TITLE: ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
AUTHOR: Joseph Kesselring
DIRECTOR: Jeff Brown
RUN: November 4th – December 2nd, 2017
Fridays & Saturdays 8pm, Sundays at 2pm. Special performances on Thursday and Sunday nights may be added for private parties and special events.
This is a community theater production. Non-Equity. There is no pay.
Dates: Monday and Tuesday, September 11th & 12th, 2017
Times: 7pm — 9pm
Location: Long Beach Playhouse
Date and Time: Wednesday, September 13 at 7pm, by invitation only.
Date and Time: Saturday, September 16, Noon to 3pm
Mondays thru Thursdays, 7pm to 10pm
Additional days/times if needed
Location: Long Beach Playhouse
Bring headshot and resume. No prepared monologue is required. Audition will consist of cold readings from the script. Bring your calendar and be prepared to list all conflicts.
Arsenic and Old Lace is the gruesome yet hilarious tale of the elderly and charmingly-sinister Brewster sisters, and their equally compelling nephews, Mortimer, Teddy and Jonathan. Set in pre-WWII Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1941, these two ladies poison their unknowing victims with homemade elderberry wine, then employ the help of their delusional nephew, Teddy, to get rid of the bodies. When Mortimer, an upstanding theater critic and the only “sane” member of the family, discovers his aunts’ grisly secret, his plan to marry Elaine, the preacher’s daughter next door, quickly begins to unravel. But it isn’t until the long-lost black sheep of the family, Jonathan – a dead-ringer for horror movie star Boris Karloff – shows up with Dr. Einstein – a quack cosmetic surgeon to seedy criminals – that all heck breaks loose!
CASTING THE FOLLOWING ROLES:
Abby Brewster (F-50s-70s) A darling lady who poisons elderly men. Abby is a sister of Martha and aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer. A church-goer with an odd sense of Christian duties, she is old-fashioned, kindly, and calm. Both Abby and her sister, Martha, are happy, healthy, lucid, and spry.
The Rev. Dr. Harper (M-40s-60s) Minister and father of Elaine. Dr. Harper is a doctor of divinity, minister of the church next door to the Brewsters.
Teddy Brewster (M-20s-40s) Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt.
Officer Brophy (M/F-30s-50s) A police officer.
Officer Klein (M/F-20s-40s) A police officer.
Martha Brewster (F-50s-70s) A sweet, lovable woman with Victorian charm, who poisons elderly men. Martha is the sister of Abby and an aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer. Old-fashioned and very conventional in terms of how people should behave in public, despite her private behavior.
Elaine Harper (F-20s-30s) Mortimer’s fiancé and daughter of the Rev. Dr. Harper. A little bit wily, and sassy, and absolutely sharp, she is self-confident, quick-witted, and «surprisingly smart for a minister's daughter.»
Mortimer Brewster (M-20s-30s) Nephew of Abby and Martha, Mortimer is a drama critic who is engage to the girl next door, Elaine. Mortimer is a nice guy who is comfortable with himself despite everything, and quick on his feet in terms of assessing situations and making decisions.
Mr. Gibbs (M-40s-70s) A man who wishes to rent a room from the Brewster sisters.
Jonathan Brewster (M-30s-50s) Nephew of Abby and Martha, Jonathan is a criminal sociopath who has had multiple plastic surgeries, and now looks like Boris Karloff. He is shady, creepy, unpredictable, short-tempered, a violent murderer, a felon on the run.
Dr. Einstein (M/F-40s-60s) Plastic surgeon to the criminal underground and an alcoholic, he has changed Jonathan’s face three times. Einstein is described as “…ratty in appearance. His face wears the benevolent smirk of a man who lives in a pleasant haze of alcohol. There is something about him that suggests the unfrocked priest.” German accent.
Officer O’Hara (M/F-20s-50s) A police officer and would-be playwright. Good-natured and well-intentioned, but annoying.
Lieutenant Rooney (M-40s-60s) A tough and dominating police officer, he is in charge of the local precinct.
Mr. Witherspoon (M-40s-60s) The superintendent of Happy Dale Sanitarium. He has a gentle, reserved dynamic, having seen it all with regards to human behavior.
NOTE: There is the possibility that some of the smaller rolls may be doubled.