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“Get ready for some seriously thought-provoking theatre when the curtains open on Assassins: A Musical at Rahway’s Hamilton Stage this Friday, Jan. 17 at 8 p.m.”

The Tony award-winning work by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman has been acclaimed as one of the most creative works in the history of the American musical.

As well as one of the edgiest and —unfortunately — still most timely.

Assassins: A Musical offers an incisive, startling, often bizarrely humorous glimpse into the lives of nine individuals who attempted to assassinate the President of the United States.

Directed by Gregory Scalera, Assassins: A Musical appears at Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton Street, Rahway for six shows: Jan. 17 at 8 p.m., Jan. 18 at 8 p.m., Jan. 23 at 8 p.m., Jan. 24 at 8 p.m., Jan. 25 at 8 p.m., Jan 26 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $15 ($10 student/senior) and can be purchased online at www.ucpac.org, by phone at (732) 499-8226 or the Union County Performing Arts Center box office at 1601 Irving Street, Rahway.

From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, Assassins bends the rules of time and space, taking the audience on a nightmarish roller coaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods interact and inspire each other to commit harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream.

Previous Broadway casts have included Neil Patrick Harris, Dennis O’Hare, Debra Monk, Victor Garber and Lynnie Green.

The Hamilton Stage presentation features an 18-person cast drawn from a talented group of New Jersey actors known as Bullet Theatre Collaborative.

Featured as Assassins are Dusty Ballard (John Wilkes Booth), Tony Mowatt (Charles Guiteau), Kyle Bergslien (Leon Czolgosz), Jason Gillis(John Hinckley), Cara Ganski (Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme), Annie Rutherford Lutz (Sara Jane Moore), Daniel Gonzalez (Giuseppe Zangara), Zach McCullough (Samuel Byck) and Dave Seamon (Lee Harvey Oswald).

In addition to a live six-piece musical ensemble, Ben Regan, Ashley Kraus, Chris DeBono, Ariel Josephine Sheridan, James Dunn, Patrick Getty, Christine Danelson, Will Carey and Christine Sanders contribute roles as Emma Goldman, David Herold and various Presidents and Citizens.

Assassins is not a show that provides pat answers, but one that puts questions into conversation,” says director Scalera. “These infamous characters don’t ask you to sympathize with their actions, or even to fully understand them. But they do ask you to hear their side of the story and will keep you on the edge of your seat while they tell it.”

GREAT LIVE THEATRE continues throughout the month at UCPAC and Hamilton Stage with local and national performers:

* Feb. 7-15: Beyond Therapy: A Comedy by Christopher Durang presented by Mystic Vision Players at UCPAC Loft, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway NJ (6 shows)

* Feb. 16: Menopause, The Musical presented by GFour Productions at UCPAC Mainstage, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway NJ (2 shows)

* Feb. 27-Mar. 8: It Goes Without Saying — 1-man show starring Bill Bowers presented by American Theater Group at Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton Street, Rahway NJ (9 shows)

For showtimes and ticket prices, call the Union County Performing Arts Center box office at (732) 499-8226 or go online to www.ucpac.org.

For more information about the 2013-14 performance season at Union County Performing Arts Center and Hamilton Stage, visit www.ucpac.org.

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