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David Brendan Hopes, playwright of In the Assassin's Garden.

It’s 1901. A deepply divided America, like the rest of the globe is on teetering on the brink of war. Politicians are manipulating the facts to curry public favor, and the media is spinning the public into a partisan-fueled frenzy, as our country is deciding its moral and philosophical destiny.

Sound familiar? We think so, too. Even though it’s set at the turn of the 20th century, In The Assassin’s Garden feels as relevant and vital as the morning news. Asheville-area Playwright

David Brendan Hopes examines our country’s values with ferocity and abandon, bringing new dimension to familiar icons such as Presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt, news publisher William Randolph Hearst, and feminist/political activist Emma Goldman. The play examines an important moment in historical time, and, in doing so, asks very modern questions about the nature of government, rights, freedom, and even the idea of country itself.

In The Assassin’s Garden is smoldering historical look at an America riven by partisan politics, flirting with socialism, and galvanized by a swiftly rising feminist movement. Seemingly contemporary, this historical play looks at the chaotic and frenzied wake of the assassination of William McKinley, the 25th President of the United States.

The play runs June 14 – 30 at The Magnetic Theatre, located at 375 Depot Street in the River Arts District.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $18 for General Admission and $10 for students. For tickets and information, please visit www.themagnetictheatre.org.

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