The Sterling College Theatre Program will be presenting Arsenic and Old Lace at 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14, in Culbertson Auditorium on the Sterling College campus.
This dark comedy was written by American playwright Joseph Kesselring, who began his theatrical career at nearby Bethel College in Newton, Kansas, directing productions there from 1922-1924. In 1941 his play Arsenic and Old Lace opened on Broadway and ran for more than three years. In 1944, the film version was released, starring Cary Grant as main character Mortimer Brewster.
When theatre-critic Mortimer, played by Marcus Mull of Great Bend, discovers his aunts’ latest form of charity—they’ve been poisoning lonely old men as an act of kindness—he is horrified. Then his homicidal brother Jonathan arrives, looking for a safe hideout from the police, and Mortimer becomes frantic. He tries to keep his fiancé Elaine, played by Kacie Rogers of Wichita, from entering his aunts&rsq