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Arsenic and Old Lace

Arsenic and Old Lace

By Joseph Kesselring

Directed by Bob Cooley
With special permission by Dramatist Play Service


Mortimer, a drama critic, has just got married and is about to go on his honeymoon when he discovers insanity runs in his family. His sweet maiden aunts poison lonely old men and have a number of corpses buried in the cellar….. Who would believe that homicidal mania could be such fun?!

Show dates:

All shows start at 7pm at Ivy Tech Community College.

  • Wednesday, November 2nd
  • Thursday, November 3rd
  • Friday, November 4th
  • Wednesday, November 9th
  • Thursday, November 10th
  • Friday, November 11

Audition dates: September 12th. & 13th. starting at 7PM to 9PM at Ivy Tech

Character List

In order of appearance

  • 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.
  • Officer Brophy
    A police officer
  • Officer Klein
    A police officer
  • 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 fiancée, 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.
  • Mr. Gibbs
    A man who wishes to rent a room from the Brewster sisters.
  • 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 in his fifties, Dr. Einstein has changed Jonathan’s face three times.
  • 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