Wagner College Theatre Presents Assassins October 23rd

One Night Only! Each year, Wagner College Theatre finds a way to honor and bring together its noted and celebrated alumni in some fashion that seems fitting for everyone. This year instead of a party or gala, the theatre department has decided to do what it does best; Theatre. Tonight, Wagner College Theatre alumni, faculty and friends will come together tonight for a special One Night Only performance of Assassins.

Bold, original, surreal, disturbing, thought-provoking and alarmingly funny, ASSASSINS is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written. This most American of musicals 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, 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 in an intense final scene inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream.

Directed by David A. Miller, with musical direction by Carl Haan, the cast features Wagner College Theatre alums from 1985-2011 – Matthew Eamon Ryan ’97 (Proprietor); Jason Sirois ’97 (Leon Czolgosz); Alan Pagano ’06 (John Hinckley, Jr.); Frank Williams ’97 (Charles J. Guiteau); Craig Laurie ’99 (Giuseppe Zangara); Thomas Baldinger ’98 (Samuel Byck); Keely Davenport ’11 (Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme), Lisa De Respino Bennett ’85 (Sara Jane Moore); Mark Cajigao ’94 (John Wilkes Booth); Christopher DeRosa ’10 (Balladeer); Steven Lowell ’95 (David Herold/Billy); Robyn Ruehl-Lippert ’97 (Emma Goldman, Ensemble); Scott Wichmann ’95 (Lee Harvey Oswald) and Kelly Shook ’02; Meridoc Burkhardt ’01, Brett Radek ’01 and Wagner faculty member Mickey Tennenbaum (Ensemble).

This staged concert reading is presented by Wagner College Theatre Alumni, Friends of the Theatre Board and Development Office.  All proceeds will benefit the Wagner College Theatre Fund and the Christopher Catt Memorial Fund.  Doors open at 6:15 pm for conversation and refreshments.  Tickets are $10 at the door only.  Cash or checks made payable to ‘Wagner College Theatre’ will be accepted. Wagner Students may enter for Free with showing their ID. The production is playing in Stage One.

Luner on Theatre attended rehearsal yesterday and tweeted some sneak peek photos of the production! You can check out these on the Official Luner on Theatre Twitter Site which is @Luner_onTheatre. Or, you can check them out on the NEW official Wagner College Theatre Twitter site which is @TheatreWagner. Some of those photos are placed here in this article and you can check out more there!

So, don’t miss this ONE NIGHT ONLY performance of Assassins by incredible and noted Wagner College Theatre alumni. These alumni date back from graduates of last year, the class of 2011, all the way to the class of 1985. Spanning decades, you can clearly see in this performance no matter what year – Wagner College Theatre has done its job. Thank you to Charlie Siedenburg for supplying the information above. Another Wagner alum, he is helping out with publicity for the production and supplied us with all the information we needed. For more information, check out Wagner College Theatre’s Official Website. Luner on Theatre will be attending Assassins tonight at Stage One and I hope you do too! Don’t miss this killer production!

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