The Fascinating Story of Lizzie Borden Has Captured Out Attention for Well Over a Century. See Why with LIZZIE!


Cast of LIZZIE!: Leslie Goddard, Michaella Waickman, Rachel Mary Green, Deánna Giulietit & Natalie Bird. Publicity photos courtesy of Scott J Kimmins.

LIZZIE, with music by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and Alan Stevens Hewitt, lyrics by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and Tim Maner, book by Tim Maner concludes The Human Race’s 32nd Season, June 13-30, 2019 at the Loft Theatre

“I first experienced LIZZIE in 2010 at a Festival of New Musicals in NYC,” said Human Race Artistic Director, Kevin Moore, “and I fell in love with it. But at the time, thought it might be too aggressive for Dayton. I am so pleased that our audience has grown and become much more accepting, which is why we excitedly put it on the season. While it has played a few theaters in the US, and had European productions in Denmark and London, it will finally get its New York Off-Broadway production in August.  But before that, we will have the regional premiere right here in Dayton!” 

(Dayton, Ohio) Lizzie Borden took an ax…” And we know what happened next. Or do we? Lizzie is a powerhouse rock-show retelling of the sensational – and bloody – double murder that shocked New England in the summer of 1892, as told through the fierce performances of four stellar actresses. What starts as the abuse and despair of a troubled woman results in a shocking act of revenge when she takes a hatchet to her oppressive father and stepmother. Charged with the killing of her parents, Lizzie becomes a media sensation even as the trial takes its toll on the relationships with those dearest to her. 

Lizzie is rated PG-15. Parents are strongly cautioned as this show contains strong language and references to abuse, murder and sexual situations. 

Lizzie will be Jamie Cordes’ (Director) directing debut at HRTC but he has long been a Resident Artist. Resident Artist Jay Brunner (Music Director) and Choreographer Katie Johannigman join the team. 

The preview performance of Lizzie is Thursday, June 13th. Opening night is Friday, June 14th. 

The Human Race Theatre Company’s production of Lizzie is sponsored by R. Doug Annala, Marni Flagel and Kurt Fleagle & Warren Riffle. 

Performance and special event information
Tickets for Lizzie start at $14. Prices vary depending on the day of the week and seating location. Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more. Student tickets are available at 50% off regular adult prices and a student I.D. must be presented when picking up at the Box Office. The Sunday, June 16 7:00 p.m. performance is “Sawbuck Sunday,” when any available seat can be purchased in person for just $10 at the Loft Theatre box office two hours prior to the show. Discounts are subject to availability and some restrictions apply. 

All performances are at the Metropolitan Art Center’s Loft Theatre, located at 126 North Main Street in downtown Dayton, Ohio. Show times for Lizzie are 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Performances on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings begin at 7:00 p.m., and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday matinees. 

Tickets and performance information for Lizzie are available at or by calling Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630, and at the Schuster Center box office. 

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2018-2019 marks the 32nd season for The Human Race Theatre Company, “Dayton’s Official Professional Theatre Company.” Founded in 1986, The Human Race moved into the Metropolitan Arts Center in 1991, taking up residence in its current home, the 212-seat Loft Theatre. In addition to the Eichelberger Loft Season, The Human Race produces new works development and special event programming. Under the direction of Executive Director Kappy Kilburn and Kevin Moore, Artistic Director, the company also maintains outreach programs, as well as artist residencies in area schools and a summer youth program. Human Race organizational support is provided by the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District, Culture Works, the Shubert Foundation, the Erma R. Catterton Trust Fund, the Jesse & Caryl Philips Foundation, the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council, which helped fund this organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The 2018-2019 Sustainability Sponsors are the ELM Foundation, Anne F. Johnson, Steve and Lou Mason, and Morris Home. The 2018-2019 Loft season sponsor is the Jack W. and Sally D. Eichelberger Foundation of the Dayton Foundation.

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