Theatre Department Presents “The Lizzie Borden Show: A Speculation”
Events and Lectures

The Franklin College Theatre Department is presenting a spine-chilling play, The Lizzie Borden Show: A Speculation this October. The performances will take place at 8 p.m. beginning Wednesday, Oct. 5, through Saturday, Oct. 7, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8. All performances will be in Théâtre Margot in the Johnson Center for Fine Arts.

This fast-paced and highly theatrical play focuses on the accused murderess Lizzie Borden’s return from the grave. At the center of the play is Lizzie, her older sister Emma, and the maid employed by the family at the time of the murders. Examine the facts, court transcripts and testimonies while also diving into the role that sexism, social economy and repression have in one of the country’s most famous unsolved double murders.

Robin Roberts, professor of theatre at Franklin College, will direct the play. Roberts earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in playwriting from Southern Illinois University. He has a Master of Arts degree in theatre and speech from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s degree in English from Clemson University. Roberts teaches script analysis and theory, playwriting, theatre history, acting, public speaking, and dramatic literature. Roberts is a resident of Franklin.

General admission is $12. Admission for each performance is $8 for students and seniors (55 and older). Franklin College students, faculty and staff receive free admission with a valid Franklin College ID.

To reserve tickets, email or call (317) 738-8029 or (800) 852-0232, ext. 8029. Please claim reservations ten minutes before the performance. The box office opens one hour before the performance.

The Johnson Center for Fine Arts is located at the corner of Branigin Blvd. And Grizzly Dr. Traveling west on State Road 44, take a left onto Forsythe St. Turn right onto Jefferson St., following the sign to the main entrance of the college. Turn left onto Branigin Blvd. The Johnson Center for Fine Arts is on the left at the second stop sign.

For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.

Written by: Alona Gilpin ’24, Pulliam Fellow

POSTED Sep 15, 2023