Arsenic and Old Lace

Arsenic and Old Lace
Written by Joseph Kesselring
Produced in Association with Dramatists Play Service
Director: Vicki McClurkin
Producer: Sarah Olesky
Show Dates: December 6-9 & 14-16
Audition Dates: October 29 & 30 at 7:30pm

“Arsenic and Old Lace” opened on Broadway in 1941. It was an immediate hit and has continued to be one of the most popular American plays for nearly 70 years. The story revolves around the two charming old maid Brewster sisters. Abby and Martha pursue a mission of mercy by helping homeless and lonely men escape a life of sadness by poisoning them and burying the bodies in the cellar. Assisted by Teddy, a brother who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt, all goes well until nephew Mortimer discovers one of the bodies. To further complicate matters, an unexpected visit by brother Jonathan, a serial killer, and his intoxicated friend, Dr. Einstein, throws the family into even more turmoil.

“Arsenic and Old Lace” was the first production staged in our theatre at 300 W. Sandusky St. on October 17, 1968. It has presented four times at FFP: in 1968, 1986, 2000 & 2010.