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Carpenter Square Theatre
Venue: 800 W Main (Mailing: 806 W Main), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73106
Carpenter Square Theatre presents the Oklahoma City premiere of “Blood Relations,” an award-winning mystery-thriller by Sharon Pollock. The play explores the legend of Lizzie Borden ten years after her parents’ demise and plays March 30-April 21, 2018. All performances are at the theater, located at 800 W. Main in downtown Oklahoma City.
Specific performance dates and times over four weeks are: 8 p.m. March 30-31 and April 6-7; 7:30 p.m. April 12, 8 p.m. April 13-14, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15; 7:30 p.m. April 19 and 8 p.m. April 20-21. The play is rated PG-13.
“Did you do it, Lizzie? Did you?” It is nine years after the trial at which Lizzie was acquitted, but rumors and questions still haunt her and the community. The playwright introduces a girlfriend for Lizzie, an actress from New York, and in a series of scenes, we learn how Lizzie feels betrayed by her father when Mr. Borden leaves the farm to Lizzie’s stepmother instead of to her in his will. Moreover, Mr. Borden kills the birds that Lizzie has loved and taken care of for so long. These betrayals eventually lead to Lizzie’s ultimate betrayal. Or do they? Told in a fresh, unique way, Pollock bases her play on historical fact combined with speculation.
Tom Cowley directs “Blood Relations” for Carpenter Square with Linda Cowley assisting as rehearsal stage manager and Matthew Cowley serving as performance stage manager. Brenna Betz and Corrynn Englerth co-star as Lizzie and The Actress, respectively, and they are supported by Barry Thurman as patriarch Andrew Borden, Laurie Blankenship as Mrs. Borden, Ashley Bower as Emma Borden, Greg Crall as Doctor Patrick, and Michael Tull as Mrs. Borden’s brother Harry. Ben Hall is in charge of the set design and execution, Jay C. Schardt is lighting designer, and Rhonda Clark serves as the costume designer.
“Blood Relations” is supported in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Allied Arts, and the Kirkpatrick Family Fund. Season Sponsors include Ed and Janet Bucknell and Mel and Cindy Ables. Costume Sponsors are the estate of Ann Eggers and Mark Fairchild. Cast Sponsors are Bruce and Jo Ewing, and Ticket Sponsors are Lana Henson and John R. Schenberg.
In conjunction with the play, the exhibit in the theater’s lobby gallery is a group show with work from four Oklahoma City artists: Jaiye Farrell, Heidi Bell, Jade Lair, and Dylan Rooks. The public can view the exhibit starting one hour prior to each performance and by appointment Tuesday-Friday afternoons.
Regular adult tickets are $25 with $20 tickets available for seniors aged 62 or more, military, and groups of ten or more. Educator tickets are $10 and students are only $5. Two-for-one tickets may be purchased when presenting the Allied Arts City Card or when attending Thursday evening performances. Reservations are highly recommended for the intimate 90-seat theater. For tickets, call 405-232-6500 or email [email protected]
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