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City Theater Company drops the axe on the 24th season this September with Lizzie, a blistering rock opera based on the 19th century legend surrounding notorious accused murderess Lizzie Borden. Four women front a six-piece rock band to tell atimeless tale of murder and mayhem.Michael Gray, CTC’sProducing Artistic Director,directs. He’s been looking forward to putting up this piece for some time.Says Gray “I first heard about Lizzie from a D.C. couple I met at a bar in Phillyabout five years ago. They were home for the holidays.The gentleman worked for the NEA and traveled the country to review work funded by the agency. I asked him which of these shows had been his favorite in thepast year—he said that of the hundreds of productions he had the privilege of seeing, Lizzie was his favorite. I was intrigued.”Music Director Joe Trainor came on board soon after, lured by the compelling score. “There’s a chaotic momentum in this material that underscores the mayhem before, during, and after the murders. The music, like the whole story, is always on the verge of running off rails as we imagine what it must have been like for these four women to live during these events.”Gray agrees. “I was intrigued by how the story was told by four women (though ‘men’ were always present) and how the music (rock, thrash, punk) was used to capture the irrage—the years of abuse and neglect,and the loneliness and betrayal that led to the horrific murders. It’s compelling to see one woman, in a time when single women had little status, take control of her narrative. That’s the story we are excited to portray.”Lizzie marks the CTC debut of Darby Elizabeth McLaughlin in the title role, along side Jill Knapp of popular band Hot Breakfast! and CTC’s On The Air, Kyleen Shaw(Hair) and Grace Tarves(La Cage Aux Folles, Hair). The band features CTC pit alums Caty Butler, Meghan Doyle, Jon Luther(Hair); Noelle Picara (Xanadu), Joey Lopes (Come Together), and Sheila Hershey (The Dead.)Directed by Michael Gray. Music directed by Joe Trainor. Assistant directed by Frank Schierloh. Scenic and lighting design by Vicki Neal and Richard Kendrick. Costumes by Kerry Kristine McElrone and Lauren Peters.

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