ASSASSINS
Stray Cat Theatre

Playwright or Screenwriter: book by John Weidman, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, based on an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr.
Director: Ron May
Music Director: Steve Hilderbrand
Compensation: Non-Union Only
Rehearsals Begin: March 28, 2022
Run/Shoot: May 6, 2022 – May 21, 2022
Stage/Live
Ages: Adult & Child
Nudity? No
Fees? No

Show Synopsis

The controversial Tony Award-winning theatrical triumph, ASSASSINS combines Stephen 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.

Character Breakdown

John Wilkes Booth – plays 25-35 – Assassinated President Abraham Lincoln during a performance at Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C. on April 14, 1865. Foreman and inspirational celebrity to the other assassins.

Charles Guiteau – plays 35-45 – Assassinated President James Garfield in the waiting room of the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station, Washington, D.C., on July 2, 1881. Dashing but mad.

Leon Czologosz – plays 25-30 – Assassinated President William McKinley at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y. on September 6, 1901. A young poverty-worn radical.

Giuseppe Zangara – plays 30-35 – Attempted to assassinate President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt as he greeted well-wishers in Bayfront Park, Miami, FL on February 15, 1933. An angry, heavily-accented immigrant.

Samuel Byck – plays 40-45 – Attempted to assassinate President Richard Nixon by hijacking a commercial jetliner. Hysterically irate schlep in a Santa Claus suit.

Lynette “squeaky” Fromme – plays 25-30 – Attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford at the Capitol Park in Sacramento, CA on September 5, 1975. A pixie hippie in love with Charles Manson.

Sara Jane Moore – plays 40-45 – Attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, CA, on September 22, 1975. A frazzled housewife with little sense.

John Hinckley – plays 25-30 – Attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan as he left the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. on March 30, 1981. A love-obsessed and depressed college student.

Lee Harvey Oswald – plays 20-25 – Assassinated President John F. Kennedy from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository in Dallas, TX on November 22, 1963. A suicidal, dejected shipping clerk.

Balladeer – plays 20-40 – A folk singer and the narrator of the show. The voice of America.

Emma Goldman – plays 30-40 – Turn-of-the-century Anarchist agitator and feminist. Terse and stubborn. An inspiration to Czolgosz.

The Proprietor – plays 30-50 – A mysterious man who lurks around at a carnival.

Billy – plays adolescent – for this production, we are seeking a young white male – Sara Jane Moore’s whiny son. ***IF THE ACTOR IS UNDER 18, PLEASE HAVE THE PERFORMER’S PARENT SET UP THE AUDITION APPOINTMENT.

Also casting a small ensemble of singers/actors to play various roles – open as to how many.

What To Prepare

PLEASE PREPARE:
2 songs/cuttings - totaling NO MORE THAN THREE MINUTES FOR BOTH.
SONG 1 - ANY Sondheim song
SONG 2 - ANY musical theatre song of your choosing
THERE WILL BE NO ACCOMPANIMENT
please plan to either sing a cappella or bring tracks with you - we will have playback equipment available

TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION:
SEND AN EMAIL WITH THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION.
IF YOU ARE MISSING ANY OF THE INFORMATION REQUESTED YOUR APPOINTMENT WILL NOT BE SCHEDULED:

1. NAME

2. GENERAL TIME YOU WOULD LIKE TO SCHEDULE YOUR AUDITION. (We will do our best to accommodate these requests.)

3. A PHONE NUMBER TO REACH YOU

4. CHARACTER(S) YOU WOULD LIKE TO AUDITION FOR

REMEMBER THIS EMAIL MUST HAVE ALL OF THIS INFORMATION OR YOUR APPOINTMENT WILL NOT BE SCHEDULED. YOU WILL RECEIVE CONFIRMATION WITHIN 24 HOURS.

SEND TO EMAIL: rmay@straycattheatre.org

Headshot & Resume Required

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Auditions By Appointment

Audition Contact

Audition Dates/Times

Sun. Jan. 30
1pm - 4pm

Callback Dates/Times

Mon. Jan. 31
evening

Audition Venue

Childsplay Campus of Imagination and Wonder
900 S. Mitchell Dr. Tempe, Arizona 85281

Please enter along the 9th St side - follow the signage facing the street/parking

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