- Your Visit
"This production, under the direction of Ed Fernandez, is a knockout from start to finish.The acting is great, the orchestra sounds strong and the singing — especially the harmonies — is fantastic"Jane Holahan, Intelligencer Journal Lancaster New Era
Ephrata Performing Arts Center's Oct. 17– Nov. 2 production of Assassins frames portraits of nine presidential assassins and wannabes—from John Wilkes Booth through Lee Harvey Oswald—in the garish setting of a carnival shooting gallery. Rather than offend by glorifying these misfits and misguided "patriots," Assassins personalizes them with piercing insight, comedy and pathos.
"... Fernandez has assembled a particularly fine cast and pit orchestra, and put on a properly paced and inspired production of one of the most unusual of American musicals..."Marakay Rogers, broadwayworld.com
Employing those he depicts as 'the ones who can't get into the ballpark" in league with a contrasting succession of fame-seekers and political zealots, Sondheim forges a spellbinding tale spanning more than two centuries of history and musical fashion.
"EPAC's production of Assassins is brilliant. It is the perfect balance of humor, a thought-provoking dialogue and a sensational score. Do not miss this show, it is another perfect production from EPAC."Kellie Curtin, Theatre Sensations
A smash hit for EPAC in 2000, Assassins is returning by popular demand with that production's original star, Sean Young, reprising one of his most-acclaimed performances as John Wilkes Booth, whose assassination of Abraham Lincoln foreshadows a succession of "followers."
"... Because the actors are, across the board, really fine singers, Sondheim's beautiful score - influenced by American song styles of the various decades involved - gets the treatment it deserves. Music director JP Meyer, always dependable, has achieved his greatest success so far with this show. ..."Susan Pena, The Reading Eagle