All the Way
A.R.T. Season
September 13, 2013 - October 12, 2013

1963. An assassin’s bullet catapults Lyndon B. Johnson into the presidency. A Shakespearean figure of towering ambition and appetite, this charismatic, conflicted Texan hurls himself into the Civil Rights Act, a tinderbox issue emblematic of a divided America. In the Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright’s vivid dramatization of LBJ’s first year in office, means versus ends plays out on the precipice of modern America. This searing, enthralling exploration of the morality of power, premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2012.

Inspired by the themes surrounding the play All the Way, we asked members of our A.R.T. community to tell us their stories and share their memories from 1963 and 1964. Click here to learn more about and share our My Story project.

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Creative team
By Robert Schenkkan
Directed by Bill Rauch
Set Design Christopher Acebo
Costume Design Deborah M. Dryden
Lighting Design Jane Cox
Composer / Sound Designer Paul James Prendergast
Projections Shawn Sagady
Dramaturg Tom Bryant
Dialect Coach Rebecca Clark Carey
Casting Telsey + Company
Associate Director Emily Sophia Knapp
Production Stage Manager Matthew Farrell
Cast
Bob Moses/ David Dennis Eric Lenox Abrams
Lady Bird Johnson/Katharine Graham/Katharine St. George Betsy Aidem
Hubert Humphrey/ Strom Thurmond Reed Birney
Robert McNamara/ James Eastland/ William Moore McCulloch/Paul B. Johnson, Jr. Arnie Burton
George Wallace/ James Corman/ Joseph Alsop/ Mike Mansfield/ Walter Reuther Dan Butler
Ralph Abernathy/ Butler J. Bernard Calloway
Lyndon Baines Johnson Bryan Cranston
Coretta Scott King/ Fannie Lou Hamer Crystal A. Dickinson
Martin Luther King, Jr. Brandon J. Dirden
Roy Wilkins/ Shoeshiner/ Aaron Henry Peter Jay Fernandez
James Harrison/ Stokely Carmichael William Jackson Harper
Richard Russell/ Emanuel Celler/ Jim Martin Dakin Matthews
J. Edgar Hoover/ Robert Byrd Michael McKean
Walter Jenkins/ William Colmer Christopher Liam Moore
Stanley Levison/ John McCormack/ Seymore Trammell/ Edwin King Ethan Phillips
Cartha DeLoach/ Howard Smith/ Everett Dirksen/ Carl Sanders Richard Poe
Secretary/ Lurleen Wallace/ Muriel Humphrey Susannah Schulman
Additional staff
Assistant Stage Manager Taylor Adamik
A.R.T. Production Dramaturg

Leslie Gehring

Associate Projection Designer

Kristin Ellert

Lighting Design Intern

Michael Pierce-Blagys

 

HARVARD UNIVERSITY SUMMER INTERNS 2013 WITH SUPPORT FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT AND PROVOST AND IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE OFFICE OF CAREER SERVICES
Katherine Agard, Anna Kelsey, Joey Longstreet, Mark Mauriello, Brenna McDuffie, Sam Moore, Jumai Yusuf

 

SPECIAL THANKS

Mark McCullough

Original OSF cast : Kenajuan Bentley, Wayne T. Carr, Gina Daniels, Richard Elmore, Peter Frechette, Jonathan Haugen, David Kelly, Kevin Kenerly, Terri McMahon, Christopher Liam Moore, Mark Murphey, Daniel T. Parker, Douglas Rowe, Erica Sullivan, Derrick Lee Weeden, Jack Willis, Tyrone Wilson.

Let me be one of the first to tell you that Bryan Cranston not only lives up to the hype as LBJ, but “All the Way” is a sensational night of theater. More

Mr. Cranston’s Johnson glitters with an almost salacious ruthlessness when he senses a chance to do a little arm-twisting to lock down another vote for a bill he wants passed. More

Bryan Cranston Explores Another Side of Power as LBJ

In the stirring first minutes of All the Way, actor Bryan Cranston stands in a pool of light and becomes President Lyndon Baines Johnson. More

 Fresh from playing the similarly deceptive Walter White on Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston tears into the almost Shakespearean role in Robert Schenkkan's impressive (and probably Broadway-bound) historical pageant All the Way... More

Cranston gives a dazzling performance as LBJ in an action-packed new play about a seismic moment in American history More

Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston convinced me last night that the Golden Age of Television is making its way into the Golden Age of Theater.  More

Bill Rauch graduated from Harvard University in 1984 and co-founded the Cornerstone Theater Company, which made a point of bringing theater to underserved places. More

Houston native and actor Brandon J. Dirden returns to Boston in the much-talked about drama All the Way, from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, which chronicles President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s tumultuous first year in office in 1964.  More

Why history? Why would a contemporary playwright turn to history as source material? Well, certainly there is a long tradition in the theater of doing so. More

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Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 26, 2013 Contact: Kati Mitchell 617-495-2668 Kati_Mitchell@harvard.edu   A.R.T. PRODUCTION ALL THE WAY BY ROBERT SCHENKKAN STARRING BRYAN CRANSTON WILL PLAY AT THE NEIL... More
  For Immediate Release: September 16, 2013 Contact: Kati Mitchell 617-495-2668  kati_mitchell@harvard.edu   American Repertory Theater and the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African... More
  For Immediate Release: September 11, 2013 Contact: Kati Mitchell 617-495-2668 kati_mitchell@harvard.edu     American Repertory Theater‘s Production of All The Way Is Sold Out     Cambridge, MA — The... More
For Immediate Release: July 23, 2013 Contact: Kati Mitchell 617-495-2668 kati_mitchell@harvard.edu       Single Tickets Now On Sale for the East Coast Premiere of Robert Schenkkan’s All The Way... More
For Immediate Release: April 19, 2013Contact: Kati Mitchell 617-495-2668kati_mitchell@harvard.edu   Bryan Cranston to star as LBJ in Robert Schenkkan’sAll The Waydirected by... More
Cambridge, MA The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University is pleased to announce award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan’s new play All The Way will open the A.R.T.’s 2013/14 Season at the Loeb Drama Center and begin performances... More

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Run time

3 hours with a 15 minute intermission.

Venue

64 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Need to know

Recommended for grades 9 and up.
The play is an intense drama that takes place in 1960s America.  It would be suitable for well-prepared high school students 14 and up who can handle frequent strong profanity and racial epithets.
 

Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the House Management. Patrons that arrive late are not guaranteed access to their seats until intermission. Please make all members of your party aware of the prompt start.

 

PLEASE NOTE: The run of this production cannot be extended past its original end date of Oct 12.

 

 ASL Dates: 

October 1, 7:30PM
October 6, 2:00PM

 Audio Described Dates: 

October 2, 7:30PM*
October 5, 2:00PM*

*Touch tour 1 hour prior

Access

Accessibilty
Assistive Listening Devices
Large Print Programs

All the Way Discussions

The A.R.T. will host special panel discussions with Harvard scholars and members of the A.R.T. community:

September 23, 4:00PM: All the Way: The Civil Rights Act From 1964 to Today
Click here for more information.

September 29, following the matinee performance: The A.R.T. will participate in “Towards E Pluribus Unum”—An Initiative of the National Center for Race Amity (NCRA) at Wheelock College. This discussion will be hosted by Dr. William Smith, Founding Executive Director of the NCRA.

October 6, following the matinee performance: The A.R.T. will host a discussion with Alex Keyssar, Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Click here to learn more.

 

There will also be regularly scheduled talk-backs after the following matinee performances: 

Saturday, September 21
Wednesday, September 25
Saturday, September 28
Wednesday, October 2
Saturday, October 5
Wednesday, October 9
Thursday, October 10* (11AM performance)

Performance sponsors:

THE BLANCHE AND IRVING LAURIE FOUNDATION

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