Lizzie Borden and the Forty Whacks

March 26, 2015 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Peabody Institute Library
15 Sylvan Street
Danvers, MA 01923

On a scorching hot day in Fall River, back in 1892, a heinous crime occurred. Spinster Lizzie Borden was accused, tried, and acquitted for the vicious axe murders of her father and stepmother. Two people died on that day in 1892, but Lizzie continues to live on in American folklore.

The performance includes a mock trial that invites the audience to
participate by questioning Lizzie, and voting on her guilt or innocence. This “edutainment” production features Lynne Moulton and Joseph Zamparelli in multiple roles depicting Lizzie’s story and educating audience members so that they may be informed “jurists.” 

Delvena Theatre Company was founded in 1992 by a group of working actors. In 1996, the company  moved to The Boston Center for the Arts on historic Tremont Street in the bourgeoning South End. In 2003, Delvena Theatre Company, hearing the call of schools, colleges, libraries, historical societies, senior centers, housing and private organizations, decided to present  productions in non-traditional spaces. 

The company creates edutainment – original shows designed to educate as well as entertain.  In an effort to enrich the theatrical and educational experience, Delvena performances include a post-show discussion between the cast and the audience.