Logan Kirby: Oct. 17
October 23 -November 8
by Joseph Kesselring
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists' Play Service, Inc.
Joseph Kesselring’s Murderous Black Comedy Arsenic and Old Lace Slays At Myers Dinner Theatre!
This classic farce follows two charming and innocent elderly women who populate their cellar with the remains of socially and religiously “acceptable” roomers; the antics of their brother who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt; and the activities of the other brother. Of the twelve plays written by Joseph Kesselring, Arsenic and Old Lace, which opened on Broadway in 1941, is the most successful. According to the opening night review in the New York Times, the play was “so funny that none of us will forget.” The famous comedy became best known for the film adaptation starring Cary Grant and directed by Frank Capra.
Abby Brewster: Carrie SaLoutos
Rev. Dr. Harper: Don Hart
Teddy Brewster: Jason Ryan Wallace
Officer Brophy: Mahlon Nevitt
Officer Klein: Travis Bird
Martha Brewster: Ginny Pugh Spillman
Elaine Harper: Elsa Scott Besler
Mortimer Brewster: Thomas J. Besler
Mr. Gibbs: Robert E. Poynter
Jonathan Brewster: Michael Hudson Heath
Dr. Einstein: Martin Flowers
Officer O'Hara: Jacob Ault
Lieutenant Rooney: Bill Rubenstein
Mr. Witherspoon: Don Hart
Executive Producer: Donna Myers
Artistic Director: Jeremy Littlejohn
Technical Director: Gary Michael
Costume Designer: Donna Myers
Lighting Designer: Jeremy Littlejohn
Wardrobe: Sharon Wright
Properties Master: Travis Bird
Master Carpenter: Ted DeVore
Kitchen Manager: Jay Estes
Box Office Manager: Bill Rubenstein
General Store Manager: Shelby Garrett
Bookkeeper: Tom Bess
The entire action of the play takes place in the living room of the Brewster home in Brooklyn.
Time: The Present
Scene 1 An afternoon in September.
Scene 2 That same night.
*There will be one fifteen minute intermission
Scene 1 Later that night.
Scene 2 Early the next morning.
is happy to return to Hillsboro for Arsenic and Old Lace. She is originally from Missouri, but has worked for theatre companies from Texas to Alaska, New York to California. Local audiences may recognize her from Nana's Naughty Knickers or Murder at Cafe Noir. She would like to thank Myers Dinner Theatre for this opportunity, as well as her family and husband T.J., who are always unfailingly supportive. www.elsascott.com
is thrilled to be returning to Myers Dinner Theatre after last appearing in the 2018 Holiday Revue. As a professional actor for nearly 20 years, he has had the opportunity to perform all over the country. Some favorite roles include Moonface Martin in Anything Goes, Elliot Garfield in The Goodbye Girl, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, LeFou in Beauty and the Beast, Al Lewis in The Sunshine Boys and Soapy Smith in The Days of 98 Show with Soapy Smith. He considers himself beyond blessed to be able to consistently work in the arts alongside his beautiful wife, Elsa Scott Besler. Thank you to everyone else who has also helped along the way, and to you, the audience, without whom, none of this is possible. Stay safe & enjoy the show!
is from Decatur, Indiana, and graduated from Ball State University. Their favorite roles include Jesus in Godspell, Roger in Grease, Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, and Pap / The King in Big River. They have done four tours with Missoula Children’s Theater. They would like to thank their family and friends for their support.
is excited to be back on the Myers Dinner Theatre stage! Martin was most recently seen at MDT in Run For Your Wife as Det. Sergeant Troughton, sporting a hearty mustache (RIP ‘stache). He grew up in Nappanee, Indiana, and attended Goshen College, where he studied Theater and Music. He has worked at regional theaters throughout the state, including several roles at the Round Barn Theatre. He currently resides in New York. Favorite credits include Christopher Wren in The Mousetrap, Brutus in Julius Caesar, and himself in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged. In his free time, Martin enjoys playing piano and guitar, exercising, and obsessing over all things Star Wars. Martin wants to especially thank his family for supporting him as he follows his career dreams!
is thrilled to be back at Myers Dinner Theatre! Don is from Columbia City, Indiana, where he cleared a mile of brush along its bike path this winter with a hand saw and an ax. Previous MDT credits include Eddie in Pump Boys and Dinettes, Father Mac in The Queen of Bingo, Christmas Morgan in The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and most recently as Det. Sgt. Porterhouse in Run For Your Wife and Grimsby in The Little Mermaid. Theater is alive!
grew up north of here in Elkhart, Indiana, and has been working in the theatre profession as an Actor, Director & Administrator for nearly a quarter of a century across the country. Some of his notable directing projects include She Loves Me, Little Shop of Horrors, The Glass Menagerie, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Kiss Me Kate, Harvey, and his favorite, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel! In addition to being an Actor / Director, Jeremy is also an accomplished Lighting Designer, Stage Manager and Teacher. www.jeremy-littlejohn.com
is excited to be back on this stage again, and is honored to be part of this amazing cast! A few of her previous roles include The Sound of Music (Elsa Schraeder), Nunsense (Amnesia & Robert Anne – ICTL Award for Best Actress in a Musical), Annie (Miss Hannigan) and Always Patsy Cline (Patsy Cline). When not on stage, Ginny travels extensively, appearing as Patsy Cline and Tammy Wynette. She also travels to race tracks (auto) across the U.S. with her husband, Chaplain Tim, as often as her schedule allows. She would like to thank God for the talent’s he’s given her, and the opportunities to use those talents, Jeremy for casting and coaching her in this FUN role, and Tim, her hubby of 51+ years, as well as all of her wonderful friends and family for their support over the years! She truly hopes you enjoy the show!