Dr. Joy Brooke Fairfield, assistant professor of theatre, stars in the ensemble cast of LIZZIE: The Musical with New Moon Theatre Company through Oct. 28.
The rock musical is based off the story of Lizzie Borden, a woman accused of the brutal axe murders of her father and stepmother in Massachusetts in the late 1800s. Borden, who was the prime suspect in the murders, was tried in the case, which gained national media attention, and was eventually acquitted.
Fairfield plays the role of Alice, Borden’s neighbor, in a cast made up of all women, along with an all-female production crew.
Fairfield starred in the musical Fun Home, which won the Ostrander Award for Best Production of a Musical, and Once earlier this year at Playhouse on the Square. She teaches Acting, Directing, and Performance Theory, and has developed new courses that study queer identity in performance, television, film, and video games.
LIZZIE plays at TheatreWorks every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. until Oct. 28.