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Arsenic and Old Lace

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. An uproarious farce on plays involving murder, Arsenic and Old Lace has become a favorite amongst regional theaters throughout America.

Written by
Joseph Kesselring

Directed by
Steve Ross


Abby Brewster…Cathy Ode
Martha Brewster…Janet Moore
Mortimer Brewster…Frank Hughes
Teddy Brewster…Jim Batzer
Jonathan Brewster…Todd Gosselin
Elaine Harper…Leeandra Booth
Dr. Einstein…Toby Wilson
Officer Brophy…Ricky Bourgeois
Officer Klein…Drew Krauss
Officer O’Hara…Scott McGraw
Lt. Rooney…Chuck Gifford
Rev. Harper…Chuck Gifford
Mr. Gibbs…Don Tyler
Mr. Witherspoon…Don Tyler

January 30-February 16, 2020
Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm. Sunday at 2:00pm
Tickets $32, $27 for balcony seats
$5 discount for members, $2 discount for seniors/veterans

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Director's Note:

When I was kid, I loved Cap’t Crunch cereal. Whenever my mother took me grocery shopping, I would usually sneak a box in the cart. It was, and still is, my favorite comfort food. In a similar way, Arsenic and Old Lace is comfort theatre. I fondly remember the Frank Capra movie starring Cary Grant and Boris Karloff and feel the warmth and charm of yesteryear, when movies relied less on special effects and much more on nuanced and memorable character portrayals.

New England winters have well-earned reputations of being long, cold and frequently stormy. We seek comfort, whether it’s wrapped in a blanket by the fire reading a great book, or gathering with friends for an evening of good times, smiles and laughs. We seek connection and the opportunity to gather as the unique members of the Cape Cod social order, whether it be at a favorite pub, coffee shop or theatre.

With that in mind, it is my honor to comfort you with our production Arsenic & Old Lace, where inside the Brewster home, you will find sisters Abby & Martha, master purveyors of comfort and finders of lonely men. But there’s Teddy, who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt charging San Juan hill, and Jonathan Brewster, who may, or may not, bear a strange resemblance to Boris Karloff – you decide. And there’s Dr. Einstein, who bears no resemblance to Dr. Einstein. But beware the cellar. Wait, what?

So get ready to laugh aloud as this crazy theatrical crew comforts you with our best prescription to cure the winter blahs – spending quality time with family and friends at an evening of fun entertainment. But whatever you do, don’t drink the wine!

From the Brewster family to yours, enjoy the show!!

- Steve Ross