The Misericordia Players will present the farcical comedy, "Arsenic and Old Lace," on March 22-25 in Lemmond Theater at Walsh Hall on the campus of Misericordia University. Performances on March 22-24 are at 8 p.m., and on Sunday, March 25, the show begins at 2 p.m. Tickets for general admission are $5, and $3 for senior citizens, Misericordia students and alumni. Tickets are available at the door or online at www.misericordia.edu/arsenic.
The comedy, written in 1939 by American playwright Joseph Kesselring, revolves around drama critic Mortimer Brewster who learns on his wedding day that members of his family are homicidal maniacs and that insanity runs in his family. The key characters include his two spinster aunts, who have taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them with home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine and "just a pinch" of cyanide. A famous film adaptation of the play, featuring Cary Grant, was directed by Frank Capra and released in 1944.
The "Arsenic and Old Lace" cast features Misericordia University students: Dominic Augustine, Shavertown; Natalie Deutsch, Paramus, New Jersey; Adam Ercolani, Bear Creek; Cordell Gresh, Harveys Lake; Stephanie Helsel, Woolwich Township, New Jersey; Breann Hunsinger, Kelayres; Dawson Kerch, Allentown; Kimberly Kowalski, Scranton; Aiden McAndrew, Scranton; Michaela McQuaig, Mechanicsburg; Adam Myers. Bear Creek; Lauren Schuster, Nazareth; brothers Noah Schweiger and Jacob Schweiger, Barton, New York, and Brenden Walker, Waverly, New York.
Jeffrey Kelly of Dallas is the manager of cultural and special events and theater director at Misericordia University. He is the director and technical director for the production and in charge of lighting design. Audrey Ide of Dallas is costumer; Harry McKeown of Plymouth is doing set design, and Richard Baldovin of Pittston is sound engineer. In addition, student Samantha Midkiff of Palmerton will be technical stage manager; student Madison Mokychic of Monroe Township is front of house manager, and student Olivia Katulka of West Wyoming will serve as props master.
For more information about the play and other cultural events at Misericordia University, please log on to www.misericordia.edu/theartsandmore or call the Misericordia Box Office at (570) 674-6719.
The Misericordia Players cast for 'Arsenic and Old Lace' includes, front row, Kimberly Kowalski, Scranton, Pa.; second row, seated from left, Adam Ercolani, Bear Creek, Pa.; Stephanie Helsel, Woolwich Township, N.J.; Lauren Schuster, Nazareth, Pa., and Michaela McQuaig, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; third row, Breann Huntzinger, Kelayres, Pa.; Dawson Kerch, Allentown, Pa.; Aidan McAndrew, Scranton, Pa.; Cordell Gresch, Harveys Lake, Pa.; Noah Schweiger, Barton, N.Y.; Brenden Walker, Waverly, N.Y.; Dominic Augustine, Shavertown, Pa.; Jacob Schweiger, Barton, N.Y.; Adam Myers, Bear Creek, Pa., and Natalie Deutsch, Paramus, N.J.; fourth row, the technical crew includes Samantha Midkiff, Palmerton, Pa.; Madison Mokychic, Monroe Township, Pa., and Olivia Kutalka, West Wyoming, Pa.
Misericordia Players actor Cordell Gresch, Harveys Lake, left, tries to stop Noah Schweiger, Barton, N.Y., from silencing his brother, Jacob Schweiger, Barton, N.Y., in the upcoming production of 'Arsenic and Old Lace,' set for March 22-25 in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall.
Misericordia University student Dominic Augustine, Shavertown, Pa., seated, emphatically explains a play he wants to write with Cordell Gresch, Harveys Lake, Pa., center, and Adam Ercolani, Bear Creek, Pa., in the Misericordia Players' production of 'Arsenic and Old Lace,' slated for March 22-25 in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall.