Arsenic and Old Lace
International Theatre Company in Residence at the Haskell Opera House, QNEK Productions, kicks off it’s 23rd season with the dark and delightful comedy Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring. Murderous Aunts, a Boris Karloff look-alike, and a daffy and demented cast of characters - what more could you want?
Set in the late 1930’s, Arsenic and Old Lace draws you into a day with the kookily sinister Brewster family. The two sweet Aunts love to welcome charity case lodgers into their home, but it seems no one ever leaves after a sip of their homemade Elderberry wine. Once their nephew Mortimer finds out, the surprises don›t stop! His long lost brother Jonathan shows up with a new face and a penchant for violence while his other brother Teddy can’t seem to stop charging the battlefields of the house believing that he is President Theodore Roosevelt. Will Mortimer make it through this day with his sanity intact? Will he even make it out alive? Come and spend a night with the sweetly disastrous Brewster clan for a delightful evening at the Haskell Opera House to find out!
This fantastic cast features founder and Artistic Director Lynn Leimer (Newport, VT), and favorites from both sides of the border: Susan Lynn Johns (Derby, VT), Mike Desjardins (Newport Center, VT), Chris Planetta (Stanstead, QC), Ross Murray (Stanstead, QC), Doug Flint (Newport, VT), Andrea Webster (Barton, VT), Mark Rumery (Derby Line, VT), Calvin Longe (Morgan. VT), Jim Cross (Island Pond, VT), Lonn Stewart (Newport, VT), and introducing Ron St. John III (Newport, VT).
Led by Director Phil Gosselin (Newport, VT), Arsenic and Old Lace boasts a stellar production team featuring: Assistant Director Jenny Dunne (Newport, VT), Stage Manager Sunny Naughton who is returning to QNEK after 15 years (Newport, VT), Costume designer Emma Mormon (Newport, VT), Props Mistress Lisa Foster (Newport, VT), Lighting Engineer Dennis Zeigler (Holland, VT), Master Carpenter Rick Gosselin (Newport, VT), with construction assistance from Tom Rooney, and the North Country Career Center Building Trades.
Come and enjoy a haunting, harrowing, and hilarious night at the Brewster house alongside the quirky cast that surrounds them. QNEK Productions presents Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring April 24th - May 3rd, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are available by calling the QNEK Box Office at 802-3342216, reserving by email at qnek.com, by advance purchase online or by phone at catamountarts.org and the Catamount Arts Box Office at 888-757-5559, and by advanced purchase at the MAC Center for the Arts in downtown Newport. The Brewster house has a vacancy and a glass of wine waiting, won’t you check in?
Featuring: Jim Cross, Mike Desjardins, Doug Flint, Susan Lynn Johns, Lynn Leimer, Calvin Longe, Ross Murray, Chris Planetta, Mark Rumery, Ron St. John III, Lonn Stewart, and Andrea Webster.