ROBERT SCHENKKAN

PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT & SCREENWRITER

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Aspen Ideas Fest staging Robert Schenkkan’s Trump dystopia ‘Building the Wall’

Witnessing Donald Trump's campaign rhetoric about immigrants last year and its normalization as Election Day neared, playwright Robert Schenkken felt America had crossed a line. The Pulitzer and Tony winner channeled his dismay and fear onto the page and, in a week, wrote what would become "Building the Wall." To read more, click here.

They Were Ruled by Those Who Hated Them

“Is my race a problem for you?”

It’s one of the very first things Gloria says; we learn quickly that she will pull no punches. She is a black university professor, and she is interviewing Rick, a white inmate in a prison in El Paso. The year is 2019. Rick has done something horrible, presumably stemming from his militant and nationalist views. As Gloria goes through a string of questions, the nature of his crimes comes to light, and the deep divide between the characters alternately opens and closes as we listen. To read more, click here.

SENSE OF CRISIS: AN INTERVIEW WITH ROBERT SCHENKKAN

Robert Schenkkan first came to national prominence in 1992, when his epic play The Kentucky Cycle became the first play to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama before being produced in New York. All The Way, his play about former President Lyndon B. Johnson, won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2014. His new play Building The Wall is a two-hander set in the US in 2019, in a country which has devolved into a society of martial law, mass incarceration and internment camps peopled with minorities. It is currently playing Off-Broadway at New World Stages. To read more, click here. 

Off Broadway Review: ‘Building the Wall,’ the Hot-Button Drama About Trump’s America

There’s a hold-your-breath inevitability to what is finally disclosed in “Building the Wall,” the powerful dystopian drama about life in the Donald Trump era by Robert Schenkkan. You hear it in the distant, unnerving soundscape. You see it as two characters increasingly come to grips with their worst fears. Most of all, you feel it in the gut, because what the writer imagines is not so much a fanciful futurist leap but a calculated cautionary tale, taking place just two years from now. To read more, click here.

5 arts picks: Matthew Bourne, 'Drum Summit,' Trump's wall and more

What to see in the days ahead? We surveyed Times critics, staff writers and contributors for these highlights to mark on your arts calendar. To read more, click here.

The Stars of Robert Schenkkan's Pointed Political Drama Building the Wall Meet the Press

This play is going to be huuuge! All the Way's Tony-winning scribe Robert Schenkkan quickly cranked out a Trump-era work that is receiving an off-Broadway run at New World Stages. Building the Wall begins performances on May 12 with opening night set for May 21. Pulitzer winner Schenkkan, stars Tamara Tunie and James Badge Dale and director Ari Edelson recently met the press prior to the play's off-Broadway bow. Take a look at the pics, and be sure to catch the play we're sure everybody will be talking (and tweeting!) about. The limited engagement is scheduled to run through July 9. To read more, click here.

FREEZE FRAME: Meet the Company of Robert Schenkkan's BUILDING THE WALL

Building The Wall, the new play by Pulitzer and Tony winner Robert Schenkkan (All The Way), will make its New York premiere beginning performances on Friday, May 12th at 8:00 pm and opening on Sunday, May 21st at 7:30 pm at New World Stages (340 West 50th St.) for a strictly limited engagement through July 9, 2017. To read more, click here.

5 Must-See Shows if You’re in New York This Month

Broadway is a bully in April, stealing attention, if not lunch money, from theater everywhere else in the city. But with the end of the bigfoot season on April 27 — the date by which productions must have opened to compete for this June’s Tony Awards — it’s once again safe for the smart, weird shows to come out and play. Aside from revivals of established masterworks, including the Sondheim-Weidman musical “Pacific Overtures,” at Classic Stage Company, and Beckett’s “Happy Days,” at Theater for a New Audience, May looks to be hospitable to a wide range of proudly oddball productions, Off Broadway and beyond. Here are five that I’m especially looking forward to on my first day as the new co-chief theater critic here at The New York Times. To read more, click here.

The Fountain flows

Fountain Theatre is assuming an especially prominent profile this week, with concurrent productions at its tiny home base in east Hollywood and at the larger Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. To read more, click here.

Theater: ‘Building the Wall,’ a Trump critique, strikes a nerve

The presidential campaign of 2016 was not just a defining moment for award-winning playwright and University of Texas graduate Robert Schenkkan. It was a call to action. Concerned by what he saw as Donald Trump’s divisive talk on immigration — “build the wall” — and his supporters’ chorus of approval, Schenkkan wrote “Building the Wall,” an exploration of race and a bleak warning about anti-immigrant politics. “I was so alarmed, so angry, so anxious,” he said. And that was before the election. “I wrote this in late October just before the election. I was already sufficiently upset about the incendiary rhetoric of the Republican presidential candidate and already feeling the country had crossed a line,” the Austin-raised Schenkkan told the American-Statesman. “That first draft was written in a fury in a week.” To read more, click here.

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