The Sierra Stages production of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s disturbing but brilliant musical “Assassins” opens tonight (Oct. 25) at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley.
The five-time Tony Award-winning musical will play for four weekends only, through Nov. 17.
A Nevada County premiere, “Assassins” features 16 local actors, accompanied by a four-person band.
The show is directed by Susan Mason with musical direction by Ken Getz.
“Assassins” is both thought-provoking and alarmingly funny and is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written. It offers a study of nine real-life American presidential assassins or would-be assassins.
The show includes such historical figures as Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley, Squeaky Fromme, Sara Jane Moore and John Wilkes Booth.
The show is, at turns, hilarious, jolting and heart-wrenching, as the history of these men and women unfurls across —and often without regard to — time. Note that “Assassins” contains strong language and adult situations.
“We are excited to be presenting this ground-breaking musical in Nevada County,” said Sierra Stages board president Peter Mason. “Sondheim’s score is brilliant, accessible and incorporates every style of American music, while Weidman’s book honestly and often humorously explores the unique personalities of these nine individuals.
“The show offers a unique take on what it means to succeed in America and is both an entertaining and moving evening at the theatre.”
Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursdays, at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays. For the first two performances, Thursday and Friday, general admission tickets are only $15.
For all other performances, general admission tickets are available at the reduced price of $20 if purchased before Saturday. After that, general admission tickets will be $25 for all performances.
In addition, Sierra Stages is pleased to offer reserved seating for $30. With reserved seating, audience members may select specific seat locations in advance and also provide additional financial support for the production.
General admission tickets and reserved seating are available online at www.SierraStages.org, by calling Sierra Stages at (530) 346-3210 and in person at the Nevada City Box Office (at the Miners Foundry) and BriarPatch Co-op.
If tickets are still available, student rush (under age 18 with presentation of full-time student ID) will be available for $15 on a first-come, unreserved basis 30 minutes prior to curtain.
For information, go to www.SierraStages.org.