The Great Society


Robert Schenkkan’s Tony Award-winning play All the Way set the stage for President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s sudden ascent to the White House. In its D.C. premiere, The Great Society brings the second half of Schenkkan’s epic story to its harrowing conclusion. As America is divided by civil rights protests and the anguish of the Vietnam War, LBJ struggles to maintain his relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., keep his political opponents in check and complete a raft of impossibly ambitious social policy projects. Jack Willis reprises his “stunning performance” (Broadway World) in this political thrill ride that explores the America of our past to better understand the America of today.

Presented by Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

Show Type
Running Time
180 minutes
(1 Intermission)
Appropriate For All Ages Price Ranges
$60 - $120

Discount Tickets Available

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Box Office Phone: 202-488-3300

Schedule Open/Close Dates: 02/02/2018 - 03/11/2018
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Important Dates


  • 02/17/2018 - 2:00pm

Open Caption

  • 02/28/2018 - 7:30pm
  • 03/01/2018 - 8:00pm
  • 03/10/2018 - 2:00pm
Performer Role
Jack Willis President Lyndon Baines Johnson
Elliott Bales Adam Walinsky / General Westmoreland / Colonel Al Lingo / Gardner Ackley
Desmond Bing Bob Moses / Hosea Williams / Ronald Frye / Father Clements
Deonna Bouye Coretta Scott King / Sally Childress
JaBen A Early tokely Carmichael / John Lewis
Gary-Kayi Fletcher James Bevel / Jimmie Lee Jackson
Cameron Folmar Governor George Wallace / Richard Nixon / Clark Clifford
Megan Graves Pat Nixon / Waitress / Sheriff’s Auxiliary
Richmond Hoxie J. Edgar Hoover
Lawrence Redmond Hubert Humphrey
Susan Rome Lady Bird Johnson
John Scherer Robert F. Kennedy
Stephen F Schmidt Senator Everett Dirksen / Deke Deloach / Sheriff Jim Clark
Craig Wallace Ralph Abernathy / Reverend Dobynes / Rep. Adam Clayton Powell
Andrew Weems Mayor Richard Daley / General Wheeler / Norman Morrison / Dr. Appel
Tom Wiggin Robert McNamara / Rep. Wilbur Mills / Stanley Levison / Seymore Trammel
Bowman Wright Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Production Personnel
Robert Schenkkan
Kyle Donnelly
Costume Designer
Nan Cibula-Jenkins
Set Designer
Kate Edmunds
Sound Designer
David Van Tieghem
Lighting Designer
Nancy Schertler
Projections/Media Designer
Aaron Rhyne
Joe Isenberg - Fight Director


Arena Stage - The Fichandler Stage
1101 Sixth Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
About the Venue:
The Fichandler Stage stands as the iconic, original theater space, with its epic, in-the-round auditorium and steeply raked seating tiers. The spirit of the Fichandler is celebrated in this 683-seat venue where patrons are never more than eight rows away from the stage, allowing the entire audience to be closer to the stage than ever before.

Getting There

  • Waterfront-SEU (Green Line)


  • Street parking
  • Paid garages


  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.
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