Rogelio Martinez’s Blind Date, a compulsively fascinating backstage glimpse of one of the 20th century’s landmark historical events, is infused with sly humor and unexpected wisdom. In an era before Twitter and eHarmony, two of history’s oddest couples seek to thaw the seemingly intractable relationship between the United States and Soviet Russia. Despite their advisors’ efforts to keep them on track, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev eschew conventional protocols to discuss pop culture and old movies—while their wives mirror their husbands’ negotiations in a passive-aggressive tango over tea and fashion choices. A compelling and edgily comic journey through the dizzying intricacies of statesmanship. The world premiere will be directed by the Goodman’s artistic director Robert Falls and is scheduled to run from January 20 – February 25, 2018.
Read what Rogelio Martinez says about forging drama from diplomacy in the New York Times.