Oregon Shakespeare Festival's The Great Society

Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way brings to the stage Lyndon Johnson’s first year as President. Though the office is thrust upon him by Kennedy’s assassination, LBJ channels his political genius and immense energy into passing Kennedy’s languishing Civil Rights Act, then wins reelection by a landslide. High on these successes, the Johnson we meet at the start of The Great Society is reminiscing about his boyhood fascination with rodeo bull-riding. To read more, click here.

Franklin High School Students to Perform at Seattle Rep

Seattle Repertory Theatre is hosting several community events and partnerships in conjunction with its presentation of Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way and The Great Society, a two-play dramatization of Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency running this winter. To read more, click here.

A Look Inside Lyndon B. Johnson's Presidency With Seattle Repertory Theatre

It’s 1963 and Lyndon B. Johnson has just been sworn in as the 36th President of the United States after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Trouble is brewing at home with the civil rights movement, and abroad in Vietnam, and the country is at a crossroads. To read more, click here.

Playwright Robert Schenkkan on Winning a Tony and Impressing Spielberg

It's been a big year for one of Oregon theater’s biggest success stories. We caught up with Schenkkan in Ashland to take stock. To read more, click here.

Telling big stories on the big stage | An interview with Seattle playwright Robert Schenkkan

Seattle playwright Robert Schenkkan (@RobertSchenkkan) has had a long and distinguished career in theatre, TV and film. And at 61 he’s not slowing down one bit. To read more, click here.


ALL THE WAY/THE GREAT SOCIETY make Seattle Weekly Pick

Friday, Nov. 14

All the Way

Seattle playwright Robert Schenkkan’s acclaimed drama about LBJ’s passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 earned Tony Awards for Best Drama and its star, Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, after reaching Broadway last year. Now Seattle audiences can finally see the work, with Jack Willis assuming the title role. (Kenajuan Bentley plays MLK, who lobbies for speedier progress on civil rights; Richard Elmore potrays J. Edgar Hoover—and we know which side he’s on.) In this, the 50th-anniversary year of the Civil Rights Act, with an African-American president in the White House, All the Way is automatically the biggest stage event of the season.

Not only is All the Way historical, it’s painfully topical: A half-century’s seeming progress toward racial equality has now stumbled in ways that LBJ partly anticipated. The South has flipped to solid Republican (his prediction), and its ossified white leaders (abetted by FOX News) have thwarted, belittled, and demonized the president as an ineffectual other. Voter-ID laws and restricted voting hours are resurgent in red states. GOP-controlled state legislatures have drawn electoral maps that herd blacks into homogenous, gerrymandered districts that dilute their voice in Congress. No surprise that many forums and discussions, at the Rep and elsewhere, are scheduled in the coming weeks.

Bill Rauch directs both this play and Schenkkan’s new companion piece about LBJ’s struggles from 1965–68 (chiefly Vietnam), The Great Society, which opens December 5 and alternates withAll the Way (sharing the same cast) through January 4. Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St. (Seattle Center), 443-2224, $17–$150. 7:30 p.m. BRIAN MILLER


A second Washington Humanities THINK AND DRINK event will be held tomorrow night, November 12, at the Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave S, Seattle.


Robert Schenkkan will be part of this free event tonight. Should be interesting. Stop by, have a drink and join the conversation!

7:00-8:30 PM tonight, November 11, 2014.
Humanities Washington Think and Drink Conversation
Free event featuring lively, moderated conversations concentrated on the history and legacy of the civil rights, and voting rights acts, and LBJ's role in having them signed into law as well a exploring the role of theatre in exploring this history, and relating it to the present. moderated by Tonya Mosely, historian Quintard Taylor.
(Sarah Meals- SRT Representative)
Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle



Robert Schenkkan was the featured Lowe Speaker at the Claremont-McKenna College Marion Minor Cook Atheneum on November 4, 2014. "Writing the 1960's in Drama."


Robert Schenkkan's One-on-One segment will air on Wednesday, November 26 at 12:30 AM on WNET (PBS - Thirteen in NYC)
and 7:00 PM on NJTV.