ROBERT SCHENKKAN

PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT & SCREENWRITER

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Schenkkan appears at Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC

On Sunday, April 27, at noon, Robert Schenkkan will be in Washington, D.C. at the Shakespeare Theatre Company doing a panel discussion at 12:10pm at their AsidesLIVE Symposium. The topic is: WRITING OUR HISTORY. The panel will be moderated by Drew Lichtenberg, and included DC's own playwright, dramaturg, and artist - the astonishing  Jacqueline E. Lawton. Should be an interesting conversation!

The Presidents Meet the President!

All the Way Star Bryan Cranston Will Join Fifty Class Presidents From NYC Public High Schools for an Upcoming Matinee

The students will attend the Broadway show free of charge on April 30. To read more click here

ALL THE WAY nominated for Outstanding Production by Drama League

Drama League Awards go broad with crowded list of 2014 nominations. To read more, click here

SCHENKKAN inducted into College of Fellows of American Theatre

Other individuals inducted in this year's class were: Attilio Favorini, Frank Gagliano, Alan MacVey, Kathryn D. Robinson, Thomas C. Schumacher, Roberta Uno, and Jim Volz. The ceremony was held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

ALL THE WAY NETS FOUR OUTER CRITIC CIRCLE NOMINATIONS

Nominations for the 64th annual Outer Critics Circle Awards were announced on April 22, with A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder leading the group with 11 nominations. This was followed by 8 for Aladdin, 7 for Fun Home and 6 for Rocky. Winners of the following categories will be announced on May 12 and the annual awards ceremony will take place at Sardi’s Restaurant May 22. To read more, click here

Seattle Rep’s 2014-15 season: LBJ, Jinkx, ‘Piano Lesson’

Seattle Repertory Theatre’s 2014-15 season will include Robert Schenkkan’s two-play series on the presidency of Lyndon Baines Johnson: “All the Way,” now on Broadway, and the upcoming “The Great Society.” To read more, click here.

‘All the Way’ Fan Base: Capitol Hill - New York Times

WASHINGTON — Discharge petition. Cloture. Waiving second reading.

Such byzantine Congressional maneuvers are usually the stuff of nerdy Capitol Hill briefings, not Broadway hits. But “All the Way,” the new play about President Lyndon B. Johnson and the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, gets down in the procedural weeds and gives new meaning to the term political theater. Perhaps that’s why more than a few real-life politicians have trooped to New York to see Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad” as the nation’s 36th president and schemer in chief. For a certain Washington set, the play at the Neil Simon Theater has become a hotter draw than a summons to the Oval Office or a fund-raiser with the Koch brothers.

“I was loving it,” said Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, who leads House Democrats. She attended opening night to support a friend, Louise Gund, one of the producers. “For me, it was like eating a banana split covered with chocolate.” To read more, click here.

SCHENKKAN INTERVIEW LA REVIEW OF BOOKS by Kelley Candaele

PLAYWRIGHT ROBERT SCHENKKAN sat directly behind House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi last month when she attended his new Broadway play about President Lyndon Johnson. According to Schenkkan, she laughed at all the political jokes.

Pelosi brought members of the Democratic National Committee to the play, All the Way, as part of a conference in New York, but perhaps also to remind them of how a skillful practitioner of presidential power goes about it. In an email from her Washington office, Pelosi told me that the “theater of politics” that Schenkkan recreated depicted the “legislative virtuosity” Johnson drew upon to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act. To read more, click here

IRNE Awards Honor Pippin, The Glass Menagerie and All The Way

The winners of the 18th Annual Independent Reviewers of New England Awards have been announced.The awards were presented April 7 at 7 PM at The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts. To read more click here.

PLAYSCRIPTS, INC announces publication of BY THE WATERS OF BABYLON

Playscripts, Inc. has just published the full-length drama “By the Waters of Babylon” by Robert Schenkkan. Commissioned by and first produced by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, BY THE WATERS OF BABYLON was also produced by the Seattle Repertory Theater and by the Geffen Theater in Los Angeles. Visit the following website for more information, and to read a lengthy sample of this play for free. Click here.

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