"All The Way" will open the new season at American Repertory Theater in Massachusetts, with performances scheduled to begin Sept. 13. The company said that the play dramatizes Johnson's first year in the Oval Office as he deals with the conflict in Vietnam and civil-rights unrest at home.
Schenkkan wrote the play as a commission for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where it was produced in 2012 with a different cast and directed by Bill Rauch, who is artistic director of the Oregon company. Rauch is returning as director of the new production.
The cast will include
Cranston doesn't have many major theater credits to his name, though he began his career on regional stages. (
In 2011, Cranston acted in a radio-play staging of "It's A Wonderful Life" at the Geffen Playhouse, with Annette Bening.
Schenkkan won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for "The Kentucky Cycle."