Arsenic and Old Lace
February 10th-March 5th
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 and Sundays at 2:00 pm
Written By: Joseph Kesselring
Directed by: Jill Johnson
Mortimer Brewster is living a happy life: he has a steady job at a prominent New York newspaper, he’s just become engaged, and he gets to visit his sweet spinster aunts to announce the engagement. Mortimer always knew that his family had a bit of a mad gene -- his brother believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt and his great-grandfather used to scalp Indians for pleasure -- but his world is turned upside down when he realizes that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years! When Mortimer’s maniacal brother, Jonathan. (who strangely now resembles Boris Karloff) returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury the newest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancé -- all while trying to keep his own sanity. as well.
Abby Brewster: A darling lady in her sixties who poisons elderly men. Abby is the sister of Martha and an aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer.
The Rev. Dr. Harper: Minister and father of Elaine
Teddy Brewster: Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Teddy is a man in his forties who thinks that he is Theodore Roosevelt.
Martha Brewster: A sweet elderly woman with Victorian charm who poisons elderly men, Martha is the sister of Abby and an aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer.
Elaine Harper: An attractive girl in her twenties and Mortimer’s fiancee, Elaine is the daughter of the Rev. Dr. Harper. She is surprisingly wise in the ways of the world for a minister's daughter.
Mortimer Brewster: Nephew of Abby and Martha, Mortimer is a drama critic who is engaged to Elaine. He is a nice man who cares for his aunts.
Jonathan Brewster: Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Jonathan is a psychopath who has had plastic surgery and now looks like Boris Karloff.
Dr. Einstein: A plastic surgeon and an alcoholic who is in his fifties, Dr. Einstein has changed Jonathan's face three times.
These roles might be doubled up:
Officer O'Hara: A police officer, O’Hara is a would-be playwright who pesters Mortimer to read his play.
Lieutenant Rooney: A tough and dominating police officer
Mr. Witherspoon: The superintendent of Happy Dale Sanitarium
Officer Brophy: A police officer
Officer Klein: A police officer
Mr. Gibbs: A man who wishes to rent a room from the Brewster sisters
Please bring photo and resume and be prepared to read sides from the script. There is no pay.
Abby, Martha and Mortimer
Jonathan and Einstein
Mortimer and Elaine
Mortimer and O'Hara