ASSASSINS

Music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by John Weidman
Directed by Jim Petosa
Musical direction by Matthew Stern
Choreographed by Judith Chaffee
Charles Mosesian Theater
OCT 4-26/2014

“Side-splitting and sobering in equal measure,” raves The Los Angeles Times of this five-time Tony Award winner, including Best Revival of a Musical. Stephen Sondheim takes us into the criminal minds of some of history’s most notorious assassins, including John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, and John Hinkley, Jr. Bending both time and space, this musical gathers a most unlikely meeting of historical misfits.

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Funded in part by a generous grant from the Gregory E. Bulger Foundation

Running Time: Approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes without intermission.
McCaela Donovan*

Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme

McCaela Donovan*

Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme

MCCAELA DONOVAN* returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Assassins, Amadeus, and Hot Mikado. She has performed locally with ArtsEmerson, Huntington Theatre Company, American Repertory Theater, Gloucester Stage Company, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Lyric Stage Company, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Company One, Stoneham Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, and Reagle Music Theatre. She has performed nationally with Primary Stages, New York Musical Theatre Festival, and Children’s Theatre of Sioux Falls. She received a BFA in Musical Theatre from Ithaca College, an MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College, and an MFA in Acting from Brandeis University. She has worked or taught with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Boston Conservatory, Emerson College, Dean College, Emmanuel College, and Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts. Ms. Donovan currently serves as Assistant Director of the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre.

Benjamin Evett*

Proprietor

Benjamin Evett*

Proprietor

BENJAMIN EVETT* returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in GoodBroken GlassAssassinsOn the VergeCamelot (2014 IRNE Award, Best Actor in a Musical), AmadeusCherry DocsOpusIndulgencesA Christmas CarolQuillsA Girl’s War, and Jerusalem, and directing RENT. He recently won the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Solo Performance 2015 for Albatross with The Poets’ Theatre, where he is also Executive Director. He has appeared in Freud’s Last Session and God of Carnage (co-produced with Arizona Theatre Company and San Jose Rep). He was a member of the ART Resident Acting Company from 1993 to 2003, performing in over 50 productions including Waiting for GodotThe BacchaePhedre, and Six Characters in Search of an Author. He has performed at Missouri Rep, Virginia Stage Company, Alley Theatre, Taiwan National Theatre, and Moscow Art Theatre. He is Founding Artistic Director of Actors’ Shakespeare Project, where he played Coriolanus, Hamlet, Petruchio, Edmund, and Caliban.

Creative Team
Jim Petosa◊, Director
Jim Petosa◊

Director

JIM PETOSA (Director, Artistic Director) joined New Repertory Theatre as an award-winning theatre artist, educator, and leader in 2012. He has served as Director of the School of Theatre, College of Fine Arts, at Boston University since 2002, and Artistic Director of Maryland’s Olney Theatre Center for the Arts and its National Players educational touring company (1994-2012). While at Boston University, he established the Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP), the professional production extension of the Boston University School of Theatre, in 2008. Throughout the Northeast, Mr. Petosa has directed for numerous institutions, including The Gift Horse, Brecht on Brecht, Good, Freud’s Last Session, The Testament of Mary, Broken Glass, Assassins, On the Verge, The Elephant Man (IRNE Nomination), Amadeus, Three Viewings, The Last Five Years, and Opus at New Rep. In Boston, his work was nominated for two IRNE awards for A Question of Mercy (BCAP). He has served as one of three artistic leaders for the Potomac Theatre Project (PTP/NYC) since 1987. In Maryland, his work earned over 25 Helen Hayes Award nominations as well as the award for outstanding direction of a musical for Jacques Brel is Alive and Well… His production of Look! We Have Come Through! was nominated for the Charles MacArthur Award for outstanding new play, and he earned the Montgomery County Executive’s Excellence in the Arts and Humanities Award for Outstanding Artist/Scholar. A member of Actors’ Equity Association, Mr. Petosa has served on the executive board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for StageSource. Originally from New Jersey, he was educated at The Catholic University of America and resides in Quincy.

Judith Chaffee*, Choreographer
Judith Chaffee*

Choreographer

JUDITH CHAFFEE* returns to New Repertory Theatre, having previously acted in Good and choreographed Assassins. She appeared in Good at Boston Center for American Performance and again for the Potomac Theatre Project in NYC. Other credits include An American Dream (Colorado Arts Festival); Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, House of Bernarda Alba, and Agnes of God (Boston University), and had a recent film role in The Inhabitants. She has two CDs on Period Styles through Insight Media, and co-edited, with Olly Crick, The Routledge Companion to Commedia dell’Arte. She is Associate Professor Emerita at Boston University, where she was awarded the 2011 Metcalf Cup and Prize for Teaching, and was head of movement for theatre and opera before retiring in 2015.

* member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

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Weekday Matinee Performance:
Thursday, October 23 at 2pm

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