We sat down with Diana Lobb, director of our upcoming production of Blood Relations, to talk about the show and her vision for it. In this post she talks about Lizzie Borden, both the historical person and the character in the play.
Sharon Pollock's Blood Relations tells a story of Lizzie Borden, famously accused of murdering her father and stepmother in 1892. In this and future posts, we'll be looking at the historical record: the murder itself, the trial and its coverage in the media, and the aftermath. Today: the murder itself.
It's not easy being a woman in the 19th century, particularly if your family thinks you're incapable of being a “lady”. Knowing the family fortune is being manipulated away, knowing her beloved birds were exterminated for being “a nuisance”, knowing there was absolutely nobody to trust, Lizzie Borden finally snaps — turning an axe against those who wronged her. Did she commit murder? Or did her parents end themselves?
Princess Elizabeth is like any other Princess, living the high life and dreaming about her prince, Ronald. One day, a dragon arrives who destroys her castle, kidnaps Ronald, and burns all of her clothes. Left with a paper bag to wear and a trail of bones to find where the dragon went, Elizabeth sets off to outsmart the dragon and win her prince back. The entire family can enjoy this musical adaptation of Robert Munsch's award-winning children's book.