Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan’s play “All the Way,” about the first year of Lyndon Baines Johnson’s presidency, will open the American Repertory Theater’s 2013-14 season in September. Bill Rauch, artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which premiered the play last summer, will direct.
The only 2013-14 title the ART has released so far, “All the Way” is a winner of the inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, announced in February by Columbia University and Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith. Martin Luther King Jr., Hubert Humphrey, George Wallace, and J. Edgar Hoover are all characters in the play, in which Johnson, thrust into the presidency by the assassination of John F. Kennedy, proceeds to steer Kennedy’s landmark civil rights legislation through Congress. “All the Way” is scheduled to run Sept. 13-Oct. 12 at the Loeb Drama Center.