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.
Peter S. Adams*

Samuel Byck

Peter S. Adams*

Samuel Byck

PETER S. ADAMS* (Samuel Byck) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Little Shop of Horrors. He toured Canada and the United States as Father in the 2001-2002 National Tour of Ragtime. Other credits include Sweeney Todd (IRNE Nomination Best Actor in a Musical) and Sunset Boulevard (Next Door Center for the Arts); Miss Saigon (IRNE Nomination Best Actor in a Musical) and Evita (Turtle Lane Playhouse); The History Boys, Peter Pan, and CATS (Theatre by the Sea); Trouble in Tahiti,
The Full Monty, and Moonlight and Magnolias (Foothills Theatre). New York credits include a staged reading of the new musical Static. This winter he will play The Ghost of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol (North Shore Music Theatre).

Harrison Bryan

Giuseppe Zangara

Harrison Bryan

Giuseppe Zangara

HARRISON BRYAN (Giuseppe Zangara) makes his New Repertory
Theatre debut. Area credits include columbinus (Boston University); Metamorphosis (Boston Center for American
Performance); Fred! The Musical (Cutler Majestic Theatre); and The Sussman Variations (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre). Other credits include Spamalot (New London Barn Playhouse); Hello! My Baby (Rubicon Theatre); and Twelfth Night (Powerhouse Theatre Company). Originally from Brooklyn, NY, he will move back this winter and work with his new production company, Business
Lunch Productions. harrisonbryan.com

McCaela Donovan*

Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme

McCaela Donovan*

Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme

MCCAELA DONOVAN* (Lynette“Squeaky” Fromme) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in 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* (Proprietor) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in On the Verge, Camelot (2014 IRNE Award,
Best Actor in a Musical), Amadeus, Cherry Docs, Opus, Indulgences, A Christmas Carol, Quills, A Girl’s War,
and Jerusalem, and directing RENT. He was recently seen 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 Godot, The Bacchae, Phedre, 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.

Evan Gambardella

Balladeer, Lee Harvey Oswald

Evan Gambardella

Balladeer, Lee Harvey Oswald

EVAN GAMBARDELLA (Balladeer, Lee Harvey Oswald) makes his
New Repertory Theatre debut. Recent credits include columbinus, Assassins, Pacific Overtures, After Ashley, Gutenberg! The Musical!, and Confines of a Carcass (Boston University). He is a magician, balloon animal artist, hypnotist, and four year member of the Society of American Magicians. He has taught and performed in Europe, Africa, and across the United States. Mr. Gambardella received a BFA in Acting from Boston University. He is originally from North Haven, CT. He will next work with the creators of the Broadway-bound production Witness Uganda.

Jesse Garlick

Ensemble

Jesse Garlick

Ensemble

JESSE GARLICK (Ensemble, Dance Captain) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in New Rep’s Classic Repertory
Company production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Other recent credits include Assassins, Pacific Overtures,
Passion Play, Camille, Execution of Justice, A Lie of the Mind (Boston University). Mr. Garlick received a BFA in Acting from
Boston University. He is currently teaching as a part of Boston Ballet’s City Dance program. Originally from Stony Brook, NY, he currently resides in Brookline. He will next appear at New Rep in The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore in April.

Paula Langton*

Sara Jane Moore

Paula Langton*

Sara Jane Moore

PAULA LANGTON* (Sara Jane Moore) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in On the Verge, Amadeus, and Bakersfield Mist. Recent credits include Love’s Labour’s Lost and
Mother Courage (Shakespeare & Company); The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the- Moon Marigolds, Good, and Monster (Boston Center for American Performance); A Question of Mercy (Potomac Theatre Project); The Glass Menagerie (Olney Theatre Center); Trojan Barbie and Donnie Darko (American Repertory Theater), Walking the Volcano and Daughter of Venus (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); and Romeo and Juliet, Middletown, Twelfth Night, Othello, The Winter’s Tale, King Lear, Measure for Measure, Henry V, All’s Well That Ends Well, and Richard III (Actors’ Shakespeare Project). She has also performed with Boston Theatre Works, Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company, Charles Playhouse, Nora Theatre, Gloucester Stage Company, Coyote Theatre, Hasty Pudding, New York Theatre Workshop, and others. Ms. Langton serves as Head of Acting at Boston University’s School of Theatre. She will next appear at New Rep in The Milk Train Doesn’t
Stop Here Anymore in April

Mark Linehan*

John Wilkes Booth

Mark Linehan*

John Wilkes Booth

MARK LINEHAN* (John Wilkes Booth) returns to New Repertory
Theatre after appearing in Camelot and The Last Five
Years. Other recent area credits include South Pacific (Reagle
Music Theatre); Something’s Afoot (Stoneham Theatre);
and Hairspray and Pippi Longstocking (Wheelock Family Theatre). He has also appeared on stage with Lyric Stage Company, Moonbox Productions, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Foothills Theatre, NextDoor Center for the Arts, Fiddlehead Theatre, and the Papermill Theater. Film and television work includes numerous commercials and stunt work in Surrogates and Shutter Island, as well as three episodes of Monumental Mysteries (Travel Channel). Mr. Linehan earned his BFA in Musical Theater from Emerson College. Originally from Natick, he currently resides in Malden.

Kevin Patrick Martin*

Leon Czolgosz

Kevin Patrick Martin*

Leon Czolgosz

KEVIN PATRICK MARTIN* (Leon Czolgosz) makes his New Repertory Theatre debut. Area credits include A Christmas Carol
(North Shore Music Theatre); Thoroughly Modern Millie and 42nd Street (Stoneham Theatre); 42nd Street, Les Misérables, and Legally Blonde (Ocean State Theatre Company); La Cage Aux Folles, The Producers, Evita, and George M! (Theatre by the Sea); The Producers and 42nd Street (New Bedford Festival Theatre). New York credits include Little Mary Sunshine (Musicals Tonight!); and A Chorus Line (Actors Fund Arts Center). Other credits include Cabaret (freeFall Theatre); Forever Plaid (Tent Theatre, Festival 56); and Smokey Joe’s Café (Midtown Arts Center). Mr. Martin earned his BA in Theatre from Rhode Island College. A native of Cumberland, RI, he now resides in New York City.

Brad Daniel Peloquin*

Charles Guiteau

Brad Daniel Peloquin*

Charles Guiteau

BRAD DANIEL PELOQUIN* (Charles Guiteau) returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Marry Me a Little and Moby Dick: An American Opera. Other area credits include Die Fledermaus (New England Light Opera); A Christmas Carol (Hanover Theatre); Follies (Overture Productions); and The Mikado (Huntington Theatre Company / North Shore Music Theatre). Regional appearances include Closer Than Ever (Bristol Valley Theatre); Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (Pops); and Big River, Chess, and Lies & Legends (Blackfriars Theatre). International appearances include a recital tour in Nagasaki, Japan; featured soloist at the Britten-Pears Festival in Snape, England; and soloist with the Orchestra of St. Andrews and John in Montreal, Canada. He has recorded music with Telarc International (earning three Grammy Award nominations), Musica Omnia, and Harmonia. Mr. Peloquin earned his MM at the College of Fine Arts at Boston University. Originally from Wisconsin, he currently resides in Watertown.

Casey Tucker

Emma Goldman, Ensemble

Casey Tucker

Emma Goldman, Ensemble

CASEY TUCKER (Emma Goldman, Ensemble) makes her New
Repertory Theatre debut. Area credits include Henry V (Arts
After Hours); Assassins, The Women of Henry VIII, Passion Play, and A Delicate Balance (Boston University); The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-inthe- Moon Marigolds (Boston Center for American Performance); and Romeo and Juliet (London Center for American Performance). She received a BFA in Acting from Boston University. Originally from Orange County, CA, Ms. Tucker currently resides in the Mission Hill area of Boston.

Patrick Varner

John Hinckley, Jr.

Patrick Varner

John Hinckley, Jr.

PATRICK VARNER (John Hinckley, Jr.) makes his New Repertory Theatre debut. Area credits include Translations (Bad Habit
Productions); Brundibar & But the Giraffe! (Underground
Railway Theatre); Where We Belong (ArtsEmerson); The Comedy of Errors (Anthem Theatre Company); and Shining City and Buried Child (Boston University). Television credits include I (almost) Got Away With It (Discovery Channel). Mr. Varner attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and received a BFA in Acting from Boston University. Originally from Sonoma County, CA, he currently resides in Allston.

Creative Team
Jim Petosa , Director
Jim Petosa

Director

JIM PETOSA◊ (Director, Artistic Director) joined New Repertory Theatre as an award winning theater 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 BU, he established the Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP), the professional production extension of the BU School of Theatre in 2008. Throughout the Northeast, Petosa has directed for numerous institutions, including 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.

Matthew Stern , Musical Director
Matthew Stern

Musical Director

MATTHEW STERN (Musical Director) has been music directing theatre in the Boston area for the past nine years, and has over 90
productions to his credit. He is currently in the second year of the MFA program in Theatre Education at Boston University. Musical direction credits include Hairspray (Wheelock Family Theatre, Elliot Norton Award Best Musical); Ragtime (Fiddlehead Theatre, BWW Award, IRNE Nomination); Pacific Overtures, Assassins, and Merrily We Roll Along (Boston University); Nutcracker (Stoneham Theatre); Into the Woods and Honk (Stoneham Young Company); Candide (Berkshire Theatre Festival); Saturday Night (Brandeis Theatre Company). Mr. Stern has also been Music Director at French Woods Festival since 2010. Originally from outside of Philadelphia he currently resides in Jamaica Plain. He will next direct music for The Human Comedy (Boston University); and Shrek (Wheelock Family Theatre).

Judith Chaffee, Choreography
Judith Chaffee

Choreography

JUDITH CHAFFEE (Choreographer) is an Associate Professor, head of Movement, at the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre. She is a specialist in dance, alignment/release techniques, Commedia dell’Arte, choreography, viewpoints, masks, contact improvisation, and period styles, and has taught in England, Italy, Denmark, South Korea, Latvia, and Germany. She played Mother in the Boston Center for American Performance production of C. P. Taylor’s Good, and Puck in the Boston University production of Britten’s opera, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has choreographed for OperaBoston, Central Square Theater, Huntington Theatre Company, North Shore Music Theatre, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Merrimack Repertory
Theatre, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Hanover Theatre, and Stoneham Theatre, among others. In 2011, she was awarded the Boston University Metcalf Cup and Prize for excellence in teaching, and has co-edited with Olly Crick the Routledge Companion to Commedia dell’Arte, being released in November 2014.

Kamilla Kurmanbekova , Scenic Designer
Kamilla Kurmanbekova

Scenic Designer

KAMILLA KURMANBEKOVA (Scenic Designer) makes her New Repertory Theatre debut. Originally from Kazakhstan, Ms. Kurmanbekova moved to Boston to earn an MFA in Stage Design from the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre. While at Boston University, she was scenic designer for the 2012 production of Assassins.

Jiyoung Han , Associate Scenic Designer
Jiyoung Han

Associate Scenic Designer

JIYOUNG HAN (Associate Scenic Designer) makes her New Repertory Theatre debut. Area scenic design credits include Doubt (Stoneham Theatre); Chicago (Regal Musical Theatre); and Owen Wingrave, The Cracking Hour, Il Matrimonio Segreto, Intimate Apparel, Learned Ladies, God’s Ear, and Bowles Celebration (Boston University). She received an MFA in Scenic Design from Boston University. She is originally from South Korea.

Chelsea Kerl , Costume Designer
Chelsea Kerl

Costume Designer

CHELSEA KERL (Costume Designer) returns to New Repertory Theatre after designing costumes for Tongue of a Bird and costume
construction for Our Lady. Recent area design credits include Emilie (The Nora Theatre Company); Macbeth (Brown Box Theatre Project); Henry V (Arts After Hours); Der Vampyr (OperaHub); and Pacific Overtures (Boston University). Ms. Kerl received an MFA in Costume Design from Boston University, and a BA in Theatre, and a BA in English from the University of Maryland. Originally from New Jersey, she currently resides in Allston. She will return to New Rep to design costumes for The Little Prince in November.

Jedidiah Roe , Lighting Designer
Jedidiah Roe

Lighting Designer

JEDIDIAH ROE (Lighting Designer) returns to New Repertory Theatre after assistant lighting designing The Elephant Man. Previous lighting design credits include Becky Shaw (Round House Theater); Jarman (Atlas Theater); Pas de Deux (The Studio Theatre); Canterbury Tales (Pointless Theater Company); The Show-Off (American Century Theater); The Seagull, Everything in the Garden, and Gilgamesh (University of Maryland). Associate and assistant lighting design credits include work with Maryland Opera Studio, Theatre J, Round House Theatre, and Olney Theatre. Mr. Roe holds an MFA from the University of Maryland and a BA from Florida State University.

Michael Policare , Sound Designer
Michael Policare

Sound Designer

MICHAEL POLICARE (Sound Designer) returns to New Repertory Theatre after sound designing Closer Than Ever and assistant sound
designing Rancho Mirage. Recent credits include sound design for Assassins and Shelter (Boston Conservatory); Audio 2 for Light Princess (ART Institute); sound board operator for Marvelous Wonderettes, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Last Days of Doowop, The Rat Pack is Back, Theatro, The Movin’ Out Band, and Lumberjacks in Love (Stoneham Theatre). Mr. Policare is currently the AV Supervisor for New England Conservatory’s Opera Department. Originally from East Greenwich, RI, he currently resides in Lowell. He will return to New Rep to design sound for The Little Prince in November.

Anna Burnham*, Stage Manager
Anna Burnham*

Stage Manager

ANNA BURNHAM* (Stage Manager) returns to New Repertory Theatre after stage managing The Little Prince, Assassins, and Imagining Madoff. Area credits include Other Desert Cities, The How and The Why, Good People, Red, Quality of Life, Distracted, and Superior Donuts (New Century Theatre). New York credits include Corner Pocket (Extant Arts); Notice Me (Foglight Productions); In Paradise & She Plundered Him and Summer Shorts Festivals IV &V (Interactive Arts). She received a BA from Bennington College. Originally from Westport, CT, she currently resides in Jamaica Plain. Following The King of Second Avenue, Ms. Burnham will return to New Rep to stage manage Stronger than the Wind and God Box.

Leslie Sears*, Assistant Stage Manager
Leslie Sears*

Assistant Stage Manager

LESLIE SEARS* (Assistant Stage Manager) returns to New Rep after stage managing Our Lady, The Whipping Man, Camelot, Rancho Mirage, Amadeus, and Race. Other credits include Private Lives (Shakespeare Theatre Company); A Raisin in the Sun, Invisible Man, Private Lives, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Sons of the Prophet, Ruined, Vengeance is the Lord’s, Bus Stop, Prelude to a Kiss, All My Sons, A Civil War Christmas, Fences, The Miracle at Naples, and The Corn is Green (Huntington Theatre Company); four operas with Boston Early Music Festival; three seasons with Boston Lyric Opera; and four seasons at Tanglewood Music Center. New York credits include Sons of the Prophet (Roundabout TheatreCenter). Ms. Sears is a graduate of Boston University, where she currently teaches Stage Management. She will next work at New Rep on The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore.

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

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