‘Assassins’ to take stage at Auburn

The Auburn University Theatre presents “Assassins,” to take the main stage at Telfair Peet Theater each weekend from February 25 to March 6.

Assassins is a dark yet entertaining reflection of American political violence. It explains the assassinations of Presidents Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, and Kennedy and highlights the attempted assassinations of F. Roosevelt, Nixon, Reagan, and Ford. The story is a glimpse into the minds and motivations of the men and women who made an effort to assassinate Presidents of the United States, successful or not. Steven Hatcher, who plays Sam Byck in the play explains his character’s history and his disdain for Nixon.

“Hopeful at first, his optimistic attitude is taken over by the bleakness of his life and the horrible way the nation has treated him,” Hatcher describes.

Assassins painting by local artist Cindy Mask
Assassins painting by local artist Cindy Mask


The production tells the stories of real people, who have been let down many times in their life, not to be viewed as just killers. Teyonna Johnson, a member of the ensemble, says she likes this particular story because it shows things from a perspective she’s never thought of before.

“Assassins” opened off-Broadway in 1990 with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. At Auburn it is directed by Chase Bringardner with choreography by Jeri Dickey. Show dates are Thursday, February 25 through Sunday, February 28 and Wednesday, March 2 through Sunday, March 6. Evening performances start at 7:30p.m. and matinees, on Saturday and Sunday, begin at 2:30p.m. Auburn University students receive free admission to the show with ID. AU faculty, senior citizens, and non-AU students each pay $10 a ticket and the general public is $15. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online. For more information please visit http://www.cla.auburn.edu/theatre/.

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