More than 130 years after the grisly unsolved murders that rocked Fall River, Massachusetts, Lizzie Borden finally gets her say in The Umbrella Stage Company’s rousing, ghost-story-meets-rock-concert musical that’s just in time for autumn in Concord and the Halloween season!
Featuring four women fronting a six-piece rock band and delivering a score that epitomizes riot grrrl power, Lizzie has global audiences dancing and raging in their seats.
“It’s an amazing story,” shares Director and Choreographer Ilyse Robbins, “with incredible and hard-hitting music, about four women who were all trapped in their own ways by the social constructs of their time. It’s less a biography and more a historical, fictional retelling of Lizzie Borden and the women in her life. Over the course of the show we see them stripping away those constructs, getting to the true-er versions of themselves. In a time when we’re still debating the rights of women, this piece — though it’s so squarely rooted in New England history – feels so universally current. We get to share their journey and cheer these women on as they all take their power into their own hands – literally.”
Characteristically for The Umbrella, the show will be bolstered by a host of fun community and partner activities in Concord Center. The Umbrella has collaborated with the Town of Concord Visitor Center, local restaurants and hotels, the regional Halloween in New England to round out and enhance the theatrical experience.
Select performances will feature additional engagement opportunities for audience members:
- Seasonal New England-style Dinner & A Show Thursday meals from Nosh Restaurant may be pre-ordered during ticketing for all Thursday night performances
- A special “Kid(S)care” childcare performance October 22 with teacher-guided Halloween-inspired activities for youth ages 5-12 while caretakers attend the 3PM matinee
- Talk Backs are scheduled following Sunday matinee performances on October 12 and 29
- Mobile ax-throwing in partnership with Revolution Ax Throwing will be available on dates TBA!
- Day-of-show Hospitality Partner discounts from Adelita, Concord’s Colonial Inn, Fiorella’s, Nosh, and Aloft/Element Hotel in Lexington.
- Themed concessions will be available throughout
- The Umbrella will promote the Town Visitor Center’s “Women of Concord” and “Concord’s Twilight : Monuments, Memories and Mortality” Walking Tours
- All tickets include free access to The Umbrella Art Gallery, currently featuring “Zero Toys and Death of Print,” an exhibition of photographs by Concord-based Jordan Kessler from September 29 – November 12
To learn more about Lizzie and The Umbrella Stage Company’s exciting new season, see https://theumbrellaarts.org/Lizzie