Robert Schenkkan's All the Way Begins Rehearsals for Arena Stage Run
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater celebrated the first day of rehearsal for its production of Robert Schenkkan's Tony Award-winning All the Way. The production, which is set to run April 1-May 8, will be directed in the round by Kyle Donnelly.
As previously announced, Jack Willis (Arena Stage’s Sweat) will reprise the role of LBJ, which he originated at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Bowman Wright will take on the role of Martin Luther King Jr.
Joining them are Richard Clodfelter as Hubert Humphrey and Richmond Hoxie as J. Edgar Hoover. The 17-member cast will also feature David Bishins as Robert McNamara, JaBen Early as Stokley Carmichael, Cameron Folmar as George Wallace, Lawrence Redmond as Richard Russell, Susan Rome as Lady Bird Johnson, John Scherer as Walter Jenkins, David Emerson Toney as Roy Wilkins, and Tom Wiggin as Stanley Levison. The cast also includes Desmond Bing as Bob Moses, Shannon Dorsey as Coretta Scott King, Adrienne Nelson as Lurleen Wallace, Stephen F. Schmidt as Cartha "Deke" DeLoach, and Craig Wallace as Ralph Abernathy.
The play follows President Lyndon Baines Johnson, who must hold America together while the country still reels from President Kennedy’s assassination and a rising tide of bitterness over civil rights.
The design team will include set designer Kate Edmunds, costume designer Nan Cibula-Jenkins, lighting designer Nancy Schertler, and original composition and sound designer David Van Tieghem.