Political intrigue takes center stage at Actors’ Playhouse in the Tony Award-winning drama All The Way by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan.This riveting behind-the-scenes look at President Lyndon B. Johnson’s (LBJ) tumultuous first year in office in the wake of President Kennedy’s assassination has earned accolades from audiences and critics alike, from its start at Oregon Shakespeare Festival to its powerful Broadway run and most recent HBO Films adaptation starring four-time Emmy® winner Bryan Cranston. This limited engagement production that will run March 22 – April 9, 2017 at the Miracle Theatre.
All the Way follows LBJ during his early administration, as he stakes his presidency on what would be a historic, unprecedented Civil Rights Act. Johnson finds himself caught between the moral imperative of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the expectations of the southern Democratic Party leaders who brought Johnson to power. As King battles to press Johnson while controlling more radical elements of the Civil Rights movement, Johnson navigates the bill through Congress, winning a landslide victory against Barry Goldwater, but causing the South to defect from the Democratic Party.
Director David Arisco will lead a group discussion with special guest Dr. Marvin Dunn before the performance on Friday, March 31, 2017 at 7 p.m. as part of the company’s “Second Fridays” series. Dr. Dunn, a native Floridian, is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at Florida International University. He co-authored “The Miami Riot of 1980: Crossing the Bounds” with Bruce Porter and “Black Miami in the Twentieth Century” (1997), “The Beast in Florida: A History of Anti-Black Violence” (2012) and “A History of Florida: Through Black Eyes” (2016). He has directed three documentary films: “Black Seminoles in the Bahamas: The Red Bays Story,” “Murder on the Suwannee River: The Willie James Howard Story” and “Uncovering Rosewood.” Dr. Dunn is a respected scholar in race and ethnic relations, and has appeared on numerous national television broadcasts and has been published in major newspapers throughout the country.
The show will open on Friday, March 24 at 8 p.m. and play through April 9, 2017. Evening performances will be held Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., with afternoon matinees on Sunday at 3 p.m. A special weekday matinee is scheduled on Wednesday, March 29 at 2 p.m.Tickets for weeknights and matinees are $57, and on Friday and Saturday evenings $64. The theatre offers 10 percent off all weekday performances for seniors and $15 student rush tickets to any performance 15 minutes prior to curtain with identification. Discounts are based on availability. Group discounted rates are offered for 15 or more through our group sales department. Single tickets may be purchased through the box office at 305-444-9293 or online at www.actorsplayhouse.org.
This event is made possible with the support of Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, and the Miami Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners for Major Cultural Institutions, and is sponsored in part by the State of Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts & Culture, with support of the City of Coral Gables, and the following sponsors: Azamara Club Cruises, Bacardi U.S.A., NBC 6 South Florida and WPBT2.
Actors’ Playhouse is the nonprofit resident theatre company and managing agent of the historic Miracle Theatre on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. Actors’ Playhouse, which has brought home 87 regional Carbonell Awards for artistic excellence, is a Florida Presenting Cultural Organization and one of 13 major cultural institutions in Miami-Dade County. In addition to its Mainstage season, Actors’ Playhouse offers a year-round season of Musical Theatre for Young Audiences, a Theatre Conservatory and Summer Camp Program, as well as educational arts outreach programs for underserved youth, and has initiated a Young Talent Big Dreams contest for children in partnership with The Children’s Trust. www.actorsplayhouse.org