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The Great Society

By Robert Schenkkan
Directed by Kyle Donnelly 

February 2 — March 11, 2018
Fichandler Stage

Robert Schenkkan’s Tony Award-winning play All the Way set the stage for President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s sudden ascent to the White House. In its D.C. premiere, The Great Society brings the second half of Schenkkan’s epic story to its harrowing conclusion. As America is divided by civil rights protests and the anguish of the Vietnam War, LBJ struggles to maintain his relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., keep his political opponents in check and complete a raft of impossibly ambitious social policy projects. Jack Willis reprises his “stunning performance” (Broadway World) in this political thrill ride that explores the America of our past to better understand the America of today.

The Great Society is generously sponsored by . Additional support is provided by Decker Anstrom and Sherry Hiemstra and the David Bruce Smith Foundation.

Cast

Elliot BalesELLIOTT BALES (Adam Walinsky and others) makes his Arena Stage debut. Elliott works as a theater and film actor based out of Arlington, VA. Theater credits include A Midsummer Nights Dream (Folger Theatre), Occupied Territories and The Wonderful World of Dissocia (Theater Alliance), Harvey (1st Stage), Not Enuf Lifetimes (The Welders), Romeo and Juliet (Unexpected Stage) and White Christmas (Little Theater on the Square). Elliott’s film credits include Manager of the Year, Wireless and The Coming Storm, and TV credits include Legends and Lies: Patriots, Nightmare Next Door and Evil Kin. He is a graduate of Abilene Christian University and the National War College. Elliott retired from the US Army after 26 years of service.

Desmond BingDESMOND BING (Bob Moses and others) appeared at Arena Stage in All the Way. D.C. credits include Wig Out (by Academy Award-winner Tarell Alvin McCraney / directed by Kent Gash, Studio Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Folger Theatre); Unexplored Interior (Mosaic Theater); Occupied Territories (Theater Alliance); The Migration Series (The Phillips Collection); and staged readings of Fences and The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Olney Theatre). Desmond completed a Kenan Institute Playwriting / Acting Fellowship at the Kennedy Center where he workshopped his first plays, The Peculiar Awakening of Riley Parker and PRIDE. He attended The North Carolina School of the Arts, Steppenwolf Classes West and The Upright Citizen Brigade. Desmond thanks his friends /family for their continued love and support and Hawaiian pop sensation, Hoku, for making the song, “Perfect Day.” Upcoming: The Legend of Georgia McBride (Round House Theatre).

Deonna BoyteDEONNA BOUYE (Coretta Scott King and others) is New York based and thrilled to make her Arena Stage debut. She last worked in D.C. on Quiara Alegria Hudes’ Barrio Grrrl tour at the Kennedy Center. New York appearances include Ars Nova, The Lark, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Dramatists and Page 73. Regional credits include The Bluest Eye (The Guthrie); This Random World and How We Got On (Humana Festival/Actors Theatre of Louisville); Clybourne Park and Safe House (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); Guadalupe in the Guestroom (Two River Theater); Vanya and Sonia… (Weston Playhouse); Not Medea (B Street Theatre); Wonder of the World (Iowa Summer Repertory); and National Playwrights Conference (The O’Neill). Film/TV credits include Brazzaville Teenager with Michael Cera, PlayStation character and My Crazy Love. She holds an M.F.A. degree in acting from The University of Iowa.

JaBen EarlyJABEN EARLY (Stokely Carmichael and others) is a native Washingtonian, previously seen in All the Way and 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.

Gary-Kayi FletcherGARY-KAYI FLETCHER (James Bevel and others) is honored to be making his Arena Stage debut. Regional theater credits include the world premiere of Marley (Baltimore Center Stage); American Hero (Rep Stage); Ruined and Fences (Everyman Theatre); and an award-winning performance as Lank in Detroit ‘67 (Paul Robeson Theatre). Film and TV credits include work in F.S. Key: After the Song, America’s Most Wanted, The 6th Degree and the critically acclaimed web series Casters and Mythos. Gary-Kayi is a member of Luna Stage’s Studio Luna Acting Company. He dedicates these performances to his late aunt, Lydia. Instagram/Twitter: @itsgarykayi www.itsgarykayi.com

Cameron FolmarCAMERON FOLMAR (Governor George Wallace and others) returns to Arena Stage after appearing in All the Way. 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.”

Megan GravesMEGAN GRAVES (Pat Nixon and others) returns to Arena Stage after appearing in The Little Foxes. D.C. credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Second Shepherd’s Play (Folger Theatre); Peter and the Starcatcher (Constellation Theatre); Love and Information, Passion Play and Clementine in the Lower 9 (Forum Theatre); Redder Blood (The Hub Theatre, Helen Hayes Award nomination); and Wild Sky (Solas Nua). Megan received her B.F.A. from Shenandoah Conservatory and is a proud company member of Forum Theatre and Only Make Believe.

Richmond HoxieRICHMOND HOXIE (J. Edgar Hoover) returns to Arena Stage after appearing in All the Way. 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 If Only (Cherry Lane), The Film Society (Keen Company), To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (Circle in the Square) and Lenin’s Embalmers (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 American Repertory Theater, George Street Playhouse, Seattle Repertory, Hartford Stage, La Jolla, Huntington and Yale Repertory. Film/TV credits include Shades of Blue, Boardwalk Empire, JFK, Still of the Night, Without a Trace, the various iterations of Law & Order, China Beach and L.A. Law. richmondhoxie.com

Lawrence RedmondLAWRENCE REDMOND (Vice President Hubert Humphrey) was last seen at Arena Stage as Joe Wilson in Intelligence. Other Arena Stage credits include Richard Russell in All the Way, The Music Man, Ruined, Christmas Carol: 1941, Damn Yankees (Helen Hayes nomination), Passion Play: a cycle, South Pacific (Helen Hayes nomination), The Misanthrope, The Great White Hope, Guys and Dolls and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Earlier this season he played Sartorius in Widowers’ Houses at Washington Stage Guild. Other D.C.-area venues include Signature Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, Round House Theatre, Olney Theatre and Gala Hispanic Theatre. He is a member of Actors Arena, a two-time recipient and multiple nominee of the Helen Hayes Awards and a 2018 D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellow.

Susan RomeSUSAN ROME (Lady Bird Johnson) returns to Arena Stage after appearing in All the Way. D.C.-area credits include Hand to God (Studio Theatre); The Diary of Anne Frank (Olney Theatre); After the Revolution, Vanya and Sonia…, An Enemy of the People and Mud Blue Sky (Baltimore Center Stage); The Whale, Las Meninas and A Shayna Maidel (Rep Stage); Richard III, Macbeth and All’s Well That Ends Well (Baltimore Shakespeare Festival); and is an associate artist-in-resident at Theater J where credits include The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Sisters Rosensweig, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, and others. Regional credits include The Substance of Fire (Mark Taper Forum) and The Legacy (Seattle’s Centerstage). Film/TV credits include House of Cards, NYPD Blue, four seasons as DA Ilene Nathan on The Wire, A Dirty Shame and My One and Only. www.susanrome.com

John SchererJOHN SCHERER (Senator Robert F. Kennedy) appeared at Arena Stage in All the Way, On the Town (Helen Hayes Award nomination) and Animal Crackers. Last season he appeared in Michael Kahn’s production of Cloud 9 at Studio Theatre. 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 received the Connecticut Critics Circle Award for his performance in George M! at Goodspeed. Other regional credits include Goodman Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Cleveland Play House, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Film / TV credits include Spinning into Butter, Crossing Jordan, The Shield, Law & Order (all three series) and Titus.

Stephen SchmidtSTEPHEN F. SCHMIDT (Senator Everett Dirksen and others) returns to Arena Stage having previously performed in All the Way, Death of a Salesman, Noises Off, Damn Yankees and Guys and Dolls. At Ford’s Theatre, where he is an associate artist, he has appeared in Ragtime, Violet, Hello Dolly! (Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Ensemble) and 1776. Other D.C. appearances include The Producers, Triumph of Love, Stuff Happens and Crave (Olney Theatre); Urinetown (Signature Theatre, Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical); and Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka (the 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.

Craig WallaceCRAIG WALLACE (Ralph Abernathy and others) returns to Arena Stage after performing in All the Way, 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.

Andrew WeemsANDREW WEEMS (Mayor Richard Daley and others)’s Arena Stage credits include A Perfect Ganesh, What the Butler Saw and You Can’t Take it With You. He recently appeared at Shakespeare Theatre Company in Twelfth Night and As You Like It. Favorite Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include Julie Taymor’s The Green Bird, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and Bach at Leipzig (NYTW); Troilus and Cressida directed by Sir Peter Hall, and Cymbeline and Pericles directed by Bartlett Sher (Theatre for a New Audience); A Man’s a Man (Classic Stage Company) and Manahatta (The Public). Regionally, Andrew recently played UNcle Vanya and Bottom at The Guthrie, and Skylock at Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey. Andrew is the author / performer of two solo plays Namaste Man (Intiman Theater, Boise Contemporary Theater, Two River) and I Really Want to Know You (BCT, Fourth Street Theater).

Tom WigginTOM WIGGIN (Robert McNamara and others) an Alexandria native, last appeared at Arena Stage in All the Way and The City of Conversation. Other D.C. credits are 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 The Foreigner, Livin’ Dolls and Class Enemy. Film credits include Diggers and Brother to Brother. Daytime TV credits include a 10-year run as Kirk Anderson on As the World Turns, and primetime TV credits include Mike in Breaking Away, Izzy and Moe (with Jackie Gleason and Art Carney), The Bronx Is Burning, Iron Jawed Angels, Law & Order and Person of Interest. He recently played Gen. Ash Mackey on Madam Secretary.

Jack WillisJACK WILLIS (President Lyndon Baines Johnson)’s Arena Stage credits include The Little Foxes, All the Way, 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 / 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 WrightBOWMAN WRIGHT (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) was last seen at Arena Stage as Martin Luther King, Jr. in All the Way and The Mountaintop and King in King Hedley II. Theater credits include Our Lady of Kibeho (Signature Theatre Company); TogDog/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.

BROOK BERRY (Supplemental Ensemble) makes his Arena Stage debut. Other regional appearances include The Man Who Came to Dinner (Prince George’s Little Theater). Previously, Brook was a writer / director at NBC Universal, creating on-air promotion for shows including Friends, Seinfeld, Law and Order, Frasier, E.R. and, appropriately for this production, The West Wing.

ELI EL (Supplemental Ensemble) makes his Arena Stage debut. Theater credits include VOICES (Joe’s Movement), Boxes (Flashpoint), Katrina Monologues (Anacostia Playhouse) and A Matter of Perspective (Silver Spring Black Box). Film projects include The Meek, Last Night, Canned Hunt and THICK, and direction of The Healing Floor, All the Man I Need and The Cracked Mask.

CLAYTON PELHAM JR. (Supplemental Ensemble) makes his Arena Stage debut. Recent credits include Words Become Flesh (Theater Alliance), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (1st Stage), Charm (Mosaic Theater Company), The Orbit in Mercury (Spooky Action), A Theatrical Mixtape of the 90s (Flying V), Season of Lights (Discovery Theatre), The Miser (Faction of Fools) and Solomon and Marion (Anacostia Playhouse).

BEN RIBLER (Supplemental Ensemble) makes his Arena Stage debut! Some recent D.C.-area credits include Madagascar—A Musical Adventure (Red Branch Theatre Company), and Trey Parker’s Cannibal! The Musical and The House of Yes (Capital Fringe Festival 16/17). Ben is also an AFYP Teaching Artist. Special thanks to Hollyann, Skye Lindberg and all who have made this experience possible. www.benribler.com

REGINALD RICHARD (Supplemental Ensemble) makes his Arena Stage debut. Recent credits include Exit, Pursued by a Bear (Capital Fringe Festival 2017); Clover and The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington (Ally Theatre); and Petruska in York, PA. He has studied with the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts where he is a faculty member, and Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory.

ALANA D. SHARP (Supplemental Ensemble) is ecstatic to be making her Arena Stage debut! A local actress, she holds a B.F.A. in acting from Wright State University. She thanks Robert Schenkkan and Kyle for creating the “Super Six” and for this opportunity. Sam, thank you for letting me “play.”

Creative

ROBERT SCHENKKAN (Playwright)’s plays include All the Way (Tony Award), The Great Society, The Kentucky Cycle (Pulitzer Prize), Hanussen, Shadow Play, 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 The Twelve. His newest play, Building the Wall, has enjoyed an unprecedented rollout in theaters across the country (including Forum Theatre in D.C.) and Europe; it is published by Skyhorse Press. Film credits include Hacksaw Ridge (six Academy Award nominations) and The Quiet American. TV credits include All the Way (eight Emmy nominations), The Pacific (25 Emmy nominations and a WGA Award), The Andromeda Strain, Crazy Horse and Spartacus. www.robertschenkkan.com

KYLE DONNELLY (Director)’s Arena Stage credits include The Little Foxes; All the Way; 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; and School for Wives and others while associate artistic director. Additional credits for Seattle Repertory, Steppenwolf, Huntington, La Jolla, Goodman, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Berkeley Repertory, McCarter, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Cape Cod Theatre Project, The Old Globe, American Conservatory Theater, Studio Theatre, Humana Festival and Alliance Theatre, and Give Me Your Answer, Do! (Roundabout). Awards include TCG’s Alan Schneider Director Award. Kyle is an emeritus faculty member of the M.F.A. actor training program at the University of California, San Diego.

KATE EDMUNDS (Set Designer)’s designs at Arena Stage include All the Way; 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, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Seattle Repertory, Manhattan Theatre Club, Old Globe, Huntington Theatre Company, California Shakespeare Theater, Children’s Theatre of Minneapolis 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 All the Way; 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 is a professor emeritus of costume design at The Theatre School at DePaul University.

NANCY SCHERTLER (Lighting Designer) is pleased to be on the creative team for The Great Society, following Arena’s 2016 production of All The Way. Her long association with Arena has provided her with the opportunity to work with some of the theatrt’s finest directors including Zelda Fichandler, Liviu Ciulei, Kyle Donnelly, Garland Wright, Douglas C. Wager and Molly Smith. Broadway designs include Bill Irwin’s Fool Moon and Largely New York (Tony 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 Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, Portland Center Stage and Seattle Repertory. World-premiere opera productions include The Difficulty of Crossing a Field, Shadowboxer, Clara and Later the Same Evening.

DAVID VAN TIEGHEM (Original Music and Sound Design)’s Arena Stage credits include Watch on the Rhine, All the Way, Camp David and The Shoplifters. On Broadway, Doubt, Heisenberg, 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, Wit, Incognito, Plenty, The Piano Lesson, Through a Glass Darkly, How I Learned to Drive, The Grey Zone and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Film/TV, Buried Prayers and Working Girls. As drummer/percussionist he has played with Laurie Anderson, Talking Heads, Brian Eno and Steve Reich. CDs include “Thrown for a Loop,” “Strange Cargo,” “Safety in Numbers” and “These Things Happen.” www.vantieghem.com

AARON RHYNE (Projection Designer)’s D.C. designs include Violet and Freedom’s Song (Ford’s Theatre), The Sun Also Rises (Washington Ballet) and Strange Interlude (Shakespeare Theatre Company). Broadway credits include Anastasia (Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award), A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Drama Desk Award) and Bonnie and Clyde. Opera credits include The Ghosts of Versailles (LA Opera), La Traviata (Wolf Trap), Florencia en el Amazonas (Florida Grand, Opera Colorado, Utah Opera) and Jerry Springer: The Opera (Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House). Off-Broadway credits include Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey (Westside Theatre), Bootycandy (Playwrights Horizons), Appropriate (Signature Theatre), Water By the Spoonful, Lonely I’m Not, The Blue Flower, and All New People (Second Stage), Wild With Happy (The Public, Drama Desk Nomination) and Graceland (Lincoln Center). www.aaronrhyne.com

ANNE NESMITH (Wig Designer)’s Arena Stage design credits include Nina Simone: Four Women, The Pajama Game, Smart People, A Raisin in the Sun, Watch on the Rhine, Carousel, The Little Foxes, All the Way, Oliver!, Destiny of Desire, Fiddler on the Roof and Mother Courage and Her Children. Recent work includes A Little Night Music (Signature Theatre), La Pietra Del Paragone (Wolf Trap), Le Nozze di Figaro (Nishinomiya, Japan) and Jefferson’s Garden (Ford’s Theatre). Her designs have been seen at the Kennedy Center, Opera Philadelphia, Shakespeare Theatre Company, 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 Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery programs, Investigation Discovery’s Ice Cold Killers, Maryland Public Television and the U.S. Army’s tour Spirit of America.

JOE ISENBERG (Fight Director)’s Arena Stage Fight Director credits include Watch on the Rhine, The Little Foxes, At Home at the Zoo and every tongue confess. Joe’s fight direction has also been seen at Glimmerglass Festival, Bard SummerScape, The New York City Opera, Washington National Opera, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Round House Theatre, Studio Theatre, Signature Theatre, Theater J, Humana Festival, Florida Stage and InterAct Theatre. He’s assisted at Folger Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the Metropolitan Opera. Joe has been a guest teacher for ShowScore.com, The 52nd St. Project, The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Howard University, Georgetown University and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Awards include the 2013 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Choreography.

MARY COY (Dialect Coach)’s Arena Stage credits include Watch on the Rhine, The Little Foxes, All the Way and Destiny of Desire. She has also coached voice and dialects for The Guard (Ford’s Theatre), NSFW and The Night Alive (Round House Theatre) and The Flick (Signature Theatre). Teaching credits include Shakespeare & Company, New York University (NYU), University of Mississippi, Virginia Commonwealth University, Syracuse University and Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. She currently teaches at the University of Maryland.

NAYSAN MOJGANI (Dramaturg) is new to the D.C. area, having recently moved from San Diego, where he worked for La Jolla Playhouse. As a freelance theater scholar, director and dramaturg, Naysan has worked on new and classic work with theaters in San Diego and Minnesota, including MOXIE, Theatre de la Jeune Lune and Malashock Dance. Naysan holds a PhD in Theater & Drama from UC San Diego, specializing in the adaptation of Shakespeare. The Great Society is Naysan’s first production with Arena Stage.

GEOFF JOSSELSON, CSA (New York Casting) is pleased to continue his association with Arena Stage. Broadway and Off-Broadway productions include The Velocity of Autumn starring Estelle Parsons; Southern Comfort; Yank!; Enter Laughing; Pretty Filthy; John and Jen, Himself and Nora; and Altar Boyz. He has also cast productions for Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arizona Theatre Company, Barrington Stage Company, Bay Street Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Civilians, Cleveland Play House, Denver Center, Marriott Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Old Globe, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Public Theatre, San Francisco Symphony, and the York Theatre Company. For more information: www.geoffjosselson.com

KURT HALL (Stage Manager)’s Arena Stage credits include The Pajama Game, Smart People, Watch on the Rhine, Carousel, The Year of Magical Thinking starring Kathleen Turner, Born for This, All the Way, Sweat, Destiny of Desire, 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, Shakespeare Theatre Company and Signature Theatre. Thanks to his family for all their support.

MARNE ANDERSON (Assistant Stage Manager)’s Arena Stage credits include Nina Simone: Four Women, A Raisin in the Sun, Roe, Moby Dick, All the Way, Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End, King Hedley II, Five Guys Named Moe, The Mountaintop, Metamorphoses and Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies. Additional D.C. credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Folger Theatre); Angels in America: Parts 1 and 2 (Round House); Wig Out! (Studio Theatre) and The Arsonists, 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.

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Interview with Jack Willis

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Events

Screening of All the Way – Wednesday, January 10 at 7 p.m.

The DC Public Library Southwest Branch will be screening the HBO Film All the Way, based on the play by Robert Schenkkan. If you enjoyed Arena’s production last season, or want more before seeing the sequel, The Great Society, this season, please join us. Learn More

Post-Show Discussions

February 14, 2018 – 12:00 p.m.
February 27, 2018 – 7:30 p.m.
February 28, 2018 – 12:00 p.m.
March 6, 2018 – 12:00 p.m.
March 8, 2018 – 8:00 p.m.

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Audio Described

February 17, 2018 – 2:00 p.m.

Open Captioned

February 28, 2018 – 7:30 p.m.
March 1, 2018 – 8:00 p.m.
March 10, 2018 – 2:00 p.m.

Reading List

Lyndon Johnson served as president during a tumultuous time in United States history. A masterful politician, Johnson ascended to the office suddenly and unexpectedly, after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and presided over immense changes brought about during the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War and his own ambitious social policy agenda.

Below is a reading list curated by Arena Stage and the D.C. Public Library with some texts that may be of interest around Arena Stage’s production of The Great Society. For more information, click here.

The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert Caro

Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream by Doris Kearns Goodwin

The Triumph and Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson: The White House Years by Joseph Califano

Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference by David Garrow

See also, The People’s University, 1968-2018

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