WITH A STYLISH Stephen Sondheim score and a provocative book by John Weidman, Assassins brings to the stage a shooting gallery of some of history’s most notorious players — the men and women who attempted to kill American presidents.
This striking drama looks at the lives, loves and lunacy of nine American assassins, including John Wilkes Booth, John Hinckley, Lee Harvey Oswald and Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme.
Both serious and satirical, the musical asks what hunger drove these people to their actions and what binds them all together. And is that drive what makes them quintessentially American?
Assassins first appeared off-Broadway in 1991, and the cast included standouts Victor Garber, Terrence Mann, Patrick Cassidy, Debra Monk, Greg Germann, and Annie Golden.
Bullet Theatre Company is an ensemble of young actors from Central Jersey pursuing a mission to bring socially meaningful theatre to our local stages.
“While watching Assassins, a new musical by Stephen Sondheim and directed by Ray Rackham, I was thinking how in the world was I never shown this in my US history class? It would have made it that much more interesting and fun!” — WhatCulture
“Sondheim and Weidman attack American solipsism with a vengeance. The notion that you can do anything you want — ignoring consequences to others — has been encouraged by hundreds of self-help philosophers and in plenty of musical theater numbers. Yet look what it leads to here.” — Los Angeles Times