“All The Way” to Be First OSF Commission to Open on Broadway March 6, 2014

OSF-commissioned play directed Bill Rauch and starring Bryan Cranston as LBJ will begin previews Feb. 10 at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York City

Press Release
November 26, 2013

Ashland, Ore.—All The Way, which premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) in 2012, is the first OSF commission to be bound for Broadway, with an opening date set for March 6, 2014, at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York City.

Featuring Emmy Award-winning actor Bryan Cranston, penned by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, and directed by OSF Artistic Director Bill Rauch, All The Way will begin rehearsals on Tuesday, January 14 and previews on Monday, February 10, 2014.

Cranston will be joined on stage by Michael McKean as J. Edgar Hoover and Brandon J. Dirden as Martin Luther King, Jr. Both played those roles at the American Repertory Theatre during the run of All the Way this past fall. Additional casting will be announced soon.

OSF commissioned All The Way, which recounts Lyndon Baines Johnson’s history-making first presidential term, for its 2012 season as part of the Festival’s 10-year commissioning cycle, American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle. OSF acting company member Jack Willis originated the role of LBJ under the direction of Mr. Rauch.

Last year, the play won the inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History. In the fall of 2013, Mr. Cranston, Mr. McKean and Mr. Dirden played in a sold-out run of All the Way at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass., also directed by Mr. Rauch.

“I am very proud that every American Revolutions play that we have created in Ashland has found or will soon find new audiences in productions around the country,” Mr. Rauch said. “Presenting Robert Schenkkan's thrilling All The Way on Broadway continues our commitment to share our OSF-birthed new work with the widest possible audience. This success speaks volumes about the excellence of our artists and artisans and the adventurous and supportive spirit of our audiences.”

In addition to Mr. Rauch, members of the 2012 All the Way design team continue with the Broadway production:  OSF Associate Artistic Director Christopher Acebo (set design), Deborah M. Dryden (costume design), Jane Cox (lighting design), Paul James Prendergast (composition and sound design) and Shawn Sagady (video projections). Joining the team is projection design consultant, Wendall K. Harrington.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Wednesday, November 27 at 10am through Friday, December 13 at 11:59pm. General on-sale will begin on Saturday, December 14 at 12:01am. Tickets will be available at www.Ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster.com at (800) 745-3000.

For more information about the Broadway production visit:
Twitter.com/allTheWayBroadway (@AllTheWayBway)

In 2014 at OSF, Mr. Schenkkan continues his account of LBJ’s presidency with The Great Society, which picks up during the president’s second term. The world-premiere production, commissioned by and co-produced with Seattle Repertory Theater, will open in the Angus Bowmer Theatre on July 23 and run through Nov. 1. The Great Society will be directed by Mr. Rauch and feature much of the same cast from OSF’s 2012 All The Way, including Mr. Willis as LBJ.

"The journey that we started in Ashland last year with our superb OSF company members and the best audiences in the world is now arriving on Broadway,” Mr. Schenkkan said. “I am so pleased and proud to be part of this historic moment for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. And then to follow the opening of All The Way in New York with the world premiere of its sequel, The Great Society, is unbelievably exciting."

American Revolutions: The United States History Cycle is OSF’s 10-year program (2008-2018) of commissioning up to 37 new plays sprung from moments of change in United States history. Bringing together artists, historians, and institutions from around the country and mirroring the scope and scale of Shakespeare’s history plays, American Revolutions is the largest commissioning and production project in OSF’s 78-year history. Other American Revolutions commissions seeing life outside Ashland include Naomi Wallace’s The Liquid Plain, to be staged in 2014 at Baltimore’s Center Stage; American Night: The Ballad of Juan José (2010 OSF premiere), by Richard Montoya and Culture Clash, which has had numerous productions throughout the nation including California Shakespeare Theatre, Center Theatre Group, Denver Center Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse and Yale Repertory Theatre; and Ghost Light, produced by Berkeley Repertory in 2012.

Bill Rauch

Bill Rauch, Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Photo by Jenny Graham.