Run time: One hour and 45 minutes, no intermission

Welcome to the carnival, where everybody has the right to be happy! In this tawdry carnival’s shooting gallery, you’ll find yourself in the company of some of the most notorious figures in American history—the assassins who tried (and in some cases succeeded) to kill the president. John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, John Hinkley, and others reveal the stories of their troubled lives and deadly deeds. Created by one of the undisputed masters of musical theatre, Stephen Sondheim, this powerful work is by turns funny, dark, and haunting.

Age Recommendation: 14+ for mature language and themes, including violence
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Going on six years in 2016, The 5th Avenue Theatre and ACT have partnered to produce a musical that is seen by their combined audiences and the Seattle community.

ACT and The 5th Avenue began these partnerships in order to stage musicals they might not otherwise produce on their own. With aligned missions dedicated to producing new works in each season and with shared resources, the theatres can explore a wide variety of new and lesser known musicals. The Falls Theatre and The Allen Theatre at ACT are ideal venues to stage the more intimate musicals selected for these partnerships. Learn more about The 5th Avenue Theatre here .

Cast
in alphabetical order

Kjerstine Rose Anderson*
Nathan Brockett*
John Coons
Nick DeSantis*
Richard Gray*
Laura Griffith*
Frederick Hagreen*
Louis Hobson*
Kendra Kassebaum*
Brandon O'Neill*
Matt Wolfe*
Emma Goldman
The Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald
Giuseppe Zangara
The Proprietor
Charles Guiteau
Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme
John Hinckley
John Wilkes Booth
Sara Jane Moore
Leon Czolgosz
Samuel Byck

Creative Team

John Langs
Brian Sidney Bembridge

Melanie Taylor Burgess
Kevin Heard
Brendan Patrick Hogan
Joel Fram
Geoffrey Alm
Trina Mills
Erin B. Zatloka*
Direction and Musical Staging
Scenic & Lighting Design

Costume Design
Sound Design
Associate Sound Design
Music Supervision
Fight Choreography
Choreography
Production Stage Manager

*Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

For further reading on the themes and historical figures presented in Assassins, see the following bibliography:

General assassination

The Presidential Assassins by Jeffrey K. Smith
Assassinations, Threats, and the American Presidency by Ronald Feinman
Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
The Anatomy of Motive by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker
Hunting the President: Threats, Plots and Assassination Attempts by Mel Ayton
Gabby Giffords' TED Talk

available for order through your favorite bookstore
available at Seattle Public Library

available at Seattle Public Library
available at Seattle Public Library
available at Seattle Public Library

Listen here

John Wilkes Booth

Fortune's Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth by Terry Alford
American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies by Michael W. Kauffman
Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer by James L Swanson
Right or Wrong, God Judge Me: The Writings of John Wilkes Booth edited by John Rhodehamel & Louise Taper
John Wilkes Booth: A Sister's Memoir by Asia Booth Clarke
available at Seattle Public Library
available at Seattle Public Library

available at Seattle Public Library
available for order through your favorite bookstore

available for order through your favorite bookstore

Charles Guiteau

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard
The Trial of the Assassin Guiteau: Psychiatry and the Law in the Gilded Age by Charles E. Rosenberg
The Truth, and the Removal by Charles Guiteau
available at Seattle Public Library

available for order through your favorite bookstore

available for order through your favorite bookstore

Leon Czolgosz

The Man Who Shot McKinley by A Wesley Johns
The President and the Assassin: McKinley, Terror, and Empire at the Dawn of the American Century by Scott Miller
Leon Czolgosz: Revolutionary Assassin by Robert Grey Reynolds Jr.
available for order through your favorite bookstore
available at Seattle Public Library

available for order through your favorite bookstore

Giuseppe Zangara

The Five Weeks of Giuseppe Zangara: The Man Who Would Assassinate FDR by Blaise Picchi
The Plots Against the President: FDR, A Nation in Crisis, and the Rise of the American Right by Sally Denton
available for order through your favorite bookstore

available at Seattle Public Library

Lee Harvey Oswald

Lee Harvey Oswald: 48 Hours to Live: Oswald, Kennedy, and the Conspiracy that Will Not Die by Steven M Gillon
Me & Lee: How I Came to Know, Love and Lose Lee Harvey Oswald by Judith Vary Baker
The Interloper: Lee Harvey Oswald Inside the Soviet Union by Peter Savodnik
available at Seattle Public Library

available at Seattle Public Library

available at Seattle Public Library

Samuel Byck

The Assassination of Richard Nixon, film
History Channel Presentation: The Plot to Kill Nixon
Sam Byck audio tapes
Details here
available on Amazon
Listen here

John Hinckley

John Loves Jodie: A Dark Comedy of Love & Assassination by Joe Kelly
The Case of John Hinckley: Borderline Personality Disorder by Steven G Carley
available for order through your favorite bookstore

available for order through your favorite bookstore

Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme

Squeaky: The Life and Times Of Lynette Alice Fromme by Jess Bravin
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugiosi and Curt Gentry
available for order through your favorite bookstore
available at Seattle Public Library

Sara Jane Moore

Taking Aim at the President: The Remarkable Story of the Woman Who Shot at Gerald Ford by Geri Sieler
Interview following Sara Jane's release from prison on parole in 2009, news clip
available at Seattle Public Library

Watch here

 

Titles, artists, partners, dates, ticket pricing, and venues subject to change.