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Historical context: Lizzie Borden
The play is based on the case of Lizzie Borden. On August 4, 1892, Borden's father's body was "discovered" by Lizzie in a downstairs room of the family home. Soon, the Bordens' maid, Sullivan, discovered the body of Borden's stepmother. The subsequent investigation and trial of Lizzie set a precedent for media coverage.
- Historical context: Lizzie Borden
- Historical context: the murder and trial
- Historical context: women’s rights
- Production history
- Critics' response