Press Release - ​​All the Way


Tony Award-winning All the Way Opens South Coast Repertory’s 2016-17 Season

COSTA MESA, Calif. (Aug. ​10, 201​6)—Political intrigue takes center stage as South Coast Repertory opens its 53rd season with the Tony Award-winning All the Way by Robert Schenkkan. This riveting play has earned accolades from audiences and critics alike, from its start at Oregon Shakespeare Festival to its powerful Broadway run. Artistic Director Marc Masterson directs the SCR production on the Segerstrom Stage, Sept. 2-Oct. 2. Tickets are available now at www.scr.org.

The story begins in 1963, after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. All the Way follows Lyndon Baines Johnson as he fights to overcome his reputation as an accidental president and maneuvers to pass the landmark Civil Rights Act by any means necessary. Some of the nation’s most dynamic leaders of the time—from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to Alabama Gov. George Wallace—stand with the president or against him. As Johnson wheels and deals on Capitol Hill, he keeps his eye on a second term and the looming 1964 presidential race.

“I’m drawn to All the Way because of its ambition and scope,” said Masterson, who grew up in Johnson’s home state of Texas. “LBJ’s life ambition was to be president and in this play, we see how a deeply flawed and complicated man made the Civil Rights Act happen—which no one thought could be done—and it continues to be part of our national discussion to this day.”

Hugo Armstrong portrays LBJ. At SCR, he was in the 2016 Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Little Black Shadows by Kemp Powers; his television and film credits include “NCIS,” “Stitchers,” Coherence and 2017’s Lucky.

Larry Bates portrays Martin Luther King Jr. At SCR, he has appeared in Abundance by Beth Henley and in Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks; his television and film credits include “Bones” and Lions for Lambs.

Bates and Armstrong are two of the 18 actors bringing to life more than 60 historical figures, including FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, Sen. Hubert Humphrey, Lady Bird Johnson, Coretta Scott King and Washington Post Publisher Katharine Graham. The cast for All the Way also includes Matthew Arkin, Jordan Bellow, Robert Curtis Brown, JD Cullum, Gregg Daniel, Nike Doukas, Bo Foxworth , Lynn Gallagher, Christian Henley, Hal Landon Jr., Tracey A. Leigh, Jeff Marlow, Rosney Mauger, William Francis McGuire, Larry John Meyers and Darin Singleton.

The design and creative team includes Ralph Funicello, scenic design; Holly Poe Durban, costume design; Jaymi Lee Smith, lighting design; Charles Coes, sound design; Nathan A. Roberts, original music and sound designer; Shawn Sagady, projection design; and Joanne DeNaut, CSA, casting. The production manager is Joshua Marchesi and the stage manager is Kathryn Davies.

All the Way has generous support from the family of Hal Schultz, Honorary Producers; US Bank, Corporate Honorary Producer; and KPCC 89.3, media sponsor.

Tickets start at $22. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 25 years of age and under, fulltime educators, seniors and groups of 10 or more. For complete information, visit: www.scr.org.


Related Information for All the Way

Tickets: May be purchased online at www.scr.org, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or by visiting the Box Office at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Performances run Sept. 2-Oct. 2. Ticket prices start at $22. Low-priced previews run Sept. 2-8.

Performance Dates, Times

  • Previews run Sept. 2-8
    Note: Friday, Sept. 9, is an invitation-only performance.
    • Friday and Saturday, Sept. 2-3, at 8 p.m.
    • Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 4, 6 and 7, at 7:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, Sept. 8, at 8 p.m.
  • Regular performances run Sept. 10-Oct. 2
    Note: There are no Monday performances.
    • Evening Performances:
      • Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Sept. Sept. 11, 13 and 14; Sept. Sept. 18, 20 and 21; and Sept. 25, 27 and 28, at 7:30 p.m.
      • Thursdays-Saturdays, Sept. 15-17; Sept. 22-24; and Sept. 29-Oct. 1, at 8 p.m.
  • Matinees:
    • Saturdays-Sundays, Sept. 10-11; Sept. 17-18; Sept. 24-25; and Oct. 1-2, at 2:30 p.m.
    • ASL-interpreted: Saturday, Oct. 1, at 2:30 p.m.

Special Events

  • Post-Show Discussions: Wednesday, Sept. 14, and Tuesday, Sept. 20. Discuss the play with cast members of All the Way during free post-show discussions led by South Coast Repertory’s literary team. Segerstrom Stage.
  • Inside the Season: Saturday, Sept. 17, from, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Led by members of SCR’s literary staff, this lively two-hour session includes in-depth interviews with cast members and artists from the production staff, revealing secrets and offering insights into SCR’s production of All the Way.  Segerstrom Stage. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased in advance or at the door.

Location: South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, at the Bristol Street/Avenue of the Arts exit off the San Diego (405) Freeway in the David Emmes/Martin Benson Theatre Center, part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Parking is available on Park Center Drive, off Anton Boulevard.

Upcoming Productions: District Merchants by Aaron Posner, Oct. 2-23; Destiny of Desire by Karen Zacarías, Oct. 14-Nov. 13; Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Robert Kauzlaric and George Howe, Nov. 4-20 (Theatre for Young Audiences); and A Christmas Carol adapted by Jerry Patch, Nov. 25-Dec. 24. More information is available at www.scr.org.


ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson, is led by Artistic Director Marc Masterson and Managing Director Paula Tomei. SCR is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program, which includes the nation’s largest commissioning program for emerging and established writers. Of SCR’s 5​10 productions, one-quarter have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio. www.scr.org