WHEN YOU’VE GOT A GUN
EVERYBODY PAYS ATTENTION

A theatrical tour-de-force combining Sondheim’s signature blend of intelligently stunning lyrics and beautiful music with a panoramic story of our nation’s culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it, embodied by America’s four successful and five would-be presidential assassins.

Media

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Apr 17 2014

Introducing the Assassins: Samuel Byck

Samuel Byck was born in Philadelphia in 1930. A high school dropout, Byck married, had four children and embarked on a series of unsuccessful careers ranging from the U.S. Army to tire sales...

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Apr 15 2014

Introducing the Assassins: Lee Harvey Oswald

Lee Harvey Oswald was born in New Orleans in 1939. Raised by a widowed mother, Oswald grew disaffected with American life and by his teens considered himself a socialist...

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Apr 14 2014

Introducing the Assassins: Sara Jane Moore

Sara Jane Moore conducted another attempt on Ford’s life three weeks later in San Francisco. Born in Charleston, West Virginia to two classical violinists in 1930...

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Apr 12 2014

Introducing the Assassins: Giuseppe Zangara

Giuseppe Zangara was born in Calabria, Italy in 1900. Following his mother’s death, his father emigrated with the family to Philadelphia. Zangara suffered from a mysterious stomach malady which caused...

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Apr 9 2014

Indroducing the Assassins: Leon Czolgosz

Leon Czolgosz was born Detroit to Polish immigrants in 1873. Raised in Cleveland, he held a succession of menial jobs, including grueling employment at a bottle factory, before committing himself...

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Apr 8 2014

UNC alum returns to tailor for 'Assassins'

As an alumnus of UNC’s Dramatic Art program, it was a wonderful opportunity to return to PlayMakers Repertory Company to work on this production of Assassins...

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Apr 3 2014

Dress Rehersal for "Assassins"

The assassins are ready to take the stage. With opening night just a few days away, PlayMakers is ready to introduce its cast of sharp-shooting, cake-dancing...

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Apr 1 2014

Introducing the Assassins: Charles Guiteau

Charles Guiteau was born in Freeport, Illinois in 1841. With a childhood rooted in religious fundamentalism, as an adolescent, he joined one the many 19th century American utopian communes...

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Mar 25 2014

Introducing the Assassins: John Wilkes Booth

John Wilkes Booth was born in Maryland in 1838, one of ten children of America’s preeminent nineteenth-century actor, Edwin Booth and his former mistress, Mary Ann Holmes. Raised outside...

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Mar 20 2014

Putting It Together: Sondheim and the Musical

Stephen Sondheim ranks among America’s finest dramatists both inside and outside of the Musical genre. Throughout the fifty-five years of his professional career...

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Mar 18 2014

Upcoming Special Events for "Assassins"

Rehearsals have begun and opening night is just a few weeks away. Before the curtain goes up, join us for one or more of these special preview events to learn more about Assassins...

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Feb 12 2014

Coming Soon: Stephen Sondheim's Assassins

In the opening number of Assassins, a carnival proprietor invites eight people onto the stage to take their turn in the carnival’s shooting gallery...

REVIEWS

By Larisa Mount
BroadwayWorld.com
April 18, 2014
 

Theater review: Sondheim’s 1990 ‘Assassins’ still frighteningly relevant
By Roy C. Dicks
The News & Observer
April 7, 2014

ASSASSINS Hits Target, Wins Prize at PlayMakers Repertory Company
By Kate Dobbs Ariail
The Five Points Star
April 7, 2014

“Assassins” Is a Wonderfully Uncomfortable Think-Piece
By Susie Potter
Triangle Arts & Entertainment
April 8, 2014

THROUGH 4/20: Sondheim and PRC Create a Carnival of Crime in Assassins
By Alan R. Hall
Classical Voice of North Carolina
April 5, 2014

 

NEWS

The State of Things with Frank Stasio
with director Mike Donahue and actress Julie Fishell
WUNC
April 4, 2014

PlayMakers Rep Will End Its Main-Stage Season with a Bang, with Stephen Sondheim’s “Assassins”
By Robert W. McDowell
Triangle Arts & Entertainment
April 2, 2014

PlayMakers brings ‘Assassins’ to the stage
By Juanita Chavarro
The Daily Tar Heel
April 2, 2014

Broadway World
March 5, 2014

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