All The Way

All The Way

By Robert Schenkkan

Directed by Bill Rauch

Originally produced at Oregon Shakespeare Festival , Ashland, OR .

July 25, 2012 through November 3, 2012

(Photo by Evgenia Eliseeva.)

About the Premiere Production: A Shakespearean figure of towering ambition and appetite, Lyndon Baines Johnson
unexpectedly became president in 1963. To the surprise of many, he hurled himself into the cause of Civil Rights, throwing the country into turmoil and forever altering the political landscape. In a single year, alternately bullying and beguiling, LBJ

created new social programs, faced down George Wallace, out maneuvered J. Edgar Hoover and won reelection in the greatest landslide victory in American politics. But in Vietnam, a troublesome conflict was quietly gathering strength. Directed by Bill Rauch, Robert Schenkkan’s new play, an OSF American Revolutions world premiere, dramatizes the charismatic and conflicted Texan.

Artistic Statement:
The personal passion and artistic leaps embodied in this play are truly remarkable. Robert Schenkkan is not only a seasoned, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, he is an American history expert passionate about Lyndon Baines Johnson, and as a Texas-raised playwright, uniquely qualified to tell his story. With All the Way he consciously turns to Shakespeare’s histories to find the voice and scope to tell our own epic tale. All the Way brings sharply into focus the extraordinary personalities and powerful political forces that shaped an iconic era in our history and continue to shape American society today.

All the Way is the fourth of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s American Revolutions: The United States History Cycle commissions to reach our stages. It embodies our deepest hopes for American Revolutions, which asks artists to look at moments of transformation and change in our nation’s history.All the Way is the story of a time of moral courage, political mastery and profound change – told in heart-pounding narrative against a sweeping, Shakespearean-scale background.

-Bill Rauch, Artistic Director, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Director, All the Way

Grant Statement:
Except for the character of LBJ, everyone in the All the Way ensemble plays multiple roles in this formidable

story, leading to a production style that requires immediate transformation of character and space. Given its large ensemble, extensive doubling and complex narrative structure, the extra rehearsal time for All the Way over and above the six weeks of rehearsal usually assigned an Oregon Shakespeare Festival production is vitally important. -Bill Rauch, Artistic Director, Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Director: Bill Rauch

Set Design: Christopher Acebo

Lighting Design: Mark McCullough

Costume Design: Deborah M. Dryden

Projection designer: Shawn Sagady.


Subsequent Productions

Neil Simon Theatre, Broadway in New York, NY March 6, 2014 - June 29, 2014

American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA September 13, 2013 - October 12, 2013

Alley Theatre in Houston, TX January 29, 2016 - February 21, 2016 (Co-production with Dallas Theater Center)

Arena Stage in Washington, DC April 1, 2016 - May 8, 2016

Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, FL January 6, 2016 - April 9, 2016

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company in Cincinnati, OH January 22, 2020 - February 15, 2020

Cleveland Play House in Cleveland, OH September 17, 2016 - October 9, 2016

Dallas Theater Center in Dallas, TX March 3, 2016 - March 27, 2016 (Co-production with Alley Theatre)

Denver Center Theatre Co in Denver, CO January 29, 2016 - February 28, 2016

History Theatre in St Paul, MN October 7, 2017 - October 29, 2017

New Stage Theatre in Jackson, MS October 21, 2014 - November 2, 2014

Seattle Repertory Theatre in Seattle, WA November 14, 2014 - January 4, 2015

South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, CA September 2, 2016 - October 2, 2016

Southern Rep Theatre in New Orleans, LA May 17, 2018 - May 27, 2018

The Repertory Theatre of St Louis in St. Louis, MO September 9, 2015 - October 4, 2015

TheatreSquared in Fayetteville, AR August 24, 2016 - September 18, 2016



Oregon Shakespeare Festival's 'All the Way' earns two Tony nominations: best play, best actor Bryan Cranston

 Oregon Live

 April 29, 2014


Bryan Cranston, Cherry Jones, Patina Miller, and More Win Boston's 2014 IRNE Awards


April 8, 2014


Bryan Cranston’s Great Society


April 3, 2014


 How to be Good, and Win Anyway: Bryan Cranston Goes All The Way

 The Brooklyn Rail

 April 2, 2014


 Review: Bryan Cranston Superb In 'All The Way'

 The Associated Press

 March 6, 2014


Broadway Review: Bryan Cranston as LBJ in ‘All the Way


March 7, 2014


NY1 Theater Review: 'All The Way'


 March 7, 2014


All the Way


 March 6, 2014



Theatre News Online

March 7, 2014


‘All the Way’ Theater Review: Bryan Cranston Brings His Wildly Funny LBJ to Broadway

 The Wrap

 March 6, 2014


 All the Way: Theater Review

 Hollywood Report

 March 6, 2014


Bryan Cranston goes 'All the Way' as LBJ

USA Today

March 6, 2014


All the Way 

Time Out New York

March 6, 2014

Washington Power Play

New York Times

March 6, 2014


All the Way

Entertainment Weekly

March 6, 2014


LBJ all the way to Broadway

March 19, 2014


PLAYBILL.COM'S THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, March 1-7: Bryan Cranston Goes All The Way and Adele Dazeem Takes the Stage


March 7, 2014


Seattle writer’s LBJ play wins $25,000 Steinberg prize

 The Seattle Times

 April 8, 2013


Making History, Part One

Making History, Part Two

Power Play

Austin Chronicle

August 17, 2012

'All the way': World premiere at Oregon Shakespeare Festival examines LBJ in 1964

Napa Valley Register

August 1, 2012


The events in 'All the Way' are as relevant now as they were in the '60s

Ashland Daily Tidings

July 31, 2012

Master of his domain

Southern Oregon Mail Tribune

July 30, 2012