music by Steve Cheslik-DeMeyer and Alan Stevens Hewitt
lyrics by Steve Cheslik-DeMeyer and Tim Maner
book by Tim Maner
directed by Jamie Cordes
music direction by Jay Brunner
choreographed by Katie Johannigman
June 13 – 30, 2019
“Lizzie Borden took an ax…” And we know what happened next. Or, do we? It’s a powerhouse rock-show retelling of the sensational—and bloody—double murder that shocked New England in the summer of 1892, as told through the fierce performances of four stellar actresses. What starts as the abuse and despair of a troubled woman results in a shocking act of revenge when she takes a hatchet to her oppressive father and stepmother. Charged with the killing of her parents, Lizzie becomes a media sensation even as the trial takes its toll on the relationships with those dearest to her.
Please be advised this show contains references to abuse, murder and sexual situations.
Thursday night Preview Performance
Inside Track pre-show discussion, begins in the Loft lobby at 7:15 pm
Opening Night with post-show cast party in the Loft lobby
Sawbuck Sunday, all available seats just $10 at the door starting 2 hours prior to performance
Lite Fare food and drink available for sale in the Loft lobby starting at 5:30 pm
Audio Described / Sign Interpreted performance (available with two weeks notice)
Talk Back: “While We’re on the Subject” post-show discussion (following the matinee performance)
Natalie Bird (Emma) is so excited to be making her Human Race debut! She has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Wright State University where she performed in many productions, including the Tina Landau/Ricky Ian Gordon premiere of States of Independence. New York theatre: Edward the Second with Isle of Shoals Productions, The Top Job with Vital Theatre Company, The Cherry Orchard with Columbia Stages, Hee-Haw: It’s a Wonderful Life with La Vie Productions. Other theatre: The Christians and In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play with Athens West Theatre. Film: “Bourne Legacy”. Web: “Dominatrix Breakroom”. www.nataliebird.com
Deánna Giulietti (Lizzie) is bloody thrilled to be taking on the role of Lizzie and making her Human Race Theatre Company debut. Deánna is a NYC based actress. Her favorite credits include: International tour of RENT! (Swing/ Dance Capt.), the New York Regional Premiere of Heathers the Musical (Heather Duke), and touring nationally with ABBA MIA (@weareabbamia). After Lizzie, she will be playing Mary Delgado in Jersey Boys! She would like to give 40 whacks to her friends and family for all of their continuous support and 41 whacks to thank the cast and crew. Follow her journey on Instagram: @deannagiulietti
Leslie Goddard (Bridget) is thrilled to be back on the Loft stage at HRTC. She was last seen here as Georgie in The Full Monty. Other credits include Hairspray (Broadway), Jersey Boys (Las Vegas), and roles on many local stages including Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, The Carnegie, and Short North Stage. Among the numerous shows she had choreographed, Leslie had the great pleasure of staging and choreographing The Who’s Tommy at the newly renovated Memorial Hall in Cincinnati. Her most notable accomplishments to date are her two daughters, Jocelyn and Mika!
Rachel Mary Green (Understudy) is so honored and excited to be making her first appearance with The Human Race Theatre Company. Recent performance opportunities: Elisabeth in If/Then, Fruma Sarah and Shandel in Fiddler on the Roof, Enid Hoopes in Legally Blonde (Marietta Theatre on The Square), Helen Bechdel in the regional premiere of Fun Home, Fantine in Les Miserables and The Witch in Into The Woods (Alliance Theater). Rachel’s passions for performing has allowed her the privilege to work with Shuler Hensley, Deidre Goodwin, Dave Clemmons, Quentin Earl Darrington, and Robert Stevenson. Rachel is an incoming senior at Wright State University.
Michaella Waickman (Alice) is thrilled to be making her debut with The Human Race Theatre Company in Lizzie. She is currently a Musical Theatre Major at Wright State University and is originally from Akron, Ohio. Her professional credits include Newsies, 9 to 5, Sister Act, and Footloose at Porthouse Theatre. Her WSU credits include A Little Night Music (Fredrika), Crazy for You, Mystery of Edwin Drood, Fiddler on the Roof, and 9 to 5. She would like to send a huge thank you to her parents, friends, and mentors for their amazing love, support, and guidance. 2 Corinthians 4:15-18
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.
+Resident Artist of The Human Race Theatre Company.