By the end of The Great Society, you’ll be surprised to learn this political thrill ride was written three short years ago. Timely and all-too relevant today, Robert Schenkkan’s play which has been unedited since its debut at Seattle Repertory Theatre in December of 2014, reflects our not-too-distant past and our all-too-real present.
This is the second of Robert Schenkkan’s LBJ plays exploring Texas’ own political mastermind and his memorable years in the White House. Despite division over the Vietnam War and ongoing civil rights issues, Johnson championed the most ambitious legislative work – an end to poverty and racial injustice, education for all schoolchildren, healthcare for seniors, and voting rights – in his vision of a Great Society. The Great Society examines who we are, asks how we got here, and dreams of how great we could yet become.
Run time: Three hours including two intermissions.
Recommendation: Thirteen and up. Adult language.
Dave Steakley “has presented one of his most powerful productions.” — Austin Chronicle
“a vital study for all those who wish to learn from the past in order to gain some idea of what we might do in the present.”— Austin American-Statesman
“a richly rewarding evening of theatre and history… The Great Society is an important play and a strong tonic to these divisive times in which we live and gets my highest recommendation. This is must see theatre!” — Broadway World
“Impressive in its scope, surprisingly energetic and shines a bright, clear light on a pivotal moment in American history . . . I came away more impressed than I was with All the Way—and, ultimately, more moved.”— The New York Times
“Dynamic. Didactic. Enthralling.” — Seattle Times
The President Waits for No One – Lyndon B. Johnson runs a tight ship, and the show will start promptly on time. If you arrive late, there is a possibility you may not be able to take an available seat until first intermission.
Please note that The Great Society Saturday matinee begins at 2 p.m., earlier than most ZACH matinees.
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