Meet the cast: Mike Hartman of 'All the Way'

Mike Hartman Benediction, Photo by Jennifer M. Koskinen.Mike Hartman last year completed the ‘Plainsong Trilogy’ of plays written by Eric Schmiedl from the books by Kent Haruf with ‘Benediction.’ Photo by Jennifer M. Koskinen.

Rep. Howard “Judge” Smith, Sen. Everett Dirkesen and Gov. Carl Sanders in All the Way

Mike HartmanAt the DCPA Theatre Company: 17 seasons, including Benediction, Death of a Salesman, Other Desert Cities, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Great Wall Story, To Kill A Mockingbird, Superior Donuts, The Catch, Eventide, A Raisin in the Sun, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Richard III, Glengarry Glen Ross, Plainsong, You Can’t Take It With You, A Christmas Carol, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, King Lear, Season’s Greetings, All My Sons, Dirty Story, The Grapes of Wrath. Broadway: The Grapes of Wrath, The Kentucky Cycle, Sherlock Holmes. Other Theatres: cowboyily (Creede Rep), The People’s Temple (Guthrie), Cleveland Play House ( eight seasons), Cincinnati Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Center Stage, Kennedy Center, Geva Playhouse, Virginia Stage.

  • Mike Hartman quoteHometown: Dayton, Ohio, but I’ve lived in New York since 1975 and spent much of the past 17 years in Denver.
  • Training: Otterbein University
  • What was the role that changed your life: I played four roles, including one of the Narrators, in Steppenwolf Theatre’s production of The Grapes of Wrath. The production won the Tony Award for best play. I got the part from an Equity open call. I was one of  600 actors who auditioned. That made me realize I had to do everything I could on  my end, and then let it go.
  • Why are you an actor? I became an actor after studying for the ministry. I started having more religious experiences in the theatre than in the church. Also: There were a lot of pretty girls.
  • What would you be doing for a career if you weren’t an actor? I would be a forest ranger. I love the woods and nature. We have a place in the Catskills that I wander in the woods with my dog, Jack the wonder dog. 
  • Jimmy StewartIdeal scene partner: Jimmy Stewart. He’s my favorite.
  • Why does All the Way matter? Because we know so little about history and how things happen to be the way they are.
  • What do you hope the audience gets out of it? All the Way is an historical perspective of the lives of LBJ and MLK, the men. We are not perfect. We do the best we can. This is a play about ideals.
  • Finish this sentence: “All I want is …”
    “… for all of us to be able to look at people with love in our hearts and see them for who they are. Not black, white, women, men, different religions, gay or straight. But humans struggling to survive. … I also want another Baltimore Orioles World Series championship before I die.” 

All The Way: Ticket information

  • By Robert Schenkkan
  • Jan. 29-Feb. 28
  • Stage Theatre
  • Called a “jaw-dropping political drama” by Variety, this 2014 Best Play Tony-winner vividly portrays the groundbreaking steps taken by President Lyndon Baines Johnson and Martin Luther King Jr. – to pass the Civil Rights Act.
  • Tickets: 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE

    Here’s a ‘Meet the cast’ video we did with Mike Hartman when he was appearing in ‘Death of a Salesman.’

    Previous NewsCenter coverage of All the Way
    Video: Cast reads from Civil Rights Act
    Five ways you don’t have to connect the dots ‘All the Way’ to today
    Full casting announced
    Official show page
    DCPA Theatre Company giddily going down rabbit hole in 2015-16

    Previous 2015-16 ‘Meet the Cast’ profiles:

    Meet Adeoye of Lookingglass Alice and All the Way
    Meet Kevin Berntson of The Nest
    Meet J. Paul Boehmer of As You Like It
    Meet Molly Brennan of Lookingglass Alice
    Meet Courtney Capek of A Christmas Carol
    Meet Brian D. Coats of The Nest
    Meet Tad Cooley of Tribes
    Meet Paul DeBoy of All the Way
    Meet Allen Dorsey of A Christmas Carol
    Meet Kevin Douglas of Lookingglass Alice
    Meet Napoleon M. Douglas of A Christmas Carol
    Meet Brian Dykstra of The Nest
    Meet Isabel Ellison of Tribes
    Meet Kate Finch of Tribes
    Meet Ella Galaty of A Christmas Carol
    Meet Ben Heil of A Christmas Carol
    Meet Carolyn Holding of As You Like It
    Meet Drew Horwitz of As You Like It
    Meet Maurice Jones of As You Like It
    Meet Geoffrey Kent of As You Like It and All the Way
    Meet Emily Kron of As You Like It
    Meet Nick LaMedica of As You Like It
    Meet Andrew Pastides of Tribes
    Meet Shannan Steele of A Christmas Carol
    Meet Carly Street of The Nest
    Meet Samuel Taylor of Lookingglass Alice
    Meet Lindsey Noel Whiting of Lookingglass Alice
    Meet Jake Williamson  of A Christmas Carol
    Meet Matt Zambrano of As You Like It

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