Arsenic and Old Lace Opens September 14th

We have reached the final weekend of FOREVER PLAID. There are only four more performances and seats are still available (though limited) for most nights. Give us a call at 817-202-0600 or visit to reserve.

We watched a rehearsal of Arsenic and Old Lace last night and were so excited about this classic comedy. We can’t wait to unveil it to y’all starting next Friday the 14th. Read on for the official Press Release for the show.

Plaza Theatre Company is proud to announce the opening of ARSENIC AND OLD LACE on September 14th, 2012. The production will play Plaza’s newly renovated theatre at 111 S. Main Street in Cleburne, TX opening September 14, 2012. The show will be the 57th produced by Plaza Theatre Company since it’s inception in November of 2006.

The classic play is a farcical black comedy revolving around Mortimer Brewster, a drama critic who must deal with his crazy, homicidal family and local police in Brooklyn, NY, as he debates whether to go through with his recent promise to marry the woman he loves. His family includes two spinster aunts who have taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them with a glass of homemade elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and “just a pinch” of cyanide; a brother who believes he is Teddy Roosevelt, and a murderous brother who has received plastic surgery performed by an alcoholic accomplice, Dr. Einstein. Because of this streak of insanity in his family, Mortimer believes he must not marry and carry on the family line, until a late reprieve saves the day. A lively comic masterpiece.

“When you think about classic comedy, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE is one of the first plays to come to mind”, says JaceSon Barrus, PlazaCo’s Artistic Director. “And the reason is simple: it’s darn funny. Memorable characters and whip-smart humor make this play one of the true gems of the theatre world.”

The Cast List for ARSENIC AND OLD LACE is: (Double Cast where noted)

Abby Brewster – JoAnn Gracey
The Rev. Dr. Harper – Jay A. Cornils
Teddy Brewster – Michael Lain
Officer Brophy – Nathan Glenn
Officer Klein – John Lewis
Martha Brewster – Katy Wood
Elaine Harper – Sara Blair
Mortimer Brewster – Stephen Singleton
Mr. Gibbs – Jay Cornils
Jonathan Brewster – Michael Rudd
Dr. Einstein – Tyler Cox
Officer O’Hara – Luke Hunt
Lieutenant Rooney – Amy Sorter
Mr. Witherspoon – J. Cornils

The production is under the Direction of Ben Phillips with Stage Management by Emily Warwick. The show will open on Friday September 14th at 7:30pm and will play every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening thru October 13th at 7:30pm with Saturday matinees every Saturday afternoon at 3pm. Ticket prices are $15 for Adults, $13 for Seniors and Students and $12 for Children.

Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 817-202-0600 or visiting the Plaza Box Office between the hours of 10am and 6pm Monday thru Saturday. Online reservations as well as further information is available by visiting the Plaza website at

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