Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by John Weidman
ASSASSINS is based on an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr.
Playwrights Horizons, Inc. – New York City
Produced ASSASSINS Off-Broadway in 1990
First Broadway Production, 2004
Roundabout Theatre Company
Todd Haines, Artistic Director
Directed by Clare Shaffer
October 5-15, 2017
Logan Fringe Arts Space: Trinidad Theatre
1358 Florida Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002
Map & Directions
This theatrical tour-de-force combines Sondheim’s signature blend of brilliant 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. Pallas presents an original actor-muso approach to this bold, controversial, and alarmingly funny musical.
ASSASSINS is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com
This show is presented at the Trinidad Theatre at the Logan Fringe Arts Space, run by the Washington, DC non-profit Capital Fringe.
Meet The Cast
Nathan Beary Blustein (Lee Harvey Oswald) is excited to return to the stage as an actor after several years as a theatre musician. He has served as the music director for Shrek the Musical, Forever Plaid, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Tangles: A New Musical About Alzheimer’s, and Into the Woods. He has also played piano/keyboard for Gypsy, Mary Poppins, Carmen: An Afro-Cuban Jazz Musical, and Les Misérables. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Music Theory at Indiana University, where he is writing his dissertation on the musicals of Stephen Sondheim.
|Zach Brewster-Geisz (Charles Guiteau) has worked in DC theater, onstage and off, for over twenty years. Here at Pallas, he has been seen in Lost in Wonderland, code name: CYNTHIA, and She Stoops to Conquer. Other recent roles include Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (WSC Avant Bard); Bréhan in Blood, Sweat, and Fears (Molotov Theater Group); Marty in Dani Girl (Unexpected Stage Company); and Jack in (a love story) (Source Festival). He’s a co-founder of the Siegfried Olsson Band, which is not technically a band but does put out comedy videos on YouTube every week. He serves as Company Manager for Pallas, and teaches at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts.|
Christine Callsen (Emma Goldman) is pleased to join Pallas for its 7th season as a Collective Member. Recent local credits include Taming of the Shrew (Kate u/s -performed) and Queen of Hearts in Lost in Wonderland with Pallas Theatre Collective, Domestic Animals (Lori) at the Capital Fringe Festival, Swing Time (Betty) at the U.S. Navy Memorial, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Maggie) with St. Marks Players. She also appeared in a staged reading of Perfect Arrangement with The Wild Root Company in NYC, and in the Netflix original series House of Cards. She has worked with numerous theatre companies in the Midwest, where her acting credits included Chicago (Roxie), The Spitfire Grill (Shelby), The Sound of Music (Maria), and Side by Side by Sondheim. Directing credits include Sweeney Todd, Assassins, and The King and I. Christine holds a B.A. in Acting and a Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin.
|Tyler Cramer (Samuel Byck) is very excited to be appearing in Pallas Theatre Collective’s production of Assassins! Past credits include: Southern Appalachian Historical Association: Horn in the West (Dr. Stuart); ITW Children’s Theatre: The Odyssey (Odysseus); The Schultz Theatre: Jekyll & Hyde (Jekyll/Hyde); James Madison University: The Cherry Orchard (Lopakhin), The Pillowman (Michal/Fight Choreographer), Assassins (Booth). Tyler has B.A. in Theatre and Media Arts & Design from James Madison University. Much love and thanks to his friends, family, and teachers!|
|Will Hawkins (Balladeer) is a proud Collective Member at Pallas and is thrilled to be working on this production! A whole-hearted supporter of new works, he has had the opportunity to develop many new musicals in both readings and fully staged productions. Some of these highlights include Lost in Wonderland (Mad Hatter) and code name: CYNTHIA (Ensemble) [both with Pallas!], as well as Truth: the Musical (Reverend Bullworthy). Non-original roles have included Zombie Prom (Jonny) and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Bud Frump) among many others. Will has also had the tremendous pleasure of performing at venues such as The Lincoln Center and The Kennedy Center with the National Broadway Chorus. Since he can never say it enough, he’d like to take a moment to thank his parents for their tremendous support.|
|Andrew Keller (John Wilkes Booth), born and raised in St. Louis, has been working as a teacher, actor, director, designer, fight choreographer, and technician throughout his adult life. With Pallas, he performed in She Stoops to Conquer (Hastings) and The Taming of the Shrew (Balladeer/Pedant), and was Assistant Director for Lost in Wonderland. Other selected local credits include: Mack, Beth (Mack) at The Keegan Theatre; Perfect Arrangement (Bob Martindale) at The Source Festival (original cast) and also with the Wild Root Company (NYC); Glassheart (The Beast) with Rorschach Theatre; The Tempest (Gonzalo) with We Happy Few; and Domestic Animals (Lee/Josh) at the Capital Fringe Festival.|
|Karen Lange (Sara Jane Moore) is a proud DC actor, singer, improviser, and producer. She is Artistic Director of Pinky Swear Productions, an award-winning woman-focused theatre company in DC. She is thrilled to bring her voice and her cluttered purse to the role of Sara Jane Moore. Selected acting credits: TAME. (WSC AvantBard); Happy Days (Flashpoint Theater Lab); code name: CYNTHIA (Pallas Theatre Collective); The Carolina Layaway Grail and Our National Museum of the Unforeseen Tragedy (The Welders); Perfect Arrangement (Source Festival); LIZZIE, Over Her Dead Body: A Bluegrass Benediction, the Cabaret XXX series, Bleed, Killing Women, Carol’s Christmas, Be Here Now, and Freakshow (Pinky Swear Productions); A Killing Game (dog & pony dc); Henry IV Part 1 & 2 (Brave Spirits Theater’s re-gendered repertory, role of Falstaff); Romeo and Juliet (Red Eye Gravy Theater Company); A Bright Room Called Day (Nu Sass Productions). Additionally, she performed with Washington Improv Theater’s iMusical: The Improvised Musical for ten years and Vox Pop, a three person musical improv troupe which has been darling of festivals across the country.|
|Brendan McMahon (Ensemble) is happy to debut at Pallas Theatre! Previous credits include Octavius Caesar (Antony and Cleopatra) at Brave Sprits Theatre, Thomas Jefferson (1776) at Toby’s Dinner Theatre, Romeo (Romeo and Juliet) with the Annapolis Shakespeare Company, and Connor Weiland (Good Kids) at the Capital Fringe Festival. Many thanks to his friends and family, as well as his gorgeous girlfriend.|
|Jenna Murphy (Ensemble) makes her Pallas debut in Assassins. D.C. credits include The Very Last Days of the First Colored Circus (Restoration Stage) and Timon: 2016 (Off the Quill). Other credits include Amalia in She Loves Me (Black Hills Playhouse), Fiona in Shrek the Musical (Black Hills Playhouse), and Annie in Annie Get Your Gun (Way Off Broadway).|
|Alex Palting (Lynette (“Squeaky”) Fromme) is a singer, actor, and optimist based in the Metro Area. She graduated from the U. of Delaware with a BM in Vocal Performance and Music History and Literature, and received a Musical Theatre certificate from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Select Credits: Fay, Anyone Can Whistle (RADA), Raven/Sunny, A Strong Woman (FABUM), Tybalt/Prince, Romeo and Juliet (AnyStage Theatre). She is thrilled to be doing what she loves with such incredible people (and that she’s putting her ukulele to other uses besides making friends in her college dorm), and would like to thank the cast and crew for their dedication. JMJ. www.alexandramariapalting.com|
|Taylor Rieland (John Hinckley) is making his debut with Pallas Theatre Collective. Previous theatre credits: Riff Raff in Rocky Horror Show, Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Hanschen in Spring Awakening. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from Towson University. Recent alum of Overtures at Signature Theatre.|
|Camryn Shegogue (Ensemble) is delighted to be making her debut with Pallas Theatre Collective. Recent/favorite credits include Children of Eden (CenterStage Theatre Co.), City of Angels (Catholic University), Smarty Pants (Monumental Theatre Co.), Urinetown (CenterStage Theatre Co.), RENT (Wildwood Summer Theatre), The Addams Family (Kensington Arts Theatre- WATCH Award Nom.), and Les Miserables (Kensington Arts Theatre). She will be starting her junior year at The Catholic University of America, pursuing a B.M. in musical theatre. Much love to Mom, Dad, J, and the kitties!|