The Great Society: Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s LBJ Saga Continues

Jul 17, 2014

The Rev. Martin Luther King (Kenajuan Bentley) and President Lyndon Johnson (Jack Willis) are key players in "The Great Society," OSF's newest play about LBJ's tumultuous presidency.
Credit Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Last month, the Tony Award for Best Play went to “All The Way,” a look at Lyndon Johnson’s sudden rise to the presidency and his push to pass the landmark Civil Rights Acts of 1964.

The play – written by Robert Schenkken and directed by Bill Rauch -- premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, before going on to Broadway.

Next week, the sequel – “The Great Society” – opens at OSF. Jefferson Public Radio'’s Liam Moriarty spoke with Bill Rauch and got a preview of the next chapter in this historical saga.

A warning … this contains language some may find offensive.