Thursday, April 3, 2008

Whack Whack Whack

This just crossed my email and sounds kind of interesting:

Join the Exeter Historical Society and Exeter Public Library on Thursday, April 10 at 6:30 pm, at the Exeter Historical Society, 47 Front Street, for an interactive performance of Lizzie Borden and the 40 Whacks, by the Delvena Theatre Company. This production is recommended for ages 12 and older.

On a scorching hot day in Fall River, Massachusetts, in August 1892, a heinous crime occurred. Spinster Lizzie Borden was accused, tried and acquitted for the vicious ax murders of her father and stepmother. This true unsolved mystery has fascinated people for over 100 years. Two people died on that day in 1892, but Lizzie continues to live on in American folklore.

An edutainment production, the show will feature Lynne Moulton and Joseph Zamparelli, Jr., in multiple roles. The performance includes a mock trial that invites the audience to participate by questioning Lizzie, deciding her guilt or innocence, and imparting a sentence, if appropriate. Did she or didn’t she? You be the judge on April 10th at the Exeter Historical Society.

Lynne Moulton has performed several roles for the Delvena Theatre Company including her IRNE nominated Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Sissy in Piece of My Heart, and also for numerous other theatre companies in the New England area. She received her acting training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art under the direction of Sir Robert Palmer and at Trinity Rep Conservatory.

Joseph Zamparelli, Jr., is an actor, director and producer. A graduate of Boston College, he went on to the professional training program at Circle in the Square Theater School in New York. In addition to commercial film and television work, he is Producing/Artistic Director of BostonAlive.

The Delvena Theatre Company was founded in 1992 and has performed at various venues, most often at the Boston Center for the Arts. The company was nominated for five Independent Reviewers of New England awards. Its production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? was on Theatre Mirror’s Best List for acting, directing and production. Presentations of Anna Weiss and Beyond Therapy were included on Theatre Mirror’s best play list and Blue Heart was placed on Aisle Say’s best list.

For more information, please contact Laura Martin Gowing, program manager, at the Exeter Historical Society at 603-778-2335 or by email, The Exeter Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the research and preservation of Exeter’s past. The Historical Society is open to the public on a weekly basis, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 – 4:30 pm, and on Saturdays from 9:30 am to noon. Exeter Historical Society, 47 Front Street, PO Box 924, Exeter, New Hampshire, 03833, 603-778-2335,,

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