Season 11 begins with ALL THE WAY
TheatreSquared inaugurates Season 11 with
ALL THE WAY
Winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Play
On stage in Fayetteville August 24–September 18, 2016
Playwright and Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan to visit
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS — August 11, 2016 — TheatreSquared today announced the full cast and creative team for Robert Schenkkan’s multi-award-winning epic, All the Way, which broke two box office records in its 2015 Broadway debut and begins performances August 24 in Northwest Arkansas. In this “sure-fire, action-packed hit” (Huffington Post). Lyndon Baines Johnson, a towering Texan with grand ambitions, finds himself an accidental president after Kennedy’s assassination, and vows to do whatever it takes to pass the landmark Civil Rights Act and then win election in his own right. Martin Luther King, Jr., J. Edgar Hoover, George Wallace, Lady Bird Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, and more are portrayed by a professional ensemble of 17 in this acclaimed new drama about determination, back-room politics, and just what it takes to go all the way. Performances are scheduled for August 24–September 18, 2016, with tickets ($15-$40) available at theatre2.org or (479) 443-5600.
“If you loved Lincoln — or if you can’t remember another time when politics was ever quite so unpredictable — step into Johnson’s Oval Office,” said T2 Artistic Director Robert Ford. “Here’s a man who changed the course of American history in spite of forces entrenched against him, whose legacy is controversial but whose impact is undeniable. With a swirl of action driving the story forward as relentlessly as the man himself, All the Way makes for compelling, edge-of-your-seat drama and an unforgettable night at the theatre.”
In the two years since its debut, All the Way has won the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama League Awards, the Kennedy Prize, and Steinberg/ACTA Award for Best Play; broke two Broadway box office records; and has been adapted into an Emmy Award-nominated HBO feature film.
A record-setting cast of 17 will play over 30 characters and includes Auston Ashford, RJ Foster, Samuel Ray Gates, Robert Flaherty Hart, Richard Holden, Bryce Kemph, Elester Latham, Kathy Logelin, Craig MacDonald, Steven Marzolf, Jamey McGaugh, Bill Rogers, Troy Schremmer, Cherene Snow, Justin Stewart, Mitch Tebo, and Kathleen Turco-Lyon.
The lead creative team for All the Way includes scenic designer Michael J. Riha, lighting designer Shawn Irish, projections designer Seagan McKay, sound designer Will Eubanks, costume designer Ruby Kemph, properties manager Brodie Jasch, technical director Josh Tillotson, and stage manager David Loranca.
Benny Sato Ambush returns to T2, where he previously directed Look Away. He is Senior Distinguished Producing Director-In-Residence at Emerson College. Regional directing credits include Old Globe Theatre; Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Portland; South Coast Rep; Alabama Shakespeare Festival; Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company; Magic Theatre; Geva Theatre; Playwrights Horizon; Ford's Theatre; Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays; and many others. His leadership roles at arts institutions include producing director of Oakland Ensemble Theatre, associate artistic director of American Conservatory Theatre, and others. He holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA from University of California, San Diego.
Robert Schenkkan is a Pulitzer-prize winning, Tony Award winning, Writer's Guild Award winning, two-time Emmy nominated writer of stage, television, and film. He is the author of fourteen original full-length plays, two musicals, and a collection of one-act plays. He co-wrote the feature film, The Quiet American and Hacksaw Ridge, and his television credits include: All the Way, The Pacific, The Andromeda Strainand Spartacus.
Schenkkan will travel to Fayetteville attend the opening weekend of All the Way. He will also lead two free public events at the Fayetteville Public Library on August 25—a playwriting workshop at 5pm and a public forum at 6:30pm in the Walker Family Community Room. Workshop participation is limited to the first 25 who register; seating for the forum will be first come, first seated.
Presidential scholar Dr. Randall Woods, author of LBJ: Architect of American Ambition (Harvard University Press) and Prisoners of Hope (Basic Books) and a distinguished professor of history at the University of Arkansas, will lead two free public conversations following the 2pm Sunday performances of All the Way on September 4 and September 11. Both conversations will begin in the theatre at 5pm and are free and open to the public.
TheatreSquared’s production is made possible in part with support from lead show sponsors Greenwood Gearhart Inc. and George and Rosemary Faucette, as well as show sponsors Scott and Shizuko Price, Bill and Judy Schwab, and Denise and Hershey Garner.
Performance Schedule and Info
Performances are scheduled August 24–September 18, 2016, Wednesdays through Sundays at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios (505 W. Spring St., Fayetteville, AR 72701).
Monday–Tuesday No Performances
Saturday 2:00pm; 7:30pm
All the Way is recommended for ages 12+. Estimate run time is 2 hours and 40 minutes.
Ticket & Subscription Info
Subscriptions to TheatreSquared’s upcoming 2016/17 season are also now on sale. Six-, five-, and four-play packages are available for purchase through Tickets NWA at (479) 443-5600.