SAN DIEGO–Cygnet Theatre continues its 10th anniversary season by presenting Stephen Sondheim’s thought-provoking and alarmingly funny musical “Assassins.”
“Assassins” is set to perform March 14 through April 28 at Cygnet’s Old Town Theatre.
Artistic Director Sean Murray has had a long-time love affair with Sondheim’s tricky musical scores, and “Assassins” has topped his wish list of productions. Cygnet has previously staged award-winning productions of “A Little Night Music” and “Sweeney Todd.“ “Assassins,” with book by John Weidman and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, is a uniquely dark and funny musical which explores the motives and inner workings of nine individuals who assassinated or attempted to assassinate the President of the United States. This off-kilter exploration of the American Dream has been presented as staged readings by Cygnet Theatre and received raves from Cygnet audiences.
The musical first opened Off-Broadway in 1990, and the 2004 Broadway production won five Tony Awards. It uses the premise of a murderous carnival game to produce a revue-style portrayal of nine stories that span decades. The cast includes such notorious characters as John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley and Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme.
Performances for “Assassins” are March 14 through April 28. Show times are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m..
Tickets can be purchased by phone at (619) 337-1525, or by visiting the Box Office at 4040 Twiggs St. Discounts are available for students, active-duty military, seniors and groups of 10 or more.