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?
Based on a story in The Weekly World News, BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL is a musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. Taken to the family of the local veterinarian, Bat Boy is lovingly raised as one of their own, but when the townsfolk learn of his dark secret, will they embrace him or destroy him? BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL originally opened off-Broadway, quickly became a cult hit and has now found its way to KWLT. Should you come see it? You'd be batty to miss it!