ROBERT SCHENKKAN

PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT & SCREENWRITER

‘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.

The Madness and Majesty of “Hacksaw Ridge”

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.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt to bring the story of the Ku Klux Klan to the big screen

The film "K Troop" will examine the roots of the organization that advocated white supremacy and its conflict with the American army. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt and screenwriter Robert Schenkkan are working on the development of the feature to be produced by Amazon Studios. To read more, click here.

‘Hacksaw Ridge’ & ‘All The Way’ Writer Robert Schenkkan To Pen Amazon’s KKK Movie

EXCLUSIVE: Robert Schenkkan, the Pulitzer-winning playwright who penned the LBJ play and movie All The Way and who co-wrote the screenplay for Mel Gibson’s upcoming Hacksaw Ridge, has a new hot-button project. He has been tapped to write Amazon StudiosK Troop. This is the pic that will  chronicle the rise of the KKK in the American South in 1860s and the man who led the U.S. Army’s elite K Troop that brutally fought the group in 1871. To read more, click here.

All the Way' at the Cleveland Play House: Towering performance by Steve Vinovich as LBJ wins the day (review)

CLEVELAND, Ohio – "Like the hint of a career-ending scandal, the question dogging Robert Schenkkan's political drama "All the Way" into regional houses is whether the play can hold a crowd without white-hot star Bryan Cranston at is center. Cranston first slipped into Lyndon B. Johnson's Lucchese boots in 2013 at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, home of nascent blockbusters "Porgy and Bess" (2012) and "Pippin" (2013) before they pulled up stakes for Tony Award-winning runs on Broadway. True to form, "All the Way" transferred to Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre in 2014 and won two Tonys: one for best play and the other for Cranston's bullying, beguiling performance as Johnson during the first year of his presidency following the assassination of John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. I saw Cranston tear into the towering role at the A.R.T. and wondered then if Schenkkan's work would feel as vital and engrossing without him. So here's the old-school news bulletin: Not only does the Cleveland Play House production of "All the Way" hold up without Cranston, it shoots out the lights, as LBJ's compatriots in his home state of Texas might say, with a potent combination of topicality (yes, despite being a period piece), smart staging and Steve Vinovich at the helm as the 36th president of the United States." To read more, click here.

The election is on everyone's mind as SCR presents 'All the Way' and 'District Merchants'

"History is more complicated than the simple version we’re told in school or around the dinner table, says South Coast Repertory’s artistic director, Marc Masterson.He is talking about Lyndon Baines Johnson in “All the Way,” the Costa Mesa theater’s main-stage season-opener, but the observation also fits the polarizing fictional figure in the play he chose for SCR’s second stage. In “District Merchants,” the Shylock of Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” is re-imagined as a businessman and moneylender in Reconstruction-era Washington, D.C. Both plays capture America’s struggle to follow its better impulses against the headwinds of prejudice, partisanship and self-interest." To read more, click here.

A Spellbinding Mix of ’60s Politics in ‘All the Way’ at South Coast Rep

"Politics is a matter of convincing and compromise. And no one was a better schmoozer, seducer, arm-twister and back-breaker than our 36th President, Lyndon Baines Johnson. It can be fascinating to watch how the sausage of lawmaking gets made, as we saw in the 2012 Steven Spielberg film, “Lincoln,” with the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery. In a similar vein of riveting historical fiction comes the stage play, “All the Way,” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Schenkkan, who captured another troubled and troubling historical period in his wonderful work, “The Kentucky Cycle.” To read more, click here

Robert Schenkkan, Playwright – All The Way: LBJ & the Civil Rights Bill

Upcoming public lecture at Princeton University. To read more, click here.

'All The Way' Writer-Director Team On The 2016 Presidential Election, Politics As War & Their Road To Emmys

Opening at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2012, Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way quickly became a cultural touchstone—re-framing the legacy of one of America’s greatest presidents while holding up a mirror to the challenges and fears in contemporary America, as one of the most significant elections in American history moves toward its dramatic conclusion. Earning a Tony for his portrayal of Lyndon B. Johnson on Broadway, Emmy winner Bryan Cranston then resolved to continue on with the role in an HBO film, executive produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Jay Roach—a film which has garnered eight Emmy nominations and is viewed as a clear frontrunner in the Outstanding Television Movie category. To read more, click here.

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