ROBERT SCHENKKAN

PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT & SCREENWRITER

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.

How Pop Culture Is Re-Evaluating Lyndon B. Johnson's Legacy - The Atlantic Monthly

Fifty years after his greatest electoral and legislative triumphs, Lyndon Baines Johnson is getting a worthy reappraisal in, of all places, a Broadway production: All the Way, written by Robert Schenkkan and starring Bryan Cranston as LBJ. To read more click here.

Nancy Pelosi on ALL THE WAY

Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader offered these thoughts on ALL THE WAY. "‘ALL THE WAY is an excellent portrayal of a monumental moment in the history of our country," said House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.  "The production’s depiction of the extraordinary efforts to pass the Civil Rights Act is a reflection of President Johnson’s bold stand for equality.  It demonstrates his legislative virtuosity, and is a tribute to the vision, vigor, and leadership required to make tough decisions and do what’s right for the American people.  ALL THE WAY puts the theater of politics on stage, and produces a masterful story that all Americans should see."

THEATER MANA Video of Opening Night of ALL THE WAY

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BWW Reviews: LBJ Goes ALL THE WAY in Schenkkan's Exciting Political Drama

"Like a symphony conductor's podium, President Lyndon B. Johnson's Oval Office desk is placed before three curved tiers of senators, governors, activists and anarchists, each trying to make his own music be heard above the cacophony of American politics." To read more click here

Broadway Review: Bryan Cranston as LBJ in "ALL THE WAY"

Bryan Cranston owns the role of LBJ in this beautifully built dramatic piece. VARIETY.

"What do you say we take up a collection and send every one of those clowns in Congress to “All the Way,” Robert Schenkkan’s jaw-dropping political drama about President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Herculean efforts (and Pyrrhic sacrifices) to get the 1964 Civil Rights Act passed. Bryan Cranston  three-time Emmy winner and everybody’s favorite bad boy as the scholarly drug czar in “Breaking Bad”  owns the role of LBJ, cracking the politician’s hard shell to expose the man’s personal crisis of conscience. But the shocker is watching real legislators legislating, crossing the aisle, however reluctantly, to get difficult things done." To read more, click here.

 

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