Alley Theatre and Dallas Theater Center Go All the Way
The Tony Award-winning play features company members from both groups.
Set in 1963, the assassination of John F. Kennedy launches his vice president, Lyndon Johnson, into the position of commander in chief. The larger-than-life and charismatic Texan hurtles headfirst into the turmoil of the civil rights movement and the ensuing legislation, bringing the entire country with him. Two dozen actors portray some of the most dynamic and divisive political figures from Martin Luther King Jr. to J. Edgar Hoover, as the show pulls apart one of the most tumultuous times in American history.
Dall Theater Center's artistic director, Kevin Moriarty, directs the show, which was written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Texas native Robert Schenkkan. The cast features Brandon Potter as Lyndon Baines Johnson, Leah Spillman as Lady Bird Johnson, Steven Michael Walters as Walter Jenkins, Brooke Wilson as Muriel Humphrey, Chamblee Ferguson as Senator Hubert Humphrey, John Tyson as Senator Richard Russell, Kieran Connolly as J. Edgar Hoover, Chris Hutchison as Robert Mcnamara, Shawn Hamilton as Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., David Rainey as Reverend Ralph Abernathy, Alex Organ as Stanley Levison, Hassan El-Amin as Roy Wilkins, Paul Hope as Governor Carl Sanders, Michelle Elaine as Coretta Scott King, Michael Brusasco as Governor George Wallace, Adam A. Anderson as Stokely Carmichael, and Andrew Carson as Bob Moses.
"Schenkkan's play brings the historical events into a stunningly relevant theatre event – as the history of 1964 is reflected in the equally contentious America of 2016," says Alley Theatre artistic director Gregory Boyd.
The creative team includes Beowulf Boritt (set design), Jennifer Caprio (costumer design), Clifton Taylor (lighting design), and Broken Chord (original music and sound design).
Performances will run through February 21.