Directed by Tim Franklin
Co-Director: Katie Holmes
Fri, November 9th, 2012 - 7:00pm
Sat, November 10th, 2012 - 2:00 & 7:00pm
Sun, November 11th, 2012 - 2:00pm
Characters & Cast: Arsenic and Old Lace
Abby Brewster: (played by Virginia Church) 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: (played by Floyd Walker) Minister and father of Elaine.
Teddy Brewster: (played by Gary Wofford) Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Teddy is a man in his forties who thinks that he is Theodore Roosevelt.
Officer Brophy: (played by Stefani Franklin) A police officer.
Officer Klein: (played by Hunter Dotson) A police officer.
Martha Brewster: (played by Tammy Stone) 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: (played by Jacqui Dunaway) 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: (played by Walker Davis) 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.
Mr. Gibbs: (played by TBA) A man who wishes to rent a room from the Brewster sisters.
Jonathan Brewster: (played by Korey Echols) Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Jonathan is a psychopath who has had plastic surgery and now looks like Boris Karloff.
Dr. Einstein: (played by Juan Marin) A plastic surgeon and an alcoholic who is in his fifties, Dr. Einstein has changed Jonathan's face three times.
Officer O'Hara: (played by Darren Gunnels) A police officer, O’Hara is a would-be playwright who pesters Mortimer to read his play.
Lieutenant Roony: (played by Derrick Keator) A tough and dominating police officer.
Mr. Witherspoon: (played by Floyd Walker) The superintendent of Happy Dale Sanitarium.
Arsenic and Old Lace opens in the living room of the Brewster home, inhabited by two spinster
aunts, Abby and Martha Brewster, and their nephew, Teddy. The Reverend Dr. Harper is chatting
with Abby about her other nephew, Mortimer, a drama critic who is in love with the reverend’s
daughter, Elaine. Soon joining the conversation are two friendly police officers, Brophy and Klein,
who have come by (as they often do) to pick up a box for charity from the kindly Brewster
sisters. Teddy, who is rather crazy but harmless, believes himself to be Theodore Roosevelt. He
charges up the stairs to retrieve the box. The reverend and the policemen leave. Mortimer enters
and announces to his aunts that he intends to marry Elaine, whom he is taking to a play that
Things begin to unravel as Mortimer lifts the lid to the window seat. He discovers the dead body
of Mr. Hoskins and assumes that Teddy has killed him. However, Abby and Martha tell Mortimer
that it was they who poisoned the man with their homemade elderberry wine - and that he is the
eleventh (or twelfth, depending on how you count) gentleman they have shared their wine with.
The sisters explain that these are charitable acts: they befriend lonely older gentlemen who do
not have much to live for and then kill them with elderberry wine laced with arsenic. Meanwhile
Teddy is down in the cellar digging what he believes is the Panama Canal but is in reality the
Elaine arrives and an excited and worried Mortimer tells her they are not going to the theatre
after all. After a brief quarrel, Elaine leaves. Mortimer and Teddy's brother Jonathan arrives.
Jonathan, a true maniacal criminal, is accompanied by Dr. Einstein, a plastic surgeon of doubtful
character. Dr. Einstein has operated on Jonathan so that he looks like Boris Karloff, the horror
Teddy invites Einstein to join him in the cellar, where he believes he is digging the Panama
Canal. Einstein quickly returns and confides to Jonathan that there is a hole large enough to bury
Mr. Spenalzo (a man Jonathan recently killed) after everyone goes to bed. Once the lights are
out and everyone is supposedly asleep, Teddy goes to the window seat to get Mr. Hoskins. At the
same time Jonathan and Einstein go to their car to retrieve Mr. Spenalzo. Both plan on burying
the bodies in the cellar.
Several hilarious scenes ensue. Lights blink on and off, bodies are moved from the window seat
to the cellar to the car outside, accusations and threats fly back and forth. Due to the commotion
at the house, Officer O'Hara stops by to make sure all is well. When he is convinced that
everything is alright, he shifts topics and corners Mortimer in a discussion of a play he is writing.
Just then, Lieutenant Rooney bursts in and recognizes Jonathan as an escapee from a prison for
the criminally insane. Jonathan tells the officers about the bodies in the cellar, but they don't
believe him and take him off to prison. Einstein gets away, and Teddy is certified insane and
taken to the Happy Dale Sanitarium.
Trying to protect society without sending his aunts to prison, Mortimer ecstatically agrees when
his aunts insist on going to Happy Dale with their nephew. The aunts then kindly inform Mortimer
that he is actually not a member of the Brewster family. He was an illegitimate child and thus can
marry Elaine without fear of passing the Brewster insanity on to his children. Mortimer happily
departs, but before the women leave their house, they offer a drink to the head of Happy Dale,
Mr. Witherspoon. Witherspoon is a lonely older gentleman, and he gladly accepts a glass of the
spiked elderberry wine. . . .