Assassins @ SUU (Nov. 3, 4, 6, and 10)

Musical, Assassins, Takes SUU Back in American History

Written by Ashley H Pollock

Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: SUU’s Department of Theatre Arts & Dance will
perform the musical Assassins on November 3, 4, 6, and 10 at 7:30 p.m. and November 11 at
2:00 and 7:30 p.m. in the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre located within the Beverley
Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts. Assassins contains adult content and strong language and
is for mature audiences. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for Alumni with their card, and $7 for
high school students. Southern Utah University faculty, staff, and students are free with a valid
ID card. Faculty and staff IDs are allowed one guest. Tickets are available at the SUU Centrum
Ticket Office (435) 586-7872 on Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or at
www.suu.edu/pva.
Assassins, written by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, brings together the individuals
that assassinated or attempted to assassinate former Presidents of the United States. It is a
musical that digs into the minds of these people and explores the reasoning behind their
actions.
On the website, stageagent.com, it says, “While every nation has its assassins and would-be
assassins, only in America, the authors suggest, do disturbed and disturbing individuals act
not because they hope to influence national politics, but because they are wrapped up in a
malignant sense of entitlement. Feeling betrayed by the failed promise of American
democracy and the American Dream, they strike out at the symbol for America: the
American President. Assassins spans several musical styles and many decades in a
dizzying series of musical and theatrical inventions that culminate in the assassination of
John F. Kennedy.”
Due to the sensitive content of this production, the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance has
arranged three pre-show talks to be held prior to the performances on November 3, 10, and
11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Garth and Jerri Frehner Rehearsal/Education Hall, also located in the
Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts. These talks will feature Dr. Laura Davis,
Assistant Professor of History at SUU, Dr. Earl Mulderink, Professor of History at SUU, and
Dr. Michelle Orihel, Associate Professor of History at SUU. They each will present the
history behind these events.
Get a look into the twisted minds of these historical figures. For more information about the
play, visit www.mtishows.com/assassins.

About the College of Performing and Visual Arts
The Southern Utah University College of Performing and Visual Arts is comprised of nationally
accredited programs in Art & Design, Music, and Dance. The College also offers programs in
Theatre Arts, graduate programs in Arts Administration and Music, as well as a Center for
Shakespeare Studies. The College offers 26 academic programs, including liberal arts Bachelor
of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees; professional Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Fine
Arts in art and theatre degrees; and Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration, Master of Arts in
Arts Administration, Master of Music Education and Master of Music in Music Technology
graduate degrees. More than 60 full- and part-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching
and mentoring over 600 majors in the College. The College presents over 100 performances,
lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year. The College’s affiliate organizations include
the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA), Utah Shakespeare Festival and SUU’s Ballroom
Dance Company. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, visit
www.suu.edu/pva.
For Calendar Editors: Musical, Assassins, Takes SUU Back in American History
What: SUU’s Department of Theatre Arts & Dance will perform the musical Assassins
on November 3, 4, 6, and 10 at 7:30 p.m. and November 11 at 2:00 and 7:30
p.m. in the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre located within the Beverley
Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts. Assassins contains adult content and strong
language and is for mature audiences. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for Alumni
with their card, and $7 for high school students. Southern Utah University faculty,
staff, and students are free with a valid ID card. Faculty and staff IDs are allowed
one guest. Tickets are available at the SUU Centrum Ticket Office (435) 586-
7872 on Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or at www.suu.edu/pva.

Who: SUU’s Department of Theatre Arts & Dance
When: November 3, 4, 6, and 10 at 7:30 p.m. and November 11 at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.
Where: Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre located within the Beverley Taylor

Sorenson Center for the Arts.

Tickets: Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for Alumni with their card, and $7 for high school
students. Southern Utah University faculty, staff, and students are free with a
valid ID card.

Info: For more information, please visit www.suu.edu/pva.

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