ROBERT SCHENKKAN

PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT & SCREENWRITER

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Raúl Esparza and Patrick Page Join Dramatists Guild Fund Gala Lineup

"The Dramatists Guild Fund has announced additional performers for its annual benefit, Great Writers Thank Their Lucky Stars: The Presidential Edition, to be held on November 7 at Gotham Hall. The annual event is the most critical fundraising event of the year for the Dramatists Guild Fund, the charitable arm of the Dramatists Guild of America. It will feature Nell Benjamin, Mindi Dickstein, Carol Hall, Tom Kitt, Nan Knighton, Robert Schenkkan, Stephen Schwartz, and Stephen Sondheim introducing the stars who brought their work to life onstage." To read more, click here.

Review: ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Has Guts and Glory. But Where’s the Gun?

"Mel Gibson can be accused of many things, but subtlety is not one of them. Even at his worst — I mean as a filmmaker, not a political thinker — he consistently proves to be an able craftsman and a shrewd showman. “Hacksaw Ridge,” the first feature he has directed since “Apocalypto,” a decade ago, is a bluntly effective faith-and-flag war drama, the true story of a remarkable hero with a knot of moral tension at its center." To read more, click here.

Andrew Garfield goes to war in Mel Gibson's pacifist bloodbath 'Hacksaw Ridge'

“Hacksaw Ridge,” Mel Gibson’s latest high-minded cinematic massacre, tells the story of Desmond T. Doss, a God-fearing American pacifist who served as a combat medic during World War II and personally carried 75 wounded soldiers from the Battle of Okinawa, ultimately becoming the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor. His journey straddles two war zones — the first a largely psychological one, in which Doss endures the scorn and harassment of his fellow soldiers, and the second an intensely physical one, atop a treacherous 350-foot escarpment that gives the movie its title. Steeped in blood, guts and Christian iconography, “Hacksaw Ridge” is a tribute to one man’s courageous adherence to his deepest beliefs, made by a director whose commitment to his aesthetic principles is no less unswerving." To read more, click here.

'Hacksaw Ridge' Review: Mel Gibson Returns With a War Movie About Peace

"Mel Gibson is back, directing the bloody hell out of a war movie about ... peace. You may have issues with the star's past history of anger and intolerance. But you'll have no issue with Hacksaw Ridge, a movie about a different kind of brave heart." To read more, click here.

‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Review: Mel Gibson’s World War II Film Is Remarkable & Inspiring

"It has taken decades for Hollywood to get around to making a movie about World War II hero Desmond Doss, but it hasn’t been the industry’s fault. Doss, the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor for bravery in battle, did not want his story told on the screen and resisted all studio attempts — including those from Darryl F. Zanuck and others — to turn it into a film about his heroic efforts in saving 75 men during the ferocious fight for Hacksaw Ridge. As I say in my video review above, it is no wonder filmmakers came calling because being a conscientious objector and never touching a gun was unheard of for soldiers actively involved in the war." To read more, click here. 

Hacksaw Ridge Screenwriter Robert Schenkkan Talks Heroism and Writing Battlegrounds

"Robert Schenkkan returns to our podcast to discuss heroism and writing battlegrounds in his latest, Hacksaw Ridge - in theaters now." To listen to the podcast, click here.

'Hacksaw Ridge,’ a Gory War Movie for Both Hawks and Doves

LOS ANGELES — Is Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” another “American Sniper”? Mr. Gibson, who has been largely sidelined in Hollywood for a decade because of appalling behavior off camera, may not be that lucky. Directed by Clint Eastwood and telling the true story of a celebrated member of the Navy SEALs, “American Sniper” sold a tremendous $547 million in tickets worldwide in 2014 and was nominated for six Academy Awards. Cultural and commercial lightning of that magnitude rarely strikes twice." To read more, click here.

The Madness and Majesty of “Hacksaw Ridge” The New Yorker

"From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, on the trail of the divine, comes Desmond Doss. We see him as a child, played by Darcy Bryce, scrapping with his brother and clouting him with a brick—the sole occasion, in “Hacksaw Ridge,” on which the hero harms another person. Quaking with guilt, and awaiting a whipping from his drunken father (Hugo Weaving), Desmond stares at a picture on the wall and reads the inscription: “Thou shalt not kill.” To read more, click here.

‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Review: Mel Gibson’s World War II Film Is Remarkable & Inspiring

"It has taken decades for Hollywood to get around to making a movie about World War II hero Desmond Doss, but it hasn’t been the industry’s fault. Doss, the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor for bravery in battle, did not want his story told on the screen and resisted all studio attempts — including those from Darryl F. Zanuck and others — to turn it into a film about his heroic efforts in saving 75 men during the ferocious fight for Hacksaw Ridge. As I say in my video review above, it is no wonder filmmakers came calling because being a conscientious objector and never touching a gun was unheard of for soldiers actively involved in the war. Doss was nearly court-martialed for his refusal to carry or even handle a weapon, but eventually became a medic who turned out to be more brave than just about anyone in his unit — a true uncompromised hero." To read more, click here

WRITER'S BONE - HACKSAW RIDGE - PODCAST

Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning screenwriter and playwright Robert Schenkkan—whose credits include “All the Way,” “The Pacific,” “The Quiet American,” and the upcoming “Hacksaw Ridge”—talks to Sean Tuohy about his career and how he helped bring U.S. Army medic Desmond T. Doss’s story to the screen. To listen to the podcast, click here.

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