Arsenic and Old Lace AUDITIONS

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Celebrating our 27th Anniversary Season.

Arsenic and Old Lace
Performance Dates: April 22, 23, 24, 26, 29, 30, May 1, 3
Written by Joseph Kesselring
Directed by Tim Naegelin

OPEN AUDITIONS on the evenings of:
Tuesday, February 18 and Wednesday, February 19 beginning at 6:30pm. Please arrive at 6:30pm and no later than 7pm either evening.
Possible callbacks will be held on Thursday, February 20, if needed.

This is an open call. All Roles are available. No appointment needed. No Monologues. Cold readings will be from the script. For a perusal copy of the script please send email request to

Rehearsals are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Sunday afternoons. Rehearsals begin February 23. Bring your AUDITION FORM filled out in advance. Audition form download will be posted on in late January.

Mortimer Brewster is living a happy life: he has a steady job at a prominent New York newspaper, he’s just become engaged, and he gets to visit his sweet spinster aunts to announce the engagement. Mortimer always knew that his family had a bit of a mad gene — his brother believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt — but his world is turned upside down when he realizes that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years! When Mortimer’s maniacal brother, Jonathan (who strangely now resembles Boris Karloff), returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury the newest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancé — all while trying to keep his own sanity as well.

Age ranges below are merely suggestions for the age the audience should perceive the character to be, and not a hard guideline for the age of the actor wishing to audition.

Abby Brewster: (60’s+-) A sweet, elderly woman with Victorian charm who runs a boarding house with her sister, Martha. She is also an aunt to Mortimer, Teddy, and Jonathan.

Martha Brewster: (60’s+-) Also a darling, elderly lady who runs a boarding house with her sister, Abby. She is also an aunt to Mortimer, Teddy, and Jonathan.

Mortimer Brewster: (20’s – 30’s+-) Nephew of Abby and Martha, Mortimer is a drama critic. A good-hearted cynic, Mortimer cares for his aunts, but his world is turned upside-down as he tries to untangle their crazy, homicidal dilemma.

Elaine Harper: (20’s – 30’s+-) Elaine is the daughter of the Rev. Dr. Harper, who lives next-door to Abby and Martha. She is surprisingly wise in the ways of the world for a minister’s daughter.

Teddy Brewster: (30’s – 40’s+-) Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster. Teddy is a delightfully certifiable man who is under the happy delusion that he is Theodore Roosevelt.

Jonathan Brewster: (20’s – 30’s+-) Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Jonathan is a psychopath who has had plastic surgery and now looks like Boris Karloff. There is something sinister about the man – something that brings a slight chill in his presence.

Dr. Einstein: (40’s – 50’s+-) A German plastic surgeon and an alcoholic, Dr. Einstein has changed Jonathan’s face three times.

Officer O’Hara: (30’s+-) A police officer, O’Hara is a would-be playwright who pesters Mortimer to read his play.

The Rev. Dr. Harper: (50’s+-) Minister and father of Elaine.

Officer Brophy: (Any age) A pleasant neighborhood police officer.

Officer Klein: (Any age) Also a pleasant neighborhood police officer.

Lieutenant Roony: (40’s+- – 50’s+-) A tough and dominating police officer, the commanding officer of the precinct.

Mr. Witherspoon: (40’s+- – 50’s+-) The superintendent of Happy Dale Sanitarium.

Mr. Gibbs: (50’s 60’s+-) An elderly man who wishes to rent a room from the Brewster sisters.

(Note: Lt. Roony, Mr. Witherspoon, and Mr. Gibbs are minor, bit parts.)




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