Lizzie

Sponsored by

  • R. Doug Annala
  • Marni Flagel
  • Kurt Fleagle & Warren Riffle

Lizzie

music by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and Alan Stevens Hewitt
lyrics by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and Tim Maner
book by Tim Maner
additional music by Tim Maner
additional lyrics by Alan Stevens Hewitt
based on an original concept by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and Tim Maner
orchestrations by Alan Steven Hewitt
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.

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Sponsored by

  • R. Doug Annala
  • Marni Flagel
  • Kurt Fleagle & Warren Riffle

Performance Schedule

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  • Sun Jun 30
  • MonJul 01
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  • MonJul 06

Special Performance Legend

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Thursday night Preview Performance

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Inside Track pre-show discussion, begins in the Loft lobby at 7:15 pm

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Opening Night with post-show cast party in the Loft lobby

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Sawbuck Sunday, all available seats just $10 at the door starting 2 hours prior to performance

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Lite Fare food and drink available for sale in the Loft lobby starting at 5:30 pm

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Audio Described / Sign Interpreted performance (available with two weeks notice)

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Talk Back: “While We’re on the Subject” post-show discussion (following the matinee performance)

Cast

Natalie Bird* • Emma

Natalie Bird* • Emma

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)

Deánna Giulietti (Lizzie)

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)

Leslie Goddard* (Bridget)

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 has 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)

Rachel Mary Green (Understudy)

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)

Michaella Waickman (Alice)

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.

Creative Team

Writers

  • Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer (Music & Lyrics) has been telling stories for over three decades in New York, Nashville, Austin, and on the road, as a composer, writer, and performer, including dozens of shows in the New York indie music and experimental theater scenes of the 1980s and 90s, in such venues as HERE, Dixon Place, CBGB’s, the Pyramid Club, P.S. 122, and many others. During his ten years with the neo-vaudeville duo Y’all, he made four CDs, two books, a feature film (Life in a Box), performed across the U.S., Canada, and Europe, and appeared on MTV and Comedy Central. His musical, LIZZIE (co-writer, lyrics and music) has been produced in over 50 cities across the U.S., Canada, and Europe, and will open off-Broadway in the summer of 2019. Currently, Steven is writing a new musical called Jack, based on his high school diary. He is a 2019 Jonathan Larson Grant finalist, a MacDowell Fellow, and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in American Studies. He lives in New York City with his husband.
  • Alan Stevens Hewitt (Music & Orchestrations) While procrastinating his piano studies as a child in Philadelphia, Alan Stevens Hewitt used to devise elaborate funhouse rollercoasters. By 10 he’d discovered The Beatles, Bowie, and Bernstein. Classical oboist dad allowed him an electric bass as long as he also played the big bull fiddle in the orchestra. Adventures with both (and more) eventually led to NYC. Somewhere along the line he encountered Sweeney Todd, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Berg’s operas, and got a conservatory degree in composition. For a brief period he co-owned a nightclub in Chelsea where mermaids/men performed in a 10,000-gallon tropical fish tank. He lives in a former village fire dept. livery house in the Hudson Valley, enjoys riding his old motorcycle, and petting all of the dogs.
  • Tim Maner (Book & Lyrics) Right out of college, Tim Maner co-founded the tiny mythic theatre company which became a staple of the New York downtown alt-theatre scene of the early 90s, and, just a few years later, transformed into the award-winning HERE arts center. His producing/presenting history at HERE has included hundreds of productions brought to life by thousands of artists. Tim has created over twenty original works as a creator/director, including The Hawthorne Project, a six-year collaboration building a trilogy of multi-layered multi-media events adapted from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novels, and The Opera Project, a five-year collaboration with writer Ruth Margraff and composers Matthew Pierce and Fred Ho. He has directed at The New York Shakespeare Festival and New Dramatists Guild, was a guest artist/teaching fellow at Harvard University, and has taught at New York University/Playwrights Horizons. He’s also sung in some bands, arranged and conducted a Cowgirl Chorus, and originated roles in two Robert Wilson shows: Hamletmachine (NY/European Tour) and Salomé (La Scala, Milan). Tim is a graduate of NYU/ Tisch School of the Arts.

Jamie Cordes • Director

JAMIE CORDES is a versatile theatre artist enjoying a career as a director, performer and educator. Directing credits include: If/Then, The Wild Party, Heathers: The Musical, Sondheim on Sondheim, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill. Jamie is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and Resident Artist with The Human Race Theatre Company. Credits include: Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd, Dan in Next To Normal, Carl-Magnus Malcolm in A Little Night Music, Jason in Ordinary Days, Major David Marshall in right next to me, Ed in Torch Song Trilogy and new works with writers Brian Yorkey (Tony Award winner), Michael Slade (Emmy Award winner), Duane Poole, Joseph Thalken, Sean Michael Flowers, Marya Spring Cordes, Larry Grossman, Michael Kooman, Christopher Dimond, and others. Jamie has also performed with The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet. Jamie is a faculty member with Wright State University’s Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures.

Jay Brunner+ • Music Director

Jay Brunner+ • Music Director

Jay Brunner has designed sound, music directed, performed and composed music for countless theatrical events and is proud to call The Human Race his artistic home. He has composed music and recorded audio projects for many musical groups, voiceovers, regional commercials, radio spots, training videos, collegiate theatre projects, marching bands, clubs, and organizations. Jay owns and operates a professional recording studio (Audio Forest) with his wife, fellow HRTC Resident Artist Christine Brunner.

Katie Johannigman • Choreographer

Katie Johannigman is so excited to be back at The Human Race! Director/Choreographer credits include: Mame (The Human Race Theatre Company), Bernstein’s Mass (Cincinnati Ballet, May Festival, Symphony), Shrek (Connecticut Repertory Theater), Jesus Christ Superstar (Clinton Showboat), Santa Claus (Cincinnati Children’s Theater), Oklahoma! (Upcoming at the MacHayden), They Were You, Sondheim on Sondheim, Candide, The Theory of Relativity, Godspell, and Hunchback of Notre Dame (CCM). She is on faculty at CCM in the Musical Theater Department, where she earned her BFA. Katie is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Ray Zupp • Scenic Designer

Ray Zupp is BLOODY excited to be designing again with The Human Race Theatre, previously designing The House and One Slight Hitch — he has also worked as a Scenic Artist on numerous productions for the Race since 2007. Zupp spent four seasons working with the Dayton Ballet, designing their productions of Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet and was the costume and scenic designer for _Dracula: Bloodline_s. Ray has designed for numerous theater companies across the United States over the last decade. Television credits include work on various reality shows for FOX, CMT, OWN, the HUB, MNET America, as well as ABC’s Brothers & Sisters, HBO’s Girls, NBC’s Deception, and NETFLIX’s Orange is the New Black.

Elizabeth Bourgeois • Costume Designer

Liz’s design credits include work at Juilliard, La Mama, Mabou Mines, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Big Apple Circus, and Lincoln Center. Her television credits include designs for AMC, MTV, VH1, and PBS. She was the Associate Designer for the original Broadway and Off-Broadway productions of Avenue Q. She designed the costumes for the award winning film The Winged Man, by Oscar Nominee Jose Rivera, as well as Rivera’s directorial debut Celestina. Her designs for the rock musical Orpheus: Club Asphodel, at HERE Arts, were chosen for the 2007 Prague Quadrennial. She has taught at Wright State, Marymount Manhattan, Cal Poly Pomona, The New School, University of Michigan-Flint, Denison, and NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing. She has been an Artist in Residence at MassMOCA and Yale, and has an MFA from New York University. She designs apparel under her fashion label Team Chipmunk. She just won the Costume Couture prize at Highball 2018.

John Rensel+ • Lighting Designer

John Rensel+ • Lighting Designer

John is the long-term Resident Lighting Designer for The Human Race Theatre Company, Muse Machine, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Pops series and Dayton Opera Association. He also serves as the long-time Technical Director for the Fraze Pavilion and has provided technical advance production coordination, lighting designs, automation programming and performance operation services for many artists and productions that have visited that venue. John also has a diverse dance lighting background, having provided lighting designs and technical production services for many years to The Dayton Ballet and Dayton Contemporary Dance Co. John’s national credits included a lighting design package for a National Touring Production of the Elton John/Tim Rice collaboration Aida. Some of his most recent local credits include all the designs for the 2015-16 Human Race Theatre Company’s season at The Loft Theatre; Muse Machine’s productions at the Victoria Theatre and the Dayton Opera Association’s current season at the Schuster Center. John recently bought a new axe sharpener.

Brian Retterer • Sound Designer

Brian Retterer is ecstatic to be back designing for HRTC! Previous HRTC shows include: Steel Magnolias, Oliver!, Next to Normal, and It’s a Wonderful Life. He is a graduate of Ohio Northern University’s Communication Arts in International Theatre Production. While at ONU, Brian was the Head Sound Engineer/Designer at the Freed Center for the Performing Arts for five years. Some of his favorite shows he worked on while at ONU are: Waiting for the Parade, Little Women, Magic Flute and All My Sons. Since school, Brian has also worked with students at Loveland High School, Norwood High School, and Centerville High School in various areas of technical theatre. Brian is currently a software developer at Okta, a Silicon Valley cloud-based identity service. He would like to thank HRTC for these opportunities to continue working in the arts, as well as his wonderful wife and family for their support through the years.

Jacquelyn Duncan* • Production Stage Manager

Jacquelyn Duncan (Stage Manager) Jacquelyn Duncan is ecstatic to be Stage Managing Lizzie. Jacquelyn is originally from Toledo, Ohio and received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theatre Design/Technology with an emphasis in Stage Management from Wright State University. You’ve seen Jacquelyn working for the Human Race as the Production Assistant since Hail Mary! in October 2016 and as the Production Stage Manager since Brighton Beach Memoirs last spring. Jacquelyn is a proud member of The Actors’ Equity Association and wants to remind you to follow The Human Race Theatre on all social media! “Energy is so important. If you don’t have it, don’t bother with Rock & Roll.” - Yoko Ono