All the Way was recently selected as the inaugural winner of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama. The honor recognizes plays that are inspired by American history.
The play was commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle. Rauch serves as the artistic director of OSF, which premiered the play in 2012.
Here's how it's billed: "1963. An assassin’s bullet catapults Lyndon Baines Johnson into the presidency. A Shakespearean figure of towering ambition and appetite, the charismatic, conflicted Texan hurls himself into Civil Rights legislation, throwing the country into turmoil. Alternately bullying and beguiling, he enacts major social programs, faces down opponents and wins the 1964 election in a landslide. But in faraway Vietnam, a troublesome conflict looms. In the Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright’s vivid dramatization of LBJ’s first year in office, means versus ends plays out on a broad stage canvas as politicians and civil rights leaders plot strategy and wage war."