WBU Theatre Presents "Arsenic and Old Lace"

September 28, 2017


production posterPLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University is bringing an American classic to the stage as WBU Theatre presents “Arsenic and Old Lace” Oct. 5-7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Black Box theater. Tickets cost $8 and can be purchased online. Connect to the School of Fine Arts web page at www.wbu.edu and click on the “Current Theatre Season” link in the right-side navigation.

“Arsenic and Old Lace,” written by Joseph Kesselring in 1939, is a dark comedy that centers around the members of the Brewster family and their homicidal tendencies. Mortimer Brewster is a drama critic who is juggling his “crazy” family, the Brooklyn police and trying to marry the woman he loves.

Dean of the School of Fine Arts and Director of Theatre Dr. Marti Runnels said this play is a staple of the American theatre and many people will remember the film version starring Cary Grant.

“My suspicion is a lot of people will come to see it because of that, particularly folks of my generation,” Runnels said.

This is Runnels’ first taste of “Arsenic and Old Lace,” having never worked on a theatrical version of the play. But when it came to setting the theatre season schedule, it was an easy choice to make.

“I’ve never been in the show and never worked on it; (technical director) Mark Kirk has never been in the show and never worked on it,” Runnels said. “It’s one of those staples and we both just kind of looked at each other and said, you know, we should probably do this.”

The cast includes Caleb Craig as Mortimer Brewster with Tammy Brooks and Tammy Lucero playing Abby and Martha Brewster, respectively. Ella Ashley will fill the role of Elaine Harper. Ian Kirk plays Teddy Brewster, and Joshua Walters takes on the role of Jonathan Brewster. Cast members also include Tristan Carter as Officer O’Hara, Rio Hernandez as Dr. Einstein, Robert Spencer as Rev. Dr. Harper, Anderson Schmig as Officer Brophy and Lieutenant Rooney, and Robert Van Der Leek as Mr. Gibbs and Mr. Witherspoon.

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