Auditions for Arsenic and Old Lace

August 6th and 7th at 7:30PM

Southwest Playhouse announces auditions for "Arsenic and Old Lace"

Sunday, August 6, at 7:30 p.m., and
Monday, August 7, at 7:30 p.m.

(There is a deviation from the Monday/Tuesday auditions due to preparations for our SOPHI Awards that will be Saturday, August 12, at 7:30 p.m.)

Southwest Playhouse, Sixth and Nowahy

Performance Dates:
September 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, and 24

"Arsenic and Old Lace" is being directed by Melissa McSpadden and Jill Powell.

Auditions will consist primarily of cold readings from the script.

Set in the early 1940s, Arsenic tells the story of newspaper drama critic Mortimer Brewster. Poor Mortimer! He’s just a normal, run-of-the-mill guy who is anxious to marry his fiancé (the girl-next-door and a minister’s daughter) Elaine. But standing solidly between Mortimer and matrimonial bliss is the wackiest, weirdest family tree that ever grew! His two sweet aunts, Abby and Martha have developed murder as their favorite hobby. Out of a twisted sense of sympathy, they regularly poison lonely old men with a mixture of arsenic and elderberry wine and then bury them in the cellar. Cousin Teddy regularly charges up San Juan Hill, as he believes he is Theodore Roosevelt! And horrid brother Jonathan has just arrived from an asylum with a new face (ala Boris Karloff) and a sinister side-kick named Dr. Einstein. It’s “Home Sweet Homicide” as Mortimer tries to thwart the police, conceal a corpse, curtail anymore killing, and convince Elaine that a wedding with a man who is drowning in such a murky gene pool would lead to nothing but woe. Arsenic and Old Lace is a truly classic comic melodrama, guaranteed to thrill and entertain!

Character Descriptions:
Abby Brewster: A darling elderly lady who poisons elderly men, Abby is the sister of Martha and aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer. (Age 55-75)
Martha Brewster: A sweet elderly woman with Victorian charm who poisons elderly men, Martha is the sister of Abby and an aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer. (Age 55-75)
Elaine Harper: A bright, attractive girl in her twenties and Mortimer’s fiancée, Elaine is the daughter of the Rev. Dr. Harper. She is surprisingly wise in the ways of the world for a minister's daughter. (Age 25-30)
Mortimer Brewster: Nephew of Abby and Martha, Mortimer is a drama critic who is engaged to Elaine. A good-hearted cynic who is about to have his world turned upside down. (Age 25-35)
Teddy Brewster: Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Teddy is a “special” man who thinks that he is Theodore Roosevelt. (Age 40-65)
Officer O'Hara: A police officer, O’Hara is a would-be playwright who pesters Mortimer to read his play. (Age 25-55)
Jonathan Brewster: Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Jonathan is a psychopath who has numerous murders to his credit and no scruples whatsoever. A bit oversensitive to his "new" appearance. (Age 35-55) 
Dr. Einstein: A strange plastic surgeon and an alcoholic in his fifties, Dr. Einstein has changed Jonathan's face three times, with his most recent work resulting in a Boris Karloff/Frankenstein resemblance. (Age 45-60)
The Rev. Dr. Harper: Minister and father of Elaine. A bit pompous and protective, very ministerial in his manner. (Age 55-70)
Officer Brophy: A flatfoot Brooklyn cop with the usual charm of a police officer (Age 30-60) 
Lieutenant Rooney: A tough and dominating police officer (Age 25-50)
Mr. Gibbs: An elderly man who wishes to rent a room from the Brewster sisters. (Age 60-80) 
Mr. Witherspoon: The superintendent of Happy Dale Sanitarium (Age 45-65)