WWU Continues Theatre Season with ‘Blood Relations’

“Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother 40 whacks…” This dark nursery rhyme sets the stage for the third production in the William Woods University theatre season, “Blood Relations.”


Recipient of the Governor General’s award in 1981, this psychological thriller written by Sharon Pollock takes a look at the infamous axe-murderess Lizzie Borden.


According to Joe Potter, WWU assistant professor and artistic director of theatre, “[Blood Relations] takes place several years after the trial of Lizzie Borden, when an actress comes to town to interview the infamous Lizzie and asks her the question, ‘Are you guilty?’”


Performances are scheduled for Feb. 21, 22, 28 and March 1 at 8 p.m. in Cutlip Auditorium in the McNutt Campus Center, with a matinee performance Feb. 23 at 2:30 p.m.


“Blood Relations” is guest-directed by Melissa Alpers-Springer, WWU adjunct professor, whose William Woods directing credits include “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.” Guest artist Dan Springer is the scene and lighting designer and Jane Friedman is the costume designer.


The cast includes: Lindz Pace, a sophomore from Rolla, Mo., as Miss Lizzie; Christy Pinz, a junior from St. Peters, Mo., as Actress; Meghan Parks, a freshman from Quincy, Ill., as Emma; Ryan Paul, a sophomore from Olathe, Kan., as Dr. Patrick; Ian Didrikson, a freshman from Eureka, Mo., as Harry; Lindsey Mertes, a junior from Branson, Mo., as Mrs. Borden, and George Spratt of Fulton, a retired Episcopalian minister, as Mr. Borden.


Just as in the WWU production of Eleemosynary, the audience for “Blood Relations” will be seated on-stage with the actors. Due to the limited seating, advance reservations are strongly recommended.


Tickets for “Blood Relations” go on sale Feb. 10 and cost $7 for adults, $5 for seniors 50 and above and children, ages 10-12. Due to the dramatic intensity and adult themes, the show is not suitable for children under the age of 10. For tickets, call the box office at (573) 592- 4267. For more information, call Joe Potter at (573) 592-4281.