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October 27 – December 17, 2023
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Previews: October 27-November 5, 2023
Fridays-Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sunday at 6:00pm

Run: November 9-December 17, 2023
Thursday-Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 6:00pm

*Please note no performance Thursday, November 23.


Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by John Weidman
Assassins is based on an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr.
Orchestrations by Michael Starobin
Directed by Daryl Brooks

A multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force, Assassins lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States, exploring 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 figures from different historical periods meet, interact, and inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream.

Assassins is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Playwrights Horizons, Inc. – New York City produced Assassins Off-Broadway in 1990

Please be advised, this production contains gunshots (recorded), racial slurs,  flashing lights, and suicidal ideation.

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Add a 3-course prix fixe meal when you purchase your tickets for just $33!

Arrive early and enjoy dinner before the show! Dinner service commences 90 minutes prior to showtime (it is not served during the performance) and must be reserved 1 week in advance. Please ensure you contact the box office at the time of purchase to request the vegetarian or chicken slider option if preferred. All meals default to cheeseburger sliders. (Drinks & gratuity not included.)

Dinner for Assassins will be provided by
The Blue Horse Tavern

First Course
Mixed greens salad

Second Course
Pair of sliders (cheeseburger, chicken or veggie) with coleslaw and potato salad

Carrot cake and chocolate Brownie dessert squares


Please ensure you contact the box office at the time of purchase to request the vegetarian or chicken slider option if preferred. All meals default to cheeseburger sliders.

Production Team

Director – Daryl Brooks

(he/him; Director) THEO: Debut. CHICAGO/REGIONAL: Reasons: A Tribute to Earth Wind and Fire, A Taste of Soul, Men of Soul (Jeff nom) and many others (Black Ensemble); The Color Purple and Dreamgirls (Phoenix Theater Co); Memphis (Jeff nom) and Pump Boys & Dinettes (Porchlight). He also is the Producing Managing Director of The Black Ensemble Theater and a proud member of the Sarah Siddons Society. Daryl would like to thank Chris and Fred for letting him bring this show to life, and Denise and Maya for all their support. “And as always, Maya… Daddy loves you!”

Music Director – Heidi Joosten

(she/her; Music Director) THEO: Debut. CHICAGO: American Psycho (MD, Kokandy), Beauty and the Beast (AMD/orchestrator, Chicago Shakes), Grease (orchestrator, Drury Lane), Children of Eden (MD/conductor, Chicagoland Theater Fund) & Queer Eye: the Musical Parody (MD/ orchestrator/composer/lyricist) and Don’t Quit Your Daydream (u/s MD) (Second City). REGIONAL: Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse (associate conductor, 1st National Tour), The Bone Harp (composer/lyricist, Theater Row NYC), Micro (composer/lyricist, Music Theater of Madison), The It Girl (music director, Meadowbrook Theater (MI). She holds degrees in composition from CCPA and UW-Eau Claire. “Love to my family, especially

Musical Staging - Grant Carriker

(he/him; Musical Staging) THEO: Filch & Rev. Kimball, The Threepenny Opera. CHICAGO: Malapert Love, Rock ‘N’ Roll, & School for Lies (The Artistic Home); Newsies (Paramount); A Chorus Line (Porchlight Music); Dutchman/TRANSit & Origin Story (American Blues). DIRECTING CREDITS: Newsies, Cinderella, & The Light in the Piazza (American Gothic Performing Arts Festival); Merrily We Roll Along (Asst. Director, Blank). BFA Acting, Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Represented by Big Mouth Talent.

Set Designer - Bek Lambrecht

(they/them; Scenic Designer) THEO: Debut. CHICAGO: tick, tick…BOOM! (Scenic Design, Boho); Ernest Shackleton Loves Me (Rigging Consultant, Porchlight); Reasons: A Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire (Painter) and Grandma’s Jukebox (Scenic Design) (Black Ensemble); Relentless (Technical Consultant, Timeline); Mr. Dickens Hat (Technical Director, Northlight). BA Theater Design/Production, Millikin University. Currently pursuing a Masters of Business from North Park University and working as Project Financial Coordinator at Chicago Scenic Studios.

Lighting Designer - Denise Karczewski

(she/her; Lighting Designer) THEO: Debut. CHICAGO/ REGIONAL: Recently, A Taste of Soul (Black Ensemble), Dreamgirls (Phoenix Theatre Co.) and Big River (Mercury). UPCOMING: The Other Cinderella at Black Ensemble Theatre, where she is the Resident Lighting Designer. She would like to thank Fred and Chris for the opportunity & Daryl for all of the love and support. “Maya, mommy loves you!”

Assistant Lighting Designer - Jackson Mikkelsen

(he/him; Assistant Lighting Designer & Production Electrician) THEO: Baked! (Production Electrician), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Swing). CHICAGO: Ragtime (Metropolis), The Wild Party (Blank), The Tempest (Oak Park Festival). In addition to performing, Jackson has worked as an electrician with Hell in a Handbag, Black Button Eyes, City Lit, Redtwist, and Prop Theatre. BFA in Musical Theatre, Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, where he now works as the department’s lead electrician and studio theatre lighting designer.

Costume Designer - Marquecia Jordan

(she/her; Costume Designer) THEO: Debut. CHICAGO: Taste of Soul, Black Playwrights Festival, Reasons: A Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire, The Girl Who Was Different, Urban Love Story, Grandma’s Jukebox & Blue Heaven (Black Ensemble); Sister Act, Big River and Clue (all Jeff nominated, Mercury); Five Guys Named Moe, A Raisin in the Sun, and The Christmas Schooner (Beverly Arts Center); The Mountaintop and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Invictus). REGIONAL: Slave Play (Short North Stage). TV: “Chicago Stories” (WTTW). 2022 Black Theater Alliance Award for Best Costume Design, Sister Act (Mercury).

Properties Designer - Isa Noe

(they/them; Properties Designer) THEO: Debut. CHICAGO: The Women Who Discovered How to Measure the Universe (Raven), Albert Herring (DePaul Opera), Shaw v Tunney (Grippo Stage Company), and Little Shop of Horrors (Citadel). BA from Northwestern University, scenic design focus. They would like to thank their family, mentors, and partner for their loving encouragement and unwavering support.

Sound Designer - Matthew R. Chase

(he/him; Director of Production & Sound Designer) THEO: Baked! (Sound Design), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Assoc. Sound Design). CHICAGO/PRODUCTION MANAGER: Spring Awakening and Broadway in your Backyard (Porchlight), Mary’s Seacole & Heisenberg (Griffin). CHICAGO/SOUND DESIGN: Ernest Shackleton Loves Me, Cabaret, The Apple Tree, Rent, Clear, Spring Awakening, Passing Strange & Nunsense (Porchlight); Who’s Holiday (Theater Wit); The Producers & Pippin (Music Theatre Works). Resident Production Manager at Theater Wit, where his credits include Mr. Burns, a postelectric play; Who’s Holiday; Hurricane Diane, Whistleblower & Household Spirits.

Stage Manager - Shay Gordon

(they/them; Stage Manager) THEO: Debut. CHICAGO: Saint Hildegard: The Rupertsberg Tour (ASM, workshop), Sex Tips For Straight Women from A Gay Man (SM, Greenhouse), Right To Be Forgotten (ASM, Raven), Small Mouth Sounds (SM, Human Needs Theatre Project). Shay’s first Sondheim show! In their free time they love cooking, reading, listening to spooky podcasts, and cuddling their cat, Sporty. “Much love to friends and family!”


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