ROBERT SCHENKKAN

PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT & SCREENWRITER

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All the Way' at the Cleveland Play House: Towering performance by Steve Vinovich as LBJ wins the day (review)

CLEVELAND, Ohio – "Like the hint of a career-ending scandal, the question dogging Robert Schenkkan's political drama "All the Way" into regional houses is whether the play can hold a crowd without white-hot star Bryan Cranston at is center. Cranston first slipped into Lyndon B. Johnson's Lucchese boots in 2013 at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, home of nascent blockbusters "Porgy and Bess" (2012) and "Pippin" (2013) before they pulled up stakes for Tony Award-winning runs on Broadway. True to form, "All the Way" transferred to Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre in 2014 and won two Tonys: one for best play and the other for Cranston's bullying, beguiling performance as Johnson during the first year of his presidency following the assassination of John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. I saw Cranston tear into the towering role at the A.R.T. and wondered then if Schenkkan's work would feel as vital and engrossing without him. So here's the old-school news bulletin: Not only does the Cleveland Play House production of "All the Way" hold up without Cranston, it shoots out the lights, as LBJ's compatriots in his home state of Texas might say, with a potent combination of topicality (yes, despite being a period piece), smart staging and Steve Vinovich at the helm as the 36th president of the United States." To read more, click here.

The election is on everyone's mind as SCR presents 'All the Way' and 'District Merchants'

"History is more complicated than the simple version we’re told in school or around the dinner table, says South Coast Repertory’s artistic director, Marc Masterson.He is talking about Lyndon Baines Johnson in “All the Way,” the Costa Mesa theater’s main-stage season-opener, but the observation also fits the polarizing fictional figure in the play he chose for SCR’s second stage. In “District Merchants,” the Shylock of Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” is re-imagined as a businessman and moneylender in Reconstruction-era Washington, D.C. Both plays capture America’s struggle to follow its better impulses against the headwinds of prejudice, partisanship and self-interest." To read more, click here.

A Spellbinding Mix of ’60s Politics in ‘All the Way’ at South Coast Rep

"Politics is a matter of convincing and compromise. And no one was a better schmoozer, seducer, arm-twister and back-breaker than our 36th President, Lyndon Baines Johnson. It can be fascinating to watch how the sausage of lawmaking gets made, as we saw in the 2012 Steven Spielberg film, “Lincoln,” with the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery. In a similar vein of riveting historical fiction comes the stage play, “All the Way,” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Schenkkan, who captured another troubled and troubling historical period in his wonderful work, “The Kentucky Cycle.” To read more, click here

Robert Schenkkan, Playwright – All The Way: LBJ & the Civil Rights Bill

Upcoming public lecture at Princeton University. To read more, click here.

'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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