Arsenic and Old Lace
by Joseph Kesselring
Directed by Kelly Gilliam

Audition Dates:   September 11 and 12, beginning at 7PM
Call Backs:   September 13 beginning at 7PM, if necessary
Performance Dates:   November 3 through 26,  Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM and Sundays at 2:30PM, with a possible Saturday matinee

What to expect: We will have sides printed out for actors to read; no need to prepare a monologue, just come ready to act.

Show Description:
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. 

Mortimer Brewster (Male 25-35) 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.

Abby Brewster (Female 55+) A darling lady in her sixties who poisons elderly men, Abby is sister to Martha and Aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer.

Martha Brewster (Female 55+) A sweet elderly lady with Victorian charm who poisons elderly men, Martha is sister to Abby and Aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer.

Teddy Brewster (Male 35-50) Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Teddy is a man who thinks he is Theodore Roosevelt.

Jonathan Brewster (Male 30-40) Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Jonathan is a psychopath who has had plastic surgery and now looks like Boris Karloff.

Dr. Einstein (Male 30+) A plastic surgeon and an alcoholic, Dr. Einstein has changed Jonathan's face three times.

Elaine Harper (Female 25-35) An attractive girl in her twenties and Mortimer's fiancée, Elaine is the daughter of the Rev. Dr. Harper.

The Rev. Dr. Harper (Male 55+) Minister and father of Elaine.

Mr. Gibbs (Male 60+) A man who wishes to rent a room from the Brewster sisters.

Mr. Witherspoon (Male 50+) The superintendent of Happy Dale Sanitarium.

Officer Brophy (Male 20+) A police officer.

Officer Klein (Male 20+) A police officer.

Officer O'Hara (Male 20+) A police officer, O’Hara is a would-be playwright who pesters Mortimer to read his play.

Lieutenant Roony (Male 35+) A tough and dominating police officer.

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