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LIZZIE

Music by Steven Cheslik-deMeyer and Alan Stevens Hewitt
Lyrics by Steven Cheslik-deMeyer and Tim Maner
Book by Tim Maner
Additional Music by Tim Maner
Additional Lyrics by Alan Stevens Hewitt
Based on an original concept by Steven Cheslik-deMeyer and Tim Maner
Orchestrations by Alan Stevens Hewitt
Directed by Victoria Bussert
Music Direction by Julia A. Miller and Andra Velis Simon
Choreography by Janet Louer
November 11 – December 17, 2017
at The Den Theatre

(1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL)

The production team for LIZZIE includes: Eleanor Kahn (scenic design), Charlotte M. Yetman (costume design), Maya Michele Fein (lighting design), Victoria Deiorio (sound design), Jeff Herrmann (props design) and Danielle Stack (production manager).

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-Previews: Saturday, November 11 at 8 pm and Sunday, November 12 at 3 pm.
-Press performance: Tuesday, November 14 at 7:30 pm.
-Regular run: Thursday, November 16 – Sunday, December 17, 2017
-Curtain Times: Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm; Sundays at 3 pm. Please note: there will not be a performance on Thursday, November 23 (Thanksgiving Day).
-Late Night Performances (featuring understudies): Friday, December 1 at 11 pm, Saturday, December 2 at 11 pm, Friday, December 8 at 11 pm and Saturday, December 9 at 11 pm
-Open Captioned Performances (by Molly Brennan): Sunday, November 26 at 3 pm and Sunday, December 3 at 3 pm.

“Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, gave her father forty-one.” So goes the nursery rhyme describing the crime of the century that took the nation by storm when Lizzie Borden murdered her parents with an axe in 1892. Or did she? LIZZIE is a musical that reimagines that bloody legend with four women fronting a female rock band. LIZZIE is American mythology set to a blistering rock score with rage, sex, betrayal and bloody murder.

The cast of Firebrand Theatre’s Chicago premiere of LIZZIE (top, l to r) Leah Davis as Bridget, Liz Chidester as Lizzie, Camille Robinson as Emma and Jacquelyne Jones as Alice with the “late night” cast (bottom, l to r) Amanda Horvath as Bridget, Kyrie Anderson as Lizzie, Becca Brown as Emma and Elle Walker as Alice.

Lizzie CAST

Liz Chidester, from the mountains of Virginia, moved to Chicago in the winter of 2013 and has immersed herself in the Chicago music, theatre, and arts education scene ever since. She released her debut folk album ‘People Pumping Pedals’ in 2014 under CAU Dog Records, her intimate EP ‘Otter Hill’ in 2015, and her third release ‘Progress into Simplicity’ with her band Liz and the Lovelies in March 2017. She has worked with Refuge Theatre Project, Sideshow Theatre Company, Mercury Theater, Theatre at the Center, and the Chicago Children’s Theatre as an actor and collaborator. She is currently a teaching artist at the Old Town School of Folk Music and Sherwood Music School. She was a Midwestern Finalist in NPR’s NewSong Songwriting Contest 2014, nominated for Best Female Vocalist in the Chicago Music Awards 2015, and was a finalist in the NewSong Leaf Songwriter Competition 2016. Before moving to Chicago, she was singing all over the world with Carnival Cruise Lines and Holland America Line. Liz has her BM from James Madison University in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. www.lizchidester.com

“When I heard about Firebrand, I was immediately attracted to the idea of women supporting women’s voices in the world of Chicago theatre. I am so honored to be a part of their first production, and could not be more excited to work with this fantastic group of strong, beautiful women!”
Camille Robinson feels so honored to be a part of this epically necessary theater’s inaugural season. Recent theater credits include: Jesus Christ Superstar (Paramount Theatre), A Wonder in My Soul (Victory Gardens Theater), It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! (American Blues Theater), Wonderful Town (Goodman Theatre), and Little Shop of Horrors (American Blues Theater). TV/Film credits include: “Chicago Med” and “Chicago PD” (NBC). Represented by Gray Talent Group.

“We ladies got a lot to say and a lot of different ways of saying it. It’s high time we stop apologizing for that and live in all our glory.”
Jacquelyne Jones is over the moon ecstatic to be making her Firebrand Theatre debut! Credits include: Pump Boys and Dinettes (Timberlake Playhouse), Honky Tonk Angels (Theo Ubique), Company (Writers Theater), Heathers the Musical (Kokandy Productions), Mill Girls (ETOPiA), The Gilded Age (City Lit Theater), and Pericles (Chicago Shakespeare Theater). Regional credits include: the National Premiere of Zorro the Musical; Oliver (Hale Center Theater), and the west coast tour of One Nation (American Heritage Orchestra). She studied Theater Performance at Utah Valley University. A special thank you to the women in my life who hold me up and show me what real strength look like.

“I’m peeing my pants level excited about getting to work with Firebrand Theatre! This company is so very important and needed in our community and I’m beyond honored to get to work with these powerhouse women. To be able to collaborate with such talented and intelligent women on a truly incredible show like Lizzie feels like someone handed me a winning lottery ticket. I can’t wait to tell this story!”
Leah is so thrilled to be a part of the Chicago premiere of LIZZIE and to be making her Firebrand debut! Leah is a 2016 graduate of Eastern Illinois University, and was most recently seen in Porchlight Music Theatre’s production of IN THE HEIGHTS as Carla, and the Metropolis Performing Arts Center’s HAIR as Jeanie. A couple of her other favorite credits include Agatha Christie’s THE MOUSETRAP for which she was nominated to compete for the Irene Ryan Scholarship at KCACTF, and AMERICAN IDIOT, a performance that helped her bring home the 2015 Broadway World Chicago award for “Best Actress in a Resident- Non Equity Musical.”

“When you think ‘feminist theatre in Chicago,’ you automatically think Firebrand, despite the fact that it’s a newer company, it has already had such an impact on this community. I feel so privileged to now be able to combine feminism and theatre, two things that are so near and dear to my heart and I can think of no better place to do so than with Firebrand, and with LIZZIE. Four Powerful women belting on stage has always turned out to be a helluva thing!”

Lizzie Late Night Cast

Kyrie is beyond excited to be a part of Firebrand’s production of Lizzie as Understudy – Lizzie! Recent credits include New Faces Sing Broadway 2000 (Porchlight Theatre), Miriam (Fly By Night/ Theo Ubique), Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins/ NightBlue), My Way, A Tribute to Frank Sinatra (Theo Ubique), Mrs. Johnstone (Blood Brothers/ Theo Ubique), Waverly (Next Thing You Know/ Towle Theatre), and Songs for a New World (NightBlue). As always, she thanks her family and friends for their never-ending love and support.

“I’m so thankful to have this opportunity to work with a company that not only “talks the walk”, but “walks the walk”. Time and again I see Firebrand promoting inclusion, women, and being one in a world where that is not so prominent. To top off working with Firebrand – I get to work with crazy talented women AND within the genre of horror!! It’s truly a dream come true.”
Becca Brown is a native Chicagoan who almost graduated with a BFA at UIC. Recent theatre credits include American Idiot (The Hypocrites) and the title roles in Battleaxe Betty (ATC) and Jenna Roxy and the Church of Modern Love (The Hideout.) Becca is a graduate of iO and Second City’s training centers and performs standup all over Chicago. You may also recognize her as the ladychild bassist from the 2003 film School of Rock. Becca is represented by Shirley Hamilton Talent and is Instagram followable @usuallybeccabrown.

“I’m proud to be a #Firebrand because I’m sick of white feminism in theatre and I’m even more sick of femmes being lumped into three categories: virgin, slut, or mom. We’re so much more than that. We need better representation.”
Elle was most recently seen creating the role of Mergatroid in “Cinderella at the Theater of Potatoes” with The Hypocrites. Chicago favorites include “Picnic” (Madge u/s, American Theater Company), “The Addams Family” (Mercury Theater) and a recent guest performance with “The Fly Honey Show VII.” As a writer and solo performance artist, Elle seeks to empower other trans*/gender non-conforming folks through laughter and the belief in finding strength through forging new paths – on one’s own terms. She is represented by Paonessa Talent Agency. Special thanks to Andra, the entire Firebrand team, the Walker family, the Salonathon family, Kate, and Bea.

“I am thrilled and humbled to be working alongside such talented women who are doing such important and meaningful work, and to be involved with Firebrand’s first production makes it that much more special.”
Amanda Horvath is a Chicagoland-native actress and singer, thrilled to be on board with the world’s first feminist equity musical theatre company working Social Media! She’s a recent Jeff Award-winner for her performance of Sara in the Chicago premiere of the rock musical Murder Ballad, with Bailiwick Chicago. Chicago credits include Tonya Harding in Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera (Underscore Theatre), Far From Heaven (Porchlight Music Theatre), Follies (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), A Little Night Music (Writers Theatre), The Wild Party (Bailiwick Chicago), Hollywood’s Greatest Song Hits, Fiddler on the Roof, Merry Widow, & South Pacific (Light Opera Works), Smokey Joe’s Café (Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre), and Ragtime (Big Noise Theatre) for which she won the BroadwayWorld Chicago Award for Best Actress in her portrayal of Mother. She spent two summers on Cape Cod with the summer-stock College Light Opera Company where roles included Eva Peron (Evita), Lilli Vanessi (Kiss Me, Kate), Aldonza (Man of La Mancha), and Lalume (Kismet). When not in a theatre she performs with the Midwest’s only touring ABBA Tribute Band as Agnetha (aka the blonde one). Amanda began her music training at College of DuPage, and graduated from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University (BM Voice Performance) where she is an admission counselor by day!

“One reason I was eager to be a part of Firebrand is that women are so much more than the few archetypes we’re constantly painted as. We women have been fighting to tell our own stories through mens’ voices, words, stories, and direction for long enough.”