Assassins

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by John Weidman and Stephen Sondheim | MTI | Musical – Mature Audiences

Directed by:

TBA

Audition Dates:

Sunday, August 25, and Monday, August 26, at 7:00 p.m.

Performances:

October 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31, November 1, 2  | 8:00 PM
October 27, November 3  |  2:30 PM  Sunday Matinee

Synopsis:

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 controversial musical ever written.

Assassins lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States, in a one-act historical “revusical” that explores the dark side of the American experience. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, writers, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, bend the rules of time and space, taking us on a nightmarish roller coaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream.

Characters:

Seeking 10 Actors (8M, 2F) + Mixed Ensemble Cast, to play the following roles.  All ages are playing ages. The director will cast actors who can believably play the ages suggested.

John Wilkes Booth: Male, 25-35, Vocal Range: (Top) G4 | (Bottom) F2
(1838-1865) Assassinated President Abraham Lincoln during a performance at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. on April 14, 1865. Foreman and inspirational celebrity to the other assassins.

Charles Guiteau: Male, 35-45, Vocal Range: (Top) Ab4 | (Bottom) A2
(1841-1882) Assassinated President James Garfield in the waiting room of the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station, Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. Dashing but mad.

Leon Czologosz: Male, 25-30, Vocal Range: (Top) G4 | (Bottom) G#2
(1873-1901) Assassinated President William McKinley at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y. on September 6, 1901. A young poverty-worn radical.

Giuseppe Zangara: Male, 30-35, Vocal Range: (Top) A4 | (Bottom) B2
(1900-1933) Attempted to assassinate President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt as he greeted well-wishers in Bayfront Park, Miami, FL on February 15, 1933. An angry, heavily accented immigrant.

Samuel Byck: Male, 40-45, Vocal Range: (Top) G4 | (Bottom) D3
(1930-1974) Attempted to assassinate President Richard Nixon by hijacking a commercial jetliner. Hysterically irate schlep in a Santa Claus suit.

Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme: Female, 25-30, Vocal Range: (Top) G5 | (Bottom) A3
(1948- ) Attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford at the Capitol Park in Sacramento, CA on September 5, 1975. A pixie hippie in love with Charles Manson.

Sara Jane Moore: Female, 40-45, Vocal Range: (Top) Eb5 | (Bottom) F3
(1930- ) Attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, CA, on September 22, 1975. A frazzled housewife with little sense.

John Hinckley: Male, 25-30, Vocal Range: (Top) G4 | (Bottom) A2
(1955- ) Attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan as he left the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. on March 30, 1981. A love-obsessed and depressed college student.

Lee Harvey Oswald: Male, 20-25, Vocal Range: (Top) C4 | (Bottom) G3
(1939-1963) Assassinated President John F. Kennedy from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository in Dallas, TX on November 22, 1963. A suicidal, dejected shipping clerk.

Balladeer: Male, 20-40, Vocal Range: (Top) G4 | (Bottom) C3
A folk singer and the narrator of the show. The voice of America.

Emma Goldman: Female, 30-40
(1869-1940) Turn-of-the-century Anarchist agitator and feminist. Terse and stubborn. An inspiration to Czolgosz.

The Proprietor: Male, 30-50, Vocal Range: (Top) F4 | (Bottom) Gb2
A mysterious man who runs the shooting gallery at a carnival.

David Herold: Male, 20-25
(1842-1865) One of John Wilkes Booth’s confederates. Aided Booth in his attempted escape.

Billy: Male, 8-13
Sara Jane Moore’s whiny son.

Ensemble: Any Gender
Bystanders; Tourists; Reporters; Photographers

Details:

LTM’s Audition Form.pdf

Auditions will take place at the theatre. Actors will be asked to perform 15-32 bars of a song of their choice. Please bring sheet music or a recording of the song. Actors will then be given a cold reading from selections of the play. No monologue is needed.

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