Bryan Cranston to Appear at ALL THE WAY Event 'AMERICA AT THE TURNING POINT', 2/23
The producers of All the Way, the new play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, in association with The Exchange, announced today additional participants and a student ticketing policy for AMERICA AT THE TURNING POINT: CONVERSATIONS ON All the Way. This event is a special day-long symposium that offers the public an in-depth exploration of the political and artistic sides of All the Way, the new play about Lyndon Baines Johnson's first year in office, which stars Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") and is directed by Bill Rauch.
In addition to the previously announced participation of historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, civil rights activist Bob Moses, and All the Way playwright Robert Schenkkan, AMERICA AT THE TURNING POINT will feature discussion with:
- Gerry Hudson, Executive Vice President of the Service Employees International Union
- John O'Neal, actor, playwright, co-founder and director of the Free Southern Theater, and Field Secretary of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)
- Stanley Nelson, director of the upcoming PBS documentary Freedom Summer
- Rinku Sen, President and Executive Director of Race Forward and Publisher of Colorlines.com.
- Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director of the Correctional Association of New York.
Further information on the panels and participants will be updated and available on the event's website: http://www.exchangenyc.org/alltheway.
The Exchange also announced that a limited number of $20 tickets for the event are available for students. For the student discount code, email email@example.com for more details.
During this symposium, four panels of experts including eminent historians, civil rights leaders, government officials, dramatists, and policy pundits will examine the complex life and legacy of President Johnson, the events and echoes of the Civil Rights movement, the issues inherent in the dramatist's adaptation of life into art, and the indelible impact the events of 1964 had on American history.
"All the Way is a one-of-a-kind event on Broadway - a bold play that allows us to remember our collective history as Americans. We are excited to complement the production with an event that aims to provoke and enlighten," said Ari Edelson, the artistic director of The Exchange and The Orchard Project, which supported the early development of All the Way.
The event is open to the public with advance registration, but seating for the event is extremely limited. Tickets for AMERICA AT THE TURNING POINT are priced at $100 and include access to all four panel discussions, a reception at the end of the day, and a special offer for tickets to All the Way. To buy tickets for AMERICA AT THE TURNING POINT, visit www.exchangenyc.org/alltheway.
Support for the event is provided courtesy of American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard and Columbia University's Center for New Media Teaching and Learning.
AMERICA AT THE TURNING POINT: CONVERSATIONS ON All the Way
February 23, 2014
12PM - 7:30PM
New World Stages
340 W 50th St
New York, NY 10019
About THE EXCHANGE and THE ORCHARD PROJECT: The Exchange is a New York City-based theater company, which focuses on new plays and runs the Orchard Project, a summer new play development center where the best artists and companies go to realize their innovative new ideas. The Orchard Project birthed TONY-winning 33 Variations on Broadway, The Royal Court's Posh (also West End), Obie-winning The Aliens, The Shipment and Architecting, and Robert Schenkkan's Steinberg and Kennedy-winning All the Way. Shows developed at the Orchard Project have been or will be produced at the Royal Court in London, The Public Theatre, the Humana Festival, American Repertory Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre, The Atlantic Theater Company, Center Theater Group, Playwrights Horizons, The National Theatre (UK), Theatre Di Roma, Philadelphia Live Arts, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and many other theaters across America and Europe. In its eight year, the Orchard Project has become a preeminent place for theater companies and artists to develop new projects. It now receives hundreds of applications each year from artists around the world - from New York to Texas, Rome to Minsk. www.exchangenyc.org.
About All the Way: All the Way is the new play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (The Kentucky Cycle), beginning previews on Monday, February 10, 2014 and opening on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 West 52nd Street). All the Way takes audiences behind the doors of the Oval Office and inside the first year of Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency and his fight to pass a landmark civil rights bill. Starring Bryan Cranston as President Lyndon B. Johnson, the play is directed by Bill Rauch, Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where All the Way was first staged.
All the Way was commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle and premiered at OSF in 2012. It then went on to play a sold-out and critically acclaimed run at the A.R.T. from September 13 through October 12, 2013 starring Cranston. The play was awarded the 2013 inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, established through Columbia University in honor of the late Senator Kennedy, honoring new plays or musicals exploring U.S. history and issues of the day.
Tickets are now available for purchase at the box office, at Ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.
All the Way is produced by Jeffrey Richards, Louise Gund, Jerry Frankel, Stephanie P. McClelland, Double Gemini Productions, Rebecca Gold, Scott M. Delman, Barbara H. Freitag, Harvey Weinstein, Gene Korf, William Berlind, Luigi Caiola, Gutterman Chernoff, Jam Theatricals, Gabrielle Palitz, Cheryl Wiesenfeld, and Will Trice.
Photo Credit: Walter McBride