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Gallery Theater

Arsenic and Old Lace

Category: Non-Equity Audition
Pay: No Pay

Gallery Theater of West Chicago is holding auditions for Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring, directed by Gail Cannata

Mortimer Brewster is living a happy life: drama critic at a NY newspaper, just become engaged, and gets to visit his sweet spinster aunts to announce the engagement. Mortimer always knew that his family had a bit of a mad gene -- his brother believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt and his great-grandfather used to scalp Indians for pleasure -- but his world is turned upside down when he realizes that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years! When Mortimer's maniacal brother, Jonathan. (who strangely now resembles Boris Karloff) returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury the newest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiance -- all while trying to keep his own sanity. Arsenic and Old Lace has become a favorite American classic.


Abby Brewster: A darling elderly lady who poisons elderly men. Aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer.

The Rev. Dr. Harper: Minister and father of Elaine

Teddy Brewster: Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Teddy is a man who thinks that he is Theodore Roosevelt.

Officer Brophy: A police officer

Officer Klein: A police officer

Martha Brewster: A sweet elderly woman who poisons elderly men, Martha is the sister of Abby and aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer.

Elaine Harper: Mortimer's fiance, daughter of the Rev. Dr. Harper. She is surprisingly wise in the ways of the world for a minister's daughter.

Mortimer Brewster: Nephew of Abby and Martha, Mortimer is a drama critic who is engaged to Elaine. He is a nice man who cares for his aunts.

Mr. Gibbs: A man who wishes to rent a room from the Brewster sisters

Jonathan Brewster: Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Jonathan is a psychopath who has had plastic surgery and now looks like Boris Karloff.

Dr. Einstein: A plastic surgeon and an alcoholic, Dr. Einstein has changed Jonathan's face three times.

Officer O'Hara: A police officer, O'Hara is a would-be playwright who pesters Mortimer to read his play.

Lieutenant Roony: A tough and dominating police officer

Mr. Witherspoon: The superintendent of Happy Dale Sanitarium

Auditions will be held at 129 Main St, West Chicago 60185.

GALLERY THEATER IS IN THE CITY OF WEST CHICAGO 60185, NOT CHICAGO, check your GPS for location BEFORE scheduling your audition. Metra station is approximately 2 blocks from the theater.

Time Commitment:
Rehearsal schedule based on actor availability.
The play runs two weekends: May 29, 30, 31 & June 5, 6, 7

Material To Prepare:
Monologues not required. Audition sides from the script will be provided when audition appointment is confirmed. Walk-ins welcomed as time permits.

Contact Info:
Schedule appointments by e-mailing

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Audition Dates:

Mar 29 6-7:30pm
Mar 30 7-8:30pm
Posted Date: Mar 6, 2020