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DON’T MISS THIS KILLER COMEDY!

“Look I probably should have told you this before… but you see… well… insanity runs in my family… it practically gallops.” – Mortimer Brewster

 

In this madcap comedy, drama critic Mortimer Brewster hopes to marry the lovely Elaine Harper… but will she fit in with his quirky, some would say “homicidal” family? His spinster aunts, Abby and Martha Brewster, are known throughout Brooklyn for their many acts of kindness and charity, taking lonely old men into their boarding home. They kill their guests with kindness, humor and… their homemade elderberry wine, laced with arsenic, strychnine, and “just a pinch” of cyanide!

 

“Murderously Fun… so witty and off-kilter that it feels as if it was written yesterday.’’ – BroadwayWorld

Arsenic and Old Lace

By Joseph Kesselring

Senior Tickets: ages 60 and over, Youth Tickets: ages 17 and under and full-time students with valid ID.

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Act I: 90 minutes
Intermission: 20 minutes
Act II: 35 minutes
Total: 2 hours and 25 minutes

Damon Bonetti (Mortimer Brewster) Fulton Debut. A Philadelphia based actor, director and teacher, he has performed regionally and at many theaters in the Philly area. He is the Co-Founding Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Artists’ Collective, dedicated to producing rarely performed classic plays in site-specific locations. Thank you to this great cast and everyone here at the Fulton! Please visit www.philartistcollective.org and www.damonbonetti.com for more info.

Ben Dibble (Teddy Brewster) is thrilled to be making his Fulton debut! Regional highlights include Leo Bloom in The Producers and Freddy in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Walnut Street Theatre, Leo Frank in Parade and Balladeer/Oswald in Assassins at Arden Theatre Company, and Elyot in Private Lives and Henry V in Henry V at Lantern Theater. Next up, the world premiere of Goin’ for Broke! with Ben Dibble and Friends. Love to Amy and our three Dibblets. brownanddibble.com

Jennie Eisenhower (Elaine Harper) Fulton debut – thank you Chuck, Mark, Bernard and Brian. Off Broadway: Suburb, Dreamhouse. Walnut Street Theatre: Lady Chiltern, An Ideal Husband; Mollie, The Mousetrap; A Grand Night for Singing; Liza/Carol/Ethel, Forbidden Broadway (Barrymore Award). Arden Theatre: Lucille Frank, Parade; Baby Case. Bristol Riverside Theatre: Shelby, Steel Magnolias; Jo, Little Women. Philadelphia Theatre Company: Adrift in Macao. Wilma: Embarrassments. Media Theatre: Julie, Showboat; Kate, The Wild Party (Barrymore Award). Olney: Joan, Saint Joan. Jennie is a new mom to Chloe, born 6/27/13!
www.jennie-eisenhower.com

Laurent Giroux (Dr. Herman Einstein) Fulton Debut. Broadway: Pippin, Chicago, Dancin’ (for Director Bob Fosse), Ambassador, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Zorba, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. National Tours: Elf (Mr. Greenway), Jesus Christ Superstar A.D. Tour (Herod), Annie 20th Anniversary Tour (Rooster), Zorba, The Light in the Piazza. Regional: The Threepenny Opera at Williamstown Theatre Festival; The Mousetrap, Aspects of Love, Curtains at Walnut Street Theatre; Man of La Mancha (Padre) at TUTS. Film: Far From Heaven, All That Jazz. For more information visit
www.laurentgiroux.com.

John-Charles Kelly (Officer O’Hara) Previously at The Fulton: Judge, Witness for the Prosecution, Capt. Smollett, Treasure Island. Broadway: A Christmas Carol.  New York: Floyd Collins, Sisters Rosensweig. National Tours: The Light in the Piazza, Victor/Victoria, They’re Playing Our Song, Annie. International: West Side Story, CATS in German!  Regionally: Walnut Street, 20 productions: (Into the Woods, Big River, Hairspray). World premiere Yeston/Kopit’s Phantom!, Follies opposite Judy Kaye. Maine State, 70 productions: (Sweeney Todd, 1776, Chicago, La Cage, My Fair Lady); Goodspeed; Coconut Grove; Pittsburgh CLO; Barrington Stage. Film/TV: Sex and the City, Guru.

Scott Lindley (Officer Klein) Fulton Debut. Pace University: Melchior, Spring Awakening; Bee Doyle, Floyd Collins; Swing, Cabaret. Scott is very thankful to be making his debut here at the Fulton!

Mary Martello (Abby Brewster) Mary made her Fulton debut as Muzeppa in Gypsy last season.  She trained at BoarsHead Theatre in Michigan, doing everything from Shakespeare and musical comedy to original plays and musicals; in Virginia at Barksdale Dinner Theatre, Theatre IV and Virginia Museum Theatre; in New York at Light Opera of Manhattan, the Public Theatre and a variety of off-off Broadway; in Colorado at the Denver Center Theatre; in New Jersey at Foundation Theatre, Passage Theatre and seven seasons at McCarter Theatre.  In Philadelphia she has had the privilege of working at the Arden, Azuka, Interact, Lantern, People’s Light and Theatre, the Prince, the Walnut, the Wilma and 1812. Mary has received five Barrymore awards; has had the thrill of performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra and is tickled to be back at the Fulton.

Paul L. Nolan (Reverend Harper, Lieutenant Rooney) Fulton debut. More than 100 productions in over 40 years—Elf, The Mousetrap, Endgame, The Hothouse, Hamlet, The Birthday Party, Richard II, The Tempest, White Christmas, Of Mice and Men, Our Town, Blue Window, A Chorus Line, Why Torture is Wrong. Film and TV includes: My One and Only, The Wire, Oceans 11, Homicide, Animal Factory, Contact, Signs. Awards for Outstanding Performance from The Hollywood Drama Logue for The Real Thing and Speed-The-Plow. More PLN information: www.paulnolanactor.com

Dan Olmstead (Jonathan Brewster) Dan is delighted to return to the Fulton Theatre after appearing in last season’s Good People. His recent credits include: Salieri in Amadeus at the Walnut Street Theatre, Fiddler on the Roof, Enchanted April, Of Mice and Men, The Constant Wife, also at the Walnut Street, Macbeth at the Folger Library Theatre, Twelfth Night, Winter’s Tale and Measure for Measure at Theatre at Monmouth. Dan holds an MFA in Acting from Temple University.

Fran Prisco (Officer Brophy) is thrilled to make his Fulton debut! He has worked with Artistic Director Marc Robin in four productions at the Walnut St. Theatre: Elf, White Christmas, The Producers, and The Music Man. He could not be more grateful to Mr. Robin for making this gig happen, and he looks forward to returning! Up next, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! at the Walnut’s Studio Three!

Jane Ridley (Martha Brewster) Ms. Ridley is delighted to be back in Lancaster, her theatrical home away from home. Last seen at the Fulton in August: Osage County, and earlier in Mrs. Kemble’s Tempest, Enchanted April, Noises Off, The Foreigner, Wit, and Doubt. Her previous experience spans—In New York: New play development for Pan Asian Rep, La MaMa E.T.C., and New Dramatists.  Regionally: New Play development for Shenandoah International Playwrights Retreat in Virginia, Taming of the Shrew (Delaware Theatre Company), On the Verge (Round House Theatre), Death of a Salesman, Two Headed, Hamlet (Mill Mountain Theatre),  Good People, Doubt, W;t, Noises Off, You Can’t Take it With You, Hay Fever, Lend Me a Tenor (Pennsylvania Centre Stage), and seasons at the Utah, Pennsylvania and Orlando Shakespeare Festivals. Also a tour of Theatre Royals in Great Britain with The French Lieutenant’s Woman which originated here at the Fulton.

Peter Schmitz (Mr. Gibbs, Mr. Witherspoon) Fulton debut! Broadway: My Fair Lady with Richard Chamberlain. Off-Broadway: The Two Parts of Henry IV (Public Theatre), Comedy of Errors (Theatre for a New Audience). Regional: Henry VIII (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), The Liar (Lantern Theater) Curse of the Starving Class (Wilma Theater), Amadeus, Les Misérables, Hairspray!, State Fair, Carousel, Curtains, and Oliver! (Walnut Street Theatre), Winesburg Ohio (the Arden Theatre), When We Go Upon the Sea (InterAct Theatre). Also: the Guthrie Theater, Penumbra Theatre, The Yale Rep, The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington DC.

Joseph Kesselring (Playwright) Joseph Otto Kesselring was born in New York City on June 21, 1902. His career was always linked in some way to the theatre. His early years were spent as a singer (boy soprano and adult tenor), and at the age of twenty, he began teaching music and directing amateur theatre productions at Bethel College in Newton, Kansas. At twenty-three, he left academia to pursue acting, writing short stories, and producing vaudeville plays. He acted professionally in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at the age of twenty-four and, at thirty-one, one year after his marriage to Charlotte Elsheimer, he devoted himself to writing, continuing to pen short stories and initiating his career as a playwright. Between 1933 and his death in 1967, he authored twelve plays—mostly light comedies. His first play to be produced, Aggie Appleby, Maker of Men, premiered in 1933, and four later plays were produced on Broadway: There’s Wisdom in Women (1935), Arsenic and Old Lace (1941), Four Twelves are 48 (1951), and Mother of That Wisdom (1963). Mr. Kesselring died on November 5, 1967, at the age of sixty-five.

Charles Abbott (Director) Previously at the Fulton: Witness for the Prosecution, Deathtrap as Director; Treasure Island, Spamalot, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as actor. Elsewhere: Recently Off-Broadway: I Forgive You, Ronald Reagan, Beckett. Regionally: Walnut Street, 30-year history includes 4 world premieres, 5 nominations, 2 Barrymore Awards: Cabaret (Actor), 42nd Street (Director); Edwin Forrest Lifetime Achievement Award.  Maine State, 30-year history including 20 years as Artistic Director; The Alliance, 3 years as Associate Artistic Director.  Multiple productions: Houston’s TUTS including Yeston/Kopit’s Phantom! World Premiere, 2 star-studded Follies; The Alley; Seattle’s 5th Avenue; Alabama Shakespeare Festival; Music Theatre of Wichita; Portland Stage. He received the first-ever Directing Drama-Logue Award for Oklahoma! at LA Opera, and played over 1000 performances as Cabaret’s Emcee beginning in the 1st National Tour under Harold Prince’s direction. Other: SDC Foundation Directing Fellowship is in his name. Previous winners have assisted Artistic Directors of Pittsburgh Public, Arena Stage, Signature Theatre.

Robert Klingelhoefer (Scenic Designer)  designed the Fulton’s co-production with the Walnut Street Theatre last year of Good People, and last summer’s production of Les Misérables at Maine State Music Theatre that will grace the Fulton’s stage in May. From 1987 to 2008 he was the Resident Designer at the Fulton, working on over 100 productions. He is currently Associate Professor and Director of the Design and Technology Program in the School of Theatre & Dance at West Virginia University. Mr. Klingelhoefer has previously been Resident Designer for the Contemporary American Theatre Festival in West Virginia, and the Jean Cocteau Repertory Theatre and Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, both in New York City. His work has been seen nationwide for companies including the Walnut Street Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre, the Asolo Theatre, Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, and the New York State Theatre Institute among many others. Internationally he has had productions performed at the International Festival of Experimental Theatre in Cairo, Egypt, and the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Colleen Grady (Costume Designer) is thrilled to be back at the Fulton! Previous Fulton credits include: The 39 Steps, God of Carnage, Good People, Miss Saigon, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Upcoming at the Fulton, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Colleen is currently in her 17th Season as Costume Shop Manager at Walnut Street Theatre.  Much thanks to Marc and Aaron. Anthony and Brittany, you are rock stars and it wouldn’t happen without you!  Much love to husband Mark Grady. For Mom and Dad.

Shon Causer (Lighting Designer) is excited to be back at the Fulton. Credits include: Good People, God of Carnage (Fulton & Walnut Street); Elf, Love Story (Walnut Street); Driving Miss Daisy, Plaid Tidings, Glass Menagerie, Greater Tuna, Side By Side…, The Mystery of Irma Vep (Walnut Street Studio 3); The Beauty Queen of Leenane, New Jerusalem, A Skull in Connemara (Lantern Theater); Sweeney Todd (Maine Musical Theater Festival); Chicago, Oklahoma!, Pirates of Penzance (Maples Rep); Forever Plaid, I Am My Own Wife (Penobscot Theater); Godspell, She Loves Me, The Pajama Game (Westchester U); Groove Lily’s Striking 12 (Symphony Space). MFA in lighting design, Temple. Thanks to Chuck, Marc, Josh, Tim and the whole Fulton family. Love to Christine.

Anthony Lascoskie, Jr. (Hair and Makeup Designer) 15 seasons have flown by. Favorite moments include designing his first play August: Osage County and his first musical Singin’ in the Rain for the main stage. Favorite hair adventures include Dreamgirls, Sunset Boulevard and all those darn Barristers in Witness for the Prosecution. Anthony is ready to dive into this high-flying, hair-raising season!

Jacob Mishler (Sound Designer) Jacob is thrilled and grateful to be designing his 10th mainstage production for the Fulton! (Thank you Marc!!) He’s been involved in various parts of the audio industry for 20 years, moving into theatrical sound 8 years ago. His work has been heard at Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, The Palace Theatre in New Hampshire, and many others including right here in Lancaster at Dutch Apple. Some favorite past designs include Chicago, The Full Monty, Cabaret, Gypsy, and The Woman in Black, to name a few. Much love to his beautiful and talented fiancé Julie!

Katelin Walsko (Props Designer/Manager) celebrates her 4th season with the Fulton! Some of her favorite credits include The 39 Steps, Sweeney Todd, Hairspray, Gaslight, and Joseph…Dreamcoat. A Pennsylvania native, Katelin grew up in the Pocono Mountains, attended the 2003 Governors School for the Arts, graduated with a BFA at UArts, and held an apprenticeship  with Walnut Street Theatre before moving to Lancaster. Thanks and love to the Fulton Family!

Timothy Markus (Stage Manager) Favorite Fulton credits include Joseph…, Miss Saigon, August: Osage County and The Sound of Music. Other credits include the national tour of Mary Poppins; The Public’s Shakespeare in the Park productions of Love’s Labor’s Lost and Into the Woods; The Guthrie Theater’s PBS special of HMS Pinafore. He’s also had the privilege of working for Maine State Music Theatre, Surflight Theatre, Rebecca Davis Dance Company, and on the international Tour of Porgy and Bess. It’s a pleasure to collaborate with the Walnut Street Theatre where he got his start. Always grateful to Aaron and Marc.

Marc Robin (Fulton Artistic Director) is honored to begin his 5th year as Artistic Director of the Fulton Theatre. Some of his favorite credits here include Les Miz, August: Osage County, Phantom, Rags, Sweeney Todd, Carousel and Treasure Island (which he co-authored with his partner Curt Dale Clark). As a freelance director and choreographer he has staged over 300 shows throughout the country. Forever Six.

Aaron A. Young (Managing Director) Aaron joined the Fulton team in 2003. After several years in shopping center marketing, Aaron decided to devote his career to furthering the careers of artists in order to break the cycle of belief that the arts are a nice hobby but not a worthwhile profession. For six seasons, he directed the marketing and management of the Sundance Film Festival and Sundance Theatre, both programs of Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute. Aaron has also served as general manager for the Missouri Repertory Theatre and marketing and corporate development manager for Kansas City’s historic Folly Theatre. A magna cum laude graduate of Brigham Young University and formerly a professional actor, singer, and pianist, Aaron now spends his free time enjoying the pursuits of his wife and daughters, serving at church, and occasionally knitting a new pair of socks. He is very pleased that the Fulton is able to provide professional wages and benefits to more than 250 artists and arts administrators every year.

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