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Award Winning Production of Assassins back in Toronto January 6

**Hot off the presses as of January 13:**
The play's run has been extended! It will be on hiatus from January 24 to 31 to accommodate another production at The Theatre Centre, but comes back February 1 for an additional 2 week run, ending February 13.

From a media release:

BirdLand Theatre with Talk Is Free Theatre
Announce the remount of last years critically acclaimed and award winning production of Sondheim’s
ASSASSINS

For Immediate Release 
December 9, 2010. Toronto, ON... Birdland Theatre with Talk Is Free Theatre is thrilled to announce the cast for the remount of the 2010 Dora Award winning production of Assassins. Returning to The Theatre Centre from January 6th to 23rd, 2011, tickets for Sondheim’s killer musical are on sale now through Arts Box Office by phone at 416-504-7529 or online at www.artsboxoffice.ca.

Joining the stellar original cast is the brassy Lisa Horner, Janet Porter, Kevin Dennis, Whitney Ross and Alex Fiddes.

Lisa Horner will be playing the role of self-styled radical Sara Jane Moore. Recently she has been seen in Love, Loss and What I Wore and as Claire in My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding. Horne has previously spent five seasons with the Shaw Festival and two seasons the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.

Janet Porter will be taking on the role of Lynette “Squeaky Fromme”, after having most recently been seen in Actors Repertory Company’s production of The City and Birdland Theatre’s SoulSeek. Other stage credits include Orson’s Shadow (Pilot Group), The Swearing Jar (6am Tango/Toronto Fringe), and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Birdland Theatre).

Taking over the role of Zangara is Kevin Dennis. Most recently he has been as Snail in A Year With Frog and Toad (LKTYP), Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet (Neptune Theatre) and Act Now! (Toronto Fringe). Dennis has also been seen in Snow White and The Group of Seven (Ross Petty Profuctions); Hair and The Beard Avon (Canadian Stage); and three seasons at the Shaw Festival, to name a few.

Whitney Ross Barris, who will be playing Emma Goldman, is an actor and jazz singer who has performed across Canada, the US and in Europe. She has appeared in the Dora-nominated Gorey Story, Woyzeck, and the world premiere of Hungry.

Playing Czolgosz will be Alex Fiddes who was recently involved in One Step Forward, a new musical by Leslie Arden and Tim French for Talk Is Free Theatre. He played Gary in Why We Tortured Him (Hammer Theatre) and for the past two years he has appeared in the Toronto Fringe (Icarus Redux and The Last Buffalo).

Part vaudeville extravaganza, part exposé, and wholly electrifying, Assassins is a dark and controversial Tony Award-winning musical about the American dream gone awry. This wickedly comic one-act historical “revusical” lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated, or tried to assassinate, various presidents of the United States. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, Sondheim and Weidman bend the rules of time and space, taking us on a nightmarish rollercoaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and in an intense final scene inspire each other to harrowing acts all in the name of the American Dream.


Birdland Theatre is a Toronto-based theatre company founded in 2004 by Artistic Director Zorana Kydd. Committed to ensemble collaboration through its work with guest artists, sponsors and the community, Birdland Theatre aims to promote the art of live theatre through dynamic productions, intensive actor training and outreach programs.

Talk Is Free Theatre is an artist-driven, award winning theatre company based in Barrie. The company was founded in 2003 by Artistic Producer Arkady Spivak and has produced nearly fifty productions concentrating largely on new and neglected work. Most recently, Talk Is Free Theatre workshopped Jerry Herman’s forgotten musical Dear World, starring Andrea Martin.


Show Information for Assassins:
Venue: The Theatre Centre
100-1087 Queen Street West
Previews: January 6 & 7, 2011
Opens: January 8, 2011
Closes: January 23, 2011
Performances: Wednesday – Monday at 8 PM; Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM
Tickets: All tickets are $35

Tickets are available through Arts Box Office by phone at 416-504-7529, online at www.artsboxoffice.ca, in person, or at the door.

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