East West Players (EWP), the nation’s longest-running Asian American theatre and the largest producer of Asian American theatrical works, resumes the in-person production with the award-winning Broadway musical “Assassins” from February 17 through March 20, 2022, with opening night scheduled for Sunday, February 20, 2022, at 5:00pm. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and book by John Weidman, Assassins is directed by East West Players’ Producing Artistic Director Snehal Desai, and musical direction by Marc Macalintal.

All performances of Assassins are presented at the David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center of the Arts at 120 Judge John Aiso Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 in Little Tokyo. 

A darkly comic Tony-award winner that examines the motives of the nine notorious Americans who took their shot at the President of the United States, Assassins is the twelfth Sondheim musical mounted by East West Players in its fifty-six-year history of producing theatre in Los Angeles. This wickedly subversive spectacle explores the national fixation on celebrity and its violent intersection with the American dream.

The cast of Assassins is headlined by Gedde Watanabe (Original Broadway Cast of Pacific Overtures, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum and La Cage Aux Folles at East West Players), Joan Almedilla (Broadway national tour of The King And I, and recently starring as Donna Sheridan in East West Players’ Mamma Mia!), and Adam Kaokept, making his East West Players debut, (Broadway: Miss Saigon Revival and Disney’s Aladdin Original Cast).

The creative team includes: Snehal Desai (Director), Marc Macalintal (Music Director), Preston Mui and Jasmine Rafael (Movement Directors), Stephanie Lim (Dramaturg), David Murakami (Projections Designer), Stephanie Nguyen (Costume Designer), Anna Robinson (Scenic Designer), Wesley Charles Chew (Lighting Designer), Cricket Myers (Sound Designer), Glenn Michael Baker (Property Designer), and Brandon Hong Cheng* (Stage Manager).

Performance times from Thursday, February 17th through Sunday, March 20th are 8 PM Thursday to Saturday, with 2PM matinees on Saturday, and 5pm performances on Sunday. Ticket prices range from $50 to $75. A Pay-What-You-Can performance is scheduled for Monday, February 21st at 8PM. 

 Tickets may be purchased online at eastwestplayers.org or by calling (323) 609-7006. At time of purchase please mention any wheelchair/accessible seating needs. Student, senior, and group discounts are available. Dates, details, and ticket prices are subject to change. http://www.eastwestplayers.org