Forces at Work in "Assassins"
At MCCC's Kelsey Theatre July 24-Aug. 2
Productions explores the nightmarish underbelly of the American
dream in "Assassins" at Mercer County Community
College's Kelsey Theatre. Dates and show times for this Tony Award
winning musical are: Fridays, July 24 and 31 at 8 p.m., Saturdays,
July 25 and Aug. 1 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, July 26 and Aug. 2 at
2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college's West
Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the
cast and crew follows the opening night performance on July 24.
With Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman combining forces on a compelling
musical score, this one-act play traces the cultural and musical
history of the United States through the lives - and deaths - of
some of its most notorious figures: the nine men and women who have
attempted, with various degrees of success, to murder a president.
a series of darkly funny vignettes depicting hypothetical interactions
among the assassins, Sondheim and Weidman freely mix past and present
as they ask a question that is central to American values: If everybody's
got the right to be happy, what do you do if you're not? The revue-style
musical sets a sinister tone from its opening number, "Everybody's
Got the Right," with a carnival barker encouraging the crowd
to step up and kill one of the presidents depicted on his revolving
cast of "Assassins" includes Kyrus (center); headshots,
top row from left, Hilary Goldman, John Zimmerman, Tom Bessellieu,
William Kamps and Jacob Porter; bottom row from left, Jennifer DeVenio,
Sean Downing, and Paul Lasky. Photo by Kresimir Juraga.
opening off-Broadway in 1991, where it played for 73 performances, "Assassins"
debuted on Broadway in 2004 in a Roundabout Theater Company production.
The show won five Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical and
Best Direction of a Musical. "Assassins" also won three 2004
Drama Desk awards.
The cast includes: Tom Bessellieu as Samuel Joseph Byck, Jennifer Devenio
as Sara Jane Moore, Sean Downing as Leon Frank Czolgosz, Hilary Goldman
as Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, Williams Kamps as John Wilkes Booth,
Kyrus as the Balladeer, Paul Lasky as John Hinckley Jr., Jacob Porter
as Giuseppe Zangara, Andrew Young as the Proprietor, and John Zimmerman
as Charles Julius Guiteau. The show is directed by Frank Ferrara, with
musical direction by Nick Cheng and choreography by Jill Potash.
Tickets for "Assassins" are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors,
and $12 for students and children. Due to some potentially objectionable
language and very strong adult content, this production is not recommended
for children under the age of 13. Tickets
may be purchased online
or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Free parking is available
next to the theater. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible and provides
assisted listening devices upon request.
final show in the Kelsey Theatre Summer Series is "Musical of Musicals:
The Musical!" from Aug. 14-Aug. 23. Series subscriptions for the
2009-10 season go on sale July 6.
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For more on events at Kelsey Theatre visit:
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