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The Great Society

December 5, 2014 - January 4, 2014

Bagley Wright Theater

The minute you gain power, you start to lose it. Robert Schenkkan’s second installation of the LBJ plays depicts the larger-than-life politician’s tragic fall from grace, as his legislative war on poverty is overshadowed by the escalation of the Vietnam War.

Cast and Production

Cast

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Kenajuan Bentley

Stokely Carmichael/John Lewis/Ensemble

Wayne Carr

Sen. Robert F. Kennedy/Charles Robb/Ensemble

Danforth Comins

J. Edgar Hoover/Ensemble

Richard Elmore

Vice President Hubert Humphrey/Ensemble

Peter Frechette

Gov. George Wallace/Sherriff Jim Clark/Richard M. Nixon/ John McCone/Norman Morrison/Ensemble

Jonathan Haugen

Sen. Everett Dirksen/“Deke” DeLoach/Colonel Al Lingo/Clark Clifford/Ensemble

Michael J. Hume

James Bevel/Jimmie Lee Jackson/Ensemble

Reginald André Jackson

Bob Moses/Rev. Dobynes/Hosea Williams/Marquette Frye/Ensemble

Kevin Kenerly

Sally Childress/Coretta Scott King/Ensemble

Bakesta King

Lady Bird Johnson/Ensemble

Terri McMahon

Robert McNamara/Rep. Wilbur Mills/Ensemble

Mark Murphey

Adam Walinsky/General William Westmoreland/Seymore Trammel/Stanley Levison/Gardner Ackley/Ensemble

Michael Patten

Sherriff’s Auxiliary/Muriel Humphrey/Lynda Bird Johnson/Pat Nixon/Ensemble

Caroline Shaffer

President Lyndon Baines Johnson

Jack Willis

Rev. Ralph Abernathy/Rep. Adam Clayton Powell/Ensemble

Tyrone Wilson

Dr. James Z. Appel/Richard J. Daley/General Earle Wheeler/Ensemble

Michael Winters

Understudy: Robert McNamara/Rep. Wilbur Mills/Ensemble

Peter Lohnes

Understudy: President Lyndon Baines Johnson

Mark Murphey

Understudy: Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Reginald André Jackson

Production

Scenic Designer

Christopher Acebo

Costume Designer

Deborah M. Dryden

Lighting Designer

David Weiner

Projection & Video Designer

Shawn Sagady

Composer & Sound Designer

Paul James Prendergast

Dramaturg

Tom Bryant

Associate Costume Designer

Sarah Smith

Fight Director

U. Jonathan Toppo

Associate Director

Nicole A. Watson

Voice & Text Director

Rebecca Clark Carey