CITYARTS: ROBERT SCHENKKAN'S LBJ PLAYS RECALL A TURBULENT HISTORY.
October 29, 2014
Robert Schenkkan asks what we can—and should—learn from the tumultuous presidency of LBJ.
A still, midsummer heat rests like a woolen blanket on the brick courtyard outside this Oregon theatre. On stage, however, a storm is brewing: Furious African-Americans riot in the streets, politicians haggle over health care and the death toll for an unpopular war is rising. A once high-minded President is struggling toward progress against the crush of political pressure. The scene takes place in 1965, but it could be 2014. To read more, click here.
VIEW NEW TEASER FOR SEATTLE REP PRODUCTION!
October 29, 2014
Here is the brand new 60 second teaser for ALL THE WAY and THE GREAT SOCIETY at the Seattle Rep Theater. ALL THE WAY opens November 19th and THE GREAT SOCIETY opens December 10th.
ALL THE WAY? The Unfinished Struggle for Human Rights
October 22, 2014
Tonight, October 22, at the Harvard Kennedy School Carr Center for Human Rights. A.R.T. of Human Rights 7pm – 9pm American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA
“All the Way?: The Unfinished Struggle for Civil Rights”
Timothy Patrick McCarthy in conversation with Robert Schenkkan, Tony Award-winning playwright, All the Way; and Professor Lani Guinier, Harvard Law School , Joseph Peniel, Tufts Professor of Black Power Studies, and Lisa Coleman, Chief Diversity Officer Harvard University.
ZACH Theatre to Stage Texas Premiere of Tony-Winning Play ALL THE WAY
September 26, 2014
ZACH Theatre has announced the newest addition to its 2014-15 Season - The 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Play- ALL THE WAY. Based on Lyndon Baines Johnson's prolific first year as President. To read more, click here.
SCHENKKAN BREAKS BOX OFFICE RECORDS AT SEATTLE REP
September 5, 2014
On the first day of single ticket sales for ALL THE WAY and THE GREAT SOCIETY at the Seattle Repertory Theater, all box office records were broken for tickets sold in one day.
ALL THE WAY with Robert Schenkkan and Brandon Dirden
September 4, 2014
Come hear Robert Schenkkan and Brandon Dirden discuss ALL THE WAY at the Drama Book Shop. To read more, click here.
Flawed President Who Dared to Dream In ‘The Great Society,’ Jack Willis Stars as Johnson
August 18, 2014
" “Christ, I feel like a catfish that’s bit a big juicy worm only to find a right sharp hook in the middle of it,” says Lyndon B. Johnson in “The Great Society,” the second part of Robert Schenkkan’s sprawling dramatization of Johnson’s tumultuous years in the White House. As the play opens, Johnson has just been elected to a full presidential term, but there’s no time for a celebratory fishing trip, because he’s already facing a full slate of problems." To read more click here.
ALL THE WAY NOW IN PRINT!
August 9, 2014
Always nice to finally see the work in print. And twice as nice to see it printed twice! ALL THE WAY is now available in an Acting edition from DPS - Dramatists Play Service - found at www.dramatists.com. And also in a handsome trade paperback published by Grove Press, with original introductory material by Bryan Cranston and Bill Rauch. It is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, various independents including NYC's Drama Book Store.
Theater Review | THE GREAT SOCIETY by Robert Schenkkan at Oregon Shakespeare Festival
August 4, 2014
"Part 2 of Robert Schenkkan’s far-reaching, massive portrait of President Lyndon Baines Johnson is an epic tragedy that explores the tradeoffs and perils of governing through the unprecedented political upheavals and competing social priorities of late 1960’s America.
Following up on the wildly successful part 1 (ALL THE WAY), THE GREAT SOCIETY continues a profound and searching engagement with a key era of recent US history, some of the battle lines from which – particularly in regard to Congressional fights over budget cutting – remain active today.
By looking back, Schenkkan examines who we are, asks how we got here, and dreams of what the United States could yet become." To read more, click here.
In enthralling ‘Great Society,’ LBJ’s victory lap is cut short.
July 29, 2014
A review of Tony-winning Seattle playwright Robert Schenkkan’s “The Great Society,” the second half of his two-play cycle about President Lyndon Johnson’s time in the White House, now being staged at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. To read more, click here.