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The Mutter Assassins Go to the Theater!
Date:8/30/2007

The Mutter Museum will be taking its two Presidential Assassins off display to attend the premier of the Arden Theater's ASSASSINS on September 19.

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Mutter Museum in collaboration with the Arden Theater will display the actual remains of two of the nation's presidential assassins from its collection on the opening night of the Arden's production of Assassins, Wednesday, September 19. A portion of the brain of Charles Guiteau (President Garfield's assassin) and a portion of the thorax region of John Wilkes Booth (President Lincoln's assassin) will travel from the museum's home on 22nd street to the Arden Theatre where they will be on display in the Haas Lobby before the performance.

This is the first time that any portion of John Wilkes Booth, a popular actor in his own right, will attend a theatrical performance since that fateful evening in 1865. It is also a first for theatergoers, who will be able to watch this scandalous musical and see actual remains of two of the shows characters on the same night, under one roof.

Arden Theatre Company will kick off its 20th Anniversary Season with Assassins, the socially provocative musical by Stephen Sondheim. Assassins weaves the intriguing tale of some of the most infamous characters from American history. Winner of five Tony Awards, it investigates the personalities behind nine individuals who attempted to assassinate a President of the United States. Assassins is part vaudeville extravaganza, part expose and wholly electrifying, with an incredible score that reveals uneasy truths about the American Dream. Hugely resonant in today's celebrity-obsessed society, the story is peopled with desperate characters intent on making their indelible mark.

About the Mutter Museum

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia's Mutter Museum was founded to teach 19th century physicians about anatomy and human medical anomalies. Today, it serves as a valuable reso
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