By Robert Schenkkan
Directed by Kyle Donnelly
It’s not personal, it’s politics in this 2014 Tony Award-winning drama. President Lyndon Baines Johnson had a way about him. He could massage a victory with one hand and twist your arm with the other. But brokering a deal is like playing with dynamite. With the country still reeling from President Kennedy’s assassination, and a rising tide of bitterness over Civil Rights, it will take more than politicking to hold America together — it will take red, white and blue-blooded leadership. Go all the way with LBJ, Martin Luther King, J. Edgar Hoover and more in this “beautifully built dramatic piece” (Variety) where the line between compromise and compromising your principles is as sharp as a knife.
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DESMOND BING (Bob Moses and others) is thrilled to be making his Arena Stage debut. His D.C. credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Folger Theatre); Unexplored Interior (Mosaic Theater Company); Occupied Territories (Helen Hayes-nominated) and the staged reading of Brokeology (Theater Alliance); and Ten Minute Play Festival (Round House Theatre). Regional credits include Occupied Territories (Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, upcoming), Stage Directions (Penumbra Theatre Company), All Shook Up (Ogunquit Playhouse) and Struggle For Freedom: The Martin Luther King Jr. Story (Bright Star Touring Theatre). Film credits include Lawn Gnome and Love Story. Commercial credits include HEX accessory brand’s “Spring Lookbook.” Desmond would like to thank his family and friends for their continued love and support.
DAVID BISHINS (Robert McNamara and others) makes his Arena Stage debut. A D.C. native, his area credits include Between Riverside and Crazy (Studio Theatre), The Tempest and The Winter’s Tale (Shakespeare Theatre Company) and Appropriate (Woolly Mammoth, Mark Taper Forum). Off-Broadway credits include The Glass House (Clurman Theatre), Incident at Vichy (TACT), Sympathetic Magic (Second Stage Theatre), The Nest (Tectonic Theater Project) and Boys in the Band (WPA Theatre, the Lucille Lortel). Regional credits include The Old Globe, Intiman Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Barrington Stage, Vermont Stage, Wilma, Pittsburgh Public Theater and Hartford Stage. Film credits include A Cure For Wellness (upcoming); SALT; The Adjustment Bureau; Sorry, Haters!; and The War Within. TV credits include the Secretary of Homeland Security on Netflix’s House of Cards, Homeland, Blue Bloods, Fringe and the entire Law & Order canon.
RICHARD CLODFELTER (Hubert Humphrey and others) makes his Arena Stage debut after living and working overseas for 30 years. With ADG Europe and TNT Music Theatre Britain he performed in over 90 international productions in 35 countries on three continents, playing leading roles including Lear in King Lear, Claudius in Hamlet, Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Banquo in Macbeth, Henry Higgins in Pygmalion and Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman. Off- Broadway he played Mammon in The Alchemist and Carrisford in A Little Princess (Signature Theatre). For 25 years he has directed the longest running production of A Christmas Carol in continental Europe and recently directed the first ever production of The Fantasticks in Costa Rica (Teatro Espressivo).
SHANNON DORSEY (Coretta Scott King and others), a proud D.C. native, is ecstatic about her Arena Stage debut! D.C. credits include Unexplored Interior (Mosaic Theater Company); the Helen Hayes Award-winning A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Carmen (Kennedy Center/Synetic Theater); Two Trains Running (Round House Theatre); Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet, In the Red or Brown Water and Breath, Boom (Studio Theatre); Stick Fly (Everyman Theatre); and The Shipment (Forum Theatre). Regional credits include Safe House and The Trip to Bountiful (Cincinnati Playhouse); A Raisin in the Sun (Perseverance Theatre); The Great MacDaddy (Negro Ensemble Company); The Power of the Trinity (NYC SummerStage); and The Man Who Ate Michael Rockefeller (NYC’s West End Theatre). Shannon received her B.A. in Theater and African-American Studies at Temple University. She thanks her family and friends for their infinite, loving support.
JABEN EARLY (Stokely Carmichael and others) is a native Washingtonian, previously seen in Ruined at Arena Stage. D.C. credits include Father Comes Home from the Wars (Round House Theatre), Unexplored Interior (Mosaic Theater Company), The Convert (Woolly Mammoth), Julius Caesar (Folger Theatre), F***ing A (Studio Theatre), Native Sun (American Century Theater), Titus Andronicus (Molotov Theatre), Me and The Devil Blues (Flying V), and The Cloak Room (Capital Fringe Festival). Regional credits include We Are Proud to Present… (Philly Interactive Theatre), Ruined (Marin Theatre Company) and The Death of Bessie Smith (Liberty Free Theatre). JaBen trained at Morehouse College, Sarah Lawrence University and the BADA program at Magdalen College, University of Oxford. He would like to thank his parents and extended family for their endless support.
DAVID EMERSON TONEY (Roy Wilkins and others) is happy to return to Arena Stage, where he began his professional career 40 years ago performing in over 42 productions. Broadway credits include Julie Taymor’s Juan Darien and A Free Man of Color, directed by George C. Wolfe. Regional credits include Lucio in Measure for Measure (Folger Theatre); The Persians and Othello (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Jacques in As You Like It (Utah Shakespeare Festival); Splash Hatch on the E Going Down (Yale Repertory Theatre); and the Fool in King Lear and West in Two Trains Running (Kansas City Repertory Theatre). In 2005 he received the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor for Two Trains Running (African Continuum Theatre Company).
CAMERON FOLMAR (George Wallace and others) makes his Arena Stage debut. New York credits include The 39 Steps (Broadway and Off-Broadway) and Volpone, The Merchant of Venice, The Jew of Malta, Five by Tenn and Waiting for Godot (Off-Broadway). Additional credits include Measure for Measure, All’s Well That Ends Well, An Ideal Husband, Hamlet, Timon of Athens, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and King Lear (Shakespeare Theatre Company, affiliated artist); The Habit of Art (Studio Theatre); Five by Tenn (Kennedy Center); The Winter’s Tale and Twelfth Night (Shakespeare Santa Cruz); Don Juan (Seattle Repertory Theatre); Scapin (Denver Center); The Tempest and The Figaro Plays (McCarter Theatre Center); and The Little Foxes (Cleveland Play House). TV credits include Law & Order and Conviction. Cameron is the voice of Genn Greymane on “World of Warcraft.”
RICHMOND HOXIE (J. Edgar Hoover and others) makes his Arena Stage debut. D.C. credits include Vienna Lusthaus: Revisited (Kennedy Center) and Butley (national tour). He made his Broadway debut in I’m Not Rappaport (also first national tour). Off- Broadway credits include To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (Circle in the Square), Lenin’s Embalmers and Louis Slotin Sonata (Ensemble Studio Theatre). Additional credits include Justice and The Dining Room (Playwrights Horizons) and Angel Street (The Pearl). Richmond has performed at many regional theaters, including Hartford Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Huntington Theatre Company and Yale Repertory Theatre. Film and TV credits include JFK, Still of the Night, Without a Trace and the various iterations of Law & Order. A stint in LA led to roles in China Beach, L.A. Law and Christine Cromwell.
ADRIENNE NELSON (Lurleen Wallace and others) is thrilled to make her Arena Stage debut. She recently played Helen in Marja- Lewis Ryan’s One in the Chamber, directed by Michael Piazza, and Helena in Occupied Territories, directed by Mollye Maxner (Helen Hayes Award nomination for Best Ensemble). She has performed with Rorschach Theatre, Forum Theatre, Theater Alliance and Catalyst Theater, among others. Adrienne, her cast and director received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Choreography for shkspr prjct (Catalyst Theater). Favorite projects include playing Emma in The God of Hell, Carla Carla in Swimming in the Shallows and performing in Swampoodle (Dublin’s Performance Corporation). Adrienne costarred on House of Cards (Chapter 29) and coached Lars Mikkelsen (Petrov, Russian dialect) and Alexander Sokovikov (Moryakov, accent adjustment) in Season Three (six episodes) and Season Four (three episodes). www.adrienne-nelson.com
LAWRENCE REDMOND (Richard Russell and others) was last seen at Arena Stage as Oliver Hix in The Music Man. Additional Arena credits include Ruined; A Christmas Carol: 1941; Damn Yankees (Helen Hayes Award nomination); Passion Play, a cycle; South Pacific (Helen Hayes Award nomination); The Misanthrope; The Great White Hope; Guys and Dolls; and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Earlier this season he was seen in The Fix (Signature Theatre) and It’s a Wonderful Life (Washington Stage Guild). Other D.C.-area credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing and The Government Inspector (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Rock ‘n’ Roll and Jerry Springer: The Opera (Studio Theatre); and The Nutcracker, The Trip to Bountiful, Permanent Collection and A Prayer for Owen Meany (Round House Theatre).
SUSAN ROME (Lady Bird Johnson and others) makes her Arena Stage debut. D.C.-area credits include The Sisters Rosensweig, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide…, The Argument, After the Revolution, The Moscows of Nantucket, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, The Last Seder and Spring Forward, Fall Back (Theater J); After the Revolution, Vanya and Sonia…, An Enemy of the People and Mud Blue Sky (Center Stage); The Whale, Las Meninas and A Shayna Maidel (Rep Stage); and Richard III, Macbeth and All’s Well That Ends Well (Baltimore Shakespeare Festival). Regional credits include The Substance of Fire (Mark Taper Forum) and The Legacy (Seattle’s Centerstage). TV credits include House of Cards, NYPD Blue and four seasons as DA Ilene Nathan on The Wire. Film credits include A Dirty Shame and My One and Only. SHRM forever!
JOHN SCHERER (Walter Jenkins and others) appeared at Arena Stage in On the Town (Helen Hayes Award nomination) and Animal Crackers. At the Kennedy Center, he played Bertie Wooster in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s By Jeeves, directed by Sir Alan Ayckbourn (Helen Hayes Award nomination). Broadway credits include By Jeeves, Sunset Boulevard and LoveMusik, directed by Harold Prince. He also worked with Mr. Prince on the premiere of 3HREE (Ahmanson Theatre). He received the Connecticut Critics Circle Award for his performance in George M! (Goodspeed). Other regional credits include Goodman Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Cleveland Play House, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse and many others. Film and TV credits include Spinning Into Butter, Crossing Jordan, The Shield, Law & Order (all three series) and Titus.
STEPHEN F. SCHMIDT (Cartha “Deke” DeLoach and others) returns to Arena Stage after previously performing in Death of a Salesman, Noises Off, Damn Yankees and Guys and Dolls. He recently portrayed Franz in The Producers at Olney Theatre Center, where previous credits include Triumph of Love, Stuff Happens and Crave. Stephen is an associate artist at Ford’s Theatre, where he has appeared in Violet, Hello Dolly! (2014 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Ensemble) and 1776. Other D.C. appearances include Urinetown (Signature Theatre, Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical) and Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka (Kennedy Center, Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical). Stephen’s screen work includes J. Edgar, My One and Only, La Bamba, House of Cards and The Wire. Proud member of Actors Arena.
CRAIG WALLACE (Ralph Abernathy and others) returns to Arena Stage after performing in Hot ‘n’ Throbbing, All My Sons, K2 and The Great White Hope. His D.C. credits include performances at Ford’s Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Folger Theatre and others. Regionally, he has performed at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Craig received his B.F.A. from Howard University and his M.F.A. from Pennsylvania State University.
TOM WIGGIN (Stanley Levison and others) is an Alexandria native recently seen in The City of Conversation at Arena Stage. Other D.C. credits include Gus in The Intelligent Homosexuals’s Guide… (Theater J) and Ella Fitzgerald, First Lady of Song (MetroStage). Broadway credits include Grease, Bobbi Boland, Breakfast with Less and Bess and Abe Lincoln in Illinois (Lincoln Center). Off- Broadway credits include Livin’ Dolls, The Foreigner and Class Enemy. Primetime TV credits include Mike in Breaking Away, Izzy and Moe, The Bronx Is Burning, Iron Jawed Angels, Law & Order and Kent Turner on CBS’ Person of Interest (upcoming). Daytime TV credits include a 10-year run as Kirk Anderson on As the World Turns. Film credits include Digger, Exposed, Brother to Brother and Phillip Gordon in the Indie release Secrets (upcoming).
JACK WILLIS (President Lyndon Baines Johnson) returns to Arena Stage after appearing in Sweat, Mother Courage and Her Children, Book of Days, Of Mice and Men and Agamemnon and His Daughters. Broadway credits include Julius Caesar, The Crucible, Art and The Old Neighborhood. Off-Broadway credits include The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, World of Mirth, The Iphigenia Cycle and Valhalla. He has appeared in more than 200 productions worldwide and been a company member at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theater, American Repertory Theater, Trinity Repertory Company and Dallas Theater Center. Film and TV credits include Toy Story 3, The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Cradle Will Rock, The Out-of-Towners, Love Hurts, I Come in Peace, Problem Child, Law & Order, Ed and Dallas.
BOWMAN WRIGHT (Martin Luther King, Jr.) was last seen at Arena Stage as King in King Hedley II and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in The Mountaintop. Theater credits include Our Lady of Kibeho (Signature Theatre Company); TopDog/UnderDog (Marin Theatre Company); A Raisin in the Sun (Geva Theatre Center); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (La Jolla Playhouse); The Dreamer Examines His Pillow (Shakespeare & Company); The Piano Lesson (Virginia Stage); Since Africa and A House with No Walls (Interact Theatre); Fences (Actors Theatre of Louisville); and Death and the King’s Horsemen (Lantern Theatre). Films credits include Sight (Lionsgate Productions) and Vinson (Sainvil Productions). TV credits include Person of Interest, Blue Bloods and Elementary. Bowman is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego.
ROBERT SCHENKKAN (Playwright)’s All the Way, part one of his “LBJ Plays,” won the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards, Kennedy Prize, Steinberg/ATCA Award for Best Play and broke two Broadway box office records in 2015. Robert is currently adapting All the Way as a feature film for HBO, produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Bryan Cranston. Robert’s previous Broadway experience was the Pulitzer Prize-winning epic The Kentucky Cycle, which also won the LA Drama Critics Award and was nominated for the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Other plays include Lewis and Clark Reach the Euphrates, By the Rivers of Babylon, Handler, The Marriage of Miss Hollywood and King Neptune, Heaven on Earth, Tachinoki, Final Passages, The Devil and Daniel Webster, The Dream Thief, A Single Shard and his newest play, The Great Society, the sequel to All the Way. His musical The Twelve had its world premiere in Denver in 2015 and is scheduled to begin a national tour. Film credits include The Quiet American and Hacksaw Ridge. Robert was nominated for two Emmy Awards and won a WGA Award for his work on HBO’s Tom Hanks/Steven Spielberg miniseries The Pacific. Additional TV work includes The Andromeda Strain, Crazy Horse and Spartacus.
KYLE DONNELLY (Director)’s productions at Arena Stage include Other Desert Cities; Ah, Wilderness!; Well; The Women; Born Yesterday; She Loves Me; Polk County (Helen Hayes Award for Best Musical); Dancing at Lughnasa (Helen Hayes Award for Best Production); Misalliance; Tom Walker; Shakespeare in Hollywood; Lovers and Executioners; Summer and Smoke; School for Wives; and many others while associate artistic director. She has also directed at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Huntington Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Goodman Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Cape Cod Theatre Project, The Old Globe, American Conservatory Theater, Studio Theatre, Humana Festival and Alliance Theatre, as well as directing the American premiere of Brian Friel’s Give Me Your Answer, Do! (Roundabout Theatre Company). Awards include the Alan Schneider Director Award from TCG. She is a proud faculty member of the M.F.A. actor training program at University of California, San Diego and holds the Arthur and Molli Wagner Endowed Chair in Acting. She is thrilled to be back at Arena directing in the Fichandler, her favorite space in which to direct.
KATE EDMUNDS (Set Designer)’s designs at Arena Stage include Other Desert Cities; Ah, Wilderness!; She Loves Me; Born Yesterday; The Piano Lesson; South Pacific; Camelot; A Moon for the Misbegotten; and How I Learned to Drive. Additional shows with Kyle Donnelly include Pride and Prejudice, Opus, Groundswell, The Constant Wife and Aristocrats. Kate has designed at many regional theaters including American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Old Globe, Huntington Theatre Company, California Shakespeare Theater, Children’s Theatre Company and Mark Taper Forum. She designed the “Technology Benefitting Humanity” exhibit hall at the San Jose Tech Museum. Her work has garnered many awards, including San Francisco Magazine’s first annual Arts Achievement Award. Kate teaches design at University of California, Santa Cruz.
NAN CIBULA-JENKINS (Costume Designer) designed costumes for Arena Stage’s Other Desert Cities; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Ah, Wilderness!; Well; and She Loves Me, among others. Her Broadway credits include the original productions of Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed the Plow, as well as the award winning revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Regional theater credits include Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Court Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, Hartford Stage, Alley Theatre, Alliance Theatre, The Public and Manhattan Theatre Club. Film credits include House of Games, Things Change and Homicide. Nan is a recipient of the Michael Merritt Award for Design and Collaboration. She heads the costume design program at The Theatre School at DePaul University.
NANCY SCHERTLER (Lighting Designer) has designed over 30 productions in the Fichandler Stage for directors including Zelda Fichandler, Liviu Ciulei, Molly Smith, Kyle Donnelly, Garland Wright and Douglas C. Wager. All the Way marks her 10th collaboration with Kyle Donnelly in this space. Broadway productions include Bill Irwin’s Fool Moon and Largely New York (Tony Award nomination). Off-Broadway designs include Hilda, Texts for Nothing and The Regard Evening. She has designed for regional theaters across the country including American Conservatory Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center, Portland Center Stage and Seattle Repertory Theatre. World-premiere opera productions include The Difficulty of Crossing a Field (commissioned by American Conservatory Theatre) and Shadowboxer, Clara and Later the Same Evening (commissioned by the University of Maryland Opera Studio).
DAVID VAN TIEGHEM (Original Composition and Sound Designer)’s Arena Stage credits include Camp David and The Shoplifters. Broadway credits include Doubt, The Gin Game, The Lyons, Romeo and Juliet, The Big Knife, Born Yesterday, Arcadia, The Normal Heart, An Enemy of the People, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, A Behanding in Spokane, A Man for All Seasons, Inherit the Wind, Frozen, Judgment at Nuremberg, The Crucible, Three Days of Rain and The Best Man. Off-Broadway credits include Wit, Heisenberg, The Piano Lesson, Through a Glass Darkly, How I Learned to Drive, The Grey Zone and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Film/TV credits include Buried Prayers and Working Girls. As drummer/percussionist he has played with Laurie Anderson, Talking Heads, Brian Eno and Steve Reich. David’s CDs include “Thrown for a Loop,” “Strange Cargo,” “Safety in Numbers” and “These Things Happen.” www.vantieghem.com
GREGORY W. TOWLE (Projection Designer) is thrilled to be designing his first show at Arena Stage. Previously he designed Around the World in 80 Days (Arizona Theatre Company) and assisted on multiple regional productions including Snapshots (Village Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Arizona Theatre Company) and The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus (San Jose Repertory Theatre). He is currently a member of the Arena Stage production staff.
ANNE NESMITH (Wig Designer) is pleased to return to Arena Stage, where her design credits include Oliver!, Destiny of Desire, Fiddler on the Roof, The Blood Quilt, Mother Courage and Her Children, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Other Desert Cities and The Music Man. Her recent work includes West Side Story (Signature Theatre), Cosi fan tutte (Nishinomiya, Japan) and The Glass Menagerie (Ford’s Theatre). Her designs have been seen at the Kennedy Center, Opera Philadelphia, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Wolf Trap, Washington Ballet and Saito Kinen Festival in Matsumoto, Japan. Anne was the resident wig/makeup designer for the Baltimore Opera and has created wigs for four Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery programs, Investigation Discovery’s Ice Cold Killers, Maryland Public Television and the U.S. Army’s tour Spirit of America.
GEOFF JOSSELSON (New York Casting)’s previous Arena Stage credits include Oliver!, The Blood Quilt, King Hedley II, Fiddler on the Roof, The Shoplifters, Camp David and The Velocity of Autumn. New York productions include Broadway’s The Velocity of Autumn, Southern Comfort, Yank!, Enter Laughing, Altar Boyz, Septimus and Clarissa, John and Jen and Pretty Filthy. He has cast productions for The York Theatre Company, Bay Street Theater, Barrington Stage Company, Cleveland Play House, Denver Center, Marriott Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Kansas City Starlight Theatre and Sharon Playhouse. In addition to his independent casting office, Geoff teaches master classes around the country and is on faculty at CAP21. www.geoffjosselson.com
KURT HALL (Stage Manager)’s favorite Arena Stage credits include Sweat, The Blood Quilt, Our War, The Shoplifters, Smokey Joe’s Café, Mother Courage and Her Children starring Kathleen Turner, Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life, Good People, Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins starring Kathleen Turner, The Normal Heart, Red, Ruined, every tongue confess starring Phylicia Rashad, Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies, Looped starring Valerie Harper, Next to Normal starring Alice Ripley, Awake and Sing! and The Goat, or Who is Sylvia. Additional regional credits at the Kennedy Center, Roundabout Theatre Company, McCarter Theatre Center, Shakespeare Theatre Company and Signature Theatre. Thanks to his family for all their support.
MARNE ANDERSON (Assistant Stage Manager)’s Arena Stage credits include Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End, King Hedley II, Five Guys Named Moe, Mother Courage and Her Children, The Mountaintop, Metamorphoses, The Arabian Nights and Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies. Additional D.C. credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Folger Theatre) and You for Me for You and Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play (Woolly Mammoth). She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. She is thankful to her family for all their love and support.
In rehearsal with All the Way
It’s not personal. It’s politics. Don’t miss All the Way at Arena Stage April 1 – May 8, 2016
Actor Jack Willis on Lyndon Baines Johnson
Actor Jack Willis returns to the role of President Lyndon Baines Johnson in Arena Stage’s production of All the Way playing April 1 – May 8, 2016 at Arena Stage.
Behind-the-Scenes with Jack Willis
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Jack Willis brings ‘intensity, ferocity, danger’ to Seattle Rep’s LBJ plays
Jack Willis dives nightly into the monumental role of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson, in Robert Schenkkan’s linked, lauded LBJ plays, All the Way and The Great Society. For nearly three hours (six, during two-play marathons) he hardly comes up for air… Read more
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When actor Jack Willis steps up to the podium to deliver a political speech in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s production of All the Way, his portrayal of former President Lyndon Johnson instantly shifts… Read more
An Evening with Robert Schenkkan
Tuesday, May 3, following the 7:30 p.m. performance
Join us for a special post-show discussion with Robert Schenkkan, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of All the Way.
The Partisan Divide – An Evening with Tom Davis and Martin Frost
Wednesday, May 4, following the 7:30 p.m. performance
Join former Congressmen Tom Davis (R-VA) and Martin Frost (D-TX), authors of The Partisan Divide: Congress in Crisis, for a discussion about the current dysfunction of Congress, how it got that way, and what can be done to fix it. Plus a look at the 2016 Presidential race, and what a contested convention would mean.
April 13 at 12:00 p.m.
April 14 at 8:00 p.m.
April 19 at 12:00 p.m.
April 26 at 7:30 p.m.
April 27 at 12:00 p.m.
Welcome to Off Book – Arena Stage’s online forum featuring American artists at the top of their game, talking about what they do best. Actors, directors, writers, dramaturgs, designers – unscripted and unrehearsed.
ALL THE WAY WITH PLAYWRIGHT ROBERT SCHENKKAN
This year — November 1963 through November 1964 — is pivotal for the United States. It is the beginning of a national political cycle that we may only just now be emerging from. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the first major civil rights bill since Reconstruction. And as a consequence, the Democrats begin to lose the South. The South went completely Republican in seven years. Read More
THE SWIRL OF HISTORY: DIRECTOR KYLE DONNELLY
Due to the political nature of All the Way, and the current election environment, the play is incredibly timely. The D.C. audience will get so much of the play – more than any other audience – because of its intimate knowledge of procedure. I love the play because it’s dramatically telling a part of history which has not been delved into as deeply as others. We see a lot about the late ‘60s but we haven’t really examined this period of history on stage. Read More
CHANGING POLITICS: INSIDE ALL THE WAY REHEARSAL
Set during the tumultuous battle over the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the subsequent Presidential election, the conversations in Robert Schenkkan's Tony Award winner, All the Way, could easily be ripped from today's headlines. Throughout the rehearsal process the cast immersed themselves in the research of the period. Check out how working on All the Way has effected the way they see politics. Read More
April 23 at 2:00 p.m.
May 1 at 2:00 p.m.
April 13 at 7:30 p.m.
May 5 at 8:00 p.m.