'Blood Relations' to hit Northwestern stage Oct. 2-4

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'Blood Relations' to hit Northwestern stage Oct. 2-4

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The Northwestern Oklahoma State University theatre program will bring to life the psychological thriller when “Blood Relations” hits the Herod Hall Auditorium stage Oct. 2-3 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 4 at 2 p.m.  Admission Prices are $3 for students with an ID, $5 for faculty and staff, and $7 general admission.

Michelle Penner from Cherokee is the senior director for this production.

“Blood Relations” is about a young woman named Lizzie Borden, who was accused of murdering her father and step-mother with an axe.  The story is a dark retelling of the possible events that led up to the murder of Mr. and Mrs. Borden and the possible events that took place that day.

“I chose this play because I am a history minor and wanted to do something historical,” Penner said. “Lizzie Borden's story has always fascinated me, and I thought there must be a good script out there somewhere.  I finally found this one by Sharon Pollock.  It is extremely well-written and has roles that I knew actors would love to delve into.”

The cast of eight actors was hand-picked by Penner after auditions, held the first week of school.  Penner said many of the actors embraced their characters almost naturally the first time they ever read the script.  Only eight actors could be cast, but Penner said the auditions made her decision very difficult. 

“The cast is phenomenal, each bringing their own gifts onto the stage,” she said. “Hannah (Dirks) and Jordan (Lyles) playing opposite each other is something everyone should see, and they will never forget.  The tension on stage is palpable and unnerving.”  

The cast, in order of appearance, includes:

Actress – Hannah Dirks, Woodward senior; Miss Lizzie Borden – Jordan Lyles, Sapulpa senior; The Defense – Benjamin Fox, Cape Charles, Va. junior; Harry – Andrew Hill, Booker, Texas, junior; Emma Borden – Natalie Sacket, Fairview sophomore; Abigail Borden – Ally Shea, Tulsa freshman; Andrew Borden – Scott Bartley, Enid senior; and Dr. Patrick – Hanson Long, Waynoka senior.