Seattle Rep goes ‘All the Way’ with LBJ’s fascinating story

Seattle Rep’s highly anticipated “All the Way” and “Great Society,” by local playwright Robert Schenkkan, tell the story of LBJ’s triumphant and troubled presidency, and play through Jan. 4, 2016. To read more, click here.

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EXCLUSIVE: Mel Gibson is in talks to take on directing duties on Hacksaw Ridge, based on the true story of Desmond T Doss, the first conscientious objector in U.S. history to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. Andrew Garfield is also in discussions to play the lead role. To read more, click here.


ALL THE WAY opens tonight in Seattle at 7:30 at the Seattle Repertory Theater. On December 10, THE GREAT SOCIETY will open, and for the next three and a half weeks for the first time anywhere, audiences will be able to see both LBJ plays together! For tickets, contact the Seattle Repertory Theater Box Office at


Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 from 3-5 pm
Phinney Neighborhood Center (6532 Phinney Ave. N. Seattle, 98103)

Think about holiday shopping.  Imagine malls.  Parking.  Crowds.  Now imagine a Saturday afternoon in  November, walking up the deliciously worn wooden  steps of the Phinney Neighborhood Center to find a  boutique bookstore, created especially by local indie  bookstore Secret Garden. To read more, click here.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival's The Great Society

Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way brings to the stage Lyndon Johnson’s first year as President. Though the office is thrust upon him by Kennedy’s assassination, LBJ channels his political genius and immense energy into passing Kennedy’s languishing Civil Rights Act, then wins reelection by a landslide. High on these successes, the Johnson we meet at the start of The Great Society is reminiscing about his boyhood fascination with rodeo bull-riding. To read more, click here.

Franklin High School Students to Perform at Seattle Rep

Seattle Repertory Theatre is hosting several community events and partnerships in conjunction with its presentation of Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way and The Great Society, a two-play dramatization of Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency running this winter. To read more, click here.

A Look Inside Lyndon B. Johnson's Presidency With Seattle Repertory Theatre

It’s 1963 and Lyndon B. Johnson has just been sworn in as the 36th President of the United States after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Trouble is brewing at home with the civil rights movement, and abroad in Vietnam, and the country is at a crossroads. To read more, click here.

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It's been a big year for one of Oregon theater’s biggest success stories. We caught up with Schenkkan in Ashland to take stock. To read more, click here.

Telling big stories on the big stage | An interview with Seattle playwright Robert Schenkkan

Seattle playwright Robert Schenkkan (@RobertSchenkkan) has had a long and distinguished career in theatre, TV and film. And at 61 he’s not slowing down one bit. To read more, click here.


ALL THE WAY/THE GREAT SOCIETY make Seattle Weekly Pick

Friday, Nov. 14

All the Way

Seattle playwright Robert Schenkkan’s acclaimed drama about LBJ’s passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 earned Tony Awards for Best Drama and its star, Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, after reaching Broadway last year. Now Seattle audiences can finally see the work, with Jack Willis assuming the title role. (Kenajuan Bentley plays MLK, who lobbies for speedier progress on civil rights; Richard Elmore potrays J. Edgar Hoover—and we know which side he’s on.) In this, the 50th-anniversary year of the Civil Rights Act, with an African-American president in the White House, All the Way is automatically the biggest stage event of the season.

Not only is All the Way historical, it’s painfully topical: A half-century’s seeming progress toward racial equality has now stumbled in ways that LBJ partly anticipated. The South has flipped to solid Republican (his prediction), and its ossified white leaders (abetted by FOX News) have thwarted, belittled, and demonized the president as an ineffectual other. Voter-ID laws and restricted voting hours are resurgent in red states. GOP-controlled state legislatures have drawn electoral maps that herd blacks into homogenous, gerrymandered districts that dilute their voice in Congress. No surprise that many forums and discussions, at the Rep and elsewhere, are scheduled in the coming weeks.

Bill Rauch directs both this play and Schenkkan’s new companion piece about LBJ’s struggles from 1965–68 (chiefly Vietnam), The Great Society, which opens December 5 and alternates withAll the Way (sharing the same cast) through January 4. Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St. (Seattle Center), 443-2224, $17–$150. 7:30 p.m. BRIAN MILLER