Spotlight hosts Assassins July 9-10

State of the Art Productions will present the musical Assassins, in partnership with SYT, July 9 and 10 on the Spotlight main stage. The live show will be performed for a socially distanced and limited number of audience members, wearing masks in accordance with CDC guidelines. (Ticket availability to be announced.)

With music and lyrics by the legendary Stephen Sondheim and book by John Weidman, the original New York run of Assassins was staged Off-Broadway in 1990. Assassins is a striking satire of the anarchic political violence that tragically persists at the core of our culture. The musical explores the history of presidential assassins and would-be assassins in America, including famous culprits like John Wilkes Booth, as well as lesser-known figures such as Leon Czolgosz and Charles Guiteau (who killed Presidents McKinley and  Garfield, respectively). The musical style of each song in the 90-minute production reflects the historical period in which the each assassin lived.

This production is directed by Finnegan Clisham, with musical direction and choreography by Jonah Fried.


  • Balladeer Josh Pike
  • John Wilkes Booth Dean Kelldorf
  • Lee Harvey Oswald Jack Taylor
  • Proprietor Joshua Klein
  • Charles Guiteau Jared Barbee
  • Leon Czolgosz Connor Klein
  • Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme Olivia Pratt
  • Sarah Jane Moore Learl Clah
  • Samuel Byck Aaron Ciolek
  • Giuseppe Zangarra Justin Carey
  • John Hinckley Jr. Noah Manumaluega
  • Housewife/Mezzo Ensemble Falin Ossipinsky
  • Goldman/Alto Ensemble Kendra Goodenberger
  • David Herold/Bass Ensemble Anthony Rozzen
  • Baritone Ensemble Corban Adams
  • Soprano Ensemble Naomi Rusk
  • Tenor Ensemble Augie Stewart
  • Presidents Evan Kaushesh