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Blood Relations gets to bottom of Borden mystery

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It's the central question that runs through Blood Relations, Sharon Pollock's drama about Lizzie Borden being revived by the Black Hole Theatre to open its 2003-2004 season Wednesday.

"We still want to know," says Christy Boettcher, 22, who co-directs the historical whodunit with Jim Hanwell. "It answers the big question which has been consuming society for over 100 years."

In 1892, New England spinster Borden was acquitted in the bloody slaying of her father and stepmother. The murder was immortalized in the children's skipping song: "Lizzie Borden took an axe/Gave her mother forty whacks/When the job was nicely done/Gave her father forty-one."

The Pollock play is set a decade after the acquittal, when an actress goes to Lizzie seeking the truth. The pair take to role-playing, with the actress assuming the role of Lizzie, and Lizzie becoming a housemaid.

"I was looking for a play with a strong female role, while Jim wanted a strong psychological story," says Boettcher, who is working on her second undergraduate degree at University of Manitoba. "He suggested Blood Relations and it satisfied both of us."

Blood Relations, which stars Lauren Lange and Elicia Cronin, runs Nov. 11-15 and 18-22 at the Black Hole Theatre, located in the basement of 210 Dysart Rd. Tickets are $11 and $9 and can be reserved through the box office at 474-6880.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 6, 2003 $sourceSection$sourcePage

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