Arsenic and Old Lace
Madness doesn't run through the Brewster house. It gallops! As one of the most popular comedies ever written unfolds, theatre critic Mortimer Brewster discovers that his sweet, charming, elderly aunts have taken to relieving the loneliness of old men by inviting them in for a nice glass of homemade elderberry wine. The tasty libation just happens to be laced with a few additives: arsenic, strychnine, and "just a pinch" of cyanide. While the dear old sisters are doing their charity work, Mortimer's brother Teddy, who thinks he's Theodore Roosevelt, is digging locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar. When Mortimer's psychopathic brother Jonathan shows up looking for a place to lay low, Mortimer finds himself caught in the middle of a farcically gruesome family feud. As the hilarity spirals out of control, Mortimer appears to be the craziest of the bunch, running around desperately trying to cover for his aunts, protect his confused bride, commit one brother and have the other arrested.
"...so funny that none of us will ever forget it."
- The New York Times
Officer Klein - ROBERT DAVIDSON
Dr. Einstein - RON DUNDON
Teddy Brewster - LEWARD FLUTY
Mortimer Brewster - HAL HOBSON
Rev. Harper/Mr. Gibbs - TONY HOLEWINSKI
Officer O'Hara - SCOTT HORN
Jonathan Brewster - PAUL KRINER
Mr. Witherspoon - DAN SKARRITT
Elaine Harper - BECCA SONDAY
Lieutenant Rooney - BOB TERWILLIGER*
Martha Brewster - KRISTIN TYRRELL
Abbey Brewster - DONNA WILLOUGHBY
Officer Brophy - GARY WILLOUGHBY
*Denotes Civic Debut
Assistant Stage Manager/Floor Manager/Props - CARLA BALDWIN
Sound Board Operator - Kristine Lynn Baker
Light Board Operator - Elvin E. East
Dresser/Floor Crew - Barbara Blumhardt
Dresser/Floor Crew - Mark Kube
Director - ZACHARY THOMPSON
Scenic Designer - KARA POOLE
Costume Designer - NICOLE VALENCIA
Lighting Designer - ANNMARIE MILLER
Sound Designer - JESSICA WERBIANSKY
Properties Master - JOSHUA E. GALLAGHER
Technical Director - JAMIE BRAY
Stage Manager - MIKE ARTIS
Supervising Technical Director - PHILLIP A. MILLER
Charge Painter - KARA POOLE
JOSHUA E. GALLAGHER
Wardrobe Technician - LOU IRWIN, JR.
EFE Technology Apprentice - ALEC PADILLA
Friday, January 10th at 7:30pm
Saturday, January 11th at 7:30pm
Thursday, January 16th at 7:30pm
Friday, January 17th at 7:30pm (ASL Interpreted Performance)
Saturday, January 18th at 7:30pm
Sunday, January 19th at 2:00pm
Friday, January 24th at 7:30pm
Saturday, January 25th at 7:30pm
The Civic Auditorium
329 South Park St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
All performances in the Civic Auditorium feature reserved seating. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance. View Seating Chart.
Available after 6pm in the Civic parking lot at the northeast corner of Lovell and Park Streets. There is additional parking behind the Carver Center. Street parking is available after 5pm.
Photos courtesy of Fred Western.