March 17–April 08, 2017
Book by John Weidman
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by James Bundy
University Theatre, 222 York Street
United in states of disillusionment and alienation, nine men and women emerge from the shadows of the 19th and 20th centuries to take what they believe is their best—and only—shot at the American Dream. Fueled by our national populism in politics and in song, this Tony Award-winning musical masterpiece is a bone-chilling thrill ride through U.S. history.
Assassins is the second of Yale Rep’s two 2016–17 WILL POWER! productions. The run includes 10:15AM performances on April 4 and 6, 2017, available only to high school groups. For information on WILL POWER! performances, please contact Roger-Paul Snell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contains live gunshots, strobe lights, herbal cigarette smoke, haze, and moments of graphic violence. Please contact the Box Office at 203.432.1234 if you have further questions about the themes or content of this production.
Assassins is based on an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr.
Playwrights Horizons, Inc., New York City, produced Assassins Off-Broadway in 1990.
First Broadway Production, 2004, Roundabout Theatre Company, Todd Haimes, Artistic Director.
“What’s provocative and upsetting and disturbing is the lives they led up to that point and what those lives reveal. The appalling and horrifying acts with which they ended their journeys [are] like tickets of admission into the show.”John Weidman
“How could one inconsequential angry little man cause such universal grief and anguish? More important, why would he? That’s what Assassins is about.”Stephen Sondheim
Composer and Lyricist
“Assassins is visionary, funny, provocative, and soulful. The singular achievement of John Weidman and Stephen Sondheim’s great work is to reveal consequences and contradictions of the American Dream, while giving compelling contemporary voice to history’s outcasts. To the creators’ credit, this musical—written a quarter of a century ago—has never seemed more timely.”James Bundy
- Andrea grodyMusic Director
- Matthew ConwayProduction Dramaturg
- Daniel SchlosbergAssociate Music Director
- Lynda A. H. PaulProduction Dramaturg
- David DorfmanMusical Staging
- Steph WaaserTechnical Director
- Riccardo HernandezScenic Designer
- Ron CarlosDialect Coach
- Ilona SomogyiCostume Designer
- Rick SordeletFight Director
- Yi ZhaoLighting Designer
- Tara Rubin Casting, Laura Schutzel, CSACasting Director
- Charles CoesSound Designer
- Paula R. ClarksonStage Manager
- Nathan A. RobertsSound Designer
- Shelby NorthAssistant Stage Manager
- Michael CommendatoreProjection Designer
Balladeer, Lee Harvey Oswald
Understudy Balladeer, Lee Harvey Oswald, Bystander
James Blaine, President Gerald Ford, Bystander
John Wilkes Booth
Lynnete "Squeaky" Fromme
Sara Jane Moore
David Herold, President James Garfield, Bystander
Emma Goldman, Bystander