The Ohio State University at Marion

Students to present production, Arsenic & Old Lace

The Office of Student Life | Diversity and Inclusion is pleased to announce dates for the upcoming student theatrical production, Arsenic and Old Lace, Thursday, February 28 and Friday, March 1, 7:30 p.m. in Morrill Hall Auditorium.

Ticket Information & Pricing

Advance tickets can be purchased with credit card online at: ORDER TICKETS ONLINE or by calling Emily Creasap at 740-725-6340. Tickets my also be purchased at the door (cash only).

Students - Free
General admission - $15
Senior (60 and up) - $9
Five Nights on Campus patrons - $9


Arsenic and Old Lace is a dark comedy revolving around the Brewster family, descended from the Mayflower settlers, but now composed of insane homicidal maniacs. The hero, Mortimer Brewster, is a drama critic who must deal with his crazy, homicidal family and local police in Brooklyn New York, as he debates whether to go through with his recent promise to marry the woman he loves, Elaine Harper, who lives next door and is the daughter of the local minister. His family includes two spinster aunts who have taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them with a glass of homemade elderberry wine laced with arsenic and strychnine, , and "just a pinch" of cyanide; a brother who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt and digs locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar of the Brewster home (which then serve as graves for the aunts' victims; he thinks that they died of yellow fever); and a murderous brother who has received plastic surgery performed by an alcoholic accomplice, Dr. Einstein (a character based on real-life gangland surgeon Joseph Moran) to conceal his identity, and now looks like horror-film actor Boris Karloff.

Written by Joseph Kesselring, Arsenic & Old Lace is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York, and directed locally by Ohio State Marion alumna and Marion community theater standout, Hannah Fuller. Arsenic & Old Lace is sponsored by The Ohio State University at Marion Office of Student Life | Diversity & Inclusion. For more information contact Karen Leuthold at

Cast of Characters (all student cast):

Hailee Baer as Abby Brewster
Amanda Ash as Martha Brewster
Darren Sites as Mortimer Brewster
Michael J. Cochran as Jonathan Brewster
Matthew Fisher as Teddy Brewster
Alex Kauser as Dr. Einstein
Amber Alexander as Elaine Harper
Matt McPherson as Officer O’Hara
Alyssa Knight as Lt. Rooney
Derek Gamble as Officer Klein/Gibbs
Chloe Downerd as Officer Brophy
Eli Walker as Rev. Harper/Witherspoon

About Arsenic & Old Lace
Arsenic and Old Lace is a play by American playwright Joseph Kesselring, written in 1939. It has become best known through the subsequent film adaptation starring Cary Grant and directed by Frank Capra. The play was directed by Bretaigne Windust, and opened on Broadway at the Fulton Theatre on January 10, 1941. On September 25, 1943, the play moved to the Hudson Theatre. It closed there on June 17, 1944, having played 1,444 performances. Of the twelve plays written by Kesselring, Arsenic and Old Lace was the most successful, and, according to the opening night review in The New York Times, the play was "so funny that none of us will ever forget it."