Congratulations to Tony Award
-winners Robert Schenkkan
and Bryan Cranston and everyone involved in the creative journey of All the Way
, newly crowned as Best Play at Sunday night’s 2014 Tony Awards. Oregon Shakespeare Festival
presented the world premiere here in Ashland during the 2012 season.
Now is your best opportunity to secure tickets for The Great Society
, the world premiere sequel to All the Way
, running July 23 – November 1 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre
. Tickets have been selling briskly for this highly-anticipated journey deeper into LBJ’s presidency, so act now to secure your preferred dates and seating.
The cast of The Great Society includes many of the great performers you saw in All the Way
, including Jack Willis
as LBJ, Kenajuan Bentley
as Martin Luther King, Jr., Peter Frechette as Hubert Humphrey, and many other OSF favorites reprising multiple roles.
Fighting for the dream
The tumultuous beginning of Lyndon Johnson’s presidency that Robert Schenkkan presented in "All the Way" (2012) continues in part two, The Great Society
. In the years from 1965 to 1968, LBJ struggles to fight a “war on poverty” even as his war in Vietnam spins out of control. Besieged by political opponents, Johnson marshals all his political wiles to try to pass some of the most important social programs in U.S. history, while the country descends into chaos over the war and backlash against civil rights. This American Revolutions–developed world premiere is an unflinching examination of the morality of power.
Commissioned and co-produced with Seattle Repertory Theatre
, The Great Society was developed, in part, with assistance from the Orchard Project, a program of The Exchange
. Here’s a video interview with director Bill Rauch sharing his excitement about The Great Society.