East West Players
presents

ASSASSINS

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by John Weidman

Directed by Snehal Desai
Music Direction by Marc Macalintal

Begins March 12, 2020

A darkly comic Tony-award winner that examines the motives of the nine notorious Americans who took their shot at the President of the United States. This wickedly subversive spectacle explores the national fixation on celebrity and its violent intersection with the American dream.

At The David Henry Hwang Theatre
120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Tickets to Assassins are exclusively available as part of the EWP 54th Season subscription, with special three-play packages that include The Great Leap, Sugar Plum Fairy and Sondheim’s Assassins.

ASSASSINS CAST

To Be Announced

CREATIVE
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by John Weidman
Directed by Snehal Desai
Music Direction by Marc Macalintal
Stage Manager • TBA
Scenic Design • TBA
Costume Design • TBA
Lighting Design • TBA
Sound Design • TBA
Property Master • TBA

MARCH 12 – APRIL 5, 2020

Tickets to Assassins are exclusively available as part of the EWP 54th Season subscription, with special three-play packages that include The Great Leap, Sugar Plum Fairy and Sondheim’s Assassins.

For information about group sales, please contact Audience Services Manager Meredith Patt, mpatt@eastwestplayers.org, or tap below.

Official Press Release:

East West Players Announces Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins as the Spring 2020 production of its 54th Season

(Los Angeles, CA) East West Players (EWP), the nation’s longest running theatre of color and largest producer of Asian American theatrical work, announces that it will close out its 54th season with a new production of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins – the wickedly subversive Tony-award winning musical that tells the story of the nine notorious Americans who took their shot at the President of the United States.

“In the tradition of Hamilton and the upcoming 1776 revival, as we revisit American history through a multicultural lens, we wanted to consider the full scope of American history which includes some of the dark chapters at the heart of Assassins. The show investigates the vaunted ideal of the American Dream, and our production will grapple with what it means to live out a dream that is complicated by violence and oppression, which communities of color in this country often know all too well,” says EWP Producing Artistic Director Snehal Desai.

He adds, “East West Players has long embraced the Sondheim catalogue, mounting eleven individual musicals along with two productions of Pacific Overtures and Sweeney Todd in its 54 year span. This production of Assassins coincides with Sondheim’s 90th birthday, and given our background with his work, it is fitting that EWP should be a part of that moment,”.

Assassins features music and lyrics by Sondheim, described by Frank Rich of The New York Times as “the greatest and perhaps best-known artist in American musical theater.” The book was written by John Weidman, based on an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr. The revue-style musical examines motives of these nine notorious individuals as they encounter a nightmarish carnival game that one-by-one untangles their stories. This wickedly comedic spectacle explores the national culture of celebrity and its violent intersection with the American dream.

Assassins (along with the December 2019 holiday comedy Sugar Plum Fairy by Sandra Tsing Loh) will be performed at the David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center for the Arts in Downtown Los Angeles’s Little Tokyo district. It will feature as the grand finale to a season that included co-productions with the Fountain Theatre and the Pasadena Playhouse. Assassins will be directed by EWP’s Producing Artistic Director Snehal Desai, with music direction by Marc Macalintal. Performances begin March 12, 2020.

Tickets to Assassins are exclusively available as part of the EWP 54th Season subscription, with special three-play subscription packages available that include Lauren Yee’s The Great Leap (a co-production with Pasadena Playhouse, directed by BD Wong), Sugar Plum Fairy, and Assassins. New and renewing members can take advantage of subscription rates through November 15, 2019.

For press inquiries, please contact:

Ximón Wood
Public Relations & Marketing Manager
(213) 625-7000, ext. 12
xwood@eastwestplayers.org