• The Eagle Reopens and Lizzie Comes Home

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    What a wonderful day for Fall River with the newly- renovated Eagle’s building reopening as an arts and events center and the Fall River performance of Lizzie Borden Live.  Fittingly, on the anniversary of Lizzie’s return to Fall River triumphant from her acquittal in the New Bedford court, Jill Dalton brings Lizzie home again.

    The old Eagle restaurant, built to look like the interior of the elegant Fall River Line boats was the perfect venue for small stage theatre and Lizzie Borden Live in particular, which has an intimate rapport between actor and audience. 

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    The Mayor and many other city officials were in attendence to support the event as well as the Mutton Eaters in costume as Borden-related characters who manned the trolleys, served hors d’oeuvres and chatted with playgoers.

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    The period architecture, polished and restored interiors and wonderful food by White’s restaurant were enjoyed by excited guests mingling on the mezzanine with special Lizzie cocktails created for the evening.  Miss Dalton delivered an impeccable performance, filled with nuance and subtlety-  richness and texture, which ran the gamut of emotions. At times the audience forgot to breathe, at times bursting forth with laughter and applause at little comments which Fall Riverites appreciated especially, as most are familiar with the Borden story.

    All too soon it was over, the audience was thrust back into 2009.  But for 80 magical minutes the Past came alive once more as we were all treated to a new perspective on Miss Lizzie Borden and her life at Maplecroft, and Fall River opened a new door to a brighter future for the arts in the city.  Come August, the Eagle will once again host Lizzie Borden Live during the second week of August.  Best wishes to the Eagle as they begin a bright new future, and continued success to Lizzie Borden Live, and Miss Dalton, wherever she and Miss Lizzie play.  Orchids and kudos to the Donovan family for bringing back a real treasure on North Main Street and to Miss Dalton for revitalizing a Fall River legend of a different sort!

  • Fall River Spirit on Lizzie Play at the Eagle

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    (photo by Rick Snizek-Fall River Spirit)

    An excellent article in the Spirit proclaims the importance of bringing back “downtown” Fall River as a place for weekend fine dining and entertainment, citing the upcoming Lizzie Borden Live production as an important step in revitalizing Main St.  To see the entire article click on this link http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090618/PUB03/906180393

  • Lizzie Borden Live to return in August

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    As more seating is installed at the old Eagle restaurant on North Main Street to accommodate the sell-out crowd for Saturday night, plans have already been finalized for an encore performance in August.  The play, written and starring Jill Dalton has been performed to wide acclaim in NJ, NY, RI and Arizona, and is at long last playing to the place where it all began- Fall River, Massachusetts.  The Saturday event will begin with trolley rides circulating among area restaurants and Lizzie sites, a special Lizzie cocktail will be featured, and when the doors to the Eagle open at 6:30, a light buffet and passed hor d’oeuvre supper will be served by the Mutton Eaters (a costumed Borden history society).  Here is a portion of the Mutton Eaters’ Saturday night cast release from their website:

    “The old Eagle restaurant has been beautifully converted for the occasion and a flock of Mutton Eaters will descend to be on hand to meet and greet playgoers in the lobby.  Dr. Dolan has a new derby hat for the occasion and Mrs. Borden will be circulating with a tray of hors d’oeuvres and tips for flaky pie crust!  Alice Russell, Bridget Sullivan, Emma Borden and Mrs. Churchill will have something to say about everything, and undertaker, Mr. Winward will be glancing over the crowd for prospective future business! Best news of all- Miss Lizzie Borden Live  will be returning in August- that all-important month!!”

  • Miz Liz-home again!

    Today’s Fall River Herald offered two articles about the upcoming weekend performance of Lizzie Borden Live at the former Eagle restaurant.  The Mutton Eaters, armchair sleuths devoted to the study of the Borden case, will be on hand in costume as characters from the Past to mingle with guests and assist on trolley tours.

    http://www.heraldnews.com/news/x2122537493/Mutton-Eaters-have-a-taste-for-history

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    For more news about Lizzie Borden Live and Saturday’s activities click  on this link http://www.heraldnews.com/news/x702342820/Downtown-to-host-dinner-drinks-and-a-murder

  • Welcome Home Miss Lizzie

    Lizziedover1The Eagle Performing Arts Center

    35 North Main Street  

    Second Floor

     

    Lizzie Borden is coming back home to Fall River on the 116th anniversary of her acquittal in New Bedford Superior Court this June 20th.    New York writer and actress, Jill  Dalton,  resurrects the spirit of Fall River’s most infamous character in a chilling, solo performance entitled,

    Lizzie Borden Live 

     
                “I wanted to give Lizzie a voice to tell her own story following her day in court,” stated Ms. Dalton.  “That’s something she was not able to do when she was doped up on morphine during her famous murder trial.”
     
        Lizzie Andrew Borden was found innocent in a court of law, but judged guilty in the court of public opinion.  She was condemned by society and shunned in her hometown.  Ms. Dalton powerfully evokes Lizzie’s emotional turmoil and psychic trauma. She wrote the play from Lizzie’s point of view so that “the audience can hear her side of the story for the first time.”
     
          The legend comes to life with humor, empathy and insight when Lizzie steps on stage at the Eagle Performing Arts Center on 35 North Main Street at 8 PM on Saturday, June 20th.   This production, sponsored by the Luso American Gallery of Antiquities, is funded in part by grants from the John and Abigail Adams Program of the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Four Cities Collaborative of the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism.  
     
          “In addition to this state support, the Mayor’s Office and the Arts Uniting Fall River collaborative have participated in the planning and promotion of this community event and fundraiser,” noted LAGOA curator, Stephen L. Cabral. “Our organization is committed to promoting the arts, preserving our cultural history and providing scholarship funds for promising students. Lizzie Borden Live will help support these goals.”
     
          Jill Dalton is an award winning New York actress with a long list of television and theatre credits.  She has appeared in Law and Order, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, As the World Turns, All my Children, One Life to Live and Saturday Night Live.   The East Lynne Theater Company in Cape May, New Jersey commissioned this play, which opened to standing ovations from the audience and critics alike.  Ms. Dalton won the 2007 Jacoby Award for her portrayal in Lizzie Borden Live. This dramatic crime thriller is set 13 years after the double murder at Maplecroft, the Highlands mansion Lizzie bought with money inherited from her father.  According to the Red Rock News of Sedona, Arizona: 
     
          “Dalton gives a compelling performance capturing the humanity, humor, irony and sadness of a woman who had time to reflect on horrific events.  She enacts a Lizzie that has never been portrayed anywhere in stage, screen or literature. ”
     
    Fall River native son, Jack McCullough, is the director of the show, which has toured New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Arizona.  Mr. McCullough, a graduate of the Trinity Repertory Conservatory in Providence, RI, has also made his mark on stage and screen, but prefers to work behind the scenes of Lizizie Borden Live.  Jack has envisioned this homecoming since the play first opened.  He insists that this production will make the audience think twice.
          “We are very excited about performing on stage in the heart
          of Lizzie’s old neighborhood.  Jill and Lizzie have a compelling
          story to tell.  People come to see Lizzie expecting to find a monster and instead they discover themselves.”
     
        Check your calendar and order your $40 tickets from LAGOA, Inc. by calling 508-673-6624.   Seating is limited to 160 so make your reservations now.  The doors of the Eagle Performing Arts Center will open at 6:30 PM.  Harpist, Judy Mitchell will set the musical tone for the night, and members of the Mutton Eaters, dressed in period garb, will greet and engage the guests at the light buffet and cash bar prior to the show.
        
    Lizzie Borden Live challenges the audience to rethink the legend that is Lizzie Borden.  Think you know her?  Think again!  
     
    Stephen L. Cabral, Ph.D.
    Curator/President
    Luso American Gallery of Antiquities, Inc. (LAGOA)
    484 Highland Avenue, Fall River, MA  02720
    Tel.  508-673-6624
    www.lagoagallery.org
  • She’s back . . . . .

     

    LIZZIE BORDEN LIVE !

        BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND !!

    IN PROVIDENCE, RI

    Friday the 13th   thru   The Ides of March

    “Sweet, innocent, witty and savagely murderous.”

    Ed Wismer, Cape May Star and Wave

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     ~ Columbus Theatre ~

    270 Broadway, 2nd floor ~ Cinematheque

    Providence, RI  02903

    (Accessible by stairs only)

     …Think you know her?…Think again….

    THE LEGEND COMES TO LIFE

    Written & Performed by: Jill Dalton

    Directed by: Jack McCullough                       Music by: Larry Hochman

    Lighting Design by: John P. Boomer

     

     Friday March 13, 2009 ~ 8:00 p.m.

     Saturday March 14, 2009 ~ 8:00 p.m.

    Sunday March 15, 2009 ~ 3:00 p.m.

    Advance Tickets ~ $25.00

    WWW.LIZZIEBORDENLIVE.COM

    Click on “SCHEDULE “

    or purchase at the door

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     JILL Dalton As: Lizzie Borden

    Winner 2007 Jacoby Award:

    MOST OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS

    “The nod goes to Jill Dalton for her Lizzie Borden in “Lizzie Borden Live.” She runs the gamut of emotions in her performance from that of a mild Christian woman to a ruthless murderer. Her reenactment of the murder of her mother (it was my stepmother!) and father is a chilling scene in this play and Dalton, who also wrote the script, vividly brings it to the audience.”

    Jacob Schaad Jr., The Cape May Gazette

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    Dalton is nothing less than superb in her depiction of the character, as her Lizzie is alternating sweet, innocent, witty and savagely murderous. The audience is left to decide which Lizzie is the real one.”   Cape May Star Wave

    “I heartily recommend you see Lizzie Borden Live. . . . complex and most interesting Lizzie, in the person of Jill Dalton.   

    Cape May Star Wave

    “Absorbing performance . . . Dalton runs the gamut of emotions from supposedly mild Christian woman to that of a ruthless murderer.” 

    Cape May Gazette

    “Everything from Jill’s facial features (like Lizzie herself) to the way her voice can change throughout the play makes for compelling and oddly sympathetic viewing.”   Exit Zero

    “Truly superb . . . the script is fascinating. Jill Dalton is an astonishingly talented actress – she changes her mood and characters in a split second. The play should get a Pulitzer.”   

    Charles Alexander, writer for Time Magazine

     

    “Miss Dalton’s performance is a tour de force” 

     Richard Behrens, The Hatchet: Journal of Lizzie Borden Studies

     

    “Our audience comes to see Lizzie Borden Live expecting to find a monster….

    and instead they find themselves.” Jack McCullough, Director of Lizzie Borden Live

     

     

    Lizzie Borden Live was originally commissioned by: East Lynn Theater Company, Cape May, NJ

     

  • Nance O’Neil 1911

    ‘Who, in the “Lily” under Belasco’s management has demonstrated her right to be considered the great actress the admirers of her earlier work prophesied. (from American Magazine  August, 1911)’nance1911

    Nance is shown with a come-hither look all decked out in Titanic-era cartwheel hat with feathers.  At this point Lizzie Borden was a long-gone memory as Nance advanced with her stage and film career. Nance, always somewhat of a spendthrift, sold her large estate in Tyngsboro, MA (where Lizzie once visited) with 250 acres of it purchased by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1907.  It is now the site for Notre Dame Academy, a co-ed Catholic school.

  • Miss Lizzie’s Back in Town!

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE!        January 7, 2009

    LIZZIE BORDEN LIVE
    . . . think you know her? . . . think again.  The legend comes to life.

    Back by popular demand.  Due to the overwhelming response “Lizzie Borden Live” is coming back to The Columbus Theatre (2nd floor Cinemateque), 270 Broadway in Providence, R.I. for three performances in March. Friday the 13th at 8:00 p.m., Saturday the 14th at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday the 15th (Ides of March) at 3:00 p.m.  Tickets ($25).  Purchase on line at www.lizziebordenlive.com (click on Schedule page) or at the door.

    On a hot August morning the bodies of Andrew Borden and his wife were found bludgeoned to death.  Their youngest daughter, Lizzie, became the only suspect.  Innocent in a court of law.  Guilty in the court of public opinion.  Condemned by society….The legend comes to life with humor and insight as the real Lizzie steps on stage.

    “Dalton is nothing less than supurb in her depiction of the character, as her Lizzie is alternating sweet, innocent, witty and savagely murderous.  The audience is left to decide which Lizzie is the real one.”  Ed Wismer, Cape May Star Wave

    Jill Dalton, (writer/performer) an award winning New York actress with a long list of television and theatre credits, was commissioned by the East Lynne Theater Company  in Cape May , N.J. to write the play where it had a successful five week run garnering praise and standing ovations from audiences and critics alike.  Ms Dalton won the 2007 Jacoby Award for her portrayal of Lizzie in Lizzie Borden Live.  Ms. Dalton wants the audience to decide for themselves if Lizzie Borden was guilty of killing her father and step-mother on August 4, 1892.

    The true crime thriller is set 13 years after the double murder in Maplecroft, the mansion Lizzie bought with money inherited from her father.  “Dalton gives a compelling performance enacting the humanity, humor, irony and sadness of a woman who’s had time to reflect on horrific events.” Susan Johnson, Red Rock News

    Jack McCullough, (director) born in Fall River, said, “We had to get down to the very marrow of the bone, otherwise there’s no point in telling the story.  People come to see Lizzie expecting to see a monster and instead they find themselves.”

    Haunting the performance is music written by Emmy winning and Tony nominated orchastrator and composer Larry Hochman, who created his original pieces based on the script and his personal observations during rehearsals.

    Dalton’s credits include:  Law and Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Rachel Getting Married, Veronika Decides to Die (2009), Wall Street, Another World,  All My Children, One Life to Live, As The World Turns and Saturday Night Live.  Ms. Dalton was also a stand up comic for several years and won the Mary Jo Comedy Show Award for stand-up comedy in NYC.

    McCullough, a graduate of the Trinity Repertory Conseveratory in Providence, R.I., also directed another of Dalton’s solo plays, My Life in the Trenches, most recently at the Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca, NY and at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, the International Midtown Theatre Festival NYC, the One Festival and the 78th Street Theatre Lab in  NYC.  As an actor he appeared in Third Watch, Desperate Measures, The Observer, Osmosis Jones, Spenser: for Hire, Mr. North and Providence.

    The Columbus Theatre
    (2nd floor Cinemateque)
    270 Broadway
    Providence, R.I.  02903

    Tickets ($25).  Available at www.lizziebordenlive.com (click on Schedule page) and at the door .

    Press contact:  Jack McCullough (917) 806-3243 or lizziebordenlive@gmail.com

  • More Lizzie in 2009 !

    newyear1We’re back in 2009!  Hope your holidays were happy and filled with Good Things.  2009 promises to be a great year for Bordenites with several new Lizzie B bios, a re-enactment of the 1893 trial in New Bedford for the 150th anniversary of the Bristol County Courthouse, a few television specials about Lizzie and the case on the boards and in production, and more.  Lizzie Borden Live will be playing in the Providence-Fall River area in March and a few surprises are in store for the upcoming year. 

    If you missed the big news last month, a new photo of Emma Borden was located by Hatchet editor, Stefani Koorey http://www.heraldnews.com/town_info/history/x1720687532/A-new-development-in-Borden-history  very exciting !

    There are a few new things going on at 92 Second Street as well- stay tuned.  The house is open daily for tours but only open on weekends this month and next for overnight guests.  The mammoth courthouse across the street is building up full tilt and makes quite an impact on Second Street. 

    A new blog link just added here, “Slip into Something Victorian” has posted a nice story on a visit in December to Second Street-  http://slipintosomethingvictorian.wordpress.com/2009/01/05/lizzie-borden-sensational-victorian-murder/  Enjoy!

  • Lizzie Borden -The Musical

     “Lizzie Borden – the Musical” was first seen in Teaneck, NJ at the American Stage Festival in 1998, and also had a run at the Goodspeed’s Terris Theatre in Nov. 2001 directed by Bill Castellino.  Here is a 2004 Boston review http://www.theatermania.com/content/news.cfm/story/4713  This is the intriguing poster promo for the Norma Terris (Goodspeed at Chester, CT) production.  The musical is currently shelved, although the CD is available and is well worth buying.  If you have any update on the status of the musical, please leave us a comment.

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  • Back by popular demand!

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    Due to overwhelming response LIZZIE BORDEN LIVE is coming back to the Columbus Theatre in Providence in March for three performances.

    Friday the 13th @ 8:00 p.m.
    Saturday the 14th @ 8:00 p.m.
    Sunday the 15th (Ides of March) @ 3:00 p.m.

    Tickets $25

    Group rates are also available for groups of 10 or more

  • Providence Loves Lizzie Borden Live !

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    As a monsoon raged outside the Broadway St. Columbus Theatre, inside the historic edifice, actress Jill Dalton was also taking the city by storm.  Playing to a sold-out house Saturday night, Ms. Dalton delivered a performance which brought down the house. The intimate venue was ideal for establishing a direct rapport with the actress on stage as she wove a tapestry of memories from the mind and soul of the notorious accused murderess.  At times, as she stepped out from behind the footlights to address the audience personally, it was as if we were all transported back in time to the garden of Maplecroft, her Fall River mansion after the acquittal. 

    It was a tour de force encapsulation of the major events in the life of Lizzie Borden, from her relationship with her older sister Emma, her friendship with actress Nance O’Neil, to life on Second Street, her Grand Tour trip, trial and acquittal- and of course- the day of the homicides.  With a masterful, sometimes humorous, and always compelling portrayal, Miss Dalton has taken the two-dimensional picture most of us have of Lizzie Borden and fleshed her out into a living, breathing, complex human being- sometimes frightening- sometimes sympathetic. The audience was spellbound – and all too soon it was over.  This is one not to miss.

    Fall River, take note– Lizzie Borden Live should be “coming home”!  For upcoming dates check the web site at  http://www.lizziebordenlive.com/

  • Happy Birthday Nance O’Neil

     

    One interview most Lizziephiles would loved to have had is with Lizzie’s close friend, actress Nance O’Neil.  Their intense friendship from 1904-1906 has aroused much speculation over the years.

    Born Gertrude Lamson on October 8, 1874 in Oakland, California, Miss O’Neil would enjoy great success on the stage.  She played at the Academy Theatre in Fall River and was a guest at Maplecroft.  Her estate in Tynsboro, Massachusetts is now a convent and school.  The two parted company in 1906, with Miss O’Neil always giving favorable comment about her old friend.  Nance died in Englewood, NJ in a home for aged actors in 1965.  Her ashes are deposed with those of her husband, actor Alfred Hickman (who died in 1931) in California.  These are her film credits, courtesy of International Movie Database.

    1. False Faces (1932) …. Mrs. Finn
      … aka What Price Beauty? (UK)
    2. Okay, America! (1932) …. Mrs. Drake (replaced by Virginia Howell)
      … aka The Penalty of Fame (UK)
    3. Westward Passage (1932) (uncredited) …. Mrs. von Stael
    4. Secret Service (1931/I) …. Mrs. Varney
    5. Their Mad Moment (1931) …. Grand Mere
    6. A Woman of Experience (1931) …. Countess Runyi
      … aka Registered Woman
    7. Transgression (1931) …. Honora ‘Nora’ Maury
    8. The Good Bad Girl (1931) …. Mrs. Henderson
    9. Resurrection (1931) …. Princess Marya
    10. Cimarron (1931) …. Felice Venable
    11. The Royal Bed (1931) …. Queen Martha
      … aka The Queen’s Husband (UK)
    12. The Eyes of the World (1930) …. Myra
    13. Call of the Flesh (1930) …. Mother Superior
    14. The Florodora Girl (1930) …. Mrs. Vibart
      … aka The Gay Nineties (UK)
    15. The Lady of Scandal (1930) …. Lady ‘Ducky’ Trench
      … aka The High Road (UK)
    16. The Rogue Song (1930) …. Princess Alexandra
    17. Ladies of Leisure (1930) …. Mrs. Strong
    18. His Glorious Night (1929) …. Eugenie
      … aka Breath of Scandal
    19. The Mad Woman (1919)
    20. The Fall of the Romanoffs (1917) …. Czarina Alexandra
    21. The Final Payment (1917) …. Nina
    22. Hedda Gabler (1917) …. Hedda Gabler
    23. Mrs. Balfame (1917) …. Mrs. Balfame
    24. The Seventh Sin (1917) …. Alma
    25. Greed (1917) …. Alma
    26. The Seven Deadly Sins (1917) …. Alma (Greed) & (Seventh Sin)
    27. The Iron Woman (1916) …. Sarah Maitland
    28. The Toilers (1916) …. Jane Brett
      … aka Those Who Toil (USA)
    29. The Flames of Johannis (1916) …. Zirah/Marika
      … aka The Fires of Johannis
      … aka The Fires of St. John
    30. The Witch (1916) …. Zora Fernandez
    31. Souls in Bondage (1916) …. Rosa Brenner
    32. A Woman’s Past (1915) …. Jane Hawley
    33. Princess Romanoff (1915) …. Princess Fedora Romanoff
    34. Kreutzer Sonata (1915) …. Miriam Friedlander
      … aka Sonata (UK)
    35. The Count of Monte Cristo (1913) …. Mercedes

  • Lizzie Expos

    After the success of the 1992 conference at BCC, some of the organizers including Jules Rykebusch and Ken Souza wanted to repeat a smaller version of the gathering every year on the first weekend in August.  So the Lizzie Expos were conceived and sponsored by the Down Under Cafe.  The image above is from the 1994 Expo and details some of the events.  This was also the year the mannequin of Lizzie (which held a pear and was in the entry of the Down Under) was kidnapped.  A reward was offered and she returned mysteriously by the second day.  The Herald featured the tale on the front page.  She is shown below with Ed Thibault.

     

    Carriage rides and city tours were part of the fun.  Here are some of the city guides in costume and in character as 1892 Fall Riverites on the way to Maplecroft.

    The Sweet Nightingales sang songs of the 1890’s at the old Central Congregational Church.  This stage area in the photo below is now part of the Abbey Grille restaurant downstairs.  The song being performed here is You Can’t Chop Your Pappa Up in Massachusetts!  By 1996 #92 Second Street had opened, and the Expos were no more-but they were fun while they lasted!

  • New England Premiere of Lizzie Borden Live!

      

    Lizzie Borden Live
    Columbus Theatre
    270 Broadway, 2nd floor ~ Cinematheque
    Providence, RI  02903
     
    …Think you know her?…Think again….
    THE LEGEND COMES TO LIFE
    Written & Performed by: Jill Dalton
    Directed by: Jack McCullough                       Music by: Larry Hochman
     
    Friday November 14, 2008 ~ 8:00 p.m.
     
    Saturday November 15, 2008 ~ 8:00 p.m.
     
    Advance Tickets ~ $25.00
    Click on “SCHEDULE “
    or purchase at the door
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     JILL DALTON As: Lizzie Borden

    Winner 2007 Jacoby Award:

    MOST OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS

    “The nod goes to Jill Dalton for her Lizzie Borden in “Lizzie Borden Live.” She runs the gamut of emotions in her performance from that of a mild Christian woman to a ruthless murderer. Her reenactment of the murder of her mother (it was my stepmother!) and father is a chilling scene in this play and Dalton, who also wrote the script, vividly brings it to the audience.”

    Jacob Schaad Jr., The Cape May Gazette

    Dalton is nothing less than superb in her depiction of the character, as her Lizzie is alternating sweet, innocent, witty and savagely murderous. The audience is left to decide which Lizzie is the real one.”   Cape May Star Wave

    “I heartily recommend you see Lizzie Borden Live. . . . complex and most interesting Lizzie, in the person of Jill Dalton.   

    Cape May Star Wave

    “Absorbing performance . . . Dalton runs the gamut of emotions from supposedly mild Christian woman to that of a ruthless murderer.” 

    Cape May Gazette

    “Everything from Jill’s facial features (like Lizzie herself) to the way her voice can change throughout the play makes for compelling and oddly sympathetic viewing.”   Exit Zero

    “Truly superb . . . the script is fascinating. Jill Dalton is an astonishingly talented actress – she changes her mood and characters in a split second. The play should get a Pulitzer.”   

    Charles Alexander, writer for Time Magazine

  • Lizzie Borden Live ! Schedule of Performances

     Actress and playwright Jill Dalton accepting her 2008 “Lambie” for best actress from the Second Street Irregulars at the annual Mutton Eaters’ Banquet.
     
    Sept.7, 2008,  Sunday 3:00 pm 78th Street Theatre Lab, 236 W. 78th St.,NYC,Between B’way & Amsterdam
     
    Sunday Oct. 5, 2008, 3:00 pm 78th Street Theatre Lab, 236, W. 78th St.,NYC,Between B’way & Amsterdam
     
    Friday Nov. 14,  2008, 8:00 pm Columbus Theatre, 270 Broadway, Providence, RI
     
    Saturday Nov. 15, 2008, 8:00 pm  Columbus Theatre, 270 Broadway, Providence, RI
     
    Sun. Dec. 7, 2008, 3:00 pm 78th Street Theatre Lab, 236 W. 78th St.,NYC,Between B’way & Amsterdam
     
    Thurs, Fri, Sat, January 8,9,10, 2009, 7:30 pm Canyon Moon Theatre  6601 Highway 179, Sedona, AZ
     
    Sunday Jan.11, 2009, 3:00 pm Canyon Moon Theatre  6601 Highway 179, Sedona, AZ
     
    Thurs, Fri, Sat, January 15, 16, 17, 2009, 7:30 pm Canyon Moon Theatre  6601 Highway 179, Sedona, AZ
     
    Sunday Jan.18, 2009, 3:00 pm Canyon Moon Theatre  6601 Highway 179, Sedona, AZ

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Pear Essentials Players launch new blog

     Over the years since the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast Museum opened, many staff employees and their friends have undertaken the task of bringing the Borden story and Lizzie to life via annual August 4th re-enactments.  All have shared a passion for the story, and a pleasure at sharing it with others.  Some have taken their show “on the road” to local schools, libraries and civic groups.  Since 1996, when the B&B opened, the roles of the Borden family and other personalities in the case have been assumed by many professional and amateur actors.  The new site will feature photos and anecdotes about the 12 years of “bringing Lizzie to life” for visitors and guests at #92 and other places.  Perhaps you have met one of the troupe on a visit to the house.  If you were a member of the cast in 1996-2007, we’d love to hear from you! 

    Visit http://pearessentialproductions.wordpress.com/