ASSASSINATION THEATER Extends Through January 2016
Due to popular demand, the hit production ASSASSINATION THEATER: Chicago's Role in the Crime of The Century, which has been intriguing Chicago audiences all summer long, is pleased to add 12 additional weeks of performances, extending through January 31, 2016 at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State St. in Chicago.
Even after 50 years, Americans still question who shot President John F. Kennedy and why. Investigative reporter and author Hillel Levin reveals the most persuasive proof to date - and sheds light on the Windy City's pivotal connection - in this intriguing world premiere directed by Kevin Christopher Fox. Tickets for all performances, including newly-added Wednesday matinees, are currently available at assassinationtheater.com or by calling (800) 838-3006.
Special 52nd Anniversary Event
The extension includes a performance on Sunday, November 22 - the 52nd anniversary of the JFK assassination. Following the peformance, audience members are invited to join a panel discussion with playwright Hillel Levin, director Kevin Chistopher Fox, retired FBI agent Zack Shelton and the cast.
This talented ensemble of actor, along with a panoply of projections, takes the audience back in time with original documentation based on secrets revealed by retired FBI agents and evidence that the mob - in particular the Chicago mob - killed President John F. Kennedy. ASSASSINATION THEATER reveals their motivation and even names the shooters, including the self-confessed gunman who fired the fatal shot (and still survives in an Illinois prison). Whether the audience goes 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.
"The origins of Assassination Theater go back to 2007, when I wrote a story for Playboy magazine about the burglars who broke into the home of Tony Accardo, Chicago's long-time mob leader," explains Levin. "After the article was published, I was approached by Zack Shelton, one of the FBI agents featured in the story, who asked, 'Why don't you do the real story about the mob?' When I asked what that was, he replied, 'How they killed JFK." And so began a seven-year odyssey in which Levin did the extensive research necessary to confirm what Shelton and other agents revealed. "For me," Levin says, "the assassination was a kind of theater, staged to put the blame on only one actor in what was, in fact, a much larger production."
The production team includes: Anthony Churchill (scenic and projections design), Victoria Carot (costume design) and Matt Kooi (lighting design), Christopher Kriz (original music and sound design), Calyn Swain (stage manager), Sarah Geis (assistant stage manager) and Pat Fries (production manager).