Chatham Community Players Presents: Arsenic and Old Lace

Come see the Chatham Community Players in their Fall production, "Arsenic and Old Lace” by Joseph Kesselring. Tickets are available online now!

 

October 26-November 3

Saturdays: 4pm & 7pm

Sundays: 2pm & 6pm

Director: Tammy Matthews

Assistant Director: Larry Hazelwood

 

 

Synopsis:
Chatham Community Players' performance of "Arsenic and Old Lace" - a Halloween comedy about one sane man's shaky aims to comprehend and keep his murderously funny family under control one farciful evening. Arsenic and Old Lace is a play by American playwright Joseph Kesselring.

 

   The play is a farcical black comedy revolving around the Brewster family, descended from the Mayflower settlers, but now composed of insane homicidal maniacs. The hero, Mortimer Brewster, is a drama critic who must deal with his crazy, homicidal family and local police in Brooklyn, New York, as he debates 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 who have taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them with a glass of home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and "just a pinch" of cyanide; a brother who 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; he thinks that they died of yellow fever); and a murderous brother who has received plastic surgery performed by an alcoholic accomplice, Dr. Einstein (a character based on real-life gangland surgeon Joseph Moran) to conceal his identity, and now looks like horror-film actor Boris Karloff (a self-referential joke, as the part was originally played on Broadway by Karloff).

 

Chatham Community Players is a circulating group of talented local volunteer adult actors and actresses who rehearse and perform plays in Sweet Bee Theater. 100% of proceeds from shows go toward supporting community theater in Pittsboro and improving Sweet Bee Theater, the one and only live performance theater in Chatham County.​


Event Date and Time: 
Repeats every week until Sat Nov 02 2019 .
Oct 26 2019 - 4:00pm - Oct 27 2019 - 9:00pm
Event Date and Time: 
Nov 2 2019 - 4:00pm - Nov 3 2019 - 8:00pm
Sponsoring Organization: 
Center for the Arts, Pittsboro
Contact: 
Craig Witter
Phone: 
919-533-6997
Location Name: 
Sweet Bee Theater
Location Address: 
18A E. Salisbury St., Pittsboro NC 27312
Is this an outdoor event?: 
No
Is this a family event?: 
Yes
Admission Fee: 
$12