University Theatre Presents Five-Time, Tony Award-Winning Musical ‘Assassins’

Published: April 10, 2015

University Theatre Presents Five-Time, Tony Award-Winning Musical ‘Assassins’

The Department of Theatre and Dance at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will present a production of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s “Assassins,” from Tuesday, April 21, through Sunday, April 26, in the Warren Theatre.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. from Tuesday through Saturday with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee.

The five-time, Tony Award-winning musical lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States. “Assassins,” a one-act historical “revusical,” explores the dark side of the American experience. This play is directed by Dr. Terry Lewis, Professor of Theatre, along with Musical Director Michael Perez, Music Teacher for Flour Bluff Independent School District

“Directing a musical like ‘Assassins’ challenges us on many levels,” said Lewis. “Current issues faced in our society include gun violence – with mental health issues being addressed as a possible cause, and of course, security and safety in our schools, not to mention protection of our president. Theatre’s purpose is to reveal society, hopefully to cause change, and Sondheim’s musical reaches into our darkest core.”

From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, writers Sondheim and Weidman bend the rules of time and space, taking audiences 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.”

Tickets are $12 for adults, $7.50 for non-Texas A&M-Corpus Christi students, and $5 for TAMU-CC students with a valid SandDollar$ ID. Tickets are available for purchase online, at the door the night of the show or at the box office in the Center for the Arts, first floor, from Monday, April 20, through Friday, April 24, from noon to 2 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to http://cla.tamucc.edu//theatre/index.html.