The Great Society

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Robert Schenkkan’s Tony Award-winning play All the Way set the stage for President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s sudden ascent to the White House. In its D.C. premiere, The Great Society brings the second half of Schenkkan’s epic story to its harrowing conclusion. As America is divided by civil rights protests and the anguish of the Vietnam War, LBJ struggles to maintain his relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., keep his political opponents in check and complete a raft of impossibly ambitious social policy projects. Jack Willis reprises his “stunning performance” (Broadway World) in this political thrill ride that explores the America of our past to better understand the America of today.

Production Information

Approximate Running Time
180 minutes


President Lyndon Baines Johnson
Adam Walinsky / General Westmoreland / Colonel Al Lingo / Gardner Ackley
Bob Moses / Hosea Williams / Ronald Frye / Father Clements
Coretta Scott King / Sally Childress
tokely Carmichael / John Lewis
James Bevel / Jimmie Lee Jackson
Governor George Wallace / Richard Nixon / Clark Clifford
Pat Nixon / Waitress / Sheriff’s Auxiliary
J. Edgar Hoover
Hubert Humphrey
Lady Bird Johnson
Robert F. Kennedy
Senator Everett Dirksen / Deke Deloach / Sheriff Jim Clark
Ralph Abernathy / Reverend Dobynes / Rep. Adam Clayton Powell
Mayor Richard Daley / General Wheeler / Norman Morrison / Dr. Appel
Robert McNamara / Rep. Wilbur Mills / Stanley Levison / Seymore Trammel
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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