May 24 — June 29, 2014
On the U.S. Bank Main Stage

By Steven Cheslik-deMeyer, Tim Maner and Alan Stevens Hewitt
Directed by Rose Riordan
A New Musical Based on the Life of Lizzie Borden

A rock-show retelling of the bloody legend of America’s favorite ax-wielding double-murderess and Victorian hometown girl. Lizzie Borden, who has become fodder for jump rope rhymes and TV movies of the week, was a Massachusetts woman who was acquitted in 1892 of the ax murders of her father and stepmother, and lived the rest of her life as American’s first infamous tabloid star. But did she really do it? And if so, why?

Performance times:
Tuesday - Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
Thursday matinees at noon

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The estimated run time is one hour and 45 minutes, including one intermission.

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View the LIZZIE playbill.

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Note: This production features a live rock band, along with theatrical effects such as strobe lights, fake blood and fog. LIZZIE contains mature content, strong language and sexuality; It is recommended for ages 16+. Most productions at PCS are recommended for high school age and up; children under 6 are not permitted.

Performance Times

Evenings: Tuesday - Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Saturday and Sundays at 2 p.m.,
Thursdays at noon

*Note: These are general performance times. Certain productions may have exceptions. View the season calendar for more information.

This show's run time will be posted below the synopsis at left near the date of the first performance.

Production blog

“LIZZIE” and “Fiddler on the Roof” Take Home Top Awards at PAMTAs

“LIZZIE” and “Fiddler on the Roof” Take Home Top Awards at PAMTAs

24 June 2014 & Posted by Alice Hodge

Last evening at the 7th Annual Portland Area Musical Theatre Awards, affectionately referred to as the PAMTAs, we were honored to receive nine(!) awards - including Best Production.


9 Things You Didn’t Know About Lizzie Borden

23 June 2014 & Posted by Alice Hodge

From The Simpsons to an overnight stay in the very room Andrew Borden was killed, Barbara Maranzani at the History Channel put together this list of 9 Things You May Not Know About Lizzie Borden.


The Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast

22 June 2014 & Posted by Alice Hodge

Going through LIZZIE withdrawals? Need summer vacation plans?



Art and photography for LIZZIE. View on Flickr »

Reviews and Features

Holly Johnson | The Oregonian [Review 09 Jun 2014]

LIZZIE rocks the walls with gleeful gore at Portland Center Stage

LIZZIE blazed through the main stage with sparks flying and voltage to spare ... Gleeful camp, pathos, horror and high-decible tunes blended in delectable fervor as the story of Lizzie’s trial and acquittal unfolded.”

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Win Goodbody | Portland Theatre Scene [Review 09 Jun 2014]

Delectably bloody fun in 1892 style

“On opening night, a rock star energy filled the Armory lobby. And LIZZIE came through big. You know the story, the thrill is watching how they’ll tell it. Crack direction from Rose Riordan keeps action flying gothically toward the blade. Gorgeous visuals and color palette. Geysers of gore. And more.”

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Dennis Sparks | Theatre Reviews by Dennis Sparks [Review 09 Jun 2014]

Riordan has assembled a perfect cast and band for this show. 

“The delicious, devilish and deadly foursome (Cimma, McDonel, Morrissey & Sheik) that present this lurid tale of the dismembering of the Borden’s, is the selling point for the production!  And the band (Beaton, conductor/music director) also is outstanding!”

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Bob Hicks | Oregon ArtsWatch [Review 09 Jun 2014]

Lizzie Borden musical chops a rock ‘n’ roll path into the American legend of family and violence

“If part of the joy of rock ’n’ roll is watching musicians work their butts off, Lizzie is a pleasure machine. Mary Kate Morrissey, all twitchy and fractured and borderline loony in her approach, is a spring-loaded hatchet as Lizzie. Carrie Cimma is caustic and knowing and the closest thing to genuinely funny as the none-too-respectful maid, Bridget (based on a real character); Kacie Sheik is sweet/innocent/seductive/accusatory as neighbor Alice; and Leslie McDonel is a careful seesaw as Emma, alternately holding Lizzie back and egging her on.”

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