Event Information
Blue Coyote Theater Group Presents
Nance O'Neil
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 through Saturday, October 09, 2010

When actress Nance O'Neil arrives in Boston in 1904, the critics hail her as 'the American Sarah Bernhardt', but her relationship with the infamous Lizzie Borden causes an even bigger sensation.

Length: 2 hrs 00 mins
Intermission: Yes
Seating: General Admission
You choose your seats when you get to the theater.

When actress Nance O’Neil arrived in Boston in 1904 with her repertoire of tragic heroines, the critics hailed her as “the American Sarah Bernhardt.” But it was her relationship with the infamous Lizzie Borden that caused the bigger sensation. David Foley’s NANCE O’NEIL, imaginatively elaborated from a historical footnote, examines the fascinating relationship between these two women. Were they in love? Or were there other motivations at play?

The story of Lizzie Borden has captured the American imagination for well over a century. Accused of the brutal hatchet murders of her father and stepmother, Lizzie was acquitted by a Fall River, Massachusetts jury, but her presumed guilt lingered in the small community where she lived. She has remained a notorious figure in American folklore.

The relationship between Nance O’Neil and Lizzie Borden has been rife with speculation. As a spinster, Lizzie’s sexuality has always been in question. With rumors of Nance’s numerous affairs with other women, some high profile, several historians and researchers have speculated that Nance and Lizzie were indeed lovers. However, historically this remains as elusive as Mr. and Mrs. Borden’s killer.

Rachel Brown as Nance O’Neil
Jonna McElrath* as Lizzie Borden
Jane Titus* as Emma Borden
Frank Anderson* as McKee Rankin

Lighting design by Christopher Weston
Set design by Emily Inglis
Costume design by Christi Cuofal
Press by Karen Greco

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