Arsenic & Old Lace

Newnan Theatre Company will hold auditions for Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesserling Sunday and Monday, June 2-3.

Performance dates are August 15-18 and Aug. 22-25, and the show will be directed by Andrew Miller. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.

The play is a farcical black comedy revolving around Mortimer Brewster and his slightly crazy family. He has two spinster aunts who have taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them. Mortimer also has two brothers.

One believes he is Theodore Roosevelt and digs locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar of the Brewster home (which then serve as graves for the aunts’ victims, whom he thinks died of yellow fever). The other, murderous brother has had plastic surgery to conceal his identity and now looks like horror-film actor Boris Karloff.

Through the midst of all this, Mortimer thinks he is ready to marry the girl next door, but, should he bring her into this madness?

Available roles are:

Abby Brewster: Stereotypical “little old lady,” between 55-65 yrs old. Just a bit doting, but very caring.

Martha Brewster: Same as her sister Abby.

Mortimer Brewster: Early 30’s. Abby and Martha’s nephew. Considers himself sophisticated but tends to panic when stressed.

Teddy Brewster: Early to mid 40’s. Martha and Abby’s brother. Believes he is President Teddy Roosevelt.

Jonathan Brewster: Age undetermined, but older than Mortimer. Psychopathic murderer on the run from the law.

Dr. Einstein: Age undetermined. Jonathan’s “personal physician” and a hopeless alcoholic. Scared only of Jonathan.

Elaine Harper: Early to mid 20’s. Mortimer’s fiancée.

Rev. Dr. Harper: Older gentleman. Elaine’s father.

Officer Klein: A police officer.

Officer O’Hara: Late 20’s to 30. A police officer with a lot of stories.

Officer Brophy: A police officer.

Lieutenant Rooney: Older and tired police lieutenant. Just wants to get through his shift without issues.

Mr. Gibbs: Late 60’s-early 70’s: A grumpy old man with no family.

Auditions will be held at Newnan Theatre Company, 24 First Avenue, Newnan, at 7 p.m. both nights, with possible callbacks to be announced. Some roles may be doubled.

Newnan Theatre Company does not charge production fees of any kind for a performer to take part in our productions. All roles are non-Equity/non-paying.