Arsenic and Old Lace

Arsenic and Old LaceWritten by Joseph Kesselring and directed by Mary Haugen. Technical support from Brett Haugen.

Cast:

Abby Brewster – Connie Crowell
Martha Brewster – Patti Cogley
Jonathan Brewster – Mark Santelman
Mortimer Brewster – Joe Ruskamp
Teddy Brewster- Bill Haas
Dr. Einstein – Mike Martin
Elaine Harper – Rhoda Hubbard-Anderson
Rev. Harper – Allan Reed
Officer Brophy – Raymond Norton
Officer Klein – Chuck Peterson
Mr. Gibbs – Darryl Vaci
Officer O’Hara – Ben Marcotte
Lieutenant Rooney – John “A-Frame” Beck
Mr. Witherspoon – Malon Wareing

About the Play:

The year is 1941. The location is a small house next to a cemetery in Brooklyn. In this house live two kind, thoughtful, sweet old ladies, Martha and Abby Brewster who have developed a very bad habit. For the clan known as Brewster insanity runs in the family. These two sweet old aunts take it upon themselves to poison lonely old men with nothing to live for, as an act of charity. Their nephew Mortimer has just gotten married, and is trying to negotiate his way around the shenanigans of the house, while trying to keep his new bride from fleeing. Shady brother Jonathan returns from a world adventure involving using corpses to change his appearance to allude capture. The merry mayhem continues with bugle-blowing brother Teddy who is charged with burial duties. Never have insanity and murder been more charming than in “Arsenic and Old Lace,” Joseph Kesselring’s chestnut of a play.