“ASSASSINS” – Ray of Light Theatre presents Stephen Sondheim’s controversial musical, June 2–25

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Sean Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
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RAY OF LIGHT THEATRE, San Francisco’s inimitable non-profit musical theatre company, is pleased to bring Stephen Sondheim’s ASSASSINS to the Bay Area. Bold, original, surreal, disturbing, thought-provoking and alarmingly funny, Assassins is perhaps the uttermost controversial musical ever written. Part vaudeville extravaganza, part exposé, winner of five Tony Awards and wholly electrifying, this most American of musicals lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States.

Assassins is a one-act historical “revusical” that explores the dark side of the American experience. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman bend the rules of time and space, taking us on a nightmarish rollercoaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and, in an intense final scene, inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream. Performances begin Thursday, June 2nd at The Eureka Theater (215 Jackson Street at Battery) and continue through Saturday, June 25th.
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Greg Sottolano (as Charles Guiteau), Lisa-Marie Newton (as Sara Jane Moore),
Joel Roster (as Leon Czolgosz) and Danny Cozart (as Samuel Byck)
Photos, Jeff McClure

Hugely resonant in today’s celebrity-obsessed society, the story is peopled with desperate characters intent on making their mark. Ray of Light knows how to mount a blockbuster production, and Assassins will surely be one of the most popular shows of the season. Past ROL triumphs include the wildly successful JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA in 2010 (nominated for 9 BATCC Awards), BABY: A Musical in 2010 (winner of 6 BATCC Awards), THE WHO’S TOMMY in 2009 (winner of 6 BATCC Awards), THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW in 2008 (nominated for 5 BATCC Awards) as well as BAT BOY: The Musical in 2005 and 2006.

The cast of Assassins features: Danny Cozart, Marisa Cozart, Danielle Dipaola, Michael Doppe, Steven Hess, Eliza Leoni, Deucalion Martin, Lisa-Marie Newton, Tom Orr, Charles Woodson Parker, Alex Rodriguez, Joel Roster, Derrick Silva, Kevin Singer, Anna Smith, Greg Sottolano, Michael Scott Wells, Ten Zoldan.

Ray of Light Theatre does not put on your momma’s musical. The Company has fresh, evocative and original takes on every show. The re-imagined production of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins will be no different and will include the rare Michael Starobin musical orchestrations created for the original 1992 London cast at Donmar Warehouse.

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