Robert Schenkkan’s All The Way directed by Bill Rauch to open A.R.T.’s 2013-14 Season

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 on September 13, 2013. The production will be directed by Bill Rauch, Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF). 


All the Way was recently awarded the inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, established in honor of the late Senator Kennedy, honoring new play or musical exploring US history and issues of the day.  It was commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle and premiered at OSF in 2012.


1963. An assassin’s bullet catapults Lyndon Baines Johnson into the presidency. A Shakespearean figure of towering ambition and appetite, the charismatic, conflicted Texan hurls himself into Civil Rights legislation, throwing the country into turmoil. Alternately bullying and beguiling, he enacts major social programs, faces down opponents and wins the 1964 election in a landslide. But in faraway Vietnam, a troublesome conflict looms. In the Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright’s vivid dramatization of LBJ’s first year in office, means versus ends plays out on a broad stage canvas as politicians and civil rights leaders plot strategy and wage war.


Robert Schenkkan is the author of twelve plays, two musicals and a collection of short plays, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Kentucky Cycle, which was performed to great acclaim at the Intiman Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum, The Kennedy Center, and on Broadway. It also won the LA Drama Critics Award, and was nominated for the Tony, the Drama Desk, and the Outer Critics’ Circle Awards.  His other plays include Lewis and Clark Reach the Euphrates, By the Rivers of Babylon, Handler, Heaven on EarthFinal Passage, and 1992, and the film The Quiet American. For television he wrote the Emmy nominated HBO miniseries The Pacific, produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg; the miniseries The Promised Land, The Andromeda StrainCrazy Horse, and Spartacus. He also wrote two plays for children, The Devil and Daniel Webster and The Dream Thief.


Bill Rauch is the Artistic Director of Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  Having spent eleven seasons as director, he has directed three world premieres: Mr. Schenkkan’s All the Way and By the Waters of Babylon, and Bill Cain’s Equivocation; and thirteen other plays including Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella, Measure for Measure, The Pirates of Penzance, Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, The Music Man, Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Comedy of Errors, Hedda Gabler, and Handler.  Among his initiatives at OSF, Mr. Rauch committed to commissioning up to 37 new plays to dramatize moments of change in American history. American Revolutions: the U.S. History Cycle is now in its fourth year of productions. Mr. Rauch is also cofounder of Cornerstone Theater Company, where he directed more than 40 productions and served as its artistic director from 1986 to 2006. He has directed a number of world premieres, including The Clean House at Yale Repertory Theatre; Living Out and For Here or To Go? at the Mark Taper Forum; and My Wandering Boy and The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler at South Coast Repertory. He also directed the New York premiere of The Clean House at the Lincoln Center. Work elsewhere includes productions at South Coast Repertory, Guthrie Theater, Arena Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Great Lakes Theater Festival and En Garde Arts.  He is the recipient of numerous awards, and is a graduate of Harvard College.


Tickets to All The Way will be available with subscription purchases in May.

Single tickets will be available in July.

Release Date:
March 15, 2013
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