College of Charleston SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

‘Assassins’ – Dark Comical Revue-Style Musical to Be Staged

AssassinsThe Department of Theatre and Dance in the College of Charleston School of the Arts will present five-time Tony Award winner, “Assassins.”

Stephen Sondheim (music/lyrics) and John Weidman (book) examine the motivations of the men and women who have killed – or attempted to kill – U.S. Presidents throughout history. John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley and others meet and interact in this darkly humorous revue-style musical. The notorious characters share with the audience their stories, motives and psychological problems through music and various scenes. 

The setting of the play is “a limbo world of their making” according to director Brent Laing, and the play travels through different decades between the 1860s to the 1980s, with the characters observing each other as they attempt to carry out their crimes. 

DETAILS: The production is for mature audiences and will take place Nov. 20-24, 2014 at the Emmett Robinson Theatre in the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m., with two shows on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. A talkback will take place on opening night. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for senior citizens and College of Charleston students and employees. Tickets are available online at or by calling (843) 953-5604.