July 30- 12 Noon
The award-winning Company Theatre announces open call auditions for their upcoming production of the original play Lizzie, on Sunday, July 30 at 12 noon at The Company Theatre Center for Performing Arts, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell. If required, callbacks will be held on Monday, July 31. Lizzie is directed by playwright Steve Dooner. All roles are open for casting, actors that are cast receive a stipend. Further information and a rehearsal schedule will be available at auditions.
Demure spinster Lizzie Borden’s accusation of murdering her father and stepmother in cold blood remains one of New England’s most shocking, unsolved mysteries to this day. Local playwrights, Steve Dooner and Marc Songini, originated the drama to explore the mystery behind the gruesome crime committed in Fall River, Massachusetts. This psychological thriller is based on meticulous research on what was once declared “The Trial of the Century.” This fascinating and fast-paced drama will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Audition candidates should come prepared to read sides from the play, monologues are welcome. Attendees should bring a headshot or snapshot. A resume is helpful, but not required.
Rehearsal throughout the production season are held 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Sundays and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 9 pm.
Performances of Lizzie are from October 13 through 29, with matinee and evening performances available from Thursday through Sunday. Tickets range from $27 to $29. Family & Friends Fridays allow the public to purchase four or more tickets for Friday evening performances at the discounted price of $24 per ticket, a limited quantity are available by visiting or calling the box office only at 781-871-2787. For a complete performance schedule or to order tickets, please visit www.companytheatre.com.
Elizabeth Andrew "Lizzie" Borden
Age range: late 20s-30s – Lizzie is 31 when she is accused of the murder of her parents. She was thought of as a spinster Sunday teacher by outsiders but she obviously had serious conflicts within her home with her father and her step-mother, Abby. Her actual words are included in this play through letters and through the inquest testimony.
Emma Lenora Borden, Lizzie Sister
Age range: 30s-40s – The older (by nine years) sister of Lizzie. She leaves the home in a trip just before the murders. After the trial , she would separate from Lizzie and the household (Maplecroft) permanently. Some have thought it was because she caught Lizzie smoking and drinking with a theater troupe; others think that she knew Lizzie did it. Just days before the murder, Lizzie tells Emma that she is about to "do something" about the situation in the home.
Hosea Knowlton, prosecuting attorney
Age range: late 30s-40s – The conductor of the inquest and later the prosecution against Lizzie.
Judge (Josiah Coleman) Blaisdell
Age range: 50s-60s – The judge who knew Lizzie personally but still decided to preside over the trial.
Mr. Andrew Borden (Lizzie's Father)
Age range: 50s-60s – The father, a powerful and feared man in town. He ran three mills with poor labor conditions and was also widely known for his less than honest mortuary business that took advantage of poor Irish and Portuguese laborers. He is thought to have been a harsh taskmaster and outrageously miserly man at home, despite his great wealth. Some have also thought his behavior drove Lizzie's mother, Sarah, to an early grave. He is possibly driven by resentment of Fall River aristocracy and his richer cousins from Connecticut, The Bordens, known for Borden Foods.
Abby Durfee Borden (Lizzie’s Stepmother)
Age range: 40s-50s – Andrew Borden's second wife. Emma and Lizzie resent her largely because their outrageously miserly father suddenly transformed into a generous big spender when it came to Abby.
John Borden (Lizzie's Uncle)
Age range 40s-50s – The uncle of Emma and Lizzie who comes into conflict with his brother over his bad conduct within his home.
Sarah Anthony (Morse) Borden
Age range: 30s-40s – Lizzie’s deceased mother. She appears in flashbacks and as a voice that calls to Lizzie throughout the play. She lived in hell while she stayed at Maplecroft with Andrew. Lizzie and Emma were her only joys.
Bridget Sullivan, the maid
Age range: 20s-40s – The Irish maid who Lizzie has a close relationship with. Abby accuses her of conspiring with Lizzie in an attempted poisoning from Mutton stew just a week before the murders. Lizzie and Bridget are also both about the house on the day of the murders.
Age range: 20s-30s – An over-zealous coroner of the 1890s. His desire to know may exceed the limits of the science at the time.
The Hatchet Man (Tom Borden)
Age range: 20s-30s – A man some think was Andrew Borden's illegitimate son. He was a strange man who lived on the outskirts of Fall River and was frequently seen walking about the town and Borden’s house with a hatchet.
The Accused Portuguese Man
Age range: 20s-40s – A man Judge Blaisdell sees as guilty of the crime.
Matron of the Jail
Age range: 20s-50s – The attendant for Lizzie in jail.
For more information about auditions, please call the box office at 781-871- 2787 or email Zoe at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about The Company Theatre, please visitwww.companytheatre.com, or follow The Company Theatre Centre for the Arts on Facebook.