Southland Area Theatre Ensemble will stage "Assassins" on Feb. 1 and 2 at the Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University in University Park.
Updated: March 2, 2013 7:00AM
John Wilkes Booth. Lee Harvey Oswald. Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme.
Stephen Sondheim’s “Assassins” brings some of the most reviled figures in American history to the Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University in University Park for two performances.
“Assassins,” a bold and thought-provoking musical about nine people who killed, or attempted to kill, the president of the United States, will be presented by the Southland Area Theatre Ensemble at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 and 8 p.m. Feb. 2.
Sondheim, one of the world’s great stage composers, wrote the music and lyrics for “Assassins,” which forces the viewer to consider the motivations of people who are generally portrayed as monsters.
Wilkes is the murderer of President Abraham Lincoln.
Oswald is President John F. Kennedy’s acknowledged killer.
Fromme is the would-be assassin of President Gerald Ford.
Notorious personages come to life as complex human beings who may just be a product of American political culture.
“Assassins” has been acclaimed as a monumental theater work since it was first presented in London in 1992.
The show came to Broadway in 2004 and was rewarded with Tony Awards for best revival, best actor in a musical, best orchestration, best lighting design and best director.
At GSU, audience members will be seated on stage with the actors, providing an up close experience that intensifies the show’s spectacular action and score.
Performers in “Assassins” include Nate Krug, of Crete; Gloria Petrilli, of Chicago Heights; Billy Vitucci and Melina Vitucci, both of Frankfort; Christopher Kelley, of Flossmoor; and Jack Reed and Bryn Dolan, both of Homewood.
Joe Clair, Steve Greist and Korey Tarhan, all of Chicago; Max Hillman, of Joliet; Tyler McMahon, of Kankakee; and Stacie Knefelkamp, of Bourbonnais, also star in “Assassins.”
The cast also includes Brad Senffner, of Clifton, Ill.; Meghan Hoyt, of Dyer, Ind.; and Heather Prince, of Cedar Lake, Ind.
“Assassins” is directed by J.R. Rose, of Tinley Park.
Steph Jones, of Tinley Park, is stage manager; Greg Owens, of Monee, is music director; Rebecca DeDecker, of Wheaton, is choreographer; Judith E. Felix, of Joliet, is in charge of props; and Diana Principie, of Crete, is in charge of costumes.
Tickets are $27 at the Center for Performing Arts box office, off University Parkway east of Governors Highway; (708) 235-2222 or centertickets.net.
The box office is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and two hours prior to performances.
Multibuy/Megabuy packages are available.
Patrons can choose any three or four shows and receive the Multibuyer discount or choose any five or more shows and receive the Megabuy discount.
In addition to the savings, package-holders receive ticket exchange privileges with 72-hour notice or more, priority seating and more. Packages are available for purchase through the box office only and are not available online.
SLATE was established in 2009 as an artistic collaboration between the Center for Performing Arts, local theater educators and veterans of area community theater companies. Information: slatetheatre.org.
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