Robert Schenkkan has dug deeply into the American past in his award-winning plays, some of which originated in his former home base of Seattle. But in his latest work, Schenkkan was compelled by current events to look ahead and imagine the future. His two-actor stage drama “Building the Wall” is set in 2019 in the wake of a major terrorist attack in the United States. President Donald Trump has ordered the immediate arrest and detention of tens of thousands of immigrants. Under pressure from the federal government, a prison official is one of those tasked with coordinating the mass detentions. And after things go horribly wrong, he’s one of those blamed for the policy’s tragic consequences. To read more, click here.
Unframed At New Stage presents BUILDING THE WALL
November 8, 2017
The Unframed at New Stage Theatre Series presents Building the Wall, the newest play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (The Kentucky Cycle, All the Way, Hacksaw Ridge) November 10, 11, 12 18, & 19 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket price is $10.00 and tickets can only be purchased at the door, cash or check only. The performances are staged at New Stage Theatre's Warehouse Theatre, which is located at 1000 Monroe Street in the Belhaven Heights neighborhood. Unframed at New Stage Theatre is sponsored by Jackson Free Press. Building the Wall contains strong language and is recommended for mature audiences only. To read more, click here.
A.R.T. Announces Free Staged Reading of Robert Schenkkan's BUILDING THE WALL
October 30, 2017
A.R.T. of Human Rights: A free reading of Building the Wall By Robert Schenkkan (All the Way). Directed by Ari Edelson
Wednesday, November 1 at 7:30PM
Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School
1515 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
Building the Wall lays out the potential consequences of contemporary anti-immigration campaign rhetoric. Set in 2019, the play imagines the rhetoric has become policy, and massive numbers of undocumented immigrants and others have been incarcerated in private prisons and camps. As Rick, the former warden of one facility, awaits sentencing for events which happened under his watch, he is interviewed by Gloria, a historian who has come in search of the truth about how the unthinkable became the inevitable.
A.R.T. of Human Rights is an ongoing collaboration with the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University that uses the arts and the humanities to explore some of the most pressing human rights issues of our time. This series features public conversations with leading artists, academics, and activists, as well as educational and artistic partnerships with local schools and organizations. Building on the Carr Center's commitment to advancing human rights principles, and the A.R.T.'s mission to "expand the boundaries of theater," A.R.T. of Human Rights is designed to foster a new model for community education, civic engagement, and creative expression. The reading will be followed by a panel discussion.
Azeotrope presents BUILDING THE WALL, by Tony Award Winning Playwright Robert Schenkkan
October 30, 2017
Seattle theatre company Azeotrope is pleased to announce the Seattle premiere of Building the Wall, by Tony Award winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (All The Way, The Great Society, The Kentucky Cycle), directed by Desdemona Chiang. Building the Wall begins opens Friday, December 1, 2017 and plays through December 23, 2017 at 12th Ave Arts Studio Theatre in Capitol Hill, Seattle. To read more, click here.
'Hacksaw Ridge' and Robert Schenkkan come to ASU
October 20, 2017
"Hacksaw Ridge" is a nontraditional war movie depicting the story of Desmond Doss, a war hero who survived World War II without ever picking up a gun, and won a Medal of Honor for saving dozens of his comrades. Andrew Hanks, a film junior, is the lead event organizer of Hollywood Invades Tempe, which screens movies and brings in filmmakers to speak to students. "We like to pick popular films or films that have just come out so they're fresh on people's minds," Hanks said. "'Hacksaw Ridge' being nominated for six Oscars and winning two, really just a powerful movie that came out in the past year. The fact that we could get Mr. Schenkkan just made it even better." To read more, click here.
Gripping All The Way (History Theatre)
October 20, 2017
The History Theatre’s production of All the Way is a rare thing: a gripping political drama about legislation. Playwright Robert Schenkkan’s Tony Award-winning play is an engrossing drama about the legislative battle to pass the modern day Civil Rights Act in a Congress that was divided not only on by party, but also by cultural beliefs concerning values including race (sound familiar?). Director Ron Peluso succeeds in grabbing the audience at the start and never letting go throughout the nearly three-hour production. To read more, click here.
LBJ, MLK, and HHH race to pass the Civil Rights Act in History Theatre's 'All the Way'
October 20, 2017
During one of the many crises punctuating her husband’s tumultuous presidency, Lady Bird Johnson (Jennifer Blagen) reminds her husband that bravery runs in his family. “When your great-grandmother was hiding under the floorboards while the Comanches were raiding her house, did she flinch? It’s just not in your blood.” In another play, that line might have played as a hackneyed pep talk. In All the Way, it’s a reminder that a long history of racial violence and exploitation can be conveniently minimized by white people who want to pride themselves on incidents of isolated courage. This Lyndon Johnson feels under-appreciated by Civil Rights activists, but it’s hard to applaud political compromise when there’s a burning cross in your front yard. To read more, click here.
New Robert Schenkkan play is next up for Borderlands
October 7, 2017
Imagine this: A terrorist attack in Times Square leads to the president declaring martial law. A massive round up of immigrants begins. The idea is to deport millions back to their home countries. Private prisons take them in until that can be done. The results are disastrous. Robert Schenkkan imagined just such a scenario in his new play “Building the Wall,” which Borderlands Theater opens in previews Sept. 27. To read more, click here.
New Trustus Production Tackles Trump’s Proposed Border Wall
October 7, 2017
It could happen here. That cautionary warning is often used in speculative fiction, but is an integral theme of Building the Wall, coming this week to the intimate, black box-style Side Door performance space at Trustus Theatre. To read more, click here.
BUILDING THE WALL Opens at Trustus Theatre, 10/6!
September 30, 2017
Trustus Theatre brings Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Playwright Robert Schenkkan's newest political thriller play, Building the Wall, to the Side Door Theatre October 6-14, 2017 for its Southeastern premiere. Directed by Jim O'Connor, this play explores the contemporary times that we live in and the potential result of our communities failing to stay vigilant and letting their voices go unheard. To read more, click here.