Two Old Ladies Who Like to Kill

Playhouse 2000 is greeting the New Year with the “Earnie Awards” and their January comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace.”

“Arsenic…” the 1930’s comedy about two kindly old landladies, whose boarders mysteriously disappear, opens next Friday the 14th at the Cailloux Theatre. “Arsenic…” is a very well-known and celebrated story that even became a 1944 motion picture starring Cary Grant and Priscilla Lane. The Playhouse version stars Sally Ritch and Ann Reynolds as Aunt Abby and Aunt Martha, the sweet spinsters who kill off their guests with poisoned elderberry wine. Their three nephews include Kirk Logan as Mortimer, the play’s befuddled hero; Zach Salcich as the villainous Jonathan; and Dowell Mudry as Teddy who believes he is President Roosevelt and frequently storms San Juan Hill in the living room and is digging the Panama Canal in the basement.

“Arsenic and Old Lace” also features veteran performances from Jerry Mertz, Tony Galucci, Neill Day, Andy Bachofen , and Schreiner student Zach Tysor. Many actors are making their sophomore performances like: Brent Mills, Darcey Hill, as Elaine, Mortimer’s love interest, and Sonny Payne as Mr. Witherspoon, the mortician who benefits from the Aunts’ murderous hobby. Jaime de la Rosa, makes his Playhouse debut as Dr. Einstein, the mad surgeon sidekick of the evil Jonathan.

Tickets are on sale now for “Arsenic and Old Lace,” which opens on at 7:30 Friday 14th and runs Saturday 15th, Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd, Thursday 27th, Friday 28th, and closes on Saturday 29th. There will be one 2:00 matinee on Sunday the 23rd. Ticket prices now vary and season tickets are available. Online ticketing for Cailloux events has been very successful and well received.

This Saturday the 8th at 6:30 at the Cailloux, Playhouse 2000 will host the 10th annual Earnest T. Player Awards. The “Earnies” are a Playhouse tradition where the volunteers and performers are thanked and honored for another year of hard work and talent. Ballots for Earnie voting will be accepted through Friday January 7th and are available at the Cailloux Box Office.

The Earnies begin with a family style dinner in the Cailloux Lobby at 6:30PM. Everyone is invited to bring a covered dish, dessert, or drink. The ceremony itself begins at 7:30 in the Theatre. The entire public is invited to attend.

Other upcoming Cailloux events include: violinist Esther Kim as part of the Mary Rohe Classical Music Series, The Texas State University Wind Ensemble, and The HCYO fundraiser featuring Robert Earle Keen.

For tickets and information on all these events, call the Box Office at (830) 896-9393 ext. or visit our tickets page.

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