‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ Opens Friday, January 10 at Surfside Playhouse in Cocoa Beach

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Arsenic and Old Lace will run for three weekends, from January 10 through 26

Aunt Abby and Aunt Martha (Jody Hatcher and Joanne Maio) are a sweet pair of spinster murderers. Arsenic and Old Lace opens Friday, January 10 in Cocoa Beach and will run through January 26. Call 321-783-3127 for tickets and show times. (Surfside Playhouse image)

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – Elderberry wine, anyone? A true comedy classic, Arsenic and Old Lace opens Friday, January 10 during the 60th Anniversary Season of the Surfside Playhouse in Cocoa Beach.

Set in Brooklyn, New York in the 1930s, the delightful farce follows Mortimer Brewster (played by Edward Johnson), a successful newspaperman who discovers that insanity in his family has taken a murderous turn.

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Home to announce his engagement, Mortimer finds his two spinster aunts are murdering lonely old men by poisoning them with a glass of home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic.

A brother who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt has been digging locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar of the Brewster home (which then serve as graves for the aunts’ victims); and a maniacal brother who strangely resembles Boris Karloff returns with evil intentions.

Mortimer must ward off local police as he attempts to cover up the murders and decide whether to marry his fiancée after all. Under the direction of Bryan Bergeron, Arsenic and Old Lace will run for three weekends, from January 10 through 26.

With plenty of laughs for the whole family, Arsenic and Old Lace is suitable for all ages. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00 PM, Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. A special 2 p.m. Saturday matinee has been added on January 25.

Adult tickets to all shows are $25, Senior/Military/Student tickets are $22. Children 12 and under are $10.

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Tickets are available at the door or through the theatre website at SurfsidePlayhouse.com.

The 250-seat Surfside Playhouse, “Where the Beach Meets the Stage,” is west on South Fifth Street from Highway A1A and located at 301 Ramp Road in Cocoa Beach, at the northwest corner of Brevard Avenue and Ramp Road.

For more information about Arsenic and Old Lace, call 321-783-3127.

Artistic Director for the Surfside Players, Bryan Bergeron thinks that audiences of all kinds will enjoy the comic situations in Arsenic and Old Lace.

“This show is loaded with laughs from start to finish,” said Bergeron.”Poor Mortimer is faced with one hilarious situation after another, as he tries to conceal the murders and shield his insane family, ultimately protecting them from a murderous brother on the lam.”

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CAST: (bold denotes principal player)    

Jody Hatcher—  Abby Brewster

Joanne Maio— Martha Brewster

Edward Johnson— Mortimer Brewster

Chris Tsocanos— Teddy Brewster

John Torres— Jonathan Brewster

Peter Olander— Dr. Einstein

Crystalia Hampton– Elaine Harper

Arlan Ropp –Mr. Gibbs

Gordon Ringer– Officer O’Hara

Mitch Abrams– Rev. Harper

Katie McCall– Officer Brophy

Chloe Collins– Officer Klein

Tina Coppock– Lt. Rooney

Steven Mogell– Mr. Witherspoon

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