Harvard University will soon be reviving the Democratic chant of "All the Way with LBJ." To open its 2013-14 season, Cambridge's A.R.T. will present All the Way at the Loeb Drama Center, with performances set to begin on September 13. All the Way originally premiered with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as one of the commissioned works for its American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle. OSF's Artistic Director Bill Rauch will direct the A.R.T. production.
Written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (The Kentucky Cycle), All the Way follows Lyndon Baines Johnson through his first year in presidential office as he tackles civil rights legislation, enacts major social programs, and struggles with the war in Vietnam. As all of these political battles play out, so does Johnson's moral balancing act between means versus ends.
The play was recently awarded the inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, which was founded to pay tribute to the late senator. The prize honors new plays or musicals that explore issues in United States history.
Tickets to All the Way will be available with A.R.T. subscription purchases in May. Single tickets will be available in July.