PIQUA — Murder and madness will come to Edison State Community College when the Edison Stagelight Players perform “Arsenic & Old Lace” in the Robinson Theatre at the Piqua campus Oct. 28 through Nov. 6.
Written by Joseph Kesselring, “Arsenic & Old Lace” revolves around the Brewster family, which is bursting with charming and eccentric – albeit homicidal – characters. Mortimer Brewster (Michael Detrick of Versailles), is a drama critic whose two spinster aunts, Abby and Martha (Bridget Collins and Rebecca Ritz, both of Piqua), have an unusual hobby: they poison lonely men with arsenic-laced elderberry wine.
In addition to his lunatic aunts, one of Mortimer’s brothers (Chris Garner of Piqua) thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt and another murderous brother, Jonathan (Matthew Cline of Arcanum), is on the run from the law, and all are getting in the way of Mortimer’s plans to marry Elaine, the woman he loves.
Director Emily Beisner is enthusiastic about producing this unique play. “It’s been a great pleasure getting into the director’s chair again and working with new and returning faces,” she said.
“This production has been the most challenging, for the actors and myself, in regards to timing. A very conversational play, there is a lot of talking. But that’s what makes it a classic in the comedy genre, with many comedic quips in the dialogue.”
Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28-29, and Nov. 4-5, with a special matinee performance at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 6.
“If you are not familiar with ‘Arsenic & Old Lace,’ then do yourself a favor by coming out and seeing this incredible cast bring this play to life,” added Beisner.
Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students, and $3 for seniors, available for purchase with cash at the door. Children under 5 are not permitted into the theater during the performance. For more information, contact Karen Baker at (937) 381-1502 or [email protected]