Robert Schenkkan, former Plan II student and UT Alum, Wins Tony for "All the Way"
Posted: June 11, 2014
Robert Schenkkan, a Plan II Honors student who received a B.A. in Drama from the University of Texas at Austin, won the 2014 Tony Award for best new play. Schenkkan is a Pulitzer-prize winning, Writer's Guild Award winning, Tony-nominated, two-time Emmy nominated writer of stage, television, and film. He is the author of twelve original full-length plays, two musicals, and a collection of one-act plays. He co-wrote the feature film, The Quiet American and his television credits include The Pacific, The Andromeda Strain and Spartacus.
His play All the Way, about the behind-the-scenes political maneuvering of President Lyndon Baines Johnson to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964, premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival on July 28, 2012. Schenkkan describes this work as a play about "the morality of politics and power." All the Way also won the 2012 ATCA/Steinberg Award for Best Play and the inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by History. It opened in Boston at the American Repertory Theater on September 19, 2013 starring Bryan Cranston and sold out its entire run. The play had its Broadway premiere on March 6, 2014 at the Neil Simon Theater, and was awarded the Tony for Best Play just two months later, with Cranston also winning a Tony of his own for his performance as LBJ. A sequel, titled The Great Society, will premiere at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the summer of 2014.