Arts & Entertainment

Press Releases

The Lord Stirling Theater Company to Perform "Arsenic and Old Lace" at Farmstead Arts Center in Basking Ridge October 6-15

0ed0083c132fe0c5598f_Arsenic_and_Old_Lace_Flyer.jpg

The Lord Stirling Theater Company will perform Joseph Kesselring’s farcical dark comedy, “Arsenic and Old Lace,” in the English Barn Theater at the Farmstead Arts Center, 450 King George Road, Basking Ridge, NJ. “Arsenic and Old Lace” will open on Friday, October 6, at 7:30PM, with additional performances on October 7 at 7:30PM, October 8 at 2:00PM, October 13 and 14 at 7:30PM, and October 15 at 2:00PM. Tickets are $20 general admission, or $15 for seniors (65 and over), Farmstead Arts members, and students. Tickets may be purchased online at http://farmsteadarts.eventbrite.com or at the door (cash only).                                     

Drama critic Mortimer Brewster has just gotten engaged when he discovers that his sweet and lovable spinster aunties have a deadly secret involving lonely old men and elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and “just a pinch” of cyanide. Add in an eccentric brother who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt and another criminally insane brother who shows up unexpectedly with his plastic surgeon accomplice and a body to hide, and the result is hilarity and mayhem.

Written in 1939, “Arsenic and Old Lace” was a Broadway hit, running for 1,444 performances from 1941 to 1944. One of the great American comedies, the play is best known through the classic 1944 film adaptation starring Cary Grant and directed by Frank Capra.

Sign Up for E-News

The Lord Stirling Theater Company’s production of “Arsenic and Old Lace” is directed by William Ward of Basking Ridge. The cast, in order of appearance, includes: Sharon McGuire of Westfield as Abby Brewster, Robert Goodwin of Highland Park as The Rev. Dr. Harper and Dr. Witherspoon, Bob Scarpone of Flanders as Teddy Brewster, Ed McCarty of Bridgewater as Officer Brophy and Mr. Gibbs, Garry Tamburro of Springfield as Officer Klein, Lisa Black of Westfield as Martha Brewster, Katy Cockrell of Fanwood as Elaine Harper, Matthew Gochman of Jersey City as Mortimer Brewster, Lee Grabelsky of Monroe as Jonathan Brewster, Danielle Levitt of Westfield as Dr. Einstein, Allan Gershenson of Linden as Officer O’Hara, and Changkuo Hsieh of Parsippany as The Inspector.

“Arsenic and Old Lace” concludes The Lord Stirling Theater Company’s fourth season at the Farmstead Arts Center, following their production of “Of Mice and Men” this past June, “And Then There Were None” and “The Dresser” in 2016, “The Tempest” and “Frankenstein’s Fate” in 2015, and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” in 2014. A dynamic community of creative artists based in Basking Ridge, the group is committed to presenting innovative theater for diverse audiences, through readings and full productions of classical theater and new works, as well as exploring the American experience through compelling productions that illuminate and celebrate our history, culture and literature. The theater group fosters the next generation of theater artists and audiences by providing unique hands-on educational programming and training in all aspects of theater production. For more information, visit www.lordstirlingtheater.com or our Facebook page.

The English Barn Theater is wheelchair accessible. Anyone anticipating the need for additional accessibility services please send an e-mail in advance to farmsteadartscenter@gmail.com.

Funds for these events have been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant administered by The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

New Providence

The Role of Meal Replacements in Weight Loss

January 15, 2018

Obesity is at epidemic proportions in the United States and in other developed and developing countries. The prevalence of obesity is increasing not only in adults, but also in children and adolescents. We all know that obesity is a significant risk factor for various chronic illnesses, most importantly heart disease and diabetes, but also cancer and osteoarthritis, liver and kidney disease, ...

Union County Establishes the First County LGBTQ Office in New Jersey

January 16, 2018

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has launched the new Office of LGBTQ Services. Established as part of Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados' 2018 Moving Union County Forward initiatives, the new LGBTQ office is the first County government office of its kind in the State of New Jersey.

Operating under the new Division of Outreach and Advocacy in the Department of Human Services, ...

It's not too late to join THE MAX Challenge of New Providence

FITNESS~NUTRITION~MOTIVATION~RESULTS!
Our January 10-Week Challenge has just begun!

You've heard about THE MAX Challenge, now it's your chance to try it out for yourself!! Our members have made amazing transformations to their mind, body and spirit in just 10 short weeks! 

THE MAX is for ALL ages, shapes and sizes! If you need the motivation and support to accomplish YOUR ...

Plainfield Symphony'S 98th Season Annual Free Family Concert is “A Family Affair”

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Family Concert on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. under the baton of Maestro Charles Prince. The program, entitled “A Family Affair,” will
feature the Young Pianist Competition of New Jersey Gold Prize winner, and will also include
several surprises.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in ...

New Members are Welcomed at The Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township

 

CHATHAM TWP. - On December 3, the congregation of The Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township formally welcomed ten individuals and their families as members of the church. Joining were Julie and Thomas Bliemel, Alison and Daniel Lasher, Ally Li, Carrie and Bryan Reasons, Stacey and Chuck Schroeder, and Sarah Murchison all of Chatham.

The Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township is a ...

Take a Workshop and Learn How to Sew and/or Knit at the Berkeley Heights YMCA

The Summit Area YMCA is dedicated to providing all members of our community with opportunities to learn, grow and thrive through our programs and workshops. Learning how to knit or sew can be a life-long skill bringing people of all generations together. It also can be very gratifying to make something with your hands. This winter, the Berkeley Heights YMCA will be offering two workshops, one on ...

One Dead in Kenilworth House Fire Monday Evening

January 9, 2018

KENILWORTH, NJ – A 68-year-old women was killed in a fire at a Kenilworth home on Monday night, Detective Sergeant Jim Grady of the Kenilworth Police Department said.

The name of the victim is being held pending an autopsy, he said.

The fire was reported in a two-level home in the 200 block of North 9th Street. The downstairs resident reported the fire at approximately 6 p.m. after ...

Summit Community Forms Effort to Help Victims of New Year's Eve Apartment Fire

Where the eyes, the eyes with the will to see
Where the hearts, that run over with mercy
We take care of our own
We take care of our own

"We Take Care of Our Own" - Bruce Springsteen

SUMMIT, NJ - New Year's Eve is supposed to be time of reflection and celebration, looking back at the year that was and ahead to the subsequent twelve months -- the next stage of ...

Union County Manager Faella Announces His Retirement Effective March 1

January 9, 2018

 

ELIZABETH, NJ---Mountainside resident and Union County Manager Alfred J. Faella, the County’s top-appointed executive responsible for the day-to-day operations of a government that provides services to more than half a million residents, has announced his retirement effective March 1st.

Faella, 62, announces his retirement after a career spanning 25 years in City, State ...

Dog Dies After Being Left at PetSmart; SPCA and Family Seek Answers

January 6, 2018

RARITAN TWP., NJ – This is a story about Scruffles and it is not a happy one.

Scruffles was an 8-year-old bulldog, a pet loved by Danielle DiNapoli and her family. Their story has gone viral on Facebook with more than 14,000 shares and nearly 10,000 comments, leading DiNapoli to create a “Justice for Scruffles” Facebook page.

DiNapoli said she just wants answers. She ...

NJSIAA: Bills Grant Super Powers to 20 Schools; Upcoming Vote Puts Kids at Risk

January 5, 2018

As a 100-year-old, independent, private, and voluntary non-profit association serving the needs of 435 public and non-public high schools and nearly 300,000 student athletes, we have an unwavering commitment to promoting and protecting education-based interscholastic athletics. At our core, we are committed to ensuring a safe and competitive environment, while also enhancing the educational ...

Mayor's Message: A Banner Year for New Providence

It has been another banner year for New Providence. Despite the many challenges faced, we had a record number of accomplishments this year. As promised, we have focused and promoted community at every turn, welcoming many new friends and neighbors to our beautiful borough including our new residents at Lantern Hill.  We have helped foster inclusivity and promote our pioneer spirit of ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, January 17

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Green

Carousel_image_7f6c107703df2d416aa6_barre_intesity

Wed, January 17, 8:00 AM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Barre Intensity

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_7f6c107703df2d416aa6_barre_intesity

Wed, January 17, 9:30 AM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Barre Intensity

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_a4801a3d56342db1596a_pilates_reformer

Wed, January 17, 10:00 AM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Pilates Reformer

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_d3114c224cbfa47c81e0_restorative-yoga

Wed, January 17, 7:00 PM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Restorative Yoga

Health & Wellness

Wed, January 17, 7:30 PM

The Twin Maples Estate SJFC Headquarters, Summit

Summit Junior Fortnightly Club's First New Member ...

Giving Back