Performances: July 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31
INTERVIEWS WITH ASSASSINS Video Series
Filmed & Designed by Andy Schumann
Learn about the 9 assassins portrayed in this Tony-Award winning musical by Stephen Sondheim, discussed by the actors who play them in this summer's production of Assassins at Near West Theatre.
Director's Note from Director Bob Navis Jr:
"Directing Assassins has created a shift within me, a haunting calling to consider the story behind every face that walks our planet, and the validity of every person’s unique history. All of us have our own very personal life’s journey and we share the basic need to be seen, heard and understood.
Nothing can take the place of being known and valued, at home, at work, in family and in community. When our lives are terrorized by acts of violence, we blame guns, politics, discrimination, injustice, mental illness and all the rest. But these extremist acts are often born of lives lived in extreme shame and defeat or cultural and religious superiority; desperate poverty or a fanatical sense of privilege; isolated invisibility or an addictive need to be noticed, put on a pedestal and stand in the spotlight, whatever the means, however briefly..."
READ FULL DIRECTOR'S NOTE HERE!
Book by John Weidman
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Based on an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr.
“We’re the other national anthem, folks, the ones that can’t get in to the ball park.
There’s Another National Anthem, folks, for those who never win… for the ones who might have been.”
– from “Another National Anthem”
A multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force, Assassins combines 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. Bold, original, disturbing, and alarmingly funny, Assassins is perhaps the most unexpected musical ever written.