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Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by John Weidman
Based on an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr.
Directed by Sean Murray
The Old Town Theatre
Mar 14th through Apr 28th, 2013
Low-Priced Previews Mar 14th - Mar 22nd
Running Time: 1:45
Bold, original, thought-provoking and alarmingly funny! Winner of five Tony Awards!
Assassins lays bare the lives of nine men and women who assassinated or attempted to assassinate the President of the United States. From Charles Guiteau to John Hinckley, John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, Assassins explores the underbelly of the American Dream and our right 'to be happy.'
Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's groundbreaking musical take us on a musical rollercoaster ride.
“Sidesplitting and sobering in equal measure, this is the most provocative musical in years.” - Los Angeles Times
Please Note: This production contains strong language, smoking, simulated gunfire and flashing lights.
Bryan Banville David Herold/Bystander
is thrilled to return to Cygnet Theatre. Bryan was most recently seen in Lambs Player’s Theatre’s smash hit Mixtape at the Horton Grand Theater in downtown San Diego. His other San Diego theater credits include – Cygnet Theatre: Man of La Mancha (Anselmo/Multeer); The Old Globe: Anna Christie (Longshoreman); New Village Arts Theatre: Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings! (Frankie); Coronado Playhouse: 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor), and Scripps Performing Arts Academy: Little Shop of Horrors (Orin Scrivello D.D.S.). Additional theatre credits include Once on This Island (Daniel), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Charlie Brown) and Schoolhouse Rock Live! He competed as a Top 16 Finalist as part of NBC’s singing competition show “The Sing Off” with his college a cappella group Extreme Measures. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut.
Stewart Calhoun Bystander
Assassins marks Stewart's first production with Cygnet Theatre. Recently appeared at the Diversionary Theatre as Charlie Shmaltz in the three-person musical comedy adaptation of A Christmas Carol, Scrooge in Rouge as well as Luke in Next Fall. Some of Stewart's favorite LA Theatre credits include: How Cissy Grew (LA Weekly Nomination-Best Supporting Actor), Thrill Me, The Leopold and Loeb Story (Ovation Nomination and Garland Award winner for best ensemble) and dark play or stories for boys (LA Weekly Nomination-leading male performance). Stewart has worked with South Coast Rep, Theatre @ Boston Court, Chicago Shakes, developed original site specific theatre with Nothing Without a Company and holds a BFA from the Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago.
Jacob Caltrider Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald
Resident Artist. For Cygnet: Parade, Little Shop of Horrors, Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, A Christmas Carol and The History Boys. Other San Diego credits include the How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (2011,2012) The Rocky Horror Show , Old Globe Theatre; Harmony Kansas, Twist, Yank! and The Daddy Machine, Diversionary); It's Christmas and It's LIVE Lamb's Players; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and A Christmas Carol, North Coast Repertory Theatre.
Sandy Campbell Emma Goldman/Bystander
Resident Artist. Cygnet Theatre: Parade (Lucille),The Norman Conquests (Sarah), Communicating Doors (Ruella- Craig Noel Award), A Little Night Music (Charlotte), Noises Off (Belinda), Mauritius (Mary), and the role of Fosca in the staged concert of Passion. San Diego REP: Clybourne Park (Bev/Kathy). La Jolla Playhouse: Zhivago- the musical. Lamb’s Players Theatre-Associate Artist: The Music Man (Marian), The Light in the Piazza (Signora Naccarelli), 1776 (Abigail). Moonlight Stage Productions: Lost in Yonkers (Bella), She Loves Me (Amalia), The Most Happy Fella (Rosabella), Hairspray (Female Authority Figure). Starlight: Into the Woods (Cinderella). Intrepid Shakespeare Co.: A Midsummer Night’s Dream- the musical (Titania/Hippolyta). NCRT: The Batting Cage (Juliana), Man of La Mancha (Aldonza). Diversionary: Falsettos (Cordelia). Solo recording: Crazy World (cdbaby and itunes). Proud member of Actor’s Equity. www.performerprofiles.com/sandycampbell.
Geno Carr Charles Guiteau
Resident Artist. Geno is thrilled to return to Cygnet after appearances in Sweeney Todd, Little Shop of Horrors and Parade. SD credits include The Old Globe: world premiere of Allegiance and How the Grinch Stole Christmas 10’/11’; Lamb’s Players: miXtape, The Music Man and Servant of Two Masters (Critics Circle nomination); North Coast Rep: A Christmas Carol ‘08/’09 and I Love You Because; Lyric Opera SD: A Waltz Dream. He made his Off-Broadway debut in Bush Wars and was seen on the national tours of Phantom, The Buddy Holly Story and Grease. Favorite regional credits include The Producers (Leo), The Full Monty (Harold), Forever Plaid (Sparky), Peter Pan (Smee), City of Angels (Buddy), South Pacific (Billis), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Man #2) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Trevor Graydon). He holds an M.F.A. in Acting and Directing from Sarah Lawrence College and a dual B.A. in Music and Theatre Arts from Hartwick College. www.GenoCarr.com.
Andy Collins Proprieter/Bystander
Resident Artist. Andy has been seen on the Cygnet Theatre stage in Cabaret (Max), The Matchmaker (Ambrose), My Fair Lady (Harry) and Pageant (Miss Great Plains). Some of his other credits include Pippin (Charles), Twist (Mr. Sowerberry), Break Up Notebook (Bob), Falsettos (Mendel), The Rocky Horror Show (Brad) at Diversionary Theatre, Gypsy (Herbie), Parasite Drag (Gene) at ion Theatre, The Full Monty (Harold), Bye Bye Birdie (Maude) at San Diego Musical Theatre, Storyville at San Diego Rep and Sweeney Todd at The Fritz Theatre. Andy started performing at Junior Theatre and The School Of Creative and Performing Arts.
Manny Fernandes Samuel Byck
Resident Artist. Previously at Cygnet Theatre The Tragedy of the Commons, Private Lives, Mauritius, A Christmas Carol, Communicating Doors, Bug, Burn This, Escanaba in da Moonlight. Select San Diego Credits include Same Time, Next Year, Buried Child, Of Mice and Men (Craig Noel Award), Simpatico, The Man Who, Into the Woods, Sailor's Song, and Golden Boy (Craig Noel Award) at New Village Arts (Ensemble Member); Jeffrey, Boys in the Band, Never the Sinner, Cloud 9, Fifth of July at Diversionary Theatre; Arcadia, Moon over Buffalo, The Rivals, An American Daughter at North Coast Rep; Death of a Salesman, A Christmas Carol, Cabaret at San Diego Rep. Films include Ozark Savage and 29th and Gay. Manny studied acting at UCSD, and currently serves as Marketing Director for Cygnet Theatre. His favorite role is husband to the talented Melissa Fernandes and father to Isabella Rose and Jack Dylan.
Melissa Fernandes Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme
Resident Artist. Cygnet Theatre: Little Shop of Horrors (nominee, SD Critics Circle), Cabaret (nominee, SD Critics Circle), A Little Night Music, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Book of Liz, It’s a Wonderful Life; A Christmas Carol. San Diego Theatre: New Village Arts (Ensemble Member): Same Time, Next Year, The Seven Year Itch, Into the Woods (nominee, SD Critics Circle); Diversionary Theatre (Associate Artist): Falsettos, The Rocky Horror Show, Break – Up Notebook, Bunbury, 5th of July, Never the Sinner; North Coast Rep: Dancing at Lughnasa, Last Night of Ballyhoo, Holiday Memories; Moxie Theatre: Drink Me, Dog Act; Sledgehammer: Sweet Charity; Regional: Sierra Rep: Little Shop of Horrors; La Jolla Playhouse: Harmony; Education: MFA- Musical Theatre from SDSU.
Melinda Gilb Sara Jane Moore
Resident Artist. Melinda has been a professional Actor for over 30 years. Previously at Cygnet: A Christmas Carol, Dirty Blonde, The Receptionist. Some of her other credits include: Broadway - Singin’ in the Rain (Original cast); Off Broadway - Back to Bacharach and David (Original cast), Suds (Original cast and co-author); 1st National tour – Joseph Papp’s The Pirates of Penzance. San Diego Theatre: Old Globe: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Original Mama Who), Suds (Marge); San Diego Repertory: Walter Cronkite is Dead, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Miss Witherspoon, Always Patsy Cline; Starlight Theatre: Hello Dolly (Dolly Levi), Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovet, Craig Noel Award), Annie (Miss Hannigan); North Coast Rep: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Smell of the Kill; Welk Resort Theatre: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Mrs. Meers). Melinda and Steve Show with Steve Gunderson: New York, Los Angeles and San Diego. Television: BBC-1: Featured on The Full Wax and Ruby Takes a Trip; CBS: Becker (Guest Star). Favorite role: Mama to her 9 year old son Knight.
Jaycob Hunter Giuseppe Zangara
Jaycob is thrilled to be on stage at the Cygnet Theatre for the first time. After having been in San Diego for a few years of college, he is excited to return to his favorite city to do the thing he loves most. He most recently acted as Jeff in [title of show] and Cliff in Cabaret. Other credits include South Coast Repertory’s productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and A Christmas Carol. Thank you to the cast and crew, and to the production team for this wonderful opportunity. Thanks Mom and Dad for your love and support.
Jason Maddy Leon Czolgosz
Jason is grateful to be returning to Cygnet Theatre. San Diego Theatre credits include: The Old Globe Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Moonlight Stage Productions, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Ion Theatre Company, Welk Resort Theatre, San Diego Musical Theater, Premiere Productions and Intrepid Shakespeare Company. Other Theatre Credits include: The Utah Shakespearean Festival, Illinois Shakespeare Festival and Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival. Some favorite roles include Louis in Angels in America, Jeff in I Love You Because, Touchstone in As You Like It and his most recent three-role journey through Clybourne Park. Jason holds an MFA from the University of Illinois Urban-Champaign.
Mitzi Michaels Bystander
Mitzi is honored to be making her Cygnet Theatre debut in Assassins, written by her favorite composer, Stephen Sondheim! Mitzi received her BFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory and recently graduated with her MFA in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University, where she also taught undergraduate Acting & Musical Theatre. Mitzi is dedicated to being a performer and educator and currently teaches Acting at USD. Previously Mitzi lived in New York City and worked for Binder Casting as a casting director for Broadway shows. Favorite credits include Sweeney Todd at Moonlight Amphitheater and Fanny Brice in Funny Girl. Thanks to Sean Murray. Love to M, D & J. www.MitziMichaels.com.
Braxton Molinaro John Wilkes Booth
Braxton is ecstatic to be joining the cast of Assassins. Most recently, he starred in A Soldier's Tale at the world-renowned Music Instrument Museum in Arizona and a concert in New York City at the Lamb's Club featuring works of new Broadway composer Jay Kuo. Since graduating college from the North Carolina School of The Arts in May 2011, Braxton has participated in developmental readings of New York productions of Bare: A Pop Opera and Allegiance (coming to Broadway this fall), as well as leading in a short film entitled Your Mother's Butt by Academy Award Winner Alan Ball.
Kürt Norby John Hinckley
Previously at Cygnet Theatre: Man of La Mancha and Sweeney Todd. World Premieres: Allegiance with Lea Salonga and George Takei (The Old Globe), Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin, and Zhivago (La Jolla Playhouse). Regional: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (The Old Globe), Mixtape, Leaving Iowa, Room Service, Hello, Dolly!, The Voysey Inheritance and The Winslow Boy (Lamb’s Players Theatre), Evita, The Desert Song and Bye Bye Birdie (Welk Resorts Theatre), Beauty and the Beast (Moonlight Amphitheater), Suds: The Rocking ‘60s Musical Soap Opera, Urinetown, Fiddler on the Roof and The Scarlet Pimpernel (Starlight Musical Theatre) and Miss Saigon (Fullerton Civic Light Opera). His film credits include 29th & Gay, U R Pre-Approved and Rubix Cube Dinner. He received his B.A. in Drama from UC Irvine. Love to Kyle. www.kurtnorby.com.
Stephen Sondheim Music & Lyrics
Sondheim is a major American composer and lyricist, credited by many as reinventing the modern stage musical. He was born in New York City and raised in New York and Pennsylvania. As a teenager, his neighbor was Oscar Hammerstein II, who became Sondheim’s mentor. Sondheim graduated from Williams College, where he received the Hutchinson Prize for Music Composition. After graduation, he studied music theory and composition with Milton Babbitt. Stephen Sondheim’s works have accumulated more than sixty individual and collaborative Tony Awards. “Sooner Or Later,” from the film Dick Tracy, won the 1999 Academy Award for Best Song. Mr. Sondheim received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1984 for Sunday in the Park with George. In 1983, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which awarded him the Gold Medal for Music in 2006. He was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award in the 1993 Kennedy Center Honors. Mr. Sondheim is on the Council of the Dramatists Guild, the national association of playwrights, composers, and lyricists, having served as its President from 1973 to 1981. In 1981, he founded Young Playwrights, Inc., to develop and promote the work of American playwrights aged 18 years and younger.
John Weidman Book
Weidman wrote the book for Pacific Overtures (Tony nominations, Best Book and Best Musical), with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The pair also collaborated on Bounce which was later renamed Road Show. He co-authored the new book for the revival of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes (Tony Award, Best Musical Revival; Olivier Award, Best Musical Production). He also wrote the book for Happiness, Take Flight, and Big (Tony nomination, Best Book). He co-created with choreographer/director Susan Stroman the musical Contact. Since 1986, he has written for Sesame Street, receiving more than a dozen Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Children’s Program. From 1999 to 2009 he served as president of the Dramatists Guild of America.
Sean Murray Director
Mr. Murray co-founded Cygnet Theatre in 2002 along with partner Bill Schmidt. Cygnet Theatre: Man of La Mancha, Dirty Blonde, Parade, Little Shop of Horrors, Our Town, Cabaret, The Tragedy of the Commons, The Norman Conquests, Private Lives, Sweeney Todd, It’s a Wonderful Life, Noises Off, Bed and Sofa ‘09, The History Boys, A Christmas Carol, A Little Night Music (SD Critic’s Award, Best Director), The Receptionist, The Invention of Love, Bed and Sofa ‘04 (SD Critic’s Award, Best Director, Best Musical Revival), Las Meninas, Escanaba in da Moonlight (SD Critic’s Circle, Set Design), The Book of Liz, Pageant, Bug, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, St. Nicholas, The Matchmaker, Desire Under the Elms, Santaland Diaries, Firebugs, Fully Committed, Arcadia, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Little Foxes, My Fair Lady. Elsewhere: North Coast Rep: The Elephant Man (Patté Award, Direction), Man of La Mancha, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties; Diversionary: Never the Sinner, Love! Valour! Compassion!. Education: University of North Carolina School of the Arts (BFA). In 2000, Sean was named one of San Diego Magazine’s “50 People to Watch” and in 2005 he was named Producer of the Year by the San Diego Critic’s Circle.
Patrick Marion Music Director
Cygnet Theatre: Little Shop of Horrors, Cabaret. San Diego Theatre: Lamb’s Players Theatre (Associate Artist): miXtape, The Music Man, An American Christmas (’09 through ’12), Pump Boys and Dinettes, Godspell, Boomers; San Diego Musical Theatre: Smokey Joe’s Cafe; Diversionary Theatre: Moscow (Award for Outstanding Musical Direction, StageSceneLA); American Rose Theatre: Spring Awakening; Francis Parker: Once on This Island, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Always, Patsy Cline; Coronado Playhouse: Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party; Ariel Performing Arts: Zanna, Don’t! A Musical Fairy Tale; Regional Theatre: Temecula Valley Players: Jesus Christ Superstar.
David Brannen Choreographer
David has been an actor/director/choreographer in town for over 20 years. He choreographed Cabaret and Parade for Cygnet at the Old Town Theatre, as well as the production of My Fair Lady which was seen on Cygnet’s Rolando stage in 2006. For three years, David restaged the original choreography of How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Old Globe Theatre. He received a San Diego Theatre Critic’s Circle Award for his choreographic work on Cabaret both at Cygnet and at North Coast Repertory Theatre. Other choreography credits include: Starlight Musical Theatre: Oklahoma!, Evita, Jekyll and Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Urinetown, Company, Sweeney Todd; Sierra Repertory Theatre: Suds, Oklahoma!, Something’s Afoot; Moonlight Theatre: Beauty and the Beast, Route 66; Pump Boys and Dinettes; Lyric Opera San Diego: Fiddler on the Roof, Babes in Arms, Iolanthe, The Merry Widow, Man of La Mancha, Blame it on the Movies, HMS Pinafore.
Ryan Grossheim Set Designer
Ryan is thrilled to be making his Cygnet debut! Local credits include The 39 Steps (Miracosta College), Peter Pan and Wendy (SDSU), and Lydia (SDSU). After graduating from Northwestern University with a BA in theater in 2009, he worked regionally at PCPA Theaterfest, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Old Globe, and various production companies in the Los Angeles area. He is currently an MFA candidate at San Diego State University in Scenic Design. Many thanks to Sean Murray, Sean Fanning, Ralph Funicello, my family, and my partner, Andrew. Enjoy the show!
Shirley Pierson Costume Designer
Cygnet Resident Artist.For Cygnet: A Christmas Carol, Parade (Craig Noel Award), Mistakes Were Made, The Glass Menagerie, Little Shop of Horrors, Our Town, Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, Private Lives, It’s a Wonderful Life (09, 10, 11), The History Boys. Selected San Diego Theatre: When Last We Flew, Pippin, Harmony Kansas, Next Fall, Diversionary Theatre; Into the Woods, New Village Arts; Holiday Memories, Scripps Ranch Theatre; Richard III, Old Globe/University of San Diego. She received her MFA in Theatrical Design from San Diego State University. View her work at: shirleypiersondesigns.com.
Peter Herman Wig & Makeup Designer
Cygnet Resident Artist.Cygnet Theatre: Costumes and Wig/Makeup Design for Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Wigs/Makeup for A Christmas Carol, Gem of the Ocean, Mistakes Were Made, Man of La Mancha, Dirty Blonde, Parade, A Behanding in Spokane, The Glass Menagerie, Little Shop of Horrors, Our Town, Cabaret, The Norman Conquests, Private Lives, Sweeney Todd, The Piano Lesson, It’s a Wonderful Life, Noises Off, Bed and Sofa, The History Boys, The Receptionist, A Little Night Music, Fences, The Turn of the Screw, Communicating Doors, Arcadia, The Matchmaker. Elsewhere: Peter has designed hair and wigs for over 300 productions, including the La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Rep, San Diego Opera, Disneyland, and various film and television projects. Film: Costume design for Ready? OK! Peter currently teaches wigs and makeup at SDSU.
Chris Rynne Lighting Designer
Cygnet Resident Artist.Cygnet Theatre: Design and installation of lighting system for the original Cygnet space in Rolando, Gem of the Ocean, Parade, Little Shop of Horrors, Cabaret, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2003). Hershey Felder’s Lincoln: An American Story. Old Globe: Good People, God of Carnage, Plaid Tidings, The Last Romance, Boeing-Boeing, I Do! I Do!, The Price, Sight Unseen, The American Plan, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Two Trains Running, Lincoln-esque (San Diego Critics Circle Award), Pig Farm, Trying, Vincent in Brixton (San Diego Critics Circle Award), The Lady with All the Answers, The Food Chain, Two Sisters and a Piano, Blue/Orange, Time Flies, Knowing Cairo, Beyond Therapy, Santaland Diaries. His other credits include Geffen Playhouse, San Diego Opera, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Madison Opera, Pasadena Playhouse, San Diego Repertory Theatre, San Diego Musical Theatre, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, Diversionary Theatre and Starlight Theatre. Chris also designs lighting for museum exhibitions and special events, and lighting systems for new venues.
Matt Lescault-Wood Sound Designer
Cygnet Resident Artist. Dying City, It’s A Wonderful Life, The History Boys, Mauritius, Noises Off, Sweeney Todd, Private Lives, Cabaret, Little Shop of Horrors, The Glass Menagerie, A Behanding in Spokane, Dirty Blonde, Man of La Mancha, A Christmas Carol (Cygnet); Wit, I Love You Because (North Coast Repertory Theatre); Picasso at the Lapin Agile (USD); Plays by Young Writers 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 (Playwright’s Project); Request Programme, Cripple of Inishmaan (ion); Butcher of Baraboo, Dog Act, Expecting Isabel, Eurydice (2010 San Diego Critics Circle Nominee), Eleemosynary, The Crucible, The Toughest Girl Alive, Ten Cent Night, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Coming Attractions, Hickorydickory (Moxie); Tick, Tick…BOOM (Stone Soup); Sideman (BANG), Richard II (Intrepid), The Break-Up/Break-Down, Ragnarok, Deconstruction of a Drag Queen (Circle Circle dot dot).
Angelica Ynfante Properties Designer
Cygnet Resident Artist. Previously at Cygnet: A Christmas Carol, Man of La Mancha, and Dirty Blonde. Texas State University graduate with a BFA in Theatre. She made her way around the U.S. and Mexico for five years working in Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Vermont, New York, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Cancun until she made it to sunny California, where she is currently the props mistress with the San Diego Rep, beginning her fourth season. She has also worked with Moxie Theatre for two seasons.
Chandra Anthenill Stage Manager
Cygnet Theatre (PSM): A Christmas Carol, (ASM): Dirty Blonde. San Diego Repertory Theatre (ASM): In the Next Room aka The Vibrator Play, Tommy, Walter Cronkite is Dead, A Hammer, A Bell, and a Song to Sing, Tortilla Curtain, Zoot Suit. Diversionary Theatre (PSM) Pippin. San Diego Asian American Repertory Theatre (PSM): B.F.E. Lyric Opera San Diego (ASM): Barber of Seville. San Diego State University (PSM): Desire Under the Elms, Good Person of Szechwan, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Chandra holds a B.A. in Design and Technology for Theatre from SDSU.
Marie Jahelka Assistant Stage Manager
Mistakes Were Made, Parade, Cabaret, and Love Song, Cygnet Theatre; The Tall Girls, Who You See Here, La Jolla Playhouse; Somewhere, The Last Romance, The Whipping Man, Romeo y Julieta, Back Back Back, Opus, The American Plan, In This Corner, Oscar and the Pink Lady, How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, 2006 Shakespeare Festival, and Hayfever, The Old Globe Theatre; miXtape, Lamb’s Players Theatre. Education: B.A. in Theatre Arts from University of San Diego. Marie would like to thank her husband, Robert, for his support.