Death by Chocolate: An Arts Academy Fundraiser

Death by Chocolate: An Arts Academy Fundraiser - On October 14-16, the Arts Academy will be presenting its annual fundraiser in the form of chocolate desserts and theatrical comedy. I've joked that the reason we've called it this is because you might need to visit the hospital after tasting so many wonderful desserts made by local volunteers. We all know how well this town can bake and we also know how well this town can act which is why we're paring amazing desserts with some quality comedy in the form of Joseph Kesselring's play Arsenic and Old Lace. Our great group of community actors and crew are hard at work preparing in these final weeks of rehearsals and planning.
The plot follows: The 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 home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and "just a pinch" of cyanide; a brother who believes he is Teddy Roosevelt and digs locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar of the Brewster home (which then serve as graves for the aunts' victims); and a murderous brother who has received plastic surgery performed by an alcoholic accomplice, Dr. Einstein (a character based on real-life gangland surgeon Joseph Moran) to conceal his identity and now looks like horror-film actor Boris Karloff (a self-referential joke, as the part was originally played by Karloff).