“Hey pal, feeling blue? Don’t know what to do?
Hey pal, I mean you – yeah!
Come here, and kill a President.”
This November 22nd marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of beloved American president John F. Kennedy by unbeloved gunman Lee Harvey Oswald.
In honor of our country’s history (and what happens when we forget it), this November 21st and 22nd the Musical Theatre Club at Purchase College presents to you Assassins, a Sondheim musical about the terrific and terrifying men and women of our great nation who tried to kill the President of the United States.
~ WHAT’S THIS SHOW ABOUT? ~
Bold, original, disturbing, and alarmingly funny, Assassins (composed by Stephen Sondheim and with book by John Weidman) is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written.
This most American of musicals 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.
~ ASSASSINS AT PURCHASE ~
Assassins (the musical) at Purchase College has been put together for your viewing pleasure entirely by Purchase students. Features of this production include:
-> A carnival before the show (opening at 7:00 pm in the lobby of the Dance Theater Lab) – come early to play games and win a prize!
-> Live orchestral music played by students of the music performance conservatories and conducted by musical director and jazz performance student Juno Arreglado.
-> Original sets, lighting, costumes and sound designed by Purchase students.
-> An all-star student cast and crew performing live for your delight and dismay!
~ WHEN AND WHERE AND WHAT ~
Assassins will be performed at 8:00 pm on Thursday November 1st and Friday November 2nd.
The shows will be located in the Dance Theater Lab (in the lower level of the Dance Building).
For our visitors, tickets are only $5! Get your ticket in advance at the link below; guests with pre-purchased tickets will be let into the theatre first so that you can get the best seats in the house!
At 7:00 pm, before the house opens, a carnival fair will be held in the lobby of the theater! Guests are invited to play carnival games (only some of which are rigged), grab some cotton candy or popcorn, and take an all-American picture with one of the Assassins cast members before the show!
~ WHO’S IN IT? ~
Tony Mita as the Balladeer
Chris Loucas as the Proprietor
Billy Manton as John Wilkes Booth
Andrew Jones as Charles Guiteau
John Downey as Leon Czolgosz
Mason McDowell as Giuseppe Zangara
Sheila O’Neill as Squeaky Fromme
Laura Meltzer as Sara Jane Moore
Keith Weiss as Samuel Byck
Alex Ferro as John Hinckley Jr.
Adriana Amaya as Emma Goldman
Cassandra Armstrong, Sara Donnellan, Iris Rogers, Parade Stone, Sebastian Rametta, Matthew Rafanelli, and Sam Stein as the historical characters of the Ensemble
Director: Jesse Penber
Assistant Director: Alexandra Baldwin
Producers: Laura Meltzer and Patrick O’Connor
Music Director and Conductor: Juno Arreglado
Pianist: Sequoia Sellinger
Set Designer: Alexander Whittenberg
Lighting Designer: Nathan Avakian
Costume Designer: Talia Sabag
Film Director: Robin Richardson
Production Stage Manager: Miriam Levenson
Assistant Stage Managers: Taylor Barje and Justin Babbitt
Sponsored by the Purchase College Musical Theatre Club, the SUNY Purchase Events Brigade, and the Purchase Student Government Association.
Assassins is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by John Weidman