2019-2020 Season Auditions


Arsenic and Old Lace

By Joseph Kesserling

Newnan Theatre Company is pleased to announce auditions for Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesserling. Auditions will be Sunday and Monday, June 2 and 3, from 7 - 9 pm. The performance dates are August 15-18 and 22-25. The show will be directed by Andrew Miller.

The play is a farcical black comedy revolving around Mortimer Brewster and his slightly crazy family. He has two spinster aunts who have taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them, a brother who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt and digs locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar of the Brewster home (which then serve as graves for the aunts' victims; he thinks that they died of yellow fever); and a murderous brother who has received plastic surgery to conceal his identity, and now looks like horror-film actor Boris Karloff. Through the midst of all this, Mortimer thinks he is ready to marry the girl next door, but, should he bring her into this madness?

Audition: will consist of cold readings from the script. 


Casting three male roles:
Abby Brewster
 – stereotypical “little old lady” – between 55 – 65 yrs old. Just a bit doting, but very caring. 

Martha Brewster – Same as her sister Abby

Mortimer Brewster – Early 30’s – Abby and Martha’s nephew – Considers himself sophisticated but tends to panic most of the time when stressed. 

Teddy Brewster – Early to mid 40’s – Martha and Abby’s brother – thinks he is President Teddy Roosevelt.

Jonathan Brewster – age undetermined, but older than Mortimer – psychopathic murderer on the run from the law.

Dr. Einstein – age undetermined – Jonathan’s “personal physician” and hopeless alcoholic – scared only of Jonathan.

Elaine Harper – early to mid 20’s – Mortimer’s fiancée. 

Rev. Dr. Harper – Older gentleman – Elaine’s father

Officer Klein – a police officer

Officer O’Hara – late 20’s to 30 – a police officer with a LOT of stories

Officer Brophy – a police officer

Lieutenant Rooney – older and tired police lieutenant – just wants to get through his shift without issues

Mr. Gibbs – late 60’s – early 70’s – a grumpy old man with no family

Some roles may be doubled.


Auditions will be held at Newnan Theatre Company, located at 24 First Avenue, Newnan, Georgia at 7 pm both nights, with possible callbacks to be announced.


Newnan Theatre Company does not charge production fees of any kind to any performer to take part in our productions. 

All roles are non-equity/non-paying.

If you have questions about these auditions or any production please email NTC’s Artistic Director, Tony Daniel, at artistic-director@newnantheatre.org.