LIZZIE’ takes an axe to Borden’s legend

REP Radio podcast: 11th Hour Theatre Company presents LIZZIE

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From l. to r., the cast of Lizzie: Rachel Brennan, Cara Noel Antosca, Alex Keiper, and Meredith Beck. (Photo by Daniel Kontz)
From l. to r., the cast of Lizzie: Rachel Brennan, Cara Noel Antosca, Alex Keiper, and Meredith Beck. (Photo by Daniel Kontz)

For today’s podcast, I made my way to South Philly to hang out with 11th Hour Theatre Company. We talked about the upcoming production of LIZZIE, with music by Steven Cheslik-Demeyer and Alan Stevens Hewitt, lyrics by Steven Cheslik-Demeyer and Tim Maner, and book by Tim Maner. The show's director, Kate Galvin, and its Lizzie, Alex Keiper, take us back to 11th Hour's Next Steps Concert Series, when they first presented the musical, and we return to the present as they prepare to present the full production with some uniquely 11th Hour touches.

Perhaps you recall the dark rhyme, "Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother 40 whacks/When she saw what she had done she gave her father 41." LIZZIE takes a new look at the multiple controversies surrounding the 1892 murder of Borden's stepmother and father. We also talk about the company's trip to Borden's home in Fall River, Massachusetts, the power (or lack of power) of women past and present, an artistic focus for 2017, and what 11th Hour is looking forward to in the new year.

Stay tuned.

What, When, Where

LIZZIE. Music by Steven Cheslik-Demeyer and Alan Stevens Hewitt;
lyrics by Steven Cheslik-Demeyer and Tim Maner; book by Tim Maner; Kate Galvin directs. 11th Hour Theatre Company, January 12-29, 2017 at the Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American Street, Philadelphia. (267) 987-9865 or 11thhourtheatrecompany.org.

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