Arsenic and Old Lace

Standing Room Only presents by special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service, Inc.

Arsenic and Old Lace  Joseph Kesserlings infectiously funny black comedy about two little-old-lady aunts who see killing as an act of charity. Good, macabre fun!

Written by Joseph Kesselring
Produced by Standing Room Only, Dawn Emilia Young & Kellie Petersen
Directed by Nancy Hillman and Assistant Director Taylor Simpson
Starring  Andrew Helsing, Dawn Wadsworth, Guy Simpson III, Jeremy Chenvert, Jesse S. Geray, Joel Derefield, Kellie Petersen, Larry Vines-Haines, Megan Glaefke, Miro Bouchakian, Rae Simpson, Ron Alder, Stephen Fryer III, Travis Martinez, Warren Shaffer, Yvette OKeefe.

March 1-25, 2017:
Thursday Preview Night at 7:30 p.m.:March 1 only
Fridays at 7:30 p.m.: March 2* Opening Night, 9, 16, 23
Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.: March 3, 10, 17, 24
Sundays at 3 p.m.: March 4, 11, 18, 25* Closing night

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102 E Yelm Ave.
Yelm, WA 98597
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(open seating)
Adults: $20
Military & Seniors: $17
Youth (ages 5-18): $10
Discounted tickets available for groups of 10 and larger : $15

Appropriate for ages 5 and up.Reserved seating available for special needs.

Arsenic and Old Lace is a high spirited dark comedy classic of American theatre revolving around two spinster aunts whose generosity and kindness is famous in the Brooklyn neighborhood, their nephews: a Teddy Roosevelt impersonator, a murderous escapey from a prison for the criminally insane, and a theater critic in love with the ministers daughter next door, and the Police.

Inspired by real-life serial killer Amy Archer-Gilligan, who was convicted of poisoning her borders for their pensions, Kesselring initially set out to pen a horror/melodrama with the title Bodies in Our Cellar. He sent the script to actress Dorothy Stickney, hoping she might consider playing one of the aunts. The interest of Stickneys husband, producer Howard Lindsay, was immediately piqued when he heard his wife gasping with laughter as she read. Lindsay joined forces with frequent partner Russel Crouse  the two were fresh off the Broadway hit Life with Father  to purchase the script. Together with Kesselring, they completely reworked it into a comedy. In a moment of inspired writing and casting, the character of Jonathan Brewster was said to look like Boris Karloff  and Karloff himself was convinced to play the role on stage. Arsenic and Old Lace debuted on Broadway in 1941. New York Times theater critic Brooks Atkinson wrote that it was so funny none of us will ever forget it. The New York Herald Tribune called it riotously hilarious, and the New York Herald-Tribune pronounced it side-splitting and terrific. It went on to play 1,444 performances and was made into a now-classic film directed by Frank Capra and starring Cary Grant.

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