Watch This presents Stephen Sondheim’s
Directed by Tyran Parke
14 – 25 October 2014
With Nick Simpson-Deeks as Lee Harvey Oswald and Anne Wood as Sarah Jane Moore
Following the sell-out success of their debut production (nominated for three Green Room Awards), Watch This is taking the show on the road next month with a regional tour of Assassins.
The ambitious independent company, that earlier this year produced Pacific Overtures to great acclaim, has once again assembled an extraordinary ensemble of actors, singers and comedians. Artistic Director, Sonya Suares is excited to recreate this complex, innovative musical for audiences in West Gippsland, Sale and Geelong. “We’re piloting a new model to tour large scale shows to regional communities who would otherwise have limited access to this kind of work,” she says. “It’s a pretty special project. Getting 21 people on the road is no mean feat, this being only our second year of operation. ”
Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's killer black comedy, Assassins kicks off amidst the lurid debris of a traveling carnival, taking the audience on a kaleidoscopic ride through the psychological landscape of nine notorious historical figures – men and women who, for one reason or another, made attempts on the lives of American presidents. It delves dark side of the American Dream and its aggrandising notions of entitlement and ‘manifest destiny’.
“I didn’t want to kill anybody, but there comes a point when the only way you can make a statement is to pick up a gun.“ Sarah-Jane Moore
The score, by Academy Award-winning composer and lyricist, Stephen Sondheim, runs the gamut from folk to ragtime to big Broadway ballads, hoedowns and barbershop quartets. With a provocative book by John Weidman, Assassins examines the lives, loves and lunacy of nine American assassins, including John Wilkes Booth, John Hinckley, Lee Harvey Oswald and Sarah Jane Moore.
"Assassins is both terrifically funny and terrifying,” says director, Tyran Parke. “As a show, it strikes that perfect balance between challenging ideas and sheer entertainment.
“Having worked for many years on Sondheim projects and with the composer himself, I'm thrilled to be revisiting material that demands so much from both performers and audiences.”
This year’s cast includes Anne Wood and Nick Simpson-Deeks alongside Mark Dickinson, Glaston Toft, Shane Nagle, Luigi Lucente, Rowan Witt, Nicholas Christo, Tod Strike, Sonya Suares, James Millar, Johanna Allen, Jennifer Reed, and Leighton Young. Director, Tyran Parke is once again joined by Luke Byrne as Musical Director, Crisanne Fox as Set & Costume Designer, and Rob Sowinski as Lighting Designer.
Assassins is produced in partnership with Auspicious Arts Projects, Regional Arts Victoria, Creative Partnerships Australia with support from Touring Victoria.
Dates, Time & Booking Information
14 & 15 October: West Gippsland Performing Arts Centre; Bookings www.wgac.com.au / (03) 5624 2456
17 & 18 October: John Leslie Theatre, Sale; Bookings www.ebbwec.com.au / (03) 5143 3200
23 – 25 October: Geelong Performing Arts Centre; Bookings www.gpac.org.au / (03) 5225 1200