JOURNEY THROUGH THE DARK SIDE OF THE AMERICAN DREAM
NOMINATED FOR 4 LUCILLE LORTEL AWARDS, 3 DRAMA DESK AWARDS AND 6 OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS, INCLUDING OUTSTANDING REVIVAL!
November 2, 2021-January 23, 2022
at the Lynn F. Angelson Theater
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY STEPHEN SONDHEIM
BOOK BY JOHN WEIDMAN
from an idea by Charles Gilbert Jr.
DIRECTED BY JOHN DOYLE
A year and a half after its planned debut, CSC is proud to present its much-anticipated production of Assassins. A journey through the dark side of the American dream, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Tony-winning musical Assassins explores the lives of nine men and women who either killed (or tried to kill) one of the Presidents of the United States. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald and beyond, the stories of our country’s most successful and would-be assassins intersect in unexpected ways, creating a powerful, yet unnervingly funny look at some of the most shocking moments in US history.
This production runs about 105 minutes without an intermission, and contains explicit language and mature content. All guns used during this performance are replicas that were provided, checked, and rendered inoperable by a weapon’s specialist for the safety of our artists and audiences. All gunshot sound effects are pre-recorded.
NOMINATED FOR 4 LUCILLE LORTEL AWARDS
CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM
Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) wrote the music and lyrics for Saturday Night, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Anyone Can Whistle, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, The Frogs, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Assassins and Passion as well as the lyrics for West Side Story, Gypsy and Do I Hear A Waltz? For films, he composed music for Stavisky and songs for Reds and Dick Tracy. He has been awarded eight Tonys, the Pulitzer Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Kennedy Center Honors and an Academy Award. His collected lyrics with attendant essays have been published in two volumes: Finishing the Hat and Look, I Made A Hat. In 2010 the Broadway theater formerly known as Henry Miller’s Theatre was renamed in his honor.
John Weidman (book) has written the books for a wide variety of musicals, among them Pacific Overtures, Assassins and Road Show, all with scores by Stephen Sondheim; Contact, co-created with director/choreographer Susan Stroman; Happiness, score by Scott Frankel and Michael Korie; Take Flight and Big, scores by Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire; the new book, co-authored with Timothy Crouse, for the Lincoln Center Theater/Roundabout Theatre/National Theatre revivals of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes, and Arrabal, score by Gustavo Santaolalla, directed and co-choreographed by Sergio Trujillo. He is currently working on a musical adaptation of the movie Norma Rae with composer/lyricists Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal. When his children were pre-schoolers, Weidman began writing for Sesame Street, receiving more than a dozen Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Children’s Program. From 1999 to 2009 he served as President of the Dramatists Guild of America.
John Doyle (director) is the Artistic Director of CSC.
John Doyle, Direction/Set Design
Ann Hould-Ward, Costume Design
Jane Cox and Tess James, Lighting Design
Matt Stine and Sam Kusnetz, Sound Design
Steve Channon, Projection Design
Charles G. LaPointe, Wig Design
Greg Jarrett, Music Supervisor / Orchestrations
The Telsey Office, Rebecca Scholl, CSA, Casting
Bernita Robinson, Production Stage Manager
Hollace Jeffords, Assistant Stage Manager
YOUR SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY
Please be advised that we are following state mandates for the safety and comfort of all who attend our shows. All patrons will be required to present proof of full vaccination and wear a face mask at all times within the theater building.