Multi-Emmy Award winner and Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston will play President Lyndon Baines Johnson in the American Repertory Theater's upcoming production of Robert Schenkkan's All the Way, the organization has announced. The production, directed by Bill Rauch, will begin performances on September 13 at the Loeb Drama Center.
Set in 1963, the drama follows Johnson's first year in office following the assassination of John F. Kennedy and explores the president's battle to pass civil rights legislation while the war in Vietnam looms. All the Way received the 2013 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, as well as the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History. It was commissioned by and premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Joining Cranston in the cast are Brandon J. Dirden (The Piano Lesson) as Martin Luther King Jr., Drama Desk winner Michael McKean (The Best Man) as J. Edgar Hoover, Obie Award winner Reed Birney (Picnic) as Hubert Humphrey, Dakin Matthews (The Best Man) as Richard Russell, Arnie Burton (Peter and the Starcatcher) as Robert McNamara, as well as Crystal A. Dickenson as Coretta Scott King, Betsy Aidem as Lady Bird Johnson, Eric Lenox Abrams as Bob Moses, Peter Jay Fernandez as Roy Wilkins, Marianne Hagan as Lurleen Wallace, William Jackson Harper as Stokely Carmichael, Christopher Liam Moore as Walter Jenkins, and Ethan Phillips as Stanley Levison.