ASSASSINS

“Everybody's got the right...”

WINNER OF FIVE TONY awards!

February 18 - March 18, 2017


Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by John Weidman

 

Direction by Daren A.C. Carollo

Choreography by Matthew McCoy

Musical Direction by Jon Gallo

 

SHOW SCHEDULE

Previews: February 16 - 17, 2017 at 8:00PM

Opening: February 18, 2017 at 8:00PM

Evening Performances: Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays at 8:00PM 

Matinee Performances: Saturdays at 2:00PM

Closing: March 18, 2017 at 8:00PM




EVER WONDER WHAT IT'S LIKE TO KILL SOMEONE? 

A multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force, Assassins combines Sondheim's signature blend of intelligently stunning lyrics and beautiful music with a panoramic story of our nation's culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it, embodied by America's four successful and five would-be presidential assassins. Bold, original, disturbing, and alarmingly funny, Assassins is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written, making a great show for Bay Area Muscials' second season.

Assassins lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States, in a one-act historical "revusical" that explores the dark side of the American experience. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, writers Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman bend the rules of time and space, taking us on a nightmarish roller coaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream.

*Rating: PG-13

Sidesplitting and sobering in equal measure, this is the most provocative musical in years.
— The LA Times

""Unnerving . . . It's a brilliant show, filled with dark, demented humor."

-Associated Press


CAST

Jessica Fisher, Sara Jane Moore

DC Scarpelli, Leon Czologosz

John Brown, Samuel Byck

Derrick Silva, John Wilkes Booth

Kelli Schultz, Lynette "squeaky" Fromme

Zac Schuman, John Hinckley

Sage G.C., Balladeer/Oswald

Eric Neiman, The Proprietor/Ensemble

Terrence McLaughlin, Giuseppe Zangara

Peter Budinger, Chales Guiteau

Nicole Frydman, Emma Goldman/Ensemble

Rebecca Davis, Housewife/Ensemble

Gary Giurbino, Ensemble

Max Wix, Boy

PRODUCTION TEAM

Daren A.C. Carollo, Director/Scenic Designer

Matthew McCoy, Choreographer

Jon Gallo, Musical Director

Ryan Weible, Associate Director/Lighting Designer

Wesley Rou, Assnt. Stage Manager

Brooke Jennings, Costume Designer

Julie Indelicato, Sound Designer

Devon Labelle, Prop Designer

Richard Gutierrez, Wardrobe Master

ORCHESTRA

Sonja Lindsay, Trumpet

Albert Aumentado, Trombone

Larry De La Cruz, Reeds

Richard Krishnan, Reeds

Roger Kim, Guitar/Banjo

Kyle Wong, Double Bass

Randy Hood, Drums

Jon Gallo, Piano/Conductor


BIOS


CAST

JESSICA FISHER (Sara Jane Moore) an SF native, has been on stages all over the Bay Area and beyond.  She spent 2-1/2 years in Beach Blanket Babylon and won a Shelly Award for Best Actress in a Musical (role: Baker's Wife in DTC's Into The Woods).  But her favorite roles are the ones she plays in real life - wife & mom.  When not on stage she can be found rowing with her teammates out on the Oakland Estuary at the East Bay Rowing Club or on her bike prepping for AIDS Lifecycle 2017.  She & her wife will embark on their 2nd ride in June to help #endAIDS. (Donate at: www.tofighthiv.org/goto/jessicas2ndride). Thanks to BAM for this great opportunity!


DC SCARPELLI (Leon Czolgosz) is thrilled to make his Bay Area Musicals début. Most recent roles include Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar (TVRT), Higgins in My Fair Lady (CCCT), The King of Siam in The King and I and Thénardier in Les Misérables (TVRT). He has been incredibly fortunate to work much of the time with his husband, Peter Budinger (Guiteau), with whom he has written and directed many plays, won a few awards, and appeared in numerous productions (Masquers Playhouse, Diablo Theater Company, 42nd Street Moon…). They were theater majors and improv disciples together at Yale University, and 22 years on, they’re still shooting side by side. DC received a 2011 BATCC Award for Best Lead Actor in The Mystery of Irma Vep.

 

JOHN BROWN (Samuel Byck)  BAM Debut.  Recent credits include The Little Mermaid at Berkeley Playhouse (Chef Louis – TBA Award Nomination) and Sing You A Merry Christmas (The Prince) at Grace Cathedral.  He has appeared at CCCT in their productions of The Drowsy Chaperone (Man In Chair), Lucky Stiff (Harry), Noises Off (Freddy), and Forever Plaid (Jinx).  With Lamplighters Music Theatre he has performed principal roles in their productions of The Mikado, Gondoliers, Iolanthe, Ruddygore, Princess Ida, Trial By Jury, Carousel, and Candide.  Other credits include The Full Monty (Malcolm) with CCMT, Falsettos (Whizzer) with Pinole Community Players, She Loves Me (Georg) with Altarena Playhouse, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Trevor Graydon) with Tri-Valley Rep, Camelot (Mordred) with Broadway by the Bay, and Guys and Dolls (Nicely Nicely) with Foothill Music Theater.

 

DERRICK SILVA (John Wilkes Booth) after a two year hiatus from theatre, Derrick is looking forward to returning to the stage in his Bay Area Musicals debut. He has been active in Bay Area Theatre for over 30 years on both sides of the footlights. He was last seen as "Kevin Morales" in Broadway by the Bay's production of In the Heights. Other recent roles include "Alan Raleigh" in Town Hall Theatre's production of God of Carnage, "Dan" in Next to Normal (CCCT) and "Booth" in Ray of Light's production of Assassins. Derrick is honored to once again be collaborating with one of his favorite directors (and persons), Daren A.C. Carollo. Thanks for supporting live theatre!

 

KELLI SCHULTZ (Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme) a Texan native, is excited to be making her Bay Area Musicals debut playing a complicated, twisted historical figure who has fascinated her since childhood.  She was most recently seen in Dear Texas at the Flight Deck and Cal Poly’s Your True Gender conference. Favorite credits include Next to Normal (Natalie), Cabaret (Sally Bowles), Proof (Catherine) andChronicles of Bad Ass Women (Bonnie Parker).  Kelli holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin in Theatre & Dance, Plan II and American Studies and teaches history and theater to wiry, witty high schoolers by day.  Much love to her incredible students, friends, family and Michael who have supported her as she dives deep into the mind of a Manson family member.  Thank you for keeping my feet on the ground.

 

ZAC SCHUMAN (John Hinkley) is making his Bay Area Musicals debut with Assassins. Most recently, he was seen as Brian in Avenue Q (New Conservatory Theatre Center). His other favorite roles include: William Barfée in …Spelling Bee (Center REP), Yulnick and Brucey in Little Me (42nd Street Moon), Yankee Pot Roast in...and Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi (Cutting Ball Theatre), Crumpet in The SantaLand Diaries (Combined ArtForm), and Jeff in I Love You Because (Lucky Penny Productions). Zac is also a magician and hypnotist. www.zacschuman.com

SAGE G.C. (Balladeer/Oswald) discovered the universe of theater four years ago by accident and can't escape. During his time in College he performed in many productions such as Spring Awakening (SCT), Into the Woods (DVC), Noises Off (DVC) and The Wedding Singer (DVC). Most recently he performed American Idiot at Contra Costa Civic Theater as Johnny and in The Speakeasy SF as Jimmy. In addition to acting, Sage is an improviser on Dragon Viper Cobra. He also story-tells through writing and directing independent films, as well as exploring music composition, sound design, game design, and anything else creative he can get his hands on. His biggest project has been directing and starring in the interactive film series Choice of Action which you can find online. He is also the founder of Paper Mirror Films.

 

ERIC NEIMAN (The Proprietor/Ensemble), has performed and directed with theater companies throughout the Bay Area most of his adult life. After a seven year hiatus while working on his health, family and self he is incredibly honored to return to the stage via his debut with Bay Area Musicals. Some of his favorite stage performance credits  include Trevor Graydon in “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, Harold Hill in “The Music Man”, Mr. Cladwell and Officer Lockstock in “Urinetown”, Finbar in “The Weir”, Anthony in “Sweeney Todd”, Vinnie in “Lucky Stiff”, Martini in “One Flew Over…”, and Charles Guiteau in “Assassins”. Eric would like to thank his wife, Alli, and his children for their never ending patience, love and support both on stage and off. His gratitude also extends to the production and creative team for the gift of this opportunity and reminds you to support local theater and the arts in any way you can. It’s because of these dreamers that our souls are fed.

 

TERRENCE MCLAUGHLIN (Giuseppe Zangara) a classically trained singer, Terrence has performed in shows in the Chicagoland area as well as San Francisco.  Favorite roles include Pirelli in Sweeney Todd, Magaldi in Evita, Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar and Cinderella's Prince/Wolf in Into The Woods.  Most recently, he starred in Absolutely Fabulous: Live as Edina Monsoon.  The production won a BAR "Bestie Award" and Terry got to promote last year's film.  He also sung with San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus for five years and was often featured as a soloist.  He would like to thank Matthew McCoy and Team for the opportunity be a part of this incredible cast!

 

PETER BUDINGER (Chales Guiteau) happily makes his BAM début with Assassins. He recently had the pleasure of playing Alfred P. Doolittle in Daren Carollo's My Fair Lady at CCCT. Prior to that, he played The Pirate King in Tri-Valley Rep’s Pirates of Penzance and Feuilly in their Les Misérables.  He also recently co-directed The World Goes ‘Round and The Women at Masquers Playhouse with his husband, DC Scarpelli (Czolgosz). Peter and DC are frequent collaborators—they’ve directed and written numerous shows together, and co-starred in many, as well, including The Mystery of Irma Vep, for which they were both nominated for BATCC Awards. Peter holds a BA in English and Theater Studies from Yale University.

NICOLE FRYDMAN (Emma Goldman/Ensemble) has been on stage since she was 2 years old, and as a lifer, can't wait to see what the next 50 or so bring. She received her BFA in Theatre from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and some favorite performances include: Cleo in Most Happy Fella - 42nd Street Moon, Reno in Anything Goes - Willows Theatre, Velma in Chicago - PCRT, Lorraine in Nick and Nora - 42nd Street Moon, Lady of the Lake in Spamalot - CCCT, Maureen in RENT - Palo Alto Players, and literally dancing circles around Julia Roberts in the movie Mona Lisa Smile. She is delighted to be back with Bay Area Musicals for year two after playing Smitty in How to Succeed... in 2015 and Rona Lisa Peretti in fall of 2016, and gives many thanks to the Assassins’s cast, crew, production, and artistic team.

REBECCA DAVIS (Housewife/Ensemble), is delighted to be making her Bay Area Musicals' debut. She recently appeared as Eliza Doolittle in Contra Costa Civic Theatre's production of My Fair Lady under the direction of Daren A.C. Carollo. Other favorite recent credits include Emma Carew (Jekyll and Hyde; TVRT), Edith (Pirates of Penzance; TVRT) and Peggy Day (The Women; Masquers Playhouse). Rebecca works at UC Berkeley and spends her free time doing yoga, playing video games, and eating all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue. Thanks to her family and feline, Cubby, for their love, encouragement, and support.

 

GARY M. GIURBINO (Ensemble) is excited to be working with this talented cast and crew in his onstage debut with BAMSF. During this season, you may have seen Gary in Hillbarn Theater’s production of  Mary Poppins and A Few Good Men. Among his onstage roles, Gary has appeared as Pippin in Pippin, Danny Zuko in Grease, Bobby in Company, Hapgood in Anyone Can Whistle, and Anthony in Sweeney Todd. You can see Gary next as G.W. Nethercott in the New Conservatory Theatre’s upcoming production of Sordid Lives this spring.


 

MAXIMILIAN WIX (Boy) is a fifth grader at Presidio Hill School in San Francisco and a second year student in A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory. He has performed in A.C.T.'sA Christmas Carol for the last two seasons, most recently in the role of Ned Cratchit. Wix is a singer in the San Francisco Boys Chorus, and studies tap dancing at ODC. He enjoys drawing, antiques, designing houses, and spending time with his dog Starla.


ARTISTIC TEAM

DAREN A.C. CAROLLO (Director/Scenic Designer) has been a leader in the Bay Area arts scene for over a decade.  He is over the moon elated about his new role as Executive Director of 42nd Street Moon. Previously, serving as the Producing Artistic Director of Berkeley Playhouse, Executive Director of Broadway By the Bay, and Artistic Director for Diablo Theatre Company/DLOC. His production company, Carollo & Palumbo, LLC, produced the musical bare Off-Broadway and A Time to Kill on Broadway. Daren is an award-winning director with over 50 credits over the last thirteen years. His directing highlights include Sound of Music and Hairspray for Tri-Valley Rep, as well as Les Misérables, Sweeney Todd, Jekyll & Hyde, The Music Man, Noises Off (twice), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Trip to Bountiful, Dracula (twice), Peter Pan (twice), Miss Saigon, The Drowsy Chaperone (twice), A Grand Night for Singing, Rabbit Hole, Doubt, Curtains, and To Kill A Mockingbird (twice). Daren has directed for Diablo Theatre Company, Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre, Napa Valley Opera House, Ohlone and Solano Colleges, Town Hall Theatre Company, DRAA’s On Broadway, El Campanil Theatre and Contra Costa Civic Theatre. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and Theatre Bay Area’s Theatre Services Committee. For all that Daren has been blessed and honored to accomplish theatrically thus far, he is most proud of his greatest accomplishment: being the father of his son, Jack.

MATTHEW MCCOY (Choreographer) is proud to call San Francisco home.  Before moving here in 2012 Matthew has performed, directed, choreographed, and produced plays, musicals, cabarets, and magic production shows nationally and Internationally.  He has worked professionally in the regional theatre circuit as well as in Las Vegas, New York, Paris, London, and Shanghai.  Professional Credits Include: Cinderella (Director & Choreographer), The Music Man(Director & Choreographer), Dracula (Director), Little Shop of Horrors (Director), Into the Woods(Choreographer), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Director & Choreographer), Bye Bye Birdie(Choreographer), Shrek the Musical (Director & Choreographer), Addams Family the Musical (Director & Choreographer), Mary Poppins (Co-Director & Co-Choreographer), and Fiddler on the Roof (Choreographer).  He has recieved TBA Award nominations for his choreography on Nunsense and Peter Pan.  Matthew is the Founder & Artistic Director of Bay Area Musicals.

JON GALLO (Music Director/Keyboard) is a San Francisco Bay Area-based music director and pianist. A graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, he studied piano performance under Dr. W. Terrance Spiller. He is resident music director and founding member of Bay Area Musicals, and also serves on their Board. In addition to a busy rehearsal and performance schedule, he is also choir director for Trinity Oakland and pianist for special events around California. Credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, La Cage Aux Folles, Hair, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Carrie: The Musical, Mary Poppins, Seussical, and The Wizard of Oz. Love and thanks always to Mom & Dad, and to Marisa - you're my favorite everything.

RYAN WEIBLE (Associate Director/Dramaturg/Lighting Designer) has been directing, acting, and teaching for 20 years in New York, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area.  He holds a Master’s Degree from NYU and a Bachelor’s from San Diego State.  While in New York, Ryan worked for the Education Department at Roundabout Theatre Company, and directed three premieres.  As an Assistant Director, he worked on the Public Theatre revival of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart.  He also worked with the world-renowned theatre critic, theorist, and foremost Brecht translator, Eric Bentley, on the Off-Broadway revivals of Threepenny Opera and Mother Courage.  On Broadway, Ryan worked as the Script Supervisor and Assistant to the Librettist for the Broadway production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and as a Dramaturgical Research Assistant for the Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins at Studio 54, starring Neil Patrick Harris.  Since his return to the West Coast, Ryan directed award-winning productions of The Producers and Thoroughly Modern Millie, was commissioned to create a re-imagined production of Into The Woods, and directed the Northern California premiere of rogerandtom, by Julien Schwab.  Most recently, he was selected as a Director to participate in Lincoln Center’s Directors Lab West and commissioned/directed a new play by, for, and about the Trans community with Evolve Theatre (the company for which he serves as Founding Artistic Director), entitled: Choosing Us*.

BROOKE JENNINGS (Costume Designer) is ecstatic to rejoin Bay Area Musicals with this exhilarating production of “Assassins.” A graduate of UC Santa Cruz's Theater Arts Masters Program, Brooke is an award winning Costume Designer working in the Bay Area and New York, most recently designing “Every 28 Hours,” a co-production with A.C.T., Berkeley Rep, and FaultLine Theater. Her credits also include San Francisco Playhouse (Colossal, The Nether, Stage Kiss), Berkeley Playhouse (Peter Pan The Musical), We Players (Romeo and Juliet, HeroMonster, Ondine), Magic Theater (asst. designer: A Lie of the Mind, Bad Jews), FaultLine Theater (Maggie’s Riff, Dead Dog’s Bone), Virago Theatre (The Singularity (New York Premier, 2015)), Custom Made Theater Company (Belleville, Chess The Musical, Six Degrees of Separation, Sam and Dede (SF and NY Premieres), The Crucible), City Lights Theater (Rocky Horror Show), and Santa Cruz Shakespeare (asst. designer, Frog and Toad). Brooke is the 2015 Recipient for Best Costume Design by Theatre Bay Area for her work on We Players’ “Ondine at Sutro," directed by Ava Roy and Carly Cioffi.

RICHARD GUTIERREZ (Wardrobe Master) comes from musical theater performing for ten years with The Mulenburg Summer Music Theater Company and has performed Off Broadway in New York at The Performing Garage and with Theater For The New City. He loves playing two people as it was with Ninjaz Of Drama’s production of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and Theater Of Others' productions of Measure For Measure, Taming Of The Shrew and Macbeth here in San Francisco. He has also performed with the late great Civic Free Theater and with The 16th Street Players. He is also the production manager for Landmark Musical Theatre. He enjoys working in all areas of theater which he calls “creative services” and is thrilled to be part of another BAM production.