“ALL THE WAY” PEELS BACK POLITICAL LAYERS, EXAMINES THE MESSY MEANS TO AN END GOAL
January 16, 2018
Political fatigue may be setting in around the country as many tire of polarized conversations that seem to go nowhere but down. Social media allows people to be more ‘involved’ in politics than ever before, but without true access to the long-term, behind-the-scenes political processes most just get to argue about the remote tips of the icebergs, the end results that are simplified in message for public platforms. The latest play presented by Grand Rapids Civic Theatre reminds us that much is left unseen and swirling under the surface, the complicated means to get to the end results. Maybe this is what we need to break our fatigue and get us back talking to each other, that understanding better the complicated and often less than righteous space in the means will help us, together, produce more positive ends. In any event, check your fatigue at the door when you go see All the Way, the Tony Award Winning play by Robert Schenkkan, in its premiere community theatre production at GRCT. To read more, click here.
No Limits: 'All The Way' reminds us not to take our rights for granted
January 8, 2018
When we think of Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th President of the United States, we tend to think of the Vietnam War. Not many know that just days after LBJ stepped in as president following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, he approached Congress with his first priority as president: the Civil Rights Act of 1965. The act was originally Kennedy’s work and Johnson felt it important to pass it as soon as he could. Civic Theatre’s All The Way captures this, dishing out a history lesson laced with humor. Jon March, who plays LBJ in the play written by Robert Schenkkan, said it’s important for voters to understand this point of time in history. To read more, click here.
The Best of LA Theater 2017 - Backstage
January 8, 2018
Playwright Robert Schenkkan wasted no time letting us know what he thought of the Trump administration. Barely three months after inauguration, he already had a protest play on the boards at the Fountain Theatre, Building the Wall. A simple, two person interrogation room play, it was built around Bo Foxworth’s brave and frightening performance of a functionary who embraced with bureaucratic efficiency the most extreme xenophobic rhetoric. To read more, click here.
Casting Complete for Arena Stage’s The Great Society, Second Part of Robert Schenkkan’s LBJ Drama
January 8, 2018
Robert Schenkkan’s The Great Society, the second part of the playwright's drama about President Lyndon Baines Johnson, will make its Washington, D.C., debut February 2, 2018, at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, following the theatre’s critically acclaimed 2016 run of Schenkkan’s All the Way. Kyle Donnelly will also direct The Great Society, which chronicles LBJ’s second term as he seeks to maintain his relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and complete a raft of ambitious social policy projects. Performances continue through March 11 on the Fichandler Stage. To read more, click here.
Arena Stage Casts Veterans of All the Way to Lead The Great Society
January 8, 2018
Arena Stage has announced complete casting for its D.C. premiere of The Great Society, the second half of Robert Schenkkan's epic drama about President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Running from February 2-March 11, 2018, the production comes on the heels of Arena Stage's 2016 run of All the Way, Schenkkan's Tony-winning first installment. Kyle Donnelly directs. Jack Willis, who originated the role of LBJ in All the Way at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2012 and reprised his performance at Arena Stage in 2016, will return to the role again the lead the cast of The Great Society. To read more, click here.
Best Theater in 2017 - Los Angeles Times
January 8, 2018
"And kudos again to the Fountain Theatre for allowing us to huddle as a community to contemplate, through Michael Michetti’s scrupulous staging of Robert Schenkkan’s “Building the Wall,” the dangers of the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant sentiments and policies."
BWW Review: Azeotrope's Brilliantly Horrifying BUILDING THE WALL is a Must See!
December 4, 2017
Lately friends have been asking me what shows I'm most looking forward to this holiday season. And while it's not a happy Christmas show I keep answering "Building the Wall" currently being offered from Azeotrope at 12th Avenue Arts. Then those friends look as me quizzically, I assume expecting some frothy musical or holiday classic at which point I say, "the new play from Robert Schenkkan, who wrote "All the Way" and "The Great Society" about LBJ" at which point those quizzical looks, rightfully, turn to ones of excitement and intrigue over another dose from a genius playwright. And now, Dear Readers, that I've virtually had the same conversation with you, you can understand why I tell you this is a play NOT TO MISS and how you MUST go get your tickets now. I'll wait. Did you do it yet? OK. Now on with the review. To read more, click here.
Pulitzer-winning playwright takes on Trump
December 4, 2017
Robert Schenkkan has dug deeply into the American past in his award-winning plays, some of which originated in his former home base of Seattle. But in his latest work, Schenkkan was compelled by current events to look ahead and imagine the future. His two-actor stage drama “Building the Wall” is set in 2019 in the wake of a major terrorist attack in the United States. President Donald Trump has ordered the immediate arrest and detention of tens of thousands of immigrants. Under pressure from the federal government, a prison official is one of those tasked with coordinating the mass detentions. And after things go horribly wrong, he’s one of those blamed for the policy’s tragic consequences. To read more, click here.
Unframed At New Stage presents BUILDING THE WALL
November 8, 2017
The Unframed at New Stage Theatre Series presents Building the Wall, the newest play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (The Kentucky Cycle, All the Way, Hacksaw Ridge) November 10, 11, 12 18, & 19 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket price is $10.00 and tickets can only be purchased at the door, cash or check only. The performances are staged at New Stage Theatre's Warehouse Theatre, which is located at 1000 Monroe Street in the Belhaven Heights neighborhood. Unframed at New Stage Theatre is sponsored by Jackson Free Press. Building the Wall contains strong language and is recommended for mature audiences only. To read more, click here.
A.R.T. Announces Free Staged Reading of Robert Schenkkan's BUILDING THE WALL
October 30, 2017
A.R.T. of Human Rights: A free reading of Building the Wall By Robert Schenkkan (All the Way). Directed by Ari Edelson
Wednesday, November 1 at 7:30PM
Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School
1515 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
Building the Wall lays out the potential consequences of contemporary anti-immigration campaign rhetoric. Set in 2019, the play imagines the rhetoric has become policy, and massive numbers of undocumented immigrants and others have been incarcerated in private prisons and camps. As Rick, the former warden of one facility, awaits sentencing for events which happened under his watch, he is interviewed by Gloria, a historian who has come in search of the truth about how the unthinkable became the inevitable.
A.R.T. of Human Rights is an ongoing collaboration with the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University that uses the arts and the humanities to explore some of the most pressing human rights issues of our time. This series features public conversations with leading artists, academics, and activists, as well as educational and artistic partnerships with local schools and organizations. Building on the Carr Center's commitment to advancing human rights principles, and the A.R.T.'s mission to "expand the boundaries of theater," A.R.T. of Human Rights is designed to foster a new model for community education, civic engagement, and creative expression. The reading will be followed by a panel discussion.