Blood Relations
by Sharon Pollock




Lizzie Borden took an ax…





Once upon a time, not so very long ago, a few Fools (a few Motley Fools, that is) were enjoying tea and dessert at The Old Hotel Bistro on a perfect Saturday afternoon. While there, The Fools happened to meet executive chef Jim Pacini. The Fools and The Chef got to talking: About food. And wine. And special events. When the Fools told The Chef about their current project (holding theatrical events to raise money for their friend’s adoption efforts), The Chef pointed to a picture on the opposite end of the room. It was of two children. His grandchildren, who were also adopted.

The rest, as they say, is history.

“Blood Relations” by Sharon Polluck is a Victorian psychological murder mystery, based on the life of Lizzie Borden. It is the perfect autumn play and we’ve put together the perfect cast to showcase it .

Please join us, October 27th-29th, for a dinner theater event that will tickle your taste buds and send chills down your spine. The $50 ticket price includes a special-themed menu (with dessert!) from Chef Pacini, and an intimate production of Blood Relations performed by some of Fresno’s finest actors. Did we mention all proceeds go to a good cause? Please visit for information about our fundraising efforts.

Questions? Contact us at




Show dates are October 27th- 29th. Tickets are $50 and include dinner, dessert, and one non-alcoholic beverage of your choosing. If you would like a vegetarian meal, please email us at so chef Jim is prepared.

Seating is limited to 50 people per performance. Advanced reservations are highly recommended.

Doors open at 6:15 pm. Production takes place at The Old Hotel Bistro.

Click here to purchase tickets.


Cast and Crew


11218550_10153014182678666_474295014901543106_oAshley Hyatt as Lizzie Borden/Bridget

Britt Monahan as The Actress/Lizzie

Brad Myers* as Mr. Borden
Brad appears through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

Russell Noland as Dr. Patrick- Thurs. and Fri. Shows
 14258229_10207203645954969_1417064634882383134_oBrandon Weiss as The Defense/Dr. Patrick- Sat Show

Kristin Crase as Emma

Karan Johnson as Mrs. Borden

Jeff Tuck as Harry Wingate


14199582_10154082132853439_9054163361479200380_n.jpgLeslie Martin, Director

11219650_10206888493425092_8458554610257131380_nMiguel Gastelum, Co-Director

10373488_10152453379893923_6992923254446738299_n.jpgHaley White, Producer

13406937_1620049841644804_4017176033994248839_nJen Appleby, Producer

Regina Harris, Sound Design

Reece Riley, Stage Manager

Costume Design: Haley White, with assistance from Joel Abels,
Stephanie Bradshaw, Brooke Aiello, James McDonnell, Amy Ryan, and Emily Campbell

Props/Set Design: Leslie Martin and Miguel Gastelum, with assistance
from Jeff Hunter, Mike Hansen, Haley White, Kristin Crase, Brooke Aiello, and Joel Abels

Media/Marketing: Kyle Lowe, Miguel Gastelum, Amy Ryan, and Haley White

Presented by The Motley Fools and Fresno Arts Council.


The following menu is paired with one non-alcoholic beverage of your choosing. Alcoholic beverages are available for additional purchase. 

Spring mix paired with crisp pear, jazz apple, roasted peanuts, chewy dried cranberry and crunchy bacon lardons, tossed in a pomegranate vinaigrette.

Grilled filet mignon served with confit fingerling potatoes and roasted root vegetables, finished with a red wine reduction.

House made New York cheesecake, finished with raspberry sauce.

*Please email us at regarding vegetarian dinners.