1949: Arsenic and Old Lace

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Arsenic and Old Lace

 July 11-16, 1949

Famous Artists Country Playhouse At Fayetteville, New York

Bela and Bela Jr

Bela Lugosi and his son pose outside the County Playhouse


The Post-Standard, July 10, 1949

Lugosi Heads Fayetteville Cast For ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’

With the closing of “Accent on, Youth” the Famous Artists Country Playhouse opens tomorrow with Bela Lugosi in “Arsenic and Old Lace”

Lugosi arrived at the Fayetteville high school last Monday and since then has been preparing for this week’s performance. He was born in Hungary, not far from Transylvania, the eerie setting of “Dracula,” the play and film that made him famous. One of his most recent pictures was “Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man,” where he portrayed the monster. This is not the first time Lugosi has appeared .in the role of Jonathan Brewster. In 1943 he won critics acclaim for his portrayal of that role in the San Francisco production of “Arsenic and Old Lace.”

Supporting Lugosi in “Arsenic and Old Lace” will be such well known names as Florenz Ames, Catherine Cosgriff, Florence Beresford, Helen Marcy and many others. The two slightly insane aunts will be portrayed by Catherine Cosgriff, member of the cast of “Kiss and Tell” for five years, and Florence Beresford, leady lady of “The Chocolate Soldier” as Aunt Martha.

Florenz Ames has the role of Dr. Einstein and Helen Marcy, who caught audience attention in the Playhouse’s opening play, will appear as Elaine Harper.

John Larson, managing director of the company, will play Mortimer Brewster, while Tom Reynolds, a member of the road company cast of “State of the Union”, will enact the role of Teddy Brewster, third slightly insane member of the Brewster family.

Arsenic & Old Lace - County Play House


July 26-31, 1949

Lakeside Theatre, Landing, New Jersey