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New LBJ Play Wins $25,000 Prize

by Jerome Weeks 8 Apr 2013 9:38 AM

It premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. A cast of 17 plays 61 roles, depicting Lyndon Johnson’s sudden rise to the presidency, his landmark push for civil rights legislation and his electoral victory over Barry Goldwater in 1964 — a period of only 12 months.


All the Way, the first of a two-part play series by dramatist-screenwriter-actor Robert Shenkkan, has won the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award for best play to premiere outside of New York in 2012. The drama was given its world premiere at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival last July. It begins with Lyndon Johnson’s sudden presidency after the assassination of John F. Kennedy and ends with his landslide victory in the 1964 election over Barry Goldwater. A cast of 17 plays 61 roles.

Political history is playwright Shenkkan’s big inspiration. He’s perhaps best known for The Kentucky Cycle, an epic, 100-year history of Eastern Kentucky that won the Pulitzer Prize but flopped on Broadway in 1993. As an actor,  he’s played Dexter Remmick in Star Trek: The Next Generation.