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"Lizzie Borden, Lizzie Borden" Makes Its World Premiere

Epic Theatre Company is excited to announce the World Premiere of "Lizzie Borden, Lizzie Borden" written and directed by Epic's Artistic Director Kevin Broccoli. The play is far from a historical narrative. Instead, it uses the story of Lizzie Borden and Lo, a young woman with a tragic and somewhat iconic past, to explore the nature of destiny, reality, and how one gets caught up in a narrative.

"This is one of those big stories we love telling at Epic," says Broccoli, "It uses the story of Lizzie Borden as a jumping off point and quickly starts taking every twist and turn you can think of--time travel, witchcraft, and Jane Austen. It's all there."

It's 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts, and Lizzie Borden is on the verge of committing a horrific crime--or is she? Meanwhile, years later, in Atlantic City, Lo is working at a cheap casino trying desperately to find a way out. Soon, people start dropping dead, and she finds herself heading North. How these two characters and their lives intersect and nearly collide is a wild ride through fiction, reality, and something in between.

"Lizzie Borden, Lizzie Borden" is also the first play in a series of interconnected works written by Broccoli that will constitute the biggest project Epic has undertaken.

"Lizzie is the beginning of a truly Epic project that's going to span a series of plays," says Broccoli, "That includes American Drag, our next World Premiere that's happening in April. Similar to a Cinematic Universe like Marvel, these plays can stand on their own, but there are also connections in all of them that reward audiences and foster the idea that theater can still be an event on par with what you see on film. The goal is to enrich the vitality of theater through scope and storytelling."

"Lizzie Borden, Lizzie Borden" continues the partnership between Epic and the Academy Players in Providence. After the successful run of "The Motherf***er with the Hat" in October, Epic is thrilled to be bringing another ambitious production there.

"I just finished playing Hedwig at Academy, and it's truly become one of my favorite places to do theater in Rhode Island. Rita and her team continue to welcome us with open arms, and I think a theater this size is the perfect venue for a show that's easily one of the biggest artistic swings we've ever taken at the theater."

"Lizzie Borden, Lizzie Borden" runs March 8th - 17th for a very limited run at the James and Gloria Maron Cultural Arts Center home of the Academy Players located at 180 Button Hole Drive, Providence RI 02909.

For tickets, go to https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4091098?fbclid=IwAR10mlIzbyPkkSKWHFunOHDXeDwdcbsiIOXFnNdqdLY_2RxajVgPY4DJS10


Written and Directed by Kevin Broccoli


Vivienne Carrette as Lizzie and Tammy Brown as Lo

Also Starring

Eric Behr

Kerry Giorgi

Kate Lester

Vanessa Paige

Kimberly Paine

Jomo Peters

Melanie Stone

Kevin Thibault

Nancy Winokoor

Stage Management: Theodore D'Atri

Lighting Designer and Technical Director: Alexander Sprague

Epic General Manager: Megan Ruggiero

Producer and Young Audiences Development: Angelique Dina

Epic Artistic Associate: Melanie Stone

Epic Operations Manager: Kerry Giorgi

Academy Players Artistic Director: Rita Maron

Academy Players General Manager: Raechel Robidoux

Poster Design: Elena Semenkova

Resident Photographer: Dave Cantelli


Friday, March 8th @ 7pm

Saturday, March 9th @ 7pm

Sunday, March 10th @ 3pm

Friday, March 15th @ 7pm

Saturday, March 16th @ 7pm

Sunday, March 17th @ 3pm

General Admission $20

Seniors $15

Students $10

Tickets can be purchased at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4091098?fbclid=IwAR10mlIzbyPkkSKWHFunOHDXeDwdcbsiIOXFnNdqdLY_2RxajVgPY4DJS10

All Performances at the James and Gloria Maron Cultural Arts Center home of the Academy Players located at 180 Button Hole Drive, Providence RI 02909.

***Epic Theatre Company seeks to bring provocative contemporary work to Rhode Island as well as new perspectives on classical theater. We strive to continue the tradition of "event" theater, where each production has built-in excitement both for the audiences and the artists involved.

****Epic is a proud member of the Rhode Island Theater Alliance (RITA) and is the Resident Theater Company at the Artists Exchange in Cranston, RI.

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