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The Shoestring Players at the University of South Carolina Upstate will perform Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins on April 11-13 at 8:00 p.m. and April 14 at 3:00 p.m.in the Performing Arts Center Theatre on the USC Upstate campus. The play is based on the book by John Weidman.

Assassins explores the history of presidential assassinations in America, ranging from well-known historical figures such as John Wilkes Booth, John Hinckley, Jr., and Charles Manson groupie “Squeaky” Fromme to lesser known assassins and attempted assassins including Samuel Byck (attempted assassin of President Richard Nixon), Leon Czolgosz (assassin of President William McKinley), and Charles Giteau (assassin of President James Garfield).  Through a revealing series of songs and vignettes, we discover the social, political and economic motivations that drove each assassin and potential assassin to take to the gun!

The cast includes Will Patterson of Greenville as Leon Czolgosz, Taylor Smith of Union as John Hinckley, Garrett Gibson of Inman as Charles Giteau, Juan Williamson of Bogota, Colombia as Giuseppe Zangara, Patrick Phillips of Pauline as Samuel Byck, Andrea Azumendi of Lancaster as Lynetter “Squeaky” Fromme, Julia LeJeune of Spartanburg as Sara Jane Moore, Chris Smith of Goose Creek as John Wilkes Booth, Ryan Barry of Spartanburg as Balladeer, Joelle Gwinn of Homestead, Fla. as Emma Goldman, Chandler Crawford of Rock Hill as Lee Harvey Oswald, Townsend Reynolds of Charleston as David Harold, Robert Wendover of Indian Land as President Gerald Ford, Megan Pridemore of Union as Proprietor, Matt Crowe of Inman as Hangman,  Herbert Johnson of Orangeburg as Bystander, Ashley McFadden of Columbia as Bystander, Brooke Troxell of Boiling Springs as Bystander, Bethany Lancaster  of Boiling Springs as Bystander, Hayden Bishop of Inman as Tourist, Cassandra Scott of Inman as Tourist, Brittany Bailey of Rock Hill as Tourist, Sydnie Stroble of Fort Mill as Tourist, Alexis Jeter  of Spartanburg as Tourist, Jordyn Chelf  of Sumter as Photographer/ Reporter, Maria Williamson of  Bogota, Colombia as Tourist,  Michael Quinn  of Inman as Tourist, Colin Miller of Inman as Billy, and Alastair Mann  of Spartanburg as President James Garfield.

Tickets are $5 for students, faculty and staff and $7 for general admission. To purchase tickets, call the Performing Arts Center Box Office, Monday-Friday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at (864) 503-5695.

Jimm Cox, professor of theatre and director of the Shoestring Players, will direct the production. For details, contact Jimm Cox at (864) 503-5697 or jcox@uscupstate.edu.

PHOTO CUTLINE:  From Left to Right: Julia Lejeune (Sara Jane Moore), Collin Miller (Billy), and Andrea Azumendi (Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme)

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