When morning-after gossip about privileged Davis and ambitious Leigh turns ugly, self-interest collides with the truth and the resulting storm of ambiguity makes it hard to discern just who’s a victim, who’s a predator, and who’s a Future Leader of America. All that’s certain is the veneer of loyalty and friendship is stripped back, what’s revealed is a vicious jungle of sexual politics, raw ambition, and class warfare where only the strong could possibly survive.
“Lord of the Flies with Smartphones”, “…a take no prisoners indictment of the young men and women poised to inherit the earth…” Ben Brantley, The New York Times
“Gripping. This provocative drama displays a crackling intensity” – The Hollywood Reporter
(Winner of the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play)
Author: Paul Downs Colaizzo
Director: David Rzeszutek
Audience: Rated R for strong language, sexually mature themes
Cast List: Really Really Cast List (121kB)
A multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force, Assassins combines Sondheim's signature blend of intelligently stunning lyrics and beautiful music with a panoramic story of our nation's culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it, embodied by America's four successful and five would-be presidential assassins. Bold, original, disturbing, and alarmingly funny, Assassins is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written.
Assassins lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States, in a one-act historical "revusical" that explores the dark side of the American experience. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, writers Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman bend the rules of time and space, taking us on a nightmarish roller coaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream.
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by John Weidman
Director: Richard B. Roberts, Jr.
Musical Direction by: Kevin Simons and Brandon Haskett
Audience: 13+ for language and violence
Cast List: Assassins Cast List (70kB)