Alley Theatre presents The Great Society by Robert Schenkkan, January 26 through February 18, 2018.
The tumultuous beginning of Lyndon Johnson’s presidency was dramatized by Robert Schenkkan in his Tony Award-winning play All the Way, seen in a spectacular Alley production last season. The LBJ journey continues in part two, The Great Society.
From 1965 to 1968, LBJ struggles to fight a war on poverty even as his war in Vietnam spins out of control. Besieged by political opponents, Johnson marshals all his political wiles to try to pass some of the most important social programs in U.S. history while the country descends into chaos over the war and backlash against civil rights.
The Great Society debuted at the Oregon Shakespearean Festival in July of 2014. The New York Times says the play is “… impressive in its scope, surprisingly energetic and shines a bright, clear light on a pivotal moment in American history…”
The Alley co-produces the play with 2017 Tony Award-Winner Dallas Theater Center – joining casts and creative teams from the two largest regional theaters in Texas.
Two dozen actors portray the roles of some of the most dynamic political figures of the century, including the 36th President of the United States himself, Lyndon Baines Johnson. Many actors who previously appeared in the Alley’s All the Way production, return to their roles in The Great Society.
Dallas actor Brandon Potter returns to the role of LBJ with Alley actor and Houston native Shawn Hamilton returning to portray Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Alley Resident Company Members include Elizabeth Bunch as Muriel Humphrey and Pat Nixon with Chris Hutchison returning to the role of Robert McNamara. David Rainey again takes on the role of Rev. Ralph Abernathy, Jay Sullivan plays Sen. Robert Kennedy, and Todd Waite is Sen. Everett Dirksen.
The cast of artists from Dallas Theater Center’s Brierley Resident Acting Company includes Ace Anderson as Stokely Carmichael and John Lewis and Tiana Kaye Johnson as Sally Childress and Coretta Scott King.
The cast also includes Alley visiting artist David Matranga as Gen. William Westmoreland and Houston actors Brandon Morgan as Bob Moses and Santry Rush as Deke DeLoach. Dallas actors include Tyrees Allen as James Bevel, David Coffee as J.Edgar Hoover, Chris Hury as Gov. George Wallace, Dean Nolen as Vice President Hubert Humphrey, and Leah Spillman as Lady Bird Johnson.
The Great Society creative team includes Tony Award-winning Scenic Designer Beowulf Boritt, Costume Designer Jennifer Caprio, Lighting Designer Clifton Taylor, Original Music & Sound Design by Broken Chord, and Projection Design by Caite Hevner.
After its run in Houston, The Great Society moves to the Dallas Theater Center for performances in March 9 through April 1, 2018.
Join us for programs that connect you with other theatre lovers, our artists, and what is on stage in a whole new way:
January 28: $10 Tix
January 28: Captioned Performance
January 28: Audio Described Performance
January 28: Designer Talk
February 1: InterACT, for groups of 10 or more
February 3: Artist TalkBack
February 6: Artist TalkBack
February 8: ActOUT