While The Great Society is certainly a historical drama about Lyndon B. Johnson’s tumultuous presidency during the Vietnam War and civil rights movement, it’s also a passionate call for modern Americans to engage with their role as citizens. To honor both of those facets, The Great Society‘s team and AKA partnered with several voter mobilization organizations to bring the vote to Broadway.
Beginning with a kickoff event on August 27, a mock voting booth was installed in Broadway’s Vivian Beaumont Theater, where The Great Society will officially open on October 1. Audiences are invited to vote for any Democratic or Republican candidate who is currently running for president, with results posted on social media each week. While these results will naturally be non-binding, partners like FairVote, Motivote, NYC Votes, and the NAACP will provide information about voting in upcoming elections, and in-theater voter registration tables will be staffed several times throughout the run.
This initiative — which was covered by NY1, amNY, Playbill, Broadway World, the Broadway Briefing, any many others — is inspired by the Voting Rights Act, whose 1965 passage into law is a focus of The Great Society. It’s a reminder that the issues in the play not only make for great drama, but also impact the lives of everyone in the United States.