The Ringwald opens ‘Assassins’ 2/23
The Ringwald Theatre is honored to present a new production of the late Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s musical masterpiece Assassins.
A multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force, Assassins combines Sondheim’s signature blend of intelligently stunning lyrics and beautiful music with a panoramic story of our nation’s culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it, embodied by America’s four successful and five would-be presidential assassins. Bold, original, disturbing, and alarmingly funny, Assassins is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written.
Assassins explores the dark side of the American experience. Incorporating John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley and others, 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 inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream.
“Promises made, promises broken: That does seem to be the whole point of this politically piercing and tragically funny musical. We promise the world to our gullible kind, and recoil in horror when some among us take that word as gospel — and feel so aggrieved that they become violent when they fail to win the “prize” that was promised at the sharpshooter booth of this carnival country.” –Variety
Assassins is directed by Matthew James Wallace and features Joe Bailey, John DeMerell, Phoenix Eldridge, Leah Fox, Kyle Johnson, Vince Kelley, Marcus Laban, Jeffrey McMahon, Allison Megroet, Hannah Niece, Brandy Joe Plambeck, Rashna “Rashi” Sarwar, Dave Schoen, Liz Schultz, and Joey Urreta. Music direction is by Diane Hill; stage management is by Alisa Vandercruyssen. The rest of the team includes: Asia Hicks handling property and set design; lighting design by Eric Niece; costume design by Vince Kelley.
Assassins will run from February 24th through March 20th. Tickets are $30 for performances Fridays-Sundays and $20 for Monday performances. Tickets are currently available at theRingwald.com. This year the Ringwald will be going cashless but credit cards will be accepted at the door. Performances on Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays are at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 3:00 PM.The Ringwald is located inside of Affirmations Community Center at 290 W. 9 Mile Road in downtown Ferndale, Michigan.
The Ringwald opened 16 years ago on May 11, 2007 with Fatal Attraction: A Greek Tragedy and became a mainstay of Detroit’s theatre community. Past highlights include Misery, Who’s Holiday, Puffs, Head Over Heels, The Rocky Horror Show, Heathers The Musical, Mr. Burns: a post-electric play, Angels in America, Into the Woods, August: Osage County, Mercury Fur, The Bad Seed, and Evil Dead: The Musical. The Ringwald was named 2009, 2012 and 2013 Best Theatrical Troupe by Real Detroit and Best Place to See Local Theatre in 2010, 2011 and 2012 by readers of Metro Times.
Assassins CAST & CREW
Joe Bailey Samuel Byck
John DeMerell Charles Guiteau
Phoenix Eldridge John Hinckley
Leah Fox Sara Jane Moore
Kyle Johnson Giuseppe Zangara
Vince Kelley John Wilkes Booth (3/3 – 3/20)
Marcus Laban John Wilkes Booth (2/24 – 2/27)
Jeffrey McMahon Lee Harvey Oswald and others
Allison Megroet Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme
Hannah Niece Emma Goldman and others
Brandy Joe Plambeck Leon Czolgosz
Rashna “Rashi” Sarwar The Balladeer
Dave Schoen The Proprietor
Liz Schultz Ensemble
Joey Urreta Ensemble
Director Matthew James Wallace
Music Director Diane Hill
Stage Manager Alisa Vandercruyssen
Set and Props Design Asia Hicks
Costume Design Vince Kelley
Lighting Design Eric Niece