"A panoply of projections takes the audience back in time and, whether they go in familiar with the details or not, they will emerge with a dramatically different view of an event that has been seared into the nation’s consciousness," state notes on the show's website.
"There's a moral to this story: underestimate the Chicago mob at your peril," Levin stated in his 2007 Playboy feature, "Boosting the Big Tuna." Through his investigative research, the play, which sprang from the magazine story, provides various proof that the Chicago mob was instrumental in the plot to kill JFK. "Even long-time Chicagoans are unfamiliar with the influence of the Outfit on the 20th Century," he states on the site.
According to Levin, the mob provided the shooters and controlled Jack Ruby, who was a key player in the cover up. Assassination Theater brings to light Ruby's bizarre and botched attempt to reveal the truth.
Levin is a playwright, reporter and author specializing in organized crime. His two books, "When Corruption Was King" and "In With the Devil," are both in development to become films. Assassination Theater debuted as a staged reading at the Arts Center of Oak Park, IL, and the current production is playing the Museum of Broadcast Communications through Nov. 8.
Watch audience testimonials for the show below: Helmed by Kevin Christopher Fox, the cast of Assassination Theater features Michael Joseph Mitchell as Levin and an ensemble featuring Mark Ulrich, Ryan Kitley, Martin Yurek, Michael Joseph Thomas Ward and Jesse Dornan. The creative team includes lighting design by Matt Kooi, media design by Anthony Churchill, music and sound design by Christopher Kriz and costume design by Victoria Carot. Richard Lundy is the stage manager, Lucy Schuh the assistant stage manager and Pat Fries the production manager.
The Museum of Broadcast Communications is located at 360 N. State St. in downtown Chicago. For more information and to purchase tickets visit AssassinationTheater.