Disturbing, yet funny, Assassins tells the story of how assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and inspire one other to harrowing acts in the name of the American dream.
“This is not a celebration of assassins,” says Tracy Macmorine, assistant director of operations for performing arts. “Rather, this production takes a revealing look at what happens when we marginalize people in a ‘free’ society.”
Adjunct faculty Stephen Skiles is directing the production and choral director Tom Merrill is providing musical direction.
“The music doesn’t sound like a lot of other Sondheim scores,” says Merrill. “There is a variety of styles depending on the character.”
Scot Buzza, director for music ministry at Bellarmine Chapel, portrays Lee Harvey Oswald. Other members of the case include: Lori Brandstetter as Squeaky Fromme, Paul Lieber as John Wilkes Booth and Dan Brown as John Hinckley Jr.
Assassins is being presented April 6-9 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday, April 9, at the Gallagher Student theater. Tickets are $5 for Xavier faculty, staff and all students, and $15 for all others. Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at 513 745-3939.