The Erskine Players will stage Joseph Kesselring’s Arsenic and Old Lace as this year’s fall play, with Anna DeVault serving as guest director. Performances are set for Thursday, Nov. 8, and Friday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee Saturday, Nov. 10, at 3 p.m. All performances are in Lesesne Auditorium, and admission is free.
First performed on Broadway in 1941, Arsenic and Old Lace was soon adapted for the screen and the film version was released in 1944, after the play’s Broadway run. The movie was directed by Frank Capra and starred Cary Grant. It contributed greatly to the fame and popularity of Kesselring’s play, a black comedy centering around the struggles of drama critic Mortimer Brewster as the people he has known as his family—two aunts and two brothers—reveal their insanity.
The cast includes Tillary Blackman, Hannah Collins, Christine Dumouchel, T.J. Fisher, Xander Goebel, Peter Kim, Rebecca Pearson, Bryce Pruitt, Robert Shaver, Gil Snowden, and Laura Walenceus.