'All the Way' makes riveting drama of LBJ presidency
January 30, 2016
"Politics as a rule abounds in high drama - but few chapters in America's political history have been as explosively dramatic as President Lyndon B. Johnson's tumultuous first year in the White House. That's the genius of Robert Schenkkan's Tony-winning "All the Way," which makes its eagerly awaited Houston premiere this week at the Alley Theatre - the first-ever co-production between Houston's Alley and the Dallas Theatre Center, where it will play following its Houston engagement." To read more, click here.
Bryan Cranston talks about bringing LBJ to life in HBO's 'All the Way'
January 10, 2016
To prepare for his latest role, Bryan Cranston was in luck: He sort of looks like former President Lyndon B. Johnson. "Fortunately my own natural makeup is what every man hopes for -- beady eyes and thin lips," Cranston, the former "Breaking Bad" star, joked to reporters at the Television Critics Assn. media tour in Pasadena on Thursday. "That's what I share with LBJ." To read more, click here.
All the Way’: Bryan Cranston Talks Revisiting LBJ For HBO Movie
January 10, 2016
"Bryan Cranston spent six months on stage in 2014 giving a tour-de-force performance as President Lyndon B. Johnson in “All the Way.” But adapting the play by Robert Schenkkan for an HBO telepic gave the actor a chance to go even deeper into under the skin of the commander-in-chief who reigned at a turbulent time for the country." To read more, click here.
How LBJ Play ‘All The Way’ Went From Broadway To HBO – TCA
January 10, 2016
hen it came to transferring Robert Schenkkan’s All The Wayabout President Lyndon B. Johnson, executive producer Steven Spielberg gave the writer and director Jay Roach one big note when adapting the play to the small screen: “Commit to the quiet moments,” remembered Roach. To read more, click here.
Asolo Issues Challenge with 'All The Way'
January 3, 2016
Asolo Repertory Theatre opens its winter repertory season with a production of All The Way, the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Play written by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan that tells the story of Lyndon B. Johnson’s first year thrust into the American presidency, where he would navigate a political hotbed of cultural titans and powerhouses such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and J. Edgar Hoover in his bid to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964. To read more, click here.
Asolo Rep Proudly to Stage ALL THE WAY
December 3, 2015
Asolo Repertory Theatre proudly kicks off its winter repertory season with the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Play, Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Schenkkan's political drama ALL THE WAY. Asolo Rep's production will be directed by Emily Sophia Knapp, who served as the associate director of the Broadway, American Repertory Theatre, Seattle Rep and world premiere Oregon Shakespeare Festival productions. Hailed by NPR as a "sensational night of theatre," previews for ALL THE WAY are January 6 and 7 at 8pm, opening night is January 8 at 8pm, and the production runs in rotating rep through Saturday, April 9. To read more, click here.
Celebrated playwright urges students to finish what they start.
November 19, 2015
Robert Schenkkan, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, welcomes student writers who want to follow his path. In a talk with USC School of Dramatic Arts students on Oct. 28, he acknowledged the lack of financial rewards — even for frequently produced playwrights — but expressed deep affection for his profession. To read more, click here
Schenkkan Working with Every28Hours One Minute Play Festival
November 7, 2015
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The Kennedy Center announces The 25th Anniversary of New Visions/New Voices 2016
November 7, 2015
(WASHINGTON)—The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announces the 25th anniversary of the biennial workshop New Visions/New Voices from May 6 to May 8, 2016. Dedicated to the development of new plays and musicals for young people and their families, this innovative series pioneers a unique forum for the field of theater for young audiences (TYA).
New Visions/New Voices 2016 will present six new works by American playwrights, selected from theater companies based in Austin, TX; Costa Mesa, CA; Evanston, IL; Milwaukee, WI; Minneapolis, MN; and Seattle, WA; selections from nine new works from India, Korea, and South Africa as part of the International Playwrights’ Intensive; and will mark the unveiling of the first-ever, newly published New Visions/New Voices: 25 years/25 plays (Dramatic Publishing).
Since its inception in 1991, New Visions/New Voices has assisted in the development of 96 new plays, musicals, and operas from 86 playwrights and 37 composers working with 57 U.S. and 10 international theater companies. This year’s conference will continue to expand opportunities for high-quality performance experiences for young people, facilitating the development of productions by a variety of world-class writing teams, directors, and organizations. “With a sense of adventure and purpose, New Visions/New Voices has forged ahead as the vanguard of the field. Scores of writers have been nurtured and challenged, extraordinary new plays have been created, and the lives of young people around the globe have been transformed by the ripple effects of this artistic journey,” according to Rives Collins, Associate Professor at Northwestern University. For the past 25 years, New Visions/New Voices has had a reputation for pushing boundaries and fostering the development of strong, creative, and innovative plays and playwrights that have greatly influenced the field of TYA. Peter Brosius, Artistic Director of Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis, explains, “I came back so moved by what [New Visions/New Voices has] done for all of us and for the field and for thousands and thousands of kids.” While at the Kennedy Center, selected playwrights, directors, music directors, composers, and actors work collaboratively in a weeklong intensive workshop setting to develop their projects. After revisions, rewrites, and rehearsals of the new plays and musicals, the works are presented as rehearsed readings during a three-day conference for theater professionals, educators, and others interested in the field, which will include discussions, conversations, and other events facilitated by Daniel Renner, Director of Education for New York’s Theatre Development Fund. The Center provides housing, transportation, stage managers, dramaturgs, and Equity performers for each show. New Visions/New Voices 2016 features dramaturgical support by Ken Cerniglia and Faedra Chatard Carpenter. Additional participants will include Tony Award®- and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (All the Way and The Kentucky Cycle, respectively), Tony Award®-winning regional theaters including Children’s Theatre Company and South Coast Repertory, leading TYA theaters in the industry, and Northwestern University.
All the Way' opens the Rep season in its St. Louis debut
September 13, 2015
Four years ago, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis opened the season with a fact-based, Tony-winning new drama, directed by Steven Woolf and starring Brian Dykstra.
Now, history repeats itself.
This season’s opening production of “All the Way” — like that 2011 production of “Red” — glories in the expansive nature of theater itself. To read more, click here.