As for their roles, all three have found interesting challenges and quirks associated with portraying their individual assassins. Danny shares “something interesting I’ve found about playing Booth is how charming he is, and how he felt (and he wasn’t alone) that his actions were going to heal the country.” Joseph says “I love this role (Giuseppe Zangara). I like playing characters who are dispossessed in some way, and finding an avenue of empathy and understanding in order to be able to give life to that person on stage. As a character, I may achieve some of my goals, which makes my character happy, but what makes him happy and the audience happy are not the same. The tension this creates is the point. We leave the audience to sort through their own feelings, in their own time. At that point, the piece belongs to each individual spectator. This is a wonderful thing.” Spencer says “the most interesting thing about my role (the Balladeer) is that my scene partner is mostly the audience. So it’s a really good challenge to take my focus to them and try to involve them in the story.”
See these talented newcomers to PlayMakers in Assassins, running through April 20.