In The Wings: Arsenic and Old Lace

Arsenic and Old Lace artwork

The Village Players of Hatboro are proud to announce the second show of our 71st season, Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring.  It will be directed by Allison Schrader and assistant directed by Kara McCormick, with Richard Lutz producing.

Showtimes for this production are:

  • Friday, January 12th at 8pm
  • Saturday, January 13th at 8pm
  • Sunday, January 14th at 2pm
  • Friday, January 19th at 8pm
  • Saturday, January 20th at 8pm – SOLD OUT
  • Sunday, January 21st at 2pm
  • Friday, January 26th at 8pm
  • Saturday, January 27th at 8pm


Arsenic and Old Lace is a farcical black comedy revolving around the Brewster family, descended from the Mayflower, 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, NY, as he debates whether to go through with his recent promise to marry the woman he loves.

His family includes two spinster aunts who have taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them with a glass of home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, 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 serves 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, to conceal his identity, and now looks like horror-film actor Boris Karloff.


Phyllis Blair as Abby Brewster
Doug Tague as The Rev. Dr. Harper
Eric Schaefer as Teddy Brewster
Rick Pine as Officer Brophy
Daniel Cochran as Officer Klein
Norma Kider as Martha Brewster
Janet Rosenberg as Elaine Harper
Kevin Christian as Mortimer Brewster
Steve Niles as Mr. Gibbs
Tim Schumann as Jonathan Brewster
Alex Hraur as Dr. Einstein
John Silbaugh as Officer O’Hara
Paul McCarthy as Lieutenant Rooney
Mark Brown as Mr. Witherspoon


It’s easy to forget that every show of every production is put together and ran 100%  by volunteers, so it can be difficult at times to make sure we have enough people to bring it all together.  If you could spare us some of your time, we’d love to have you help us out. Email with the date(s) you’re available to volunteer for ASAP!

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