Epic Political Thrill Ride
The Great Society
February 2 – March 11, 2018
By Robert Schenkkan
Directed by Kyle Donnelly
2 hours and 30 minutes with one 15 minute intermission
“Shines a bright, clear light on a pivotal moment in American history.”
The Great Society is generously sponsored by . Additional support is provided by Decker Anstrom and Sherry Hiemstra and the David Bruce Smith Foundation.
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.
STEPHEN F. SCHMIDT
CLAYTON PELHAM JR.
ALANA D. SHARP
DAVID VAN TIEGHEM
GEOFF JOSSELSON, CSA
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