The Arlington Players

Arsenic and Old Lace

By Joseph Kesselring

“Arsenic and Old Lace” is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc. - New York


Dates and Times

  • Friday, 2/1/2019 at 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, 2/2/2019 at 8:00 PM
  • Sunday, 2/3/2019 at 2:30 PM
  • Friday, 2/8/2019 at 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, 2/9/2019 at 8:00 PM
  • Sunday, 2/10/2019 at 2:30 PM
  • Friday, 2/15/2019 at 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, 2/16/2019 at 8:00 PM


125 S Old Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22204


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About the Show

Come enjoy this classic hysterical farce of love, family, and murder! What will drama critic Mortimer Brewster do when he finds his two spinster aunts are offing lonely old men? Or when he finds out his murderous brother has returned? Not to mention the other brother who believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt!

Production Team

DirectorLiz Mykietyn


Audition Information

Please read the audition form for full instructions.

No roles are pre-cast. TAP welcomes actors of all levels of experience; auditions can be competitive.

Auditions will consist of readings from the script. They will be passed out to you at auditions depending on the role(s) noted on your audition form. Sign up to reserve your preferred audition time.

Cast List/ Character Descriptions
The director plans to cast as traditionally as possible, and minding the time period in which the play is set. Ages noted are suggestive - if an actor can play the part, they will be considered. Parts noted with physicality need to be able to be physical in the role - both acting and minor fight choreography. Depending on audition turnout, a female may be considered for one of the officers.

Read the full cast list and character descriptions here. A synopsis is below.


Abby Brewster (50-70 years old)

A darling lady, and the very model of Victorian charm and grace, who poisons elderly gentlemen, with her sister as an act of charity.

Martha Brewster (50-70 years old)

Very sweet, but more submissive than Abby, Martha still is a strong woman. She and her sister have lived together for many, many years.

Elaine Harper (25-40 years old)

An Attractive girl, daughter of Rev. Dr. Harper, and Mortimer’s fiancée. She is surprisingly wise in the ways of the world for a minister’s daughter.


Mortimer Brewster (30-50 years old)

Very likable, Mortimer is a drama critic who is in love with, & engaged to Elaine Harper. PHYSICAL ROLE.

Teddy Brewster (40-60 years old)

Teddy is a man who believes that he is the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. PHYSICAL ROLE.

Jonathan Brewster (40-60 years old)

Jonathan is a psychopath who has numerous murders to his credit and no scruples whatsoever. He is creepy. Some PHYSICAL work.

Dr. Einstein (45-55 years old)

A German plastic surgeon, with an accent to prove it.

The Reverend Dr. Harper (50-70 years old)

(Cameo) We only see Elaine Harper’s father in the opening scene; a doctor of divinity, and the minister to the church next door to the Brewster house.

Officer Brophy (25-45 years old)

(Cameo) The first police officer we meet in the show, Brophy is a thoroughly likable sort of fellow. Some PHYSICAL work.

Officer Klein (25-45 years old)

(Cameo) A flatfoot Brooklyn officer who makes his rounds with Officer Brophy.

Officer O'Hara (any age)

Cameo) He is the quintessential example of an Irish-American police officer.

Mr. Gibbs (55-80 years old)

(Cameo) An elderly gentleman who wishes to rent a room from the Brewster sisters; and nearly falls victim to the sisters “charity”.

Lieutenant Rooney (50 years old)

(Cameo) The man in charge at the local police precinct.

Mr. Witherspoon (50-60 years old)

(Cameo) The superintendent of Happy Dale Sanitarium.

Audition Dates

November 5 and 7 from 7pm to 10pm; November 10 from 10am to 1pm.

Possible callbacks will be held by invitation only during the afternoon of November 10. Not being called to participate in callbacks does not necessarily mean you are not being considered for the cast.

Sign up to reserve your audition time!

Note: All who auditioned will be notified as to whether they were cast or not.

Audition Docs