ROBERT SCHENKKAN

PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT & SCREENWRITER

THE GREAT SOCIETY A Stirring Tonic For Our Time

THE GREAT SOCIETY, Robert Schenkkan'sconclusion to the epic tale he began with All The Wayexamines the remainder of LBJ's term as president and the turbulent years of the Johnson White HouseIt made its debut in 2014 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is now receiving its Texas debut at Zach Theatre. This tempestuous time in American history is presented in a highly theatrical and stirring way that resonates deeply with our current times. To read more, click here.

SAG Awards: Bryan Cranston Wins Best Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for ‘All the Way’

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HACKSAW RIDGE gets 6 Oscar Nominations!

Early this morning the Academy announced six Oscar nominations for HACKSAW RIDGE: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Sound Mix, Best Sound Editing, and Best Film Editing!

Zach Theatre grapples with LBJ play ‘The Great Society’

It is clear that no couple has made a greater impact on Central Texas over the long run than Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson. From his role in taming in the Colorado River to his scores of national triumphs and tragedies — that reverberated back home — LBJ looms large in local memory. From her environmentalism to her wide-ranging philanthropy, Lady Bird also helped shape this city and its ways of thinking. 

With that in mind, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, who grew up in LBJ’s long Austin shadow, wrote a two-part stage epic about the president. To read more, click here.

Fountain Theatre launches 2017-18 season for social action with world premiere of Robert Schenkkan’s new play, ‘Building the Wall’

The Fountain Theatre will open its 2017-18 season of new plays with an urgent warning against the proposed policies of the Trump administration, followed by statements on social justice, inclusion, acceptance of “the other,” prejudice, the role of government and the need for human connection. To read more, click here.

Fear and loathing in Washington DC: progressives dread Trump inauguration

It’s for real. Donald Trump, billionaire businessman, reality TV celebrity and – to his foes – bigot and demagogue will place his hand on a Bible, repeat a 35-word oath and be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. What began with a stunt, lampooned as a joke and dismissed as a fantasy will at noon on Friday become historical truth. Trump will be the most powerful man in the world. To read more, click here.

Theater Review: Asolo Rep's 'Great Society' covers a lot of history with impact

Robert Schenkkan covers a lot of territory in his fast-moving and often fascinating play "The Great Society" about Lyndon Johnson's full term as president, which opened Friday at Asolo Repertory Theatre. To read more, click here.

‘Hacksaw Ridge’ To Pass $100M At Int’l Box Office This Weekend

Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge, the film that follows real World War II hero Desmond Doss into hell and back on the battlefield as he saved the lives of 75 men driven by his faith and sheer force of will, is set to pass $100 million internationally at the box office this weekend for distributor IM Global. The film already has crossed $150M worldwide.  To read more, click here.

 

In The Throes Of War, A Love Theme: Rupert Gregson-Williams On The Score For ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

“It’s about the story, not about the music.” That’s the wisdom that Rupert Gregson-Williams received from Hans Zimmer 18 years ago when the composer was cutting his teeth, writing cues for DreamWorks Animation’s The Prince of Egypt. And it’s a rule of thumb that the British composer still abides by, especially in his latest contemporary classical score for Hacksaw RidgeMel Gibson’s account of World War II army medic and Conscientious Objector Desmond T. Doss, who saved over 75 lives during the 1945 Battle of Okinawa. To read more, click here.

Jay Roach Nominated for DGA Award for ALL THE WAY!

Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay today announced the DGA’s nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television, Commercials and Documentary for 2016. “There’s so much to celebrate in such an incredible year for television, commercials and documentaries as we announce the DGA nominees for directorial achievement,” said Barclay. “As content across these categories reaches record levels, the bar is set higher than ever for directors – with each genre requiring unique skillsets and talents. And our nominees this year have far surpassed the challenge with such creative and captivating projects. I congratulate all of them on their exceptional work.” The winners will be announced at the 69th Annual DGA Awards on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. To read more, click here

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