BREAKING BAD's Bryan Cranston Stars in A.R.T.'s ALL THE WAY, Beg. Tonight
The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University welcomes three-time Emmy Award-winning actor Bryan Cranston to play the lead role of Lyndon Baines Johnson in Robert Schenkkan's new play All The Way opening the A.R.T.'s 2013-14 Season at the Loeb Drama Center. The production, directed by Bill Rauch, will begin performances tonight, September 13, 2013.
Cranston will be joined by 2013 Lucille Lortel Award nominee Brandon J. Dirden (The Piano Lesson off-Broadway, Enron on Broadway) in the role of Martin Luther King, Jr.
They will lead an ensemble cast, each playing multiple roles, including Drama Desk Award winner Michael McKean (The Homecoming and Superior Donuts on Broadway; A Mighty Wind, This is Spinal Tap) as J. Edgar Hoover; Obie Award winner Reed Birney (Picnic on Broadway, Blasted Off-Broadway; "Gossip Girl") as Hubert Humphrey; Dakin Matthews (Gore Vidal's The Best Man and Henry IV on Broadway; Lincoln) as Richard Russell; Arnie Burton (Peter and The Starcatcher and The 39 Steps on Broadway) as Robert McNamara; Crystal Dickinson (Clybourne Park on Broadway) as Coretta Scott King; Betsy Aidem (Nikolai and the Others Off-Broadway; "The Americans") as Lady Bird Johnson; Eric Lenox Abrams (The Piano Lesson Off-Broadway; "Boardwalk Empire") as Bob Moses; Peter Jay Fernandez (Cyrano de Bergerac and Macbeth on Broadway; "House of Cards," "The Good Wife") as Roy Wilkins; Marianne Hagan (Mercy off Broadway; "Friends," "Third Watch") as Lurleen Wallace; William Jackson Harper (Titus Andronicus and The Total Bent Off-Broadway; "The Electric Company") as Stokely Carmichael; Christopher Liam Moore (All The Way at OSF; "10 Items or Less") as Walter Jenkins; and Ethan Phillips (November and My Favorite Year on Broadway; The Island, Green Card) as Stanley Levison.
1963. An assassin's bullet catapults Lyndon B. Johnson into the presidency. A Shakespearean figure of towering ambition and appetite, the charismatic, conflicted Texan hurls himself into Civil Rights legislation, throwing the country into turmoil. Alternately bullying and beguiling, he enacts major social programs, faces down opponents and wins the 1964 election in a landslide. But in faraway Vietnam, a troublesome conflict looms. In the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright's vivid dramatization of LBJ's first year in office, means versus ends plays out on a broad stage canvas as politicians and civil rights leaders plot strategy and wage war.
All the Way was recently awarded 2013 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, and the inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History. It was commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF)'s American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle and premiered at OSF in 2012.
About the principal cast members:
Bryan Cranston (LBJ) is best known for his role of Walter White in the award-winning series "Breaking Bad," which earned him three consecutive Emmy Awards and a Screen Actors Guild award. He won a second Screen Actors Guild award this year for his co- starring role as CIA operative Jack O'Donnell in the 2012 Oscar-winning Best Picture, Argo. He is currently in production on Legendary Pictures remake of Godzilla. His other film credits include Drive, Total Recall, (Little Miss Sunshine, and Saving Private Ryan, among others. For six seasons he played Hal in the sitcom "Malcom in the Middle" which earned him several Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. His other television credits include the recurring role of Dr. Whatley on "Seinfeld," and the astronaut Buzz Aldrin in the HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon." His theater credits include Sam Shepard's play The God of Hell at the Geffen Playhouse, Chapter Two, The Taming of the Shrew, A Doll's House, Eastern Standard, Wrestlers, Barefoot in the Park, and The Steven Weed Show, for which he won a Drama-Logue Award.