ANNOUNCEMENTS

Drama Dock is proud to present Arsenic and Old Lace written by Joseph Kesselring and directed by Chiam Rosemarin.

Arsenic and Old Lace was written by the American playwright Joseph Kesselring in 1939. The play was performed 1444 times at the Hudson Theatre. According to the opening night review in the New York Times, the play was so funny that none of us will ever forget it. The play is a farcical black comedy revolving around the Brewster family, descended from the Mayflower but now composed of homicidal maniacs. The hero, Mortimer Brewster (Marshall Murray), is a sane drama critic who must deal with his crazy family and local police in Brooklyn, NY, as he debates whether to go through with his recent promise to marry Elaine (Bonny Moss), the woman he loves.

His family includes two spinster aunts, Abby (Lisa Breen) and Martha (Gaye Detzer) who out of the goodness of their hearts have been murdering lonely old men by poisoning them with a glass of home-made elderberry wine: a brother who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt (Daniel Macca) and digs locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar (which then serve as graves for the aunts' victims), and a murderous brother (Jeff Woollen) who has received plastic surgery performed by an alcoholic accomplice, Dr. Einstein (Gordon Millar) to conceal his identity, and now looks like horror film actor Boris Karloff.

The rest of the cast consists of a would be victim (Tim McTighe), various police officers, a reverend and a nursing home president.)

Performances October 2, 9 and 10 at 7:30 pm, October 3 at 4:00 pm and october 4 and 11 at 2:00 pm at the Vashon High School Theatre. Tickets available at The Vashon Bookshop and at the door. General: $18. Students, seniors, members: $15.