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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 yalerep@yale.edu.

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.

The Artists

Creative Team

John Weidman

“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

Book Writer

Stephen Sondheim

“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

James Bundy

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


Cast Members

Stanley BahorekStanley Bahorek

Giuseppe Zangara

Stephen DeRosaStephen DeRosa

Charles Guiteau

Lucas DixonLucas Dixon

John Hinckley

Austin DurantAustin Durant


Dylan FrederickDylan Frederick

Balladeer, Lee Harvey Oswald

P.J. GriffithP.J. Griffith

Leon Czolgosz

Richard R. HenryRichard R. Henry

Samuel Byck

Stephen HumesStephen Humes

Understudy Balladeer, Lee Harvey Oswald, Bystander

Fred InkleyFred Inkley

James Blaine, President Gerald Ford, Bystander

Robert LenziRobert Lenzi

John Wilkes Booth

Lauren MolinaLauren Molina

Lynnete "Squeaky" Fromme

Julia MurneyJulia Murney

Sara Jane Moore

Brian Ray NorrisBrian Ray Norris

David Herold, President James Garfield, Bystander

Sana "Prince" SarrSana "Prince" Sarr

Billy, Bystander

Liz WisanLiz Wisan

Emma Goldman, Bystander