President John F. Kennedy's assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, whose story was told as part of the 1991 Stephen Sondheim musical Assassins, now gets the spotlight all to himself in Oswald—The Musical, which is having a New York City reading on Jan. 18 at 7 PM that is open to the public.
The show is being presented as part of the TRU reading series at the Engelman Recital Hall at The Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue (entrances on East 25th) in Manhattan.<p>
Music and lyrics are by Josh Sassanella, with a book by Tony LePage. Alan Swanke, Carma Armstrong and Rex Armstrong are producting the reading, which is directed by Matthew DiCarlo, with music supervision by Kimberly Grigsby.
The reading stars Matthew Saldivar, Kate Rockwell, John Arthur Greene, Eric Sciotto, Jake Odmark, Patrice Covington, Lianne Marie Dobbs, Brian Golub, Don Burroughs, Ester Barroso, Aashley Morgan, Moriah Angeline, Charles Stevens and Chris Blem.
According to production notes, "The date is November 22, 1963. John F. Kennedy's presidential motorcade heads ominously down the streets of Dallas. A shot rings out. Days later, Lee Harvey Oswald is led through the basement of the Dallas Police headquarters, only to meet his doom, at the hands of Jack Ruby. A nation mourns. Not only for the loss of a great leader but for a truth that can never be told. Oswald: The Musical, tells the assassin's story, simultaneously, through two sets of eyes. Lee's story, (played by one actor), tells of a troubled youth caught up in an impossible situation which ultimately leads to the conspiracy theories that still hold strong today, and Oswald's story, (played by another actor), weaves a tale of a cold blooded killer, driven mad by his unrelenting need to be remembered. We go back in time and watch the final years of his life unfold simultaneously, in two very different ways. From his days in Russia, through his scandalous journey, to that fateful morning in Dealey Plaza, where one man makes two very different decisions. Decisions that will live in infamy until this day.
To reserve tickets: email: TRUstaff1@gmail.com or call: (212) 714-7628.