Arsenic & Old Lace presented by SRO
Arsenic and Old Lace is a high spirited dark comedy classic of American theater revolving around two elderly aunts notorious for their generosity and kindness while their habit of serving poisoned elderberry wine is kept buried in the cellar.
Their nephews: Teddy President Roosevelt, Jonathan a murderous escapee from a prison for the criminally insane, and Mortimer a theater critic in love with Elaine the ministers daughter next door, along with the Police fill the scenes with live action that will bring you to uncontrollable laughter.
The show runs at The Triad Theater of Yelm in March. Friday & Saturday curtain at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 3:00 p.m. Tickets available at www.srotheater.org
Arsenic and Old Lace Joseph Kesserlings infectiously funny black comedy about two very kind and generous spinster aunts who see killing as an act of charity. Good, macabre fun!
Written by Joseph Kesselring
Produced by Standing Room Only
Directed by Nancy Hillman with Assistant Director Taylor Simpson and Stage Manager Chelsea Bunn
Starring Andrew Helsing, Dawn Wadsworth, Guy Simpson III, Jeremy Chenvert, Jesse S. Geray, Joel Derefield, Kalen McCrea, Larry Vines-Haines, Megan Glaefke, Miro Bouchakian, Ron Adler, Stephen Fryer III, Warren Shaffer, Yvette OKeefe.
March 1-25, 2017:
Fridays at 7:30 p.m.: March 9, 16, 23
Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.: March 10, 17, 24
Sundays at 3 p.m.: March 11, 18, 25* Closing night
The Triad Theater
102 E Yelm Ave.
Yelm, WA 98597
(857) 67-STAGE or www.srotheater.org
Inspired by real-life serial killer Amy Archer-Gilligan, who was convicted of poisoning her boarders for their pensions, Kesselring initially set out to pen a horror/melodrama with the title Bodies in Our Cellar. He sent the script to actress Dorothy Stickney, hoping she might consider playing one of the aunts. The interest of Stickneys husband, producer Howard Lindsay, was immediately piqued when he heard his wife gasping with laughter as she read. Lindsay joined forces with frequent partner Russel Crouse the two were fresh off the Broadway hit Life with Father to purchase the script. Together with Kesselring, they completely reworked it into a comedy. In a moment of inspired writing and casting, the character of Jonathan Brewster was said to look like Boris Karloff and Karloff himself was convinced to play the role on stage. Arsenic and Old Lace debuted on Broadway in 1941. New York Times theater critic Brooks Atkinson wrote that it was so funny none of us will ever forget it. The New York Herald Tribune called it riotously hilarious, and the New York Herald-Tribune pronounced it side-splitting and terrific. It went on to play 1,444 performances and was made into a now-classic film directed by Frank Capra and starring Cary Grant.
The Triad Arts Theater (View)
102 E. Yelm Avenue
Yelm, WA 98597
|Minimum Age: 5|
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: Yes!|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|