The award nominations and glorious reviews just keep on rolling in for this outstanding play!
(Note – This is an edited version of a November 22, 2010 post.)
Okay, Fall River – Get ready because its gonna be busy 2011 for Lizzie Borden and the city of her birth. Not only will the Fall River Historical Society’s Parallel Lives be published before the last bud of your rosebush blooms, but this play will have a 3 performance run at Durfee H.S., August 5th and 6th. You’ll all recall the murders occurred August 4th and each year the Pear Street Players do re-enactments at the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakrfast. Plan to visit the house and then see the play.
I’m thrilled to share the email I received today from Garrett Heater. Kudos to all of the cast. HERE IT IS:
From: Garrett Heater [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, April 04, 2011 4:31 PM
To: Faye Musselman
Subject: Re: New Lizzie Play
READ THE REVIEW by clicking HERE
Garret’s latest email tells me he would like to bring the play to Fall River! He’s asked Michael Martins (curator of Fall River Historical Society) his thoughts and Michael made the excellent suggestion of Bristol Community College’s theater, I say EXCELLENT because it would appear this play deserves the largest and most appropriate venue to stage its premiere in the town of which this mystifying case is centered.
HUZZAS TO CAST & CREW!!!
UPDATE: Garrett sent me an email today with some scenes from the play. I am totally thrilled to see actors that are “age appropriate” for a change!! This looks stunning and I so much wish I was on the east coast to attend. Those of you with the geographic imperative should take advantage of this!!!
November 12, 13, 19, 20 at 8:00 PM
Bevard Studio in the John H. Mulroy Civic Center, Syracuse NY.
Received the below email from Garrett Heater, writer and Artistic Director of The Covey Theatre Company:
I am a big fan of your site! I wanted to write and let you know that I have written a play based on Lizzie Borden and it is receiving it’s premiere in Syracuse at the John H. Mulroy Civic Center November 12, 13, 19, and 20.
I don’t know if you would be able to post something about this on your site, but it would be great to get some real Lizzie-fanatics in the audience! I wrote it with them in mind and I think the script is very accurate (or as close as you can get to accuracy with Lizzie!) and will appeal to sticklers for authenticity.
The Covey Theatre Company is our production company and this is our inaugural show. Our website is www.thecoveytheatrecompany.com and our tickets are $25 for opening night, which includes a post-show dowtown reception at Venue 658, and the remaining performances are $20. Groups of 10 or more get a $5 discount on any night if they pre-pay! Tickets can be reserved by calling 315.420.3729
Thank you so much!
Artistic Director, The Covey Theatre Company
I am, of course, thrilled to learn that this play promises to be “accurate”, or as accurate I suppose as a playwrite could depict on a case that has been such a compelling mystery for over 100 years. Over a dozen plays have made it to the stage and they vary in style, genre, content, and conjecture as much as are the many theories to this baffling “who dunnit”. I embrace any production that would do its best to be as factual as possible. One clue may be through the cast of characters depicted on the Covey Theatre Company’s website for this production. There is something of an expanded cast compared to what is usually presented, and it tells me Mr. Heater has, indeed, strived to tell the story as accurately as possible.
I know of only one writer/actor who has put in the sweat equity (through intensive research of the primary source documents) to be accurate, and that is Jill Dalton who’s one act, one woman play, Lizzie Borden Live! surpasses anything I’ve read or seen to date. Her award winning performance is something that still haunts me.
I sincerely hope Mr. Heater and company deliver and the play is a huge success. I only wish I could be in Syracuse to see it, however I will be reading the reviews. I would suggest to all those interested in the Borden case – and who can be there – rush to purchase tickets to see what promises to be “above the bar” of most other productions regarding our enduring and enigmatic Lizzie.