Arsenic & Old Lace at the Playhouse
Murphys Creek Theatre launches its new vibrant season with the deep dark comedy classic Arsenic and Old Lace, opening March 2nd and runs till the 25th. The play runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm, Sundays at 2pm.
Written by Joseph Kesselring the play originated on Broadway in 1941, ran for four years, and a successful film adaptation produced a cult following. A radio version, and hundreds of stage revivals followed. The 1940s setting is in the Brooklyn home of the Brewsters; Mortimer, the sanest of the eccentric household, tries to keep the city, and his girlfriend Elaine Harper, safe from the secrets of his family. Guest Director Jon Dambacher, who in 2015 directed God of Carnage for MCT, writes of this new Lace production, “Most people think they already know this play. The challenge becomes rejecting and avoiding the clichés. What’s less obvious are the many alternating layers in it. It’s funny, bizarre, a little tragic, but at its core, it’s a story that asks, in Love: What is a deal-breaker? Audiences, we believe, are in for a savory treat.”
Audiences are definitely in for a treat with this ensemble cast of seasoned MCT veterans and newcomers. Rajah Foerstner, Ayla Buck, and Shari Schweigler are all making their first appearances in Murphys as Mortimer Brewster, Elaine Harper and Abby Brewster. Joining them are Sherry Dumas as Martha Brewster, Sid Marsh as Jonathan Brewster, Denny Bowen as “Teddy” Brewster, Terry Richardson as Dr. Einstein, with Holly Johnston, Stephen Daly and John Baker rounding out the talent.
The Board of Directors hosts an Opening Night reception on March 2, 2018 – giving audience members a chance to share refreshments and perhaps some wine with the cast and crew.
The theatre is located at 580 S Algiers Road Murphys CA 95251 in the Black Bart Playhouse. Ticket prices are $24 general admission, $22 for students and seniors 55+, and $12 for children 12 and under.
Advance tickets are strongly encouraged – visit www.murphyscreektheatre.org or call 209-728-8422
The box office opens at 6 pm on Fridays and Saturdays with the play starting promptly at 7, and at 12:30 on Sundays, with the show starting at 2.