Garrison Players presents Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring
Directed by Carol McDonald and featuring a cast of 14 talented actors, the play incorporates a clever combination of the farcical and the macabre.
Mortimer Brewster is living a happy life: he has a steady job at a prominent New York newspaper, he’s just become engaged, and visits his sweet spinster aunts to announce the engagement. Mortimer always knew that his family had a bit of a mad gene—his brother believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt, and his great-grandfather used to scalp Indians for pleasure—but his world is turned upside down when he realizes that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years! When Mortimer’s maniacal brother, Jonathan, (who strangely now resembles Boris Karloff) returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury the newest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancé -- all while trying to keep his own sanity.
According to the opening night review the play was "so funny that none of us will ever forget it."
Arsenic and Old Lace", Brooks Atkinson, The New York Times, 11 January 1941.
Performances can be seen LIVE at the theater and ONLINE via Broadway on Demand. Show dates are June 11, 12, 18, 19 at 8pm and June 13, 20 at 2pm. Tickets can be purchased for both versions at www.garrisonplayers.org $20 Adult/$15 Student and $20 (plus a $3.95 fee) for the online version. Please visit the website for all social distancing requirements and refund policy.
Garrison Players Arts Center (GPAC) is a nonprofit, volunteer-based community theatre group dedicated to enriching the cultural life of the area by presenting high-quality theatrical performances geared for family audiences. Established in 1953, the players encourage people of all ages to enjoy and participate in the many facets of the performing arts, and to help maintain the Garrison Players Arts Center. For more information about auditions, shows or GPAC, visit the website at www.garrisonplayers.org.