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Out & About: Split Stage Productions stages “Assassins” in Greensburg

Dawn Law

| Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, 9:00 p.m.

Updated 13 hours ago

Split Stage Productions performed “Assassins” through Feb. 6 at Greensburg Garden and Civic Center.

“Assassins,” based on a book by John Weidman, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, opened off-Broadway in 1990. The musical uses the premise of a “murderous carnival game” with lingering, unsavory players, and a revue-style portrayal of assassinations or attempted assassinations of presidents throughout U.S. history.

Rob Jessup and Nate Newell co-own Split Stage Productions, a community theater company staging performances at traditional and unconventional venues throughout Westmoreland County. Jessup portrayed John Wilkes Booth, and Newell played the Proprietor, a salesman who supplied the characters with guns at the beginning of the show.

Kevin Bass as Samuel Byck was dressed as Santa in a motley red robe, and he drank from the six pack he carried in his sack while speaking into a cassette recorder. In 1974, Byck attempted to hijack a plane to fly into the White House occupied by Richard Nixon.

Katie Kerr played Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme. She wore beads and a sundress and shared intimate details about her life with Charles Manson. Fromme was sentenced to life in prison after attempting to assassinate Gerald Ford in 1975.

Visit splitstage.com for information about upcoming shows and to support Split Stage and cutting-edge programming in Westmoreland.

Seen at the show: History buffs Ron and Vickie Bierman, of Deep Creek Lake, Md., and Jimand Vickie Bierman, of LaVale, Md., who drove about two-and-a-half hours to see the show.

— Dawn Law

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