All the Way
Winner of the 2014 TONY@ AWARD for BEST PLAY, the DRAMA DESK AWARD, the OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD, the DRAMA LEAGUE AWARD, the Co-Recipient of the inaugural EDWARD M. KENNEDY PRIZE for DRAMA Inspired by American History. Recipient of the HAROLD and MIMI STEINBERG/AMERICAN THEATRE CRITICS ASSOCIATION NEW PLAY AWARD.
The play is now published by Grove Press and available on Amazon and at the Drama Book Shop, and is published in an acting version by Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
9 White men, 5 African-American men, 2 White women, 1 African-American woman
In 1964, the year that LBJ is looking toward an election, he has also dedicated himself to the passage of the Civil Rights legislation that has languished in Congress, stirring the hopes, passions and fears of a country headed toward monumental change.
ALL THE WAY had its World Premier at the Angus Bowmer Theater at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival on July 28, 2012, directed by Bill Rauch, with scenic design by Christopher Acebo, costume design by Deborah M. Dryden, lighting design by Mark McCullough, projections design by Shawn Sagady, original music and sound design by Paul James Prendergast, and fight direction by U. Jonathan Toppo. The dramaturg was Tom Bryant, and voice and text director was Rebecca Clark Carey. The stage manager was D. Christian Bolender, and assistant stage manager was Mandy Younger. The cast was as follows:
President Lydon Baines: Johnson Jack Willis
J. Edgar Hoover: Richard Elmore
Senator Hubert Humphrey: Peter Frechette
Robert McNamara: Mark Murphey
Governor George Wallace: Jonathan Haugen
Cartha “Deke” DeLoach: David Kelly
Senator Richard Russell: Douglas Rowe
Walter Jenkins: Christopher Liam Moore
Stanley Levison: Daniel T. Parker
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.: Kenajuan Bentley
Rev. Ralph Abernathy: Tyrone Wilson
Roy Wilkins: Derrick Lee Weeden
Bob Moses: Kevin Kenerly
Stokely Carmichael: Wayne T. Carr
Lady Bird Johnson: Terri McMahon
Lurleen Wallace: Erica Sullivan
Coretta Scott King: Gina Daniels
ALL THE WAY was subsequently performed at American Repertory Theater at Harvard University (Diane Paulus, Artistic Director; Diane Borger, Producer) at the Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, opening on September 13, 2013. It was directed by Bill Rauch; the set design was by Christopher Acebo; the costume design was by Deborah M. Dryden; the lighting design was by Jane Cox; the original music and sound design were by Paul James Prednergast; the projection design was by Shawn Sagady; the dramaturg was Tom Bryant; the production stage manager was Matthew Farrell. The cast was as follows.
LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON - Bryan Cranston
LADY BIRD JOHNSON/KATHERINE GRAHAM/KATHERINE ST. GEORGE - Betsy Aidem
WALTER JENKINS/WILLIAM COLMER - Christopher Liam Moore
SECRETARY/LURLEEN WALLACE/MURIEL HUMPHREY - Susannah Schulman
HUBERT HUMPHREY/STROM THURMOND - Reed Birney
RICHARD RUSSELL/EMANUEL CELLER/JIM MARTIN - Dakin Matthews
J. EDGAR HOOVER/ROBERT BYRD/ROBERT MCNAMARA/ROBERT BYRD - Michael McKean
PAUL JOHNSON - Arnie Burton
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. - Brandon Dirden
RALPH ABERNATHY - J. Bernard Calloway
STANLEY LEVISON/JOHN MCCORMACK/SEYMORE TRAMMEL/EDWIN KING - Ethan Phillips
STOKELY CARMICHAEL - William Jackson Harper
CARTHA "DEKE" DELOACH/HOWARD "JUDGE" SMITH/EVERETT DIRKSEN/CARL SANDERS - Richard Poe
CORETTA SCOTT KING/FANNIE LOU HAMER - Crystal A. Dickinson
GEORGE WALLACE/JAMES CORMAN/JOSEPH ALSOP/MIKE MANSFIELD/WALTER REUTHER - Dan Butler
ROY WILKINS/AARON HENRY - Peter Jay Fernandez
BOB MOSES/DAVID DENNIS - Eric Lenox Abrams
A variable unit set, something between a cockpit and congress. The ability to project images on the US wall (or screen) of the Set.
ALL THE WAY was commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as part of their American Revolutions Project.
ALL THE WAY was developed in part with the assistance of the Orchard Project, a program of The Exchange (www.exchangenyc.org)