APAC Selects Cast for "Arsenic and Old Lace"
Catherine Williams and Kerry Matsumoto head up the cast of the comic mystery "Arsenic and Old Lace," the next production of Aloha Performing Arts Company. They play Abby and Martha, two sweet, deranged old spinsters who enjoy helping lonely old men to their final resting places in the cellar. Their three nephews are Teddy, who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt, Mortimer, who is a dramatic critic, and Jonathan, who has recently escaped from an institution for the criminally insane. They are played by Bob Haber, Robb Dahlke, and Rich Mears, respectively. The Reverend Dr. Harper, a virtuous neighbor, is played by Dan Hoff, and his daughter, Elaine, who is Mortimer's fiancee, is played by Havilah Pyrc. Mark Murdock portrays Dr. Einstein, Jonathan's traveling companion and a besotted plastic surgeon. Playing members of the police force are: Stephen Alves as Officer Brophy, Rob Payesko as Officer Klein, John Holliday as Officer O'Hara, and Peter Anderegg as Lieutenant Rooney. Allen Eggleston plays Mr. Gibbs, who narrowly escapes the "charity" of the aunts, and Chazz Alley plays Mr. Witherspoon, who may be their final victim. Alley is also the props master for the production. Other crew members include Jerry Tracy, director; Kira Kane, assistant director and stage manager; Barbara Masters, producer; Gerald Lucena, set designer; Anne Waugh, costume designer; Donna Choy, costume "lieutenant"; Ed Cochran and Victor Lugo, lead set builders; and Felicity Johnson, house manager. Support staff includes Melissa Geiger, managing director, Tiffany Kutsunai, operations coordinator, and Rich Bickel, technical director.
"Arsenic and Old Lace" was written in 1941 by Joseph Kesselring, and enjoyed a successful run on Broadway, featuring Boris Karloff as Jonathan. The show ran for 1,444 performances. The 1944 movie version featured Cary Grant as Mortimer. It is a madcap, slapstick farce set in Brooklyn just before the United States entered World War Two. APAC's production of the show will run at the Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu October 6 through 22, with Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 and Sunday matinees at 2:30. Show tickets, season tickets, and Flex Passes are available online at AlohaTheatre.com, or by phone Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 322-9924.