The play opens on a late Sunday evening in the parlor of the Borden house in 1902, in Fall River, Massachusetts. Miss Lizzie enters with tea for the Actress, who dissents she doesn't care for the tea and toast routine while Lizzie considers the correct approach to pour tea. Lizzie stresses that Fall River is a bit of exhausting for the Actress. She says she is there to see Lizzie. She gives a report about how her practices are going. She reports hearing youngsters in the rear way singing a little tune about Lizzie executing her folks. Lizzie inquires as to whether she shielded her. The Actress reports she shut the window. They put on a record and move as the Actress tries to make sense of if Miss Lizzie looks jowly, a remark made in news reports amid the trial. The Actress gripes that Lizzie never reveals to her anything, when Lizzie neglects to react to the topic of whether she carried out the wrongdoing or not.
Lizzie ponders so anyone might hear whether some portion of the Actress' prosperity is because of her association with a scandalous denounced murderess, for example, herself. The Actress swarms at this, however Lizzie says that, ten years after the occasions, individuals still discuss her and the wrongdoing. Lizzie whines that Emma continues asking, "did you?" The Actress begins to emulate Emma, carrying on both sides of a nonexistent discussion with Lizzie's more seasoned sister. The Actress says she needs to know reality. Lizzie proposes they play a diversion in which the Actress will play Miss Lizzie and Lizzie will play Bridget, the servant the family had in 1892.
The activity movements to Lizzie's murder trial that occurred ten years prior. The Defense questions Lizzie as Bridget, and she depicts the Borden family, including the visit of Harry, Mrs. Borden's sibling. This memory breaks down to another flashback to the Borden home. Harry has arrived, and plainly the motivation behind his visit is cash, either for himself or his sister, who is Mr. Borden's second spouse. Lizzie had Harry tossed out the last time he went to. He ponders what Bridget is doing with bread coverings. She says they are for Lizzie's pigeons, and Harry says Lizzie favors creatures to individuals. The Actress, now playing Lizzie, shows up and Harry slips off to part wood.
After Bridget reports a discussion between Mr. Borden and his brother by marriage, Lizzie calls Harry an idiotic bugger, bothering Bridget with her foul dialect. Lizzie voices her worry that Harry is just going by to plot more cash out of her dad. Emma shows up, whining of the clamor that has kept her from rest. Emma demonstrates she's heard Lizzie's awful dialect. Emma wouldn't like to manage the truth of the family cultivate, which is in monetary demolish, or Harry's plans to get a greater amount of their dad's cash. Lizzie tries to make her discussion about it.
Mrs. Borden, the young ladies' stepmother, descends for breakfast and inquiries Bridget about Harry's appearance and whether Lizzie knows he's here. She arrives at the conclusion that Lizzie is truly very ruined. There is clear strain between Mrs. Borden and Lizzie rotating around Mr. Borden's cash. Mr. Borden shows up and they talk about Lizzie and a widower, Johnny MacLeod, who is occupied with her. Her dad weights Emma to converse with Lizzie. She goes off seeming a bit piqued, unwilling to be the family go between and communicator.
The scene movements to Dr. Patrick and Lizzie talking outside, where she plays with him, welcoming him to keep running off with her, in spite of the fact that he is hitched. Harry goes by and advises Lizzie to come in for lunch, despite the fact that they have quite recently completed breakfast.
The scene movements and Bridget and Lizzie discuss the desire that Lizzie ought to get hitched and have her very own home. In the mean time Harry reports to Mrs. Borden that Lizzie has been associating with the specialist. Mrs. Borden and Harry join forces against Mr. Borden, saying he can't control his own girl. Mr. Borden says he'll converse with her.
The scene comes back to the court, and Lizzie reviews how she never was very sufficient as a young lady, assuming that she never got during childbirth that enchantment recipe for being a lady. The Defense returns and inquiries whether Lizzie could have conveyed the hatchet blows that executed her folks.
The scene changes to a discussion amongst Borden and Lizzie as he tries to influence her to see the widower MacLeod. "He's searching for a servant not a spouse," Lizzie fights. Mrs. Borden participate and they discuss Lizzie going out and the endowment she'll get in the event that she weds. Mr. Borden slaps Lizzie. Her stepmother advises her that she is monetarily reliant on her dad and that she can't would like to acquire 33% of his bequest when he kicks the bucket.
Harry and Mr. Borden talk, uncovering Harry's business. He needs the decrepit homestead put in Mrs. Borden's name and rented to him. Harry will direct stallion barters and have surrey rides on the property, giving Borden 20%. What they are uninformed of is Lizzie's nearness, and she goes up against her dad. Borden's outrage ejects and he guides it at the pigeons Lizzie keeps. Taking the ax Harry has gotten from part wood, Borden crushes it into the table. Hatchet close by, Borden says he will deal with the fowls. The demonstration closes back in the present with Lizzie saying she cherished the pigeons.
The activity comes back to Lizzie and the Actress' re-establishment. It is the next day. Emma reveals to Lizzie she is leaving for a couple days. Lizzie blames Emma for fleeing from things. Lizzie underscores the truth—Harry is getting the ranch marked over to their stepmother and will live there. They will be basically removed of their dad's will, left to subsist on just a little recompense.
The scene comes back to the court. The Defense returns and inquiries Lizzie about what occurred on that day, and she went for a walk, eating pears, returning, discovering her Papa dead, and calling for Bridget.
The scene moves back to that day. Mrs. Borden descends for breakfast and soon Mr. Borden joins the table. Harry flies in and gets a welcome to get down to business with Borden. Lizzie, knowing they plan to sign papers around the local area, tries to induce her dad not to go.
The scenes blurs to another discussion between Dr. Patrick and Lizzie. Lizzie says she could kick the bucket in the event that she needed. They walk, and she will demonstrate to him her winged animals yet the confine is vacant She asks him whom he would spare on the off chance that he could just spare one of two individuals passing on from a mischance. At that point she inquires as to whether he met Attila the Hun and could slaughter him, OK? He says he would battle in a war however is awkward with this line of addressing. She dispatches into an assault on her stepmother yet she doesn't get the bolster she needs and blames Patrick for being a defeatist.