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This farcical dark comedy play has been a favorite of theatre goers for over 80 years – and it’s not hard to see why! Written by Joseph Kesserling, this great American play that the New York Times called, “So funny that none of us will ever forget it” is proudly being brought to our Gillette audience.

The Story: The play revolves around the Brewster family, descended from Mayflower settlers but now composed of questionable characters, many of whom who exhibit homicidal tendencies. The hero, Mortimer Brewster, is a drama critic who must deal with his crazy, murderous family along with the local Brooklyn police force while debating whether to go through with his recent promise to marry the woman he loves, Elaine Harper, who lives next door and is the daughter of the local minister.

His family includes two spinster aunts, Abby and Martha Brewster, who enjoy cooking, entertaining, and winemaking with the elderberries grown nearby; his brother Teddy who believes himself to be President Roosevelt and enjoys spending time helping his dear aunts; and his estranged brother Jonathan who, thanks to the talents of his alcoholic accomplice Dr. Einstein, has a new-yet-horrifying look on life and self.

Inspired by actual events that occurred in a house on Prospect Street in Windsor Connecticut as well as real-life gangland surgeon Joseph Moran, this play is definitely not one to miss!

Coming this April at the Arts & Celebrations by the Creek’s event facility!

“Arsenic & Old Lace”
Written by Joseph Kesserling
Directed by Donna Fisher & Stephanie Oellrich

Produced by special arrangement with
Dramatists Play Service Inc. New York

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