By Alisha McDarris
Curtain Call Productions is no longer a theatre without a theatre.
Once a wandering company, performing at various venues around Martin County, it has finally found a home at the Flagler Center in Stuart in its second season.
Curtain Call Productions will be thrilling audiences for the second time at their new location with their production of "Assassins." It is a humorous yet poignant musical that takes a long, hard look at the personalities and the motives of the nine individuals who attempted to assassinate U.S. presidents over the years.
"It's witty and funny, but also relevant in this divided political climate," said Jake Sanders, Artistic Director.
It's an ideal show for the company that aims to provoke thought and action with the shows they choose.
In the past Curtain Call has put on shows like "Next to Normal," a play that deals with mental illness, the musical "Rocky Horror Picture Show," and "Spelling Bee," a musical that explored how young people are dealing with very adult problems.
"Assassins" follows the type, making the people whom history has told us to hate seem real and showing how the country has the capacity to come together during tragedy.
According to Jake there will be moments of laughter, tears, even discomfort as audiences watch the humanization of characters they're not sure whether to love, hate or empathize with.
"It's all over the place," Jake said. "You'll feel every emotion."
He's thrilled to be producing a Stephen Sondheim musical, one of his favorite of all time, in fact. He calls this particular play his "passion project" and he's thrilled that the right group of musicians and actors presented themselves for what he considers a timely production for the current political climate.
"It shows that everything isn't so black and white," Jake said.
The musical includes a cast of 16 and a seven-piece orchestra and will feature a special cocktail hour before the show with live music and themed drink specials including a "38 Special" and "Grassy Knoll."
Curtain Call's 2014-15 season will also be announced at the show.
"We're looking forward to another season of daringly intelligent professional theatre," Jake said.
"Assassins" runs Feb. 13-16 at Flagler Place in Historic Downtown Stuart with performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Flagler Place is located at 201 S.W. Flagler Avenue in Stuart.
For tickets, call (772) 214-1846, visit Flagler Place Monday - Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., or online at www.curtaincallfl.com. Tickets are $25 with student tickets available for $15.