First brought to the stage in 1941, Joseph Kesselrings dark comedy is set in the home of the Brewsters, a family descended from the Mayflower. Abby and Martha keep house, while nephew Teddy (who thinks hes Teddy Roosevelt) digs the Panama canal in the basement. The two spinsters have a small habit of populating the canal with the remains of lonely, elderly men, whom they have poisoned with homemade elderberry wine, laced with arsenic, strychnine, and just a pinch of cyanide. Our hero, Mortimer Brewster, desperately tries to deal with his aunts and with Teddy, along with his criminal brother, Jonathan, and Jonathans cohort, Dr. Einstein, while worrying that he will also end up with the insanity that is running rampant in his family. Made famous by the film of the same name in 1944, the play was a smash hit on Broadway, running for 1,444 performances.Performed by the Crystal Sea Players, a troupe of adult actors who perform shows as fundraisers for CSDCs educational programs. This is their second production, following last years hit, Hallelujah Girls.Director: Holly HolbrookSet Design: Alfy ValdezCostumes: Carol SweatmonGraphic Design: Jenn TonakPhotography: Teresa FehrenbachVideography: Colt BrayArsenic and Old Lace is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
Ages: Middle school-Adult