OSF-commissioned 'All the Way' wins Best Play and Best Actor at the 68th Annual Tony Awards
June 9, 2014
Ashland, Ore.— All the Way was named Best Play at the 68th Annual Tony Awards last night, while Bryan Cranston won for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play. The wins come one week after the play was honored with Drama Desk Awards in the same categories. All the Way, which the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) commissioned and premiered in 2012, is directed by OSF Artistic Director Bill Rauch.
“This award and all the accolades that All the Way has received are a result of the particular magic made by our artists, artisans, administrators and audiences in Ashland,” Mr. Rauch said. “The company and audience have particularly embraced our American Revolutions: The United States History Cycle, and I am especially proud to be sharing meaningful new plays with a national audience. I couldn't be happier to be back in a rehearsal room right now with Jack Willis and much of the original cast and crew that birthed this play, working on Robert Schenkkan's thrilling continuation, The Great Society.”
Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan and commissioned through OSF’s American Revolutions: The United State History Cycle, All the Way chronicles President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s first term of office, up through the passage of the Civil Rights Act. Schenkkan delves into LBJ’s second term in The Great Society, which was commissioned by Seattle Repertory Theatre and will have its world premiere at OSF starting July 27.
After finishing its 2012 run at OSF with Jack Willis originating the role of LBJ, All the Way moved to American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T) in 2013, where Bryan Cranston took on the role. Cranston continued as LBJ when the play opened on Broadway in March 2014. The play will run at the Neil Simon Theatre through June 29, 2014.
Mr. Rauch has directed each production of All the Way, joined by members of the original 2012 OSF design team: 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).
Other awards for All the Way include:
Drama Desk Awards
Outstanding Play - Robert Schenkkan
Outstanding Actor in a Play (Bryan Cranston)
Drama League Awards
Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play
Outer Critics Circle Awards
Outstanding New Play
Outstanding Actor - Bryan Cranston
Elliot Norton Awards
Outstanding Production by a Large Resident Theatre
Outstanding Actor, Large Theater - Bryan Cranston
Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards
Best New Play, Large Theater
Best Play, Large Theater
Best Director - Bill Rauch
Best Actor, Large Theater – Bryan Cranston
Best Supporting Actor, Large Theater – Dakin Matthews
2013 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association
New Play Award (April 2013)
Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History (Feb. 2013)
Founded by Angus Bowmer in 1935 and winner of a 1983 Tony Award for outstanding achievement in regional theatre, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival has grown from a three-day festival of two plays to a major theatre arts organization that presents an eight-month season consisting of 11 plays that include works by Shakespeare as well as a mix of classics, musicals, and new works.. The Festival also draws attendance of more than 400,000 to almost 800 performances every year and employs approximately 575 theatre professionals. In 2008, OSF launched American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle, a 10-year cycle of commissioning new plays that has already resulted in several OSF commissions finding success nationwide.
All the Way (2014): Broadway ensemble. Photo: Evgenia Eliseeva