Nance O’Neil

NANCE O’NEIL was an actress who, at the turn of the 20th century, thrilled audiences with her passionate portrayals of tragic heroines: Hedda Gabler, Camille, Judith, Lady Macbeth. Then, during a triumphant run in Boston, she met the notorious Lizzie Borden who, twelve years earlier, had been acquitted of killing her parents with a hatchet. The two became inseparable.  Rumors swirled. Elaborated from a historical footnote,
NANCE O’NEIL explores the intersection of art and notoriety.

Script available on request. Read an excerpt.

“riveting… original, provocative, intimate, and entirely engaging…. unquestionably one of the highlights of the new season”
Martin Denton,
“as emotionally charged and occasionally as frightening as an Alfred Hitchock thriller”
Paulanne Simmons, CurtainUp
“a fascinating psychological drama”
Sandy MacDonald, TheaterMania

Above and right: Rachel Brown and Jonna McElrath in the Blue Coyote Theatre Group production. Photos: Beau Allulli.