Friday, October 14, 2016

The Edison Stagelight Players Present Arsenic & Old Lace

The Edison Stagelight Players (ESP) will present Arsenic & Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring and directed by Emily Beisner. The performances will be held October 28 through November 6 in the Robinson Theater at Edison State Community College's Piqua Campus.

Arsenic & Old Lace revolves around the Brewster family, which is bursting with charming and eccentric - albeit homicidal - characters. The main character, Mortimer Brewster, is a drama critic whose two spinster aunts, Abby and Martha, have an unusual hobby - they poison lonely men with arsenic laced elderberry wine.

In addition to his lunatic aunts, one of Mortimer's brothers thinks he's Teddy Roosevelt and another murderous brother, Jonathan, is on the run from the law, and all are getting in the way of Mortimer's plans to marry, Elaine, the woman he loves.

ESP newcomer Michael Detrick of Versailles will play the lead role of Mortimer Brewster. The two aunts, Abby and Martha will be played by Bridget Collins and Rebecca Ritz, both of Piqua. Teddy "Roosevelt" Brewster will be played by ESP veteran Chris Garner from Piqua. Another newcomer to ESP is Matthew Cline from Arcanum, who will portray Jonathan Brewster.

Director Emily Beisner is enthusiastic about producing this unique play. "It's been a great pleasure getting into the director's chair again and working with new and returning faces."

"This production has been the most challenging, for the actors and myself, in regards to timing. A very conversational play, there is a lot of talking. But that's what makes it a classic in the comedy genre, with many comedic quips in the dialogue."

Performances will be held Friday, October 28; Saturday, October 29; Friday, November 4; Saturday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m. each night. A special matinee performance will be held on Sunday, November 6 at 3:30 p.m.

"If you are not familiar with Arsenic & Old Lace, then do yourself a favor by coming out and seeing this incredible cast bring this play to life," added Beisner.

Tickets for the show are seven dollars for adults, five dollars for students, and three dollars for seniors and are available for purchase with cash at the door. Children under five are not permitted into the theater during the performance. For more information, contact Karen Baker at 937-381-1502 or

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