Sunday, July 31, 2011

Assassins: August 10-14

Come see FTW's latest production:

Stephen Sondheim's ASSASSINS

Directed by Jerry Farley

August 10-14, 2011 7:30 pm each evening

The Warehouse Theatre (formerly Children's Community Theatre building)

1000 Monroe Street, Jackson, MS (Corner of Monroe & Moody, just off Fortification)

Full information:

Fondren Theatre Workshop will present the multiple Tony Award-winning Stephen Sondheim musical, ASSASSINS, August 10-14, 2011, at 7:30 p.m.

In an exciting new venture, FTW is being generously sponsored by New Stage Theatre, who is providing performance space in its recently acquired Warehouse Theatre (formerly the Children's Community Theatre building) in Belhaven Heights. The production is directed by Jerry Farley, with production assistance from Miriam Lamar, Richard Lawrence, and Diana Howell. Musical direction is by Tony Moore.

ASSASSINS was first produced Off-Broadway in 1990 by Playwrights Horizons, Inc., followed by a 2004 Broadway production which won five Tony Awards, including Best Revival, and has become a cult favorite among Sondheim afficionados for its unique structure, wry storytelling, and musical complexity. Based on an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr., the book is by John Weidman, with music and lyrics by the incomparable Stephen Sondheim.

Set against the backdrop of a carnival combined with a political grandstand, the show is an anachronistic mash-up featuring revue-style portrayals of successful and would-be assassins of U.S. Presidents told in the musical styles of their own eras. Interweaving biographical details and urban legends, the piece prompts the viewer to consider not only the psychological imbalances and misguided passions of these individuals, but also the decay and darkness that lurk at the core of our society--not only then, but today--as we hear echoes of these past voices in our own current political rhetoric. ADVISORY: THIS PLAY CONTAINS LOUD GUNSHOTS AND MATURE LANGUAGE, AND IS RECOMMENDED FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY.

The cast includes Danny Dauphin (as John Wilkes Booth), Joe Frost (Leon Czolgosz), Brent Hearn (Samuel Byck), John Howell (Lee Harvey Oswald), Beth Kander (Squeaky Fromme), Duncan McCullough (Guiseppe Zangara), Chris Moore (John Hinckley), Malaika Quarterman (Sarah Jane Moore), and James Wood (Charles Guiteau). Additional performances by Mandy Myers (as The Balladeer) and Scott Gaines (as The Proprietor) and featured ensemble members Tessa Eltzroth, Diana Howell, Richard Lawrence, Tom Lestrade, Walker Palmerton, and Roxie Randle round out the cast.

Performances will take place August 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 (Wednesday - Sunday) at 7:30 p.m. nightly, at The Warehouse Theatre, 1000 Monroe Street, Jackson, MS. Tickets will be $20.00 general admission, and $15.00 for students/senior citizens with I.D. Seating will be strictly limited, so reservations are STRONGLY encouraged (Visa/MC required). Please call FTW at 601-982-2217 to reserve tickets or for more information. (Please do NOT call New Stage for tickets/info.) SECURE PARKING WILL BE PROVIDED.

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ASSASSINS is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-541-4684; Fax: 212-397-4684.