"Who says that only the British can have history plays? Robert Schenkkan’s profound, magnificent, epic All the Way is every bit as tragic as Richard III, but more accurate, and every bit as inspiring as Henry V, but more comprehensive. Like all real history plays, it brings us into the heart not only of its protagonist’s dilemma, but the dilemmas of those around him — the guileful slave-state representatives, led by Sen. Richard Russell (D.-Ga.) (Lawrence Redmond), the bileful J. Edgar Hoover (Richmond Hoxie), obsessed with the sex life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and, most importantly, King himself (Bowman Wright), struggling to keep the movement together in the face of the ambitions of younger members, such as Stokely Carmichael (Jaben Early), who are impatient, mistrustful, and ready for direct action." To read more, click here.
Robert Schenkkan on LBJ: 'People loved or hated him, often in the same moment'
April 8, 2016
"Donald Trump truly represents the final convergence of politics and showbusiness. He ruled The Apprentice on television for more than a decade. His election campaign rallies feature songs by Elton John and the Rolling Stones and, incongruously, Luciano Pavarotti’s rendition of Nessun Dorma. He flies in by helicopter to the theme music from Air Force One." To read more, click here.
Review: ‘All the Way’ at Arena Stage
April 8, 2016
"Lyndon Baines Johnson, popularly known as “LBJ,” was one of our best presidents, and also one of our worst. Truly a study in contrasts, he could evince both strength and weakness at the same time. LBJ once said to Congress “We will overcome!” and followed up with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965—both of which revolutionized our country. But, while his “war on poverty” was a noble attempt, he was also responsible for what many consider to be the needless deaths of tens of thousands of Americans in Vietnam." To read more, click here.
Sid Davis, eyewitness to LBJ’s defining moments, on All the Way
April 7, 2016
"To memories dulled by the passage of time, Lyndon Johnson seems like a bumptious interloper on the smooth passage between Jack Kennedy’s understated elegance and Richard Nixon’s dark suasions. He seems undereducated, flat-footed and trite, overmatched and undone by the Viet Nam war. We think of him as a minor character, pitiable, perhaps. Robert Schenkkan knows we’re wrong." To read more, click here.
Progressive Playwright: Robert Schenkkan "All the Way" scribe Robert Schenkkan is convinced that progress in LGBT rights is inevitable
March 31, 2016
"Robert Schenkkan is disturbed by what transpired in his birth state of North Carolina just before Easter, when legislators rammed through a law banning local anti-discrimination ordinances." To read more, click here
March 9, 2016
Dallas — “Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build one,” says Lyndon Baines Johnson, reflecting on a southern Democrat intent on hijacking the 36th president’s push to pass a Civil Rights bill.
LBJ tells it like it is. He also knows the carpenter has to saw and hammer the wood—or whatever else needs shaping—to build anything. Pondering on all the sweet-talk, wheedling and ruthless deal-making it takes to leverage the forces of power to create a better world, he goes on: “Nothin’ comes free. Nothin'." Not even good,” he says, staring into the distance." To read more, click here.
BWW Review: Playhouse Stages a Large Scale ALL THE WAY
March 9, 2016
"I am in blood stepped in so far that should I wade no more, / Returning were as tedious as go o'er," says Macbeth in William Shakespeare's tragedy of the same name. I have always felt that these lines could have described President Lyndon Johnson as he doggedly followed his disastrous course in Vietnam." To read more, click here.
Robert Schenkkan's All the Way Begins Rehearsals for Arena Stage Run
All the Way' captures complicated realities of LBJ's tenure
February 7, 2016
"All the Way" at the Alley Theatre registers as an event on several counts. First and foremost, it marks the powerful Houston premiere of Robert Schenkkan's engrossing drama about Lyndon B. Johnson's tumultuous first year in the White House - one of the most deserving "best play" Tony winners of recent years." To read more, click here.