Roslyn Ruff, who recently completed her run in Broadway’s Romeo and Juliet, will play Martin Luther King, Jr.’s wife Coretta Scott King and Fannie Lou Hamer in the Broadway transfer of Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way. Ruff will step in for Crystal A. Dickinson, who originally played the roles in the drama’s run at A.R.T. in Cambridge, MA. Directed by Bill Rauch, All the Way is slated to begin previews February 10, 2014 at the Neil Simon Theatre. Opening night is set for March 6.
In addition to Romeo and Juliet, Ruff appeared in Fences on Broadway. Her off-Broadway credits include The Piano Lesson, Things of Dry Hours, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Macbeth, Seven Guitars and The Cherry Orchard. Her film and TV credits include Masters of Sex, The Big C, A Gifted Man, The Good Wife, The Sopranos, The Help, Salt, Life During Wartime and Rachel Getting Married.
Ruff joins previously announced Emmy winner Bryan Cranston as Lyndon B. Johnson, Michael McKean as J. Edgar Hoover, Brandon J. Dirden as Martin Luther King, Jr., Rob Campbell as Governor George Wallace and Tony nominee John McMartin as Richard Russell.
Beginning with the Kennedy assassination, All the Way details the first year of Johnson’s presidency, focusing on his involvement with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The play opens on Air Force One on November 23, 1963, as the plane transports the body of President Kennedy back to Washington, D.C., and Johnson summons his courage to take on the role of commander in chief.