May 24 — June 29
On the Main Stage
By Steven Cheslik-deMeyer, Tim Maner and Alan Stevens Hewitt
Directed by Rose Riordan
A New Musical Based on the Life of Lizzie Borden
A rock-show retelling of the bloody legend of America’s favorite ax-wielding double-murderess and Victorian hometown girl. Lizzie Borden, who has become fodder for jump rope rhymes and TV movies of the week, was a Massachusetts woman who was acquitted in 1892 of the ax murders of her father and stepmother, and lived the rest of her life as American’s first infamous tabloid star. But did she really do it? And if so, why?
Tuesday - Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
Thursday matinees at noon
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The estimated run time is one hour and 45 minutes, including one intermission.
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View the LIZZIE playbill.
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Note: This production features a live rock band, along with theatrical effects such as strobe lights, fake blood and fog. LIZZIE contains mature content, strong language and sexuality; It is recommended for ages 16+. Most productions at PCS are recommended for high school age and up; children under 6 are not permitted.
Reviews and Features
Holly Johnson | The Oregonian [Review 09 Jun 2014]
LIZZIE rocks the walls with gleeful gore at Portland Center Stage
“LIZZIE blazed through the main stage with sparks flying and voltage to spare ... Gleeful camp, pathos, horror and high-decible tunes blended in delectable fervor as the story of Lizzie’s trial and acquittal unfolded.”
Win Goodbody | Portland Theatre Scene [Review 09 Jun 2014]
Delectably bloody fun in 1892 style
“On opening night, a rock star energy filled the Armory lobby. And LIZZIE came through big. You know the story, the thrill is watching how they’ll tell it. Crack direction from Rose Riordan keeps action flying gothically toward the blade. Gorgeous visuals and color palette. Geysers of gore. And more.”
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24 June 2014 & Posted by Alice Hodge
Last evening at the 7th Annual Portland Area Musical Theatre Awards, affectionately referred to as the PAMTAs, we were honored to receive nine(!) awards - including Best Production.More
23 June 2014 & Posted by Alice Hodge
From The Simpsons to an overnight stay in the very room Andrew Borden was killed, Barbara Maranzani at the History Channel put together this list of 9 Things You May Not Know About Lizzie Borden.More
22 June 2014 & Posted by Alice Hodge
Going through LIZZIE withdrawals? Need summer vacation plans?More