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By Joseph Kesselring; Adapted by Ernest Kinoy

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Directed by Steve Tague

The REP's audio adaptation of Joseph Kesselring's ARSENIC AND OLD LACE will have you roaring with laughter as our resident actors portray the colorful characters of the mad Brewster family.

In this theatre classic, drama critic Mortimer Brewster, discovers his seemingly sweet old spinster aunts have a nasty habit of poisoning lonely old men with a glass of home-made elderberry wine laced with "arsenic, strychnine, and just a pinch of cyanide" and burying them in the cellar of their Brooklyn home.

Add to the mix Mortimer’s crazy brothers Teddy, who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt, and Jonathan, a homicidal fugitive returning home to hide from the law, looking like Frankenstein’s monster thanks to plastic surgery performed by his alcoholic accomplice Dr. Einstein.

The resulting chaos as Mortimer tries to wrangle in his crazy family makes for an uproarious farce, filled with laugh-out-loud hilarity and witty plot twists.

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE is available for streaming through May 16th.

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How To Listen:

1.  To request access to the show  CLICK HERE

2.  Enter your email address.

3.  You will receive an email from the REP containing the private link to ARSENIC AND OLD LACE.

4.  Click on the link provided in the email.

5.  Enjoy the show!

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Arsenic and Old Lace

Directed by Steve Tague

Sound Design by Eileen Smitheimer

Music Composition by Ryan Touhey



Steve Tague: Narration

Kathleen Pirkl Tague*:  Abby Brewster

Elizabeth Heflin*:  Martha Brewster;  Elaine Harper

Hassan El-Amin*:  The Rev. Dr. Harper;  Lt. Rooney

Lee E. Ernst*:  Teddy Brewster

René Thornton Jr.*:  Officer Brophy;  Mr. Witherspoon

Mic Matarrese*:  Mortimer Brewster

Stephen Pelinski*:  Jonathan Brewster

Michael Gotch*:  Dr. Einstein


Matthew G. Marholin*

Ellen Beltramo*


Ryan P. McGinty: Audio Engineer

Joel Farley: Audio Engineer

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.  REP company bios can be found here:

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REP productions are supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.  The Division promotes Delaware arts events on

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