molly Smith
Arena Stage
Scenic Design
Walt Spangler
Costume Design
Paul Tazewell
Lighting Design
Pat Collins
Original Music and Sound Design
David Van Tieghem
Projection Design
Jeff Sugg
Geoff Josselson, CSA
Production Stage Manager
Susan R. White
Stage Manager (May 22 - June 19)
Peter Van Dyke
Gerald Rafshoon


Critic's Choice

"Absorbing! Camp David makes history live! A worthy west coast premiere — director Molly Smith maintains a steady sense of suspense and momentum." —The San Diego Union-Tribune

"Four superb performances! Reminds us that some leaders have the courage and fortitude to make miracles happen." —KSDS Jazz 88

"Riveting! Nabawy's grimly dignified Sadat and Ned Eisenberg's multifaceted portrayal of Begin hit the play's highest notes. Eisenberg is tremendous." —San Diego CityBeat

"A solid cast, a great play! It's not often we get to go back in history to experience notable events as they happened." —La Jolla Light

"Richard Thomas's Jimmy Carter has a wonderful chemistry with Hallie Foote as Rosalynn. Come to The Old Globe and watch Camp David bring history to life!" —San Diego Jewish World


Film Screening of The Citizen

Starring Egyptian Film Star – and Camp David’s Anwar Sadat – Khaled Nabawy
Followed by a Q&A Moderated by KPBS’s Cinema Junkie, Beth Accomando

Monday, May 23

Must RSVP tickets, click here!