ROBERT SCHENKKAN

PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT & SCREENWRITER

'All The Way' Writer-Director Team On The 2016 Presidential Election, Politics As War & Their Road To Emmys

Opening at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2012, Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way quickly became a cultural touchstone—re-framing the legacy of one of America’s greatest presidents while holding up a mirror to the challenges and fears in contemporary America, as one of the most significant elections in American history moves toward its dramatic conclusion. Earning a Tony for his portrayal of Lyndon B. Johnson on Broadway, Emmy winner Bryan Cranston then resolved to continue on with the role in an HBO film, executive produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Jay Roach—a film which has garnered eight Emmy nominations and is viewed as a clear frontrunner in the Outstanding Television Movie category. To read more, click here.

[WATCH] ‘All the Way’ screenwriter Robert Schenkkan on bringing his Tony-winning play to TV

“This is kind of special,” admits “All the Way” screenwriter and executive producer Robert Schenkkan as we chat via webcam (watch above) about the telefilm’s eight Emmy nominations, including Best TV Movie. He adapted his 2014 Tony-winning play about President Lyndon B. Johnson’s (Bryan Cranston) struggle to pass the Civil Rights Act during his first year in office. Cranston, who claimed the Best Actor prize at the Tony Awards, is nominated at the Emmys are as his co-star Melissa Leo and director Jay Roach. To see the interview click here.

Making The Case: HBO’s ‘All The Way’

Jazz Tangcay makes the case for HBO’s ‘All the Way’ to win the Outstanding TV Movie Emmy. Of course, she has a little help from writer Robert Schenkkan. To read more, click here.

American Playwrights Try to Reinvent the History Play

When Bill Rauch applied to become the artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, in 2007, he pitched an ambitious ten-year project: the festival would commission thirty-seven new plays about moments of change in American history, on the model of Shakespeare’s thirty-seven-play canon. “Shakespeare wrote the history of his people onto the stage,” Alison Carey, who directs what became American Revolutions: The United States History Cycle, told me. “Why don’t we do that?” To read more, click here.

ALL THE WAY wins 8 Prime Time Emmy Nominations!

ALL THE WAY was nominated in the following categories: BEST DRAMA (EP's Schenkkan, Spielberg, Cranston, Roach), BEST DIRECTOR (Jay Roach), BEST ACTOR (Bryan Cranston), BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (Melissa Leo), BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC, BEST HAIRSTYLING (Anne Morgan), BEST MAKEUP, NON-PROSTHETIC (Bill Corso) and BEST MAKEUP, PROSTHETIC (Bill Corso)!

HBO ALL THE WAY CDs to be released digitally today.

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SCHENKKAN IN RESIDENCE AT THE ORCHARD PROJECT

From June 13 to the 23rd, Robert Schenkkan will be in residence at The Orchard Project, now located in Saratoga Springs, New York. Other artists attending include: Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney, Molly Pope, Martha Graham Cracker, Grace McLean, Julian Fleisher, Amy Leon, The Dance Cartel, Pig Iron Theater Company, and Esperanza Spalding. On June 18th, Schenkkan will host a special screening of ALL THE WAY at the Saratoga Arts Center at 7:00 PM, followed by a Q&A afterwards.

HBO's 'All the Way' portrays LBJ in all his complex glory

Nearly 50 years after he left the White House, Lyndon B. Johnson continues to be a source of fascination, admiration and scorn. The Texas Democrat, who championed a liberal domestic agenda while escalating the war in Vietnam, left a seemingly contradictory legacy that has inspired dozens of major biographies, documentaries and pop-culture portrayals. “If you could separate Vietnam from his political record, he’d be on Mt. Rushmore,” said Robert Schenkkan, writer of "All the Way."To read more, click here.

‘All the Way’ Review: The Pressures of the Highest Office

"All the Way” opens with sights all too painfully familiar—a hospital in Dallas; outside and in, knots of brokenhearted Americans waiting to know whether the president will live or die. Inside, under protection of a heavily armed guard, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson ( Bryan Cranston) and his wife, Lady Bird ( Melissa Leo), are informed that President John F. Kennedy is dead. The next voice is that of Lady Bird. “Lyndon—wake up, honey. We’re about to land in Washington.” There’s no going back from here." To read more, click here.

Review: Bryan Cranston Shines as Lyndon Johnson in ‘All the Way’

Bryan Cranston brings his Tony Award-winning interpretation of President Lyndon B. Johnson to television on Saturday night in an adaptation of the Robert Schenkkan play “All the Way,” and it’s still quite a sight to behold, just as it was on Broadway in 2014. Nothing beats witnessing this kind of larger-than-life portrayal onstage, of course. But the television version, presented by HBO, offers plenty of rewards, allowing Mr. Cranston to work the close-ups and liberating him from the confines of a theater set. In his hands, this accidental president comes across as an amazing bundle of contradictions, someone who seems at once too vulgar for the job and just right for it. To read more, click here.

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