DEXTER — Wayside Grange and Theatre will hold a play reading of “Arsenic and Old Lace” 2 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at 851 North Dexter Road. No experience needed, no lines to memorize, no rehearsals, no stage directions or costumes. Just sit on the stage, read a part. Scripts provided.
Wayside’s new play reading group is free and open to all. Please feel free to bring snacks and drinks for our “intermission.” The Theatre hopes this will become a monthly event, with a new play chosen by the group each time.
“Arsenic and Old Lace” is a dark, screwball comedy that takes place in the 1940s in Brooklyn, New York. Mortimer Brewster visits his sweet, spinster aunts to introduce his fiancé. Though Mortimer always knew that his family was a bit mad, his world is turned upside down when he realizes that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years! And they were planning to bury their newest victim that night! Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancé — all while trying to keep his own sanity as well.
This play explores themes of family loyalty, nature versus nurture, and whether we can ever truly break away from our family’s influence.
For more information, call Dawn Huntt at 207-924-5198 or visit Wayside Grange and Theatre on Facebook.