Milwaukee Rep’s ASSASSINS Runs Sept. 4th-Oct. 7th

Bold, original, surreal, thought-provoking, and alarmingly funny, this five-time Tony Award-winner by Stephen Sondheim, (Music and Lyrics), and John Weidman, (Book), investigates the personalities behind nine Presidential assassins and reveals uneasy truths about the American Dream. Hugely resonant in today’s celebrity-obsessed culture, Assassins is peopled with desperate, disillusioned characters who force us to wonder how everybody’s right to be happy can include killing a President. Assassins will be directed by Artistic Director Mark Clements. This will be the third musical he has directed since he began his tenure at The Rep following last season’s hit Next to Normal andCabaret from his first season. With the selection of Assassins for the 2012/13 Season, Milwaukee Repertory Theater shows its commitment to continuing to produce full-scale musicals as part of its repertoire. Clements has assembled a top-notch cast for this production featuring many performers with extensive Broadway credits. Assassins runs in the Quadracci Powerhouse from September 4 – October 7, and opens on Friday, September 7.

“I am eager to direct Stephen Sondheim’s highly entertaining but thought-provoking musical Assassins,” said Artistic Director Mark Clements. “It’s a riveting exploration of such issues as our obsession with celebrity status, entitlement to the fruits of the American Dream, our attitudes about guns and gun control, as well as how a society can be inadvertently complicit in facilitating the violent behavior of some its of deranged citizens.” He added, “I love the often immediate effect that a dramatically and emotionally powerful piece of musical theater can have on an audience; and I am particularly drawn to musicals of gravitas and scale that encourage much further discussion and debate long after the final curtain has fallen. Given all of this,Assassins seemed a perfect follow-up to our two previous main stage musicals, and they don’t really come more powerful and provocative than this particular piece.”

Assassins premiered in December 1990 at Playwrights Horizons in New York City and later closed in February 1991. The following year it opened in October in London. With some updates to the original version,Assassins had its Broadway opening in 2004 and met with much critical success winning several Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Michael Cervis), Best Lighting Design, Best Direction of a Musical and Best Orchestration.

THE CAST

Jonathan Altman (Chorus/President Gerald Ford/David Herold), a member of The Rep’s 2012/13 Artistic Intern Ensemble, comes to The Rep after graduating with a BFA in Musical Theatre from Shorter College; favorite roles include Jesus in Godspell, Austin in True West and Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern MillieLuke Brotherhood (Billy) returns to The Rep after performing in last season’s Rep Lab and will appear as Smudge in A Christmas Carol later this year; Jonathan Gillard Daly (Proprietor), a Rep Associate Artist, was last seen as Heck Tate in To Kill a Mockingbird; favorite roles at The Rep include Charlie in Death of a Salesman, Herr Schultz in Cabaret, Nicky Giblin in The Seafarer and Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, to name a few; Daly is also a founding member of the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, MN; Lee E. Ernst (Samuel Byck), also a Rep Associate Artist, was most recently seen as Brabantio/ Montano in Othello, Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird and the title role in Lombardi; he has performed in over a 100 roles at The Rep since he joined the acting company in 1993; Ernst is also an accomplished fight choreographer and does fight choreography across the country; Kelley Faulkner (Chorus), returns to The Rep after appearing last season as Patsy Cline in Always . . . Patsy Cline, Belle/Lucy in A Christmas Caroland Sally Bowles in The Rep’s 2010/11 Quadracci Powerhouse production of Cabaret; other credits include Claire in Proof (Theatrefest); Nancy in Oliver! and Emily Arden in State Fair (Walnut Street Theatre), Roxie inChicago (New Candlelight Theatre) and the National Tour of BigSteve French (Leon Czolgosz) will be making his Rep debut; Off-Broadway credits include being a member of the Drama Desk Award-winning ensemble of In Transit and the world premiere staging of The Burnt Part Boys; regionally he has performed with Hartford Stage Company, Alliance Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Monomay Theatre and Long Wharf Theatre, among others; Evan Harrington (John Hinkley) will also be making his Rep debut; on Broadway he has appeared as Brian in Avenue Q and Piangi in The Phantom of the Opera; National Tours include The Music ManPhantom and Camelot; favorite roles have included Orator/Grand Inquisitor in Candide, Beadle/Pirelli in Sweeney Todd, Baker in Into The Woods and Dave in The Full Monty, to name a few;Melissa Joy Hart (Emma Goldman/Chorus) will also be making her Rep debut; credits include Amadeus,Sound of Music and Jacques Brel (Walnut Street Theatre); Little Mermaid (Fulton Theatre) Fat Pig (Theatre Horizon) and Musicale Series (Bristol Riverside Theatre); Ray Jivoff (Chorus/President James Garfield) is delighted to be making his Rep Quadracci Powerhouse debut, having appeared at The Rep’s Stackner Cabaret in That’s Amoré  (1999/00) and My Way (2001/02); Jivoff is Associate Artistic Director of Skylight Music Theatre; favorite roles there include Mr. Zero in Adding Machine, Harp in Animal Crackers, Roger Debris in The Producers and Koko in The MikadoSarah Litzsinger (Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme) returns to The Rep after performing the role of Diana in last year’s smash-hit musical, Next to Normal; this summer she was honored as a Lunt-Fontanne fellow by the Ten Chimneys Foundation; Kitzsinger holds the distinction of being Broadway’s longest running Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast; she has also been seen on Broadway in Marilyn, An American FableOliver! The RevivalLes Miserables and AmourAdam Monley(John Wilkes Booth) will also be making his Rep debut with Assassins; he was in the original Broadway cast of Mamma Mia!; National Tours include Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera and Mark Twain/Voice of Huck inBig River; Off-Broadway credits include Fanny Hill (York Theater Company) and A Gingerbread House(Playwrights Horizon); regional highlights include Working and Emma at The Old Globe and Oklahoma! at Papermill Playhouse, to name a few; Caroline O’Connor (Sara Jane Moore), an accomplished international stage and film actressreturns to The Rep after performing in The Rep’s 2010/11 production of Bombshells; most recently, she played Rose in Gypsy, Phyllis in Follies and Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd at the Chatelet Theatre in Paris; O’Connor made her Broadway debut as Velma in Chicago; West End/UK productions include Mack and MabelOn the TownRomance, RomanceStreet SceneMatadorThe RinkCabaretMe and My GirlShowboatDamn YankeesBabyInto the Woods and A Chorus Line, among others; film credits include Moulin Rouge and De-LovelyChris Peluso (Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald), a Broadway actor, will also be making his Rep debut; he returns to Milwaukee after having performed the role of Fiyero in the National Tour of Wicked; Broadway productions include Assassins, Mamma Mia! and Lestat; regional credits include Goodspeed Opera House, Music Theatre of Wichita, La Jolla Playhouse, Barrington Stage Company and Marriott Lincolnshire; Mark Price (Charles Guiteau), a stage, television and film actor, will also be joining The Rep for the first time; Broadway credits include Mary Poppins, Wonderful Town, All Shook UpRocky Horror ShowMamma Mia!, Dance of the VampiresYou’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and The Capeman; film and television credits include: Law & Order, Broadway’s FinestThe Tony Awards and The RosieO’Donnell ShowBrian Sills (Giuseppe Zangara), makes his Rep debut with Assassins; New York credits include The 24 Hour Plays (American Airlines Theater and Nora (NYMF); Sills was in the original cast of the National Tour of The Lion King; regional theater credits include Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Clarence Brown Theatre, Cleveland Play House and Chicago Shakespeare Theater, among others; J.R. Yancher(Chorus/James Blaine), a member of The Rep’s 2012/13 Artistic Intern Ensemble, is a graduate of Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Davis, California; favorite roles there include Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, John Brooks in Little Women – The Musical, Brodie in The Real Thing and The Corporal in The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

Assassins will also feature an ensemble which features members of The Rep’s Artistic Intern Ensemble including: Emily BermanLamar JeffersonToni Linn MartinJessi NoelTyrone PhillipsJess PrichardJamie RezanourTeddy Spencer, Bri SudiaTrequon Tate and Mercedes White. 

Musicians for Assassins include: Blair Bielawski (Tenor sax/Alto sax/Soprano sax/ Clarinet/Bass Clarinet);Anton Hatwich (Bass); Dan Kazemi (Musical Director/Keyboard/Synthesizer)Bob Monagle(Guitar/Mandolin/Banjo); Patrick Morrow (Drums/Percussion); Kyle Samuelson (Trombone/Euphonium),Tom Schlueter (Trumpet/Flugel/Cornet) and Barrie Shaw (Piccolo/Flute/Clarinet/Soprano sax/Alto sax). 

CREATIVE TEAM

The Creative Team for Assassins includes: Dan Kazemi (Musical Director), a Rep Associate Artist, returns to The Rep after music directing Always . . . Patsy ClineNext to Normal and CabaretMichael Pink(Additional Musical Staging) is the Artistic Director of Milwaukee Ballet and music directed last season’s production Next to Normal as well as Cabaret, Mark Clements’ first production at The Rep; Todd Edward Ivins (Scenic Designer/Video Projections Designer) is also a Rep Associate Artist and returns to The Rep after designing OthelloNext to Normal and CabaretAlex Tecoma (Costume Designer), a draper in The Rep’s Costume Shop, has designed many Rep shows including Always . . . Patsy ClineNext to Normal,Nobody Lonesome for Me and Liberace!, to name a few; Jeff Nellis (Lighting Designer), also a Rep Associate Artist, returns to The Rep after designing lights for OthelloNext to NormalDeath of a Salesman,Bombshells and CabaretJon Weston (Sound Designer) has extensive Broadway credits including How to Succeed . . . , 13 the MusicalLes MiserablesThe Color PurpleGlass MenagerieCaroline or Change andNine, among many others; Sean Foote (Assistant Sound Designer); Sandy Ernst (Casting Director) is The Rep’s Associate Artistic Director as well as casting director; Jill Walmsley Zager (Dialect Coach) returns to The Rep after coaching To Kill a MockingbirdA Christmas CarolLombardi, YellowmanTen Chimneys,CabaretMy Name is Asher LevLaurel and Hardy and The 39 StepsStephanie Klapper (New York Casting Director) has cast many shows for the Rep including CabaretNext to NormalAssassinsBomb-itty of ErrorsFrom my HometownFire on the Bayou and The Night is a ChildBriana J. Fahey (Stage Manager) returns for her tenth season at The Rep; Laura F. Wendt (Assistant Stage Manager) returns for her seventh season; Lenny Banovez (Assistant Director) is thrilled to return to The Rep as a directing intern after previously working at The Rep as an acting intern; Kaitlin Kitzmiller (Stage Management Intern) andMarissa Robinson (Stage Management Intern).

KEY BIOGRAPHIES

Mark Clements (Director) began his tenure as The Rep’s Artistic Director with the 2010/11 Season. He is an award-winning international theater director whose work has appeared in over 100 major theaters throughout Europe and the United States. Recent productions include: OthelloNext to NormalDeath of a Salesman,Bombshells and Cabaret at The Rep; Oliver!Born YesterdayGreat Expectations, Les Miserables (2008 Barrymore Award – Best Production of a Musical) and Of Mice and Men (2007 Barrymore Award – Best Director and Best Production of a Play), all for Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia; The Milliner (Off-Broadway, World Premiere), CSC, New York; My Fair Lady, Copenhagen; The Browning Version(Barclays/TMA Regional Theatre Award) at Derby Playhouse and Blunt Speaking (World Premiere), Chichester Festival Theatre U.K. and Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York. He serves on the National Advisory Board for the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program at Ten Chimneys.

Stephen Sondheim, (Music), is one of the most influential and accomplished composer/lyricists in Broadway history. He wrote the music and lyrics for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum(1962), Follies (1971), A Little Night Music (1973), Sweeney Todd (1979), Merrily We Roll Along (1981),Sunday in the Park with George (1984), Into the Woods (1987) and Assassins (1991), as well as many others and wrote lyrics for West Side Story (1957), Gypsy (1959), Do I Hear a Waltz? (1965) and additional lyrics forCandide (1973). Side By Side By Sondheim (1976), Marry Me a Little (1981), You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow(1983) and Putting It Together (1993/99). Mr. Sondheim has received the Tony Award for Best Score/Music/Lyrics for CompanyFolliesA Little Night MusicInto the Woods and Passion, all of which won the New York Drama Circle Award for Outstanding/Best Musical, as did Pacific Overtures and Sunday in the Park with George. In total, his works have accumulated more than 60 individual and collaborative Tony Awards. Mr. Sondheim received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1984 for Sunday in the Park with George. His collected lyrics with attendant essays have been published in two volumes: Finishing the Hat (2010) andLook, I Made A Hat (2011).

John Weidman, (Book), wrote the book for Assassins, score by Stephen Sondheim, directed Off-Broadway by Jerry Zaks and in London’s West End (Drama Critics’ Award for Best Musical) by Sam Mendes. He wrote the book for Big (Tony nominations, Best Book), score by Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire, directed on Broadway by Mike Ockrent, and, with director/choreographer Susan Stroman, co-created the musical Contact(Tony nomination, Best Book), which won the 2000 Tony Award for Best Musical. Since 1986, he has written for Sesame Street, receiving 11 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Children’s Program. Weidman is President of the Dramatists’ Guild of America. He lives in New York City with his wife, Lila, and their two children, Laura and Jonathan.

TICKETS

Tickets for Assassins are from $10 – $65 (prices are subject to change). Students and senior citizens may purchase half-price RUSH TICKETS with proper identification 30 minutes before curtain time based on availability at The Rep Ticket Office. Single Tickets for all of Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s 2012/13 productions are now on sale and can be purchased online at www.MilwaukeeRep.com, through The Rep’s Ticket Office by calling 414-224-9490 or in person at 108 E. Wells Street. Group tickets are also available for purchase by calling Patron Relations Manager Christine Yundem at 414-290-5340.

Subscriptions are also currently on sale. Subscription prices for the 2012/13 Season range from $60 – $468. Packages available are the Ultimate 11-play package which includes the entire season spanning all three of The Rep’s performance spaces; Quadracci Powerhouse/Stackner 9-play package; Quadracci Powerhouse/Stiemke Studio 7-play package; Quadracci Powerhouse 5-play package; Stackner Cabaret 4-Play package as well as a Create Your Own Season package and FlexPasses. For additional information on subscription offerings, please contact The Rep’s Ticket Office at 414-224-9490 or visit www.MilwaukeeRep.com.

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SPECIAL PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

  • ·         Rep in Depth begins 45 minutes before every performance in the Quadracci Powerhouse and gives an insider’s look at the play from a member of the cast or artistic team with a pre-show discussion. This Rep in Depth will be led by actor Lee E. Ernst.
  • ·         Audio-Description Performance – On Tuesday, September 11 at 6:30 p.m. there will be an Audio-Described Performance for patrons who are blind or have low vision.
  • ·         American Sign Language Interpreted Performance – On Thursday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m. there will be an American Sign Language Interpreted Performance for patrons who are deaf or have low hearing.
  • ·         Captioned Theater Performance – On Sunday, September 30 at 2:00 p.m. there will be a Captioned Theater performance.

·         The Rep Talkbacks will be held after the 7:30 p.m. performance on the Thursday evening 7:30 performances on Thursday, September 13, 20, 27 and October 4. The Rep Talkbacks are offered immediately after select performances and offer an opportunity for audience members to ask questions about the play to Rep company members and actors in the production. For more information on The Rep Talkbacks, please contact the Ticket Office at 414-224-9490 or refer to The Rep’s Patron Guide.

•         New this year – The Rep is hosting an event called ’Round Six Happy Hour. The event will start with a pre-show reception in Quadracci Powerhouse lobby. The first event will be held on Thursday, September 6 at 6 p.m. and features complimentary appetizers and free beer provided by Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery and live music will be provided by Pete and Hot Mess. The event is sponsored in part by 88Nine. The cost to attend the event is only $20 and includes the show ticket and pre-show reception. The reception begins at 6:00 p.m. and the performance of Assassins begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.Milwaukeerep.Com/entourage/ or by calling The Rep’s Ticket Office at 414-224-9490For more information, please contact, Kaitlin Schlick, Marketing Coordinator, at 414-290-0712.

•         Matinee Lunch – Join us for lunch and a conversation about Assassins on Wednesday, September 26 from 11:45 – 1:15 p.m. at the InterContinental Milwaukee in Salon A. Properties Director Jim Guy will discuss the elements of the set and props that the audience will see inAssassins. Cost is $15 per person. Please RSVP by Monday, September 24 to Jennifer Bloomer at414-291-4790 or jenniferbloomer@intercontinentalmilwaukee.com.

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FACT SHEET

WHAT: Assassins

WRITTEN BY: Stephen Sondheim (Music and Lyrics) and John Weidman (Book); Assassins is based on an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr.

DIRECTED BY: Mark Clements 

THEATER: Quadracci Powerhouse

DATES: September 4, 2012 – October 7, 2012

DESCRIPTION: Bold, original, thought-provoking and alarmingly funny, this five-time Tony Award-winner investigates the personalities behind nine Presidential assassins and reveals uneasy truths about the American Dream.
PERFORMANCES:

Tuesday, 9/4/12 – 7:30 p.m. – Preview/Pay What You Can

Wednesday, 9/5/12 – 7:30 p.m. – Preview/Pay What You Can

Thursday, 9/6/12 – 7:30 p.m. – Preview/’Round Six Happy Hour

Friday, 9/7/12 – 8:00 p.m. – Opening

Saturday, 9/8/12 – 4:00/8:00 p.m.

Sunday, 9/9/12 – 2:00/7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, 9/11/12 – 6:30 p.m. – Early Bird/Audio Description

Wednesday, 9/12/12 – 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, 9/13/12 – 7:30 p.m. – Talkback

Friday, 9/14/12 – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, 9/15/12 – 4:00/8:00 p.m.

Sunday, 9/16/12 – 2:00/7:00 p.m.

 

Wednesday, 9/19/12 – 1:30 p.m. – Bus Matinee/7:30 p.m.

Thursday, 9/20/12 – 7:30 p.m. – Talkback

Friday, 9/21/12 – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, 9/22/12 – 4:00/8:00 p.m.

Sunday, 9/23/12 – 2:00/7:00 p.m.

 

Wednesday, 9/26/12– 1:30 p.m. – Lunch Matinee/7:30 p.m.

Thursday, 9/27/12 – 7:30 p.m. – American Sign Language/Talkback

Friday, 9/28/12– 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, 9/29/12 – 4:00/8:00 p.m.

Sunday, 9/30/12 – 2:00 p.m. – Captioned/7:00 p.m.

 

Tuesday, 10/2/12 – 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 10/3/12 – 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, 10/4/12 – 7:30 p.m. – Talkback

Friday, 10/5/12 – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, 10/6/12 – 4:00/8:00 p.m.

Sunday, 10/7/12 – 2:00 p.m./7:00 p.m. – Closing

 

TICKET PRICES:

Range from $10.00- $65.00 (Prices subject to change.) 

TICKETS/INFORMATION414-224-9490 or buy tickets online at www.MilwaukeeRep.com

TICKET OFFICE LOCATION: 108 East Wells Street in Milwaukee’s Downtown Theater District

TICKET OFFICE HOURSMonday – Sunday, noon – 6 pm*

*On days with performances the Ticket Office will stay open until show time.

 

 

Please note: The Rep’s Ticket Office is closed Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

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Milwaukee Repertory Theater is a nationally-recognized company that presents compelling dramas, powerful classics, award-winning contemporary works, full-scale musicals and side-splitting comedies housed in its three unique performance venues – the Quadracci Powerhouse, Stiemke Studio and Stackner Cabaret. The Rep also produces an annual production of A Christmas Carol at the Pabst Theater. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mark Clements, The Rep is committed to creating plays that are meaningful and relevant to the society we live in – plays that are challenging, visceral and engage the community through the issues they explore.

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