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“Assassins” Is a Wonderfully Uncomfortable Think-Piece

When most people think of Stephen Sondheim musicals, they think of timeless tales and such masterpieces as “West Side Story” and “Follies.” The average person doesn’t expect a Sondheim musical to be about, for instance, a bevy of attempted (and some successful) presidential assassinations, and yet that is the subject matter of “Assassins,” onstage now… Read More ›

Sondheim Shoots Himself in the Foot with “Assassins,” Now at PlayMakers Rep

PlayMakers Repertory Company is to be praised for taking on the issues of guns as a theme this year, starting with The Story of the Gun, a monologue piece by the ironically named humorist/commentator Mike Daisy. They have followed it up with the 1990 musical production Assassins with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and… Read More ›

PlayMakers Repertory Company will stage "Assassins" on April 2-20 at the Paul Green Theatre at UNC-Chapel Hill (photo by Jon Gardiner)

PlayMakers Rep Will End Its Main-Stage Season with a Bang, with Stephen Sondheim’s “Assassins”

PlayMakers Repertory Company will wrap up its stellar 2013-14 main-stage season with Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award®-winning 1990 Off-Broadway, 1992 West End, and 2004 Broadway musical Assassins, on April 2-6, 8-13, and 15-20 in the Paul Green Theatre in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Dramatic Art. Brooklyn, NY director Mike Donahue… Read More ›

Michael Winters is magnificent as that rascal Sir John Falstaff (photos by Jon Gardiner)

Michael Winters as the Knave Falstaff Trumps Two Kings — Henry IV and Henry V — at PlayMakers Rep

PlayMakers Repertory Company guest artist Michael Winters of the “Gilmore Girls” television series plays that uproarious roly-poly rascal Sir John Falstaff, boon companion and surrogate father to Prince Hal (guest artist Shawn Fagan), with such gusto that his larger-than-life characterization of the knave in the two-part historical drama “The Making of a King: ‘Henry IV’ and ‘Henry V'” trumps those of the two English kings — Henry IV (portrayed with an icy imperial demeanor by PRC mainstay Jeffrey Blair Cornell) and his all-too-human son and successor Henry V (Shawn Fagan as a grown-up and newly clean and sober Prince Hal).

PlayMakers Repertory Company's ambitious Shakespearean epic "The Making of a King: 'Henry IV' and 'Henry V'" will run from Jan. 28th to March 4th in the Paul Green Theatre at UNC-Chapel Hill

PRC’s Joseph Haj and Mike Donahue Will Co-direct “The Making of a King: ‘Henry IV’ and ‘Henry V'”

PlayMakers Repertory Company producing artistic director Joseph Haj and freelance director Mike Donahue, based in New York City, will co-direct an ambitious epic Shakespearean production called “The Making of a King: ‘Henry IV’ & ‘Henry V'” — two historical dramas performed in rotating repertory — from Jan. 28th to March 4th on the thrust stage of the 500-seat Paul Green Theatre.