In 1892 on a sweltering August day in a small New England town, a well-to-do elderly man and his second wife were brutally murdered with an axe in broad daylight. Lizzie Borden, their youngest daughter, was the primary suspect. She was arrested and tried, but, with no witnesses to the hideous crime, she was acquitted. The murders remain unsolved to this day.
Though the actual history of Lizzie Borden provided the writers with inspiration and raw material, her legend, which comes down to us as a jump rope rhyme, is the imaginative core of LIZZIE: Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, gave her father forty one.
History tells us Lizzie Borden was innocent, but the legend leaves no doubt about her guilt.
A rock-show retelling of the bloody legend of America’s favorite axe-wielding double-murderess and Victorian hometown girl, Lizzie Borden, by Steven Cheslik-deMeyer, Tim Maner, and Alan Stevens Hewitt “A gothic rock ritual with a ‘riotgirl’ attitude... an eerie hybrid of rock club and a turn-of-the-century New England parlor.” “Presented with wall-rattling glee…deliciously watchable” -The New York Times
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