Arsenic and Old Lace

Arsenic and Old Lace
April 09 - June 05, 2011
Wurtele Thrust Stage

The classic comedy that kills with kindness.
Direct from her role in La Bête on Broadway, the incomparable Sally Wingert returns to the Guthrie stage for the first time since last season's Faith Healer, joining acclaimed comedienne and Broadway veteran Kristine Nielsen to play the well-meaning sisters in this perfectly-written comedy.

Spinster sisters Abby and Martha Brewster are devoted to charity and family. But they have taken on another project as well - befriending lonely older gentlemen and then poisoning them with arsenic-laced elderberry wine. Marking the 70th anniversary of a play The New York Times called "so funny that none of us will ever forget it," the Guthrie presents this uproarious comedy for the first time since 1975.


Play Guide created by the Guthrie Theater

Run time

2 hours 20 minutes including intermission

Sponsored by General Mills


Officer Klein  Michael Booth
Teddy Brewster
 Bob Davis
Jonathan Brewster
 Tyson Forbes
Rev. Dr. Harper/
Mr. Witherspoon
 Nathaniel Fuller
Mortimer Brewster
 Jonas Goslow
Officer O'Hara
 Terry Hempleman
Officer Brophy
 Hugh Kennedy
Elaine Harper
 Kathryn Lawrey
Dr. Einstein
 Kris L. Nelson
Abby Brewster
 Kristine Nielsen
       Mr. Gibbs/Lt. Rooney
 Peter Thomson
Martha Brewster
 Sally Wingert

Artistic Staff

 Joe Dowling
Set Designer
 John Lee Beatty
Costume Designer
 Christine A. Richardson
Lighting Designer
 Tom Mays
Sound Designer
 Scott W. Edwards
 Michael Lupu
Voice and Dialect Coach
 Christine Adaire
 Marcela Lorca
Production Stage Manager
 Russell W. Johnson
Assistant Stage Manager
 Jason Clusman
Assistant Director
 Anthony Nelson

Photo Gallery

production photos by Michal Daniel