The first preview isn’t until next week, and the play doesn’t open until July 27, but already part 2 of Robert Schenkkan’s LBJ epic, THE GREAT SOCIETY, is selling out down at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
I just took a look through the end of August, and there are very few tickets left.
Call it the Tony effect. Or call it what happens when playwrights tackle subjects the audience is hungry to hear about.
So if you’re thinking you might just wait until it opens and see how the reviews are – watch out. Assuming it gets good reviews, the show could easily sell out in entirety. Poof. Given the success of ALL THE WAY, part 1 of the cycle which opened at OSF in 2012, there is a huge amount of interest in this follow on play. And as far as subject matter, part 2 does sound the more interesting piece.
So don’t miss being part of American theatre history. See the world premiere of THE GREAT SOCIETY right here in Ashland where they made it.
Remember, if you miss it at OSF, you’ll also have the chance to see both parts of the cycle (simultaneously in rep) in December at Seattle Rep.
That sounds like a pretty good consolation prize.