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Great Basin College
1500 College Parkway
Elko, Nevada 89801
Phone: 775-753-2180

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GBC Theatre Presents Streaming and Radio Performances

Great Basin College Theatre will present a streaming and radio performance of Arsenic and Old Lace, by Joseph Kesselring, March 16 through 20, 2021.

The story follows Mortimer Brewster (Tanner Ames) who is living a happy life: he has a steady job at a prominent New York newspaper, he’s just become engaged to Elaine Harper (Kelsey Rogers), who lives next door and is the daughter of the local minister (Josh Rogers). Mortimer visits his sweet spinster aunts, Abby (Kate Rhoswen) and Martha (Kelsey Rogers) Brewster, who raised him to announce his engagement.

Mortimer warns his fiancé, "Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops." Mortimer always knew that his family, though descended from the Mayflower settlers, was a bit mad.

Mortimer’s world is turned upside down when he realizes that his dear aunts have been charitably, in their opinion, poisoning lonely old men with their special elderberry wine for years.

When Mortimer’s maniacal brother Jonathan (Scott Glennon), who now inexplicably looks like Boris Karloff, returns with his accomplice Dr. Einstein (Richard Fericks) on the night that the aunts were planning to bury the newest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancé—all while trying to keep his own sanity.

The police get involved (Dori Andreport as Officer Brophy) as the plot thickens.

An uproarious farce, Arsenic and Old Lace premiered on Broadway in 1941 to rave reviews—the New York Times writing that it was “so funny that none of us will ever forget it.” It was made into a movie starring Cary Grant, which was released in 1944, after the play closed.

Admission is free, and donations will be gratefully accepted.

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Great Basin College
1500 College Parkway
Elko, Nevada 89801
Phone: 775-753-2180

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