Lawrence Library explores murder and mystery March 19


PEPPERELL — Did she or didn’t she? That is the question up for discussion as the Delvena Theatre Company brings it theatrical magic to the Lawrence Library with a performance of “Lizzie Borden and the 40 Whacks.”

The performance, which will take place Thursday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m., asks audience members to consider whether Lizzie was framed for the murders of her father and stepmother back in August of 1892. The heinous crime has been the focus of much folkloric attention in the more than 100 years since it occurred.

The audience will participate by questioning Lizzie, and voting on her guilt or innocence. This “edutainment” production features Lynne Moulton and Joseph Zamparelli in multiple roles depicting Lizzie’s story and educating the audience members so that they may be informed “jurists.” The cast opens up to the audience for discussion after the performance.

“I think what’s fun about this program is that it’s interactive and the audience gets to be a part of the action,” said Tina McEvoy, Lawrence Library’s assistant director. “Crime and mystery lovers can also explore something that is part of our local history here in Massachusetts.”

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Pepperell Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

For information about this event, please contact the library at 978-433-0330 or visit