“The Great Society” now playing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Recently we were privileged to join an audience of OSF volunteers at the Music Hall on the campus of Southern Oregon University for an evening with Bill Rauch, Robert Schenkkan and Tom Bryant. They talked about the Broadway production of “All the Way” and the new sequel to All the Way, Robert Schenkkan’s new work “The Great Society”.
This play will be just as powerful and tumultuous as All the Way. In The Great Society, we start from LBJ’s landslide victory in 1965 until 1968. We see how Lyndon Johnson has to come to grips with the increasingly unpopular Vietnam War, and how he is able to push through great legislation such as the Voting Rights Act and Medicare.
Jack Willis again reprises his role as LBJ, and Kenajaun Bentleyas Dr. Martin Luther King. The cast is still in rehearsals, guided by Bill Rauch as Director and Robert Schenkkan, they are getting ready for the world premier opening on July 23rd.
We are so excited to see The Great Society, to revisit the 1960’s and to remember what Lyndon Johnson and Martin Luther King fought for. and what they achieved in difficult times in our history.