The Great Society
by Robert Schenkkan
directed by Bill Rauch
in partnership with Oregon Shakespeare Festival
World premiere. The minute you gain power, you start to lose it. In his second term of office, LBJ struggles to fight a war on poverty as the war in Vietnam spins out of control. Besieged by opponents, Johnson marshals all his political wiles to try to pass some of the most important social programs in U.S. history. Commissioned by Seattle Rep, Robert Schenkkan’s The Great Society depicts the larger-than-life politician’s tragic fall from grace, as his accomplishments—the passage of hundreds of bills to enact reform in civil and voting rights, poverty, and education—are overshadowed by the bitter failure of the Vietnam War.
The Great Society is complemented by its companion piece, the Tony Award winning All the Way, depicting LBJ’s first term in office. Tickets on sale now.
All the Way
- Run time is approximately three hours and ten minutes with two intermissions.
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Holiday Food Drive
Be a part of a Great Society. Bring non-perishable food items to the theatre, and stock the Queen Anne Food Bank for the holiday season