ROBERT SCHENKKAN

PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT & SCREENWRITER

SCHENKKAN WINS SPECIAL GYPSY ROSE LEE AWARD

Seattle Theater Writers Critics Circle are proud to announce a Special Award of Recognition for Mr. Robert Schenkkan for Excellence in Playwriting for his exceptional history of Lyndon Baines Johnson, in his two plays, All the Way and The Great Society, presented at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Mr. Schenkkan's work has already won a Tony Award among other recognition and we are proud to be able to call him "ours" and to acknowledge his work and the work of all those at Seattle Repertory Theatre and at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in producing this epic work.

SCHENKKAN IS AMONG 2015 TEXAS MEDAL OF ARTS HONOREES

Biennial Statewide Awards to Celebrate Texas Legends and Rising Stars Across the Arts

 

AUSTIN, TEXAS (January 14, 2015) – At a special luncheon at AT&T Stadium in Arlington today, the Texas Cultural Trust unveiled the honorees for the 2015 Texas Medal of Arts Awards (TMAA) taking place on Wednesday, February 25 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin. The Texas Medal of Arts Awards, presented by AT&T, will honor amazing Texans who have made powerful contributions to the arts here at home and around the world. This biennial event celebrates the state’s legendary artists, entertainers, and arts patrons with a series of events, including red-carpet arrivals, a star-studded awards show with special musical performances, and a gala dinner. The evening will spotlight Texas’ best talent in music, film, dance, visual arts, corporate and individual arts patronage, multi-media, television, architecture, theatre, arts education, literary arts, and lifetime achievement. This year, fifteen honorees will join the prestigious list of award recipients including Tony, GRAMMY, Emmy, and Academy Award winners.     

In its eighth biennial year, the Texas Medal of Arts Awards have spotlighted and celebrated eighty-three Texas leaders and luminaries who have achieved greatness through their creative talents, as well as those whose generosity has opened doors to artistic opportunity for Texans of all ages. As the signature event for the Texas Cultural Trust, the Texas Medal of Arts Awards highlights and promotes the power of the arts to stimulate children’s education and the state’s economy and to preserve the unique and proud Texas culture. 

The Texas Cultural Trust is excited to present the honorees for the 2015 Texas Medal of Arts Awards Honorees including the following:

·         Music:T Bone Burnett, Fort Worth, TX

·         Film:Jamie Foxx, Terrell, TX

·         Dance: Kilgore Rangerettes, Kilgore, TX

·         Visual Arts: Rick Lowe, Houston, TX

·         Corporate Arts Patron: Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Plano, TX

·         Individual Arts Patron: Margaret McDermott, Dallas, TX

·         Multi-Media: Emilio Nicolas, San Antonio, TX

·         Television:Dan Rather, Wharton, TX; Chandra Wilson, Houston, TX

·         Architecture:Charles Renfro, Houston, TX

·         Theatre: Robert Schenkkan, Austin, TX

·         Arts Education: Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Dallas, TX

·         Literary Arts: Lawrence Wright, Austin, TX

·         Standing Ovation Award: Ruth Altshuler, Dallas, TX

 Lifetime Achievement Award:The Gatlin Brothers, Seminole, TX

“The Texas Medal of Arts Awards recognizes those whose artistic talent and generous philanthropy have illuminated the vibrant artistic culture of our state,” said Texas Cultural Trust Executive Director Jennifer Ransom Rice. “People from all over Texas and from all types of creative expression are honored and celebrated as we raise awareness about the importance of the arts with the hope of continuing and expanding it for future generations to appreciate, embrace, and enjoy. The arts preserve our cultural heritage and tell the story of our society. This event honors those artists who capture a moment in time through their creativity.”

This year’s event is co-chaired by Gene Jones and Charlotte Jones Anderson, 2013 honorees as Individual Arts Patrons. Ms. Jones and Ms. Anderson are lifelong philanthropists, and this mother-daughter duo works through the Gene and Jerry Jones Foundation to serve charitable causes throughout Texas. Both women established an arts council and designed the Dallas Cowboys Stadium interiors in Arlington, Texas, creating a unique building reflecting both the state and the legendary football program. The Jones family carefully curated the world-class collection of Art at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium as a gift to the North Texas community and to all people who appreciate great achievements, whether sporting or artistic. Honorary co-chairs include the Honorable and Mrs. Greg Abbott, the Honorable and Mrs. Dan Patrick, and Speaker and Mrs. Joe Straus.

“Charlotte and I are so proud to have the opportunity to be involved in the 2015 Texas Medal of Arts Awards, and we look forward to an outstanding presentation of the honorees in Austin,” said Gene Jones. “Recognizing those Texans who have helped shape our society’s culture, through the arts, is a very significant responsibility. It is something that we embrace, and we feel great appreciation for everyone who has supported this event in the past and will be a part of this year’s TMAAs.  It’s going to be a wonderful event that we know will benefit the great works of the Texas Cultural Trust.”

The Texas Medal of Arts Awards recognizes legendary artists, entertainers, and arts patrons during a series of events held in Austin, Texas, beginning on Tuesday, February 24th with a VIP Legislative Reception and Dinner presented by General Motors. The dinner will showcase the best of Texas culinary arts with courses prepared and presented by three top chefs from across the state.

The festivities on Wednesday, February 25 begin with the Stars of Texas Brunch at the Governor’s Mansion hosted by First Lady-to-be Cecilia Abbott and culminate with the Texas Medal of Arts Awards at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. The Awards begin with a Red Carpet Reception presented by Anheuser Busch at 5:30 p.m., followed by the award show at 7:00 p.m., led by emcees Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, renowned anchors of FOX’s No. 1 NFL broadcast team. Special performances and presentations include previous Texas Medal of Arts honorees Ray Benson, Steve Miller, and Laura Bush and current honorees Jaime Foxx, the Gatlin Brothers, and the Kilgore Rangerettes. The evening will come to a memorable end with a Gala Dinner at 8:30 p.m., where guests will sit alongside Texas arts, business, legislative, and entertainment notables. 

The Awards have celebrated various influential and talented honorees including ZZ Top, Willie Nelson, Steve Miller, Tommy Lee Jones, Eva Longoria, Betty Buckley, Bob Schieffer, Laura W. Bush, Debbie Allen, Robert Rodriguez, Walter Cronkite, Nancy B. Hamon, Sandra Cisneros, Robert Rauschenberg, Clint Black, Anheuser Busch Companies, Lyle Lovett, Texas Monthly, Neiman Marcus, and Exxon Mobil, among others.

 

Colin Hanlon, Tony Vincent, Terence Archie & More to Lead Robert Schenkkan's THE 12 in Denver

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts has announced the full creative team and partial casting for the Theatre Company's world premiere of The 12, a brand new rock musical with book and lyrics by Tony Award winner Robert Schenkkan (All The Way) and music and lyrics by Neil Berg (Grumpy Old Men). To read more, click here.

Finalists Announced for 2015 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired By American History

NEW YORK, December 18, 2014 –

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, on behalf of the board of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, has announced the five finalist works for the 2015 award: To read more, click here.

Hot ticket: Seattle Rep adds a performance of ‘All the Way’

Due to popular demand, Seattle Repertory Theatre has added a New Year’s Eve performance of “All the Way,” the first installment in Robert Schenkkan’s two-part drama about the tumultuous presidency of Lyndon Baines Johnson. To read more, click here.

Seattle Rep's ALL THE WAY Becomes Highest-Grossing Show in Organization's History

Robert Schenkkan's political drama All the Way has become the highest-grossing production in Seattle Repertory Theatre history, surpassing Lily Tomlin's The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe and Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking. The play is currently running now through Jan. 4, 2015 in the Bagley Wright Theatre. All the Way is presented in partnership with Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF). To read more, click here.

The Best Presidents Are the Worst People

Lyndon Johnson was a huge asshole. He invaded everyone’s personal space—if he wanted something from you, he would put his hand inside your suit jacket and roam around in there while his face would hover a lick’s distance from your cheek and his other hand would rub your shoulders or tug on your earlobe or squeeze other body parts. The discomfort was like a drug to him. The petty power games he played with everyone in his orbit ranged from the subtle (he’d never give a compliment without following it with a little personal barb) to the loud and clear (he would demand that reporters and legislators stand in the bathroom and talk to him while he was taking a shit). He bought an amphibious car seemingly just for the sake of a repeated prank: When an unwitting rube was sitting in the passenger seat, Johnson would pretend to lose control of the car and drive straight into a body of water, just to watch the fear on his passenger’s face and then laugh at their confusion when the car gracefully floated along the water. To read more, click here.

Lyndon Johnson Rises Once More at Seattle Rep

Politics is a dirty game and nobody played it better or dirtier than Lyndon Johnson. His results were staggering, both as Senate Majority Leader and then as “accidental President” (his term). He maneuvered into being two Civil Rights Acts, the Voting Rights Act, Head Start, Medicare, Medicaid and the Clean Air Act, plus many other landmark programs,  through ferocious willpower and blunt force. To read more, click here.

Seattle Rep Goes 'All the Way' with LBJ

“‘Politics is war by other means.’ Bullshit. Politics is war. Period.”

Lyndon Baines Johnson (Jack Willis) pointedly delivers this salvo to open the second act of Seattle Repertory Theatre’s production of All the Way. By this point LBJ has already won his battle, passing the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. But the larger war might be lost, as the political contortions required to make the bill a reality took a toll not only on LBJ, but the core of the Democratic Party. The resulting drama adds a taut tension, whether real or merely internally perceived, to the Texan’s quest to go from “accidental president” after John F. Kennedy’s assassination to elected Commander in Chief in 1964. To read more, click here.

All the Way: The LBJ Stage Saga Is a Balm for Beleaguered Liberals

One is hard-pressed to imagine a more productive presidency than Lyndon B. Johnson’s, yet how rarely does one imagine it today. Launched into office on November 22, 1963, with the brain stains still wet on Jackie Kennedy’s pink Chanel suit, LBJ would make landmark gains in civil rights, antipoverty programs, Medicare, immigration, and environmental protection. Yet because Johnson embroiled the nation in the Vietnam War, those accomplishments have often been eclipsed from posterity. Until now. To read more, click here.

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