2011-03-18 / Arts & Entertainment

Trustus Theatre assembles cast for Assassins

Contributed by Trustus Theatre

Kevin Bush and G. Scott Wild Kevin Bush and G. Scott Wild “Everybody’s got the right to their dreams…”

Stephen Sondheim ( Sweeny Todd, Company, Into the Woods) and John Weidman’s ( Pacific Overtures) Assassins opened Off–Broadway in 1990, and a new revival script was produced on Broadway in 2004 winning five Tony Awards. Now, Trustus Theatre is bringing the award–winning revival of Assassins to the Capital City with an unprecedented cast and crew in tow. Assassinswill begin knocking audiences dead March 25 at 8:00 p.m. on the Trustus Main Stage, and the production will run through April 16.

One part Vaudeville, one part “revusical,” and one part historical drama, Assassins brings the audience into a nightmarish amusement park where the American Dream is being put to the test. As the lights go down, the crowd is plunged into a world where the rules of time no longer exist, and a carnival barker is selling firearms to all of the would–be presidential assassins from all eras of history claiming that “Everybody’s got the right to their dreams.”

With John Wilkes Booth at the helm of this eccentric group of historic monsters, the assassins collect and interact as they execute their plans. Pitted against the assassins is the Balladeer, representing the folksy collective voice of the American people who attempts to take away the power that the assassins are trying to gain. The struggle grows into an unbelievable climax that leaves audiences breathless and moved as the assassins finally conspire to generate one of the most controversial events in American history.

There are a lot of familiar faces from Columbia stages in the line–up for Assassins, along with some new exciting culprits. Playing the Balladeer and Lee Harvey Oswald is Kevin Bush ( Rent, The Thing About Men). Paul Kaufmann ( I Am My Own Wife, Dangerous Liasons) is Charles J. Guiteau, who assassinated James Garfield. Chip Stubbs ( A Few Good Men, The Thing About Men) is Leon Czolgosz, William McKinley’s assassin. Christopher Cockrell ( The Rocky Horror Show, Evita) is Guiseppe Zangara, attempted assassin of FDR. Steve Harley ( Pounding Nails In the Floor With My Forehead) is Sam Byck, attempted assassin of Richard Nixon. Kyle L. Collins ( The Producers, Tick… Tick… BOOM) plays John Hinckley, famously lovesick attempted assassin of Ronald Reagan who claimed his actions were the result of his love for Jodie Foster. Kim Harne ( The Great American Trailer Park Musical) and Trustus Company Member Jessica Leach are cast as Sara Jane Moore and Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme respectively, attempted assassins of Gerald Ford. G. Scott Wild is making his Trustus debut as John Wilkes Booth, infamous assassin of Abraham Lincoln.

Trustus Theatre is located at 520 Lady Street, behind the Gervais Street Publix. Parking is available on Lady Street and on Pulaski Street. The main stage entrance is located on the Publix side of the building. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3:00 p.m. on Sundays.

For more information or reservations call the box office Tuesdays through Saturdays 1–6 pm at 254-9732 or visit www.trustus.org

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