HUDSON — The Hudson Players will conduct their annual fall membership meeting Sept. 9 at the Barlow Community Center at 41 S. Oviatt Street in Hudson. 

Following the meeting, auditions will be held for "Arsenic and Old Lace," the classic American comedy that will be presented in November. Beginning at 5 p.m., representatives will explain the many volunteer opportunities available at Hudson Players, including appearing onstage, learning how to run a light and sound board and helping with costumes. Several people attended similar introductory meetings last year and were involved on stage and back stage this past season. 

Anyone attending is then invited to stay for the regular Hudson Players membership meeting which will begin at 6 p.m. Following the meeting, auditions will be at 7 p.m. for "Arsenic and Old Lace," which will be presented Nov. 2-3; Nov. 9-11; and Nov. 16-17 at the Barlow Community Center.

Auditions also will be Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. and will involve reading from the script. All roles are available as Hudson Players does not pre-cast.

Written by Joseph Kesslring, "Arsenic and Old Lace" is a timeless comedic gem of American theatre. Life is good for Mortimer Brewster. With a dream job as a drama critic for a prominent New York newspaper and recent engagement to his sweetheart Elaine, what could go wrong? Well, what about finding out that his sweet, spinster Aunts Martha and Abby have been poisoning lonely old men for years with homemade elderberry wine laced with a touch of arsenic. 

Insanity doesn’t run in the Brewster family — it gallops.

What about learning that his brother Teddy, who thinks himself to be Teddy Roosevelt, has been burying his aunts’ victims in the basement thinking they succumbed to yellow fever at the Panama Canal. Had enough? How about Mortimer’s other brother, the maniacal criminal Jonathan, who decides to hideout from the police at his aunts’ house with alcoholic sidekick, Dr. Einstein, on the same night that the aunts were planning to bury their latest victim, which also happens to be the same night 

Mix in multiple policemen, including one who wants to be a playwright, and Elaine’s pious minister father, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancé — all while trying to keep his own sanity and avoid his murderous brother’s intentions.

Female roles are available for Abby Brewster, a darling lady in her 60s or early 70s who poisons elderly men. Abby is the sister of Martha and aunt to Teddy, Jonathan and Mortimer; Martha Brewster a sweet elderly woman with Victorian charm who poisons elderly men; and Elaine Harper, an attractive girl in her 20s and Mortimer’s fiancée.

For men, roles include Mortimer Brewster, a drama critic who is engaged to Elaine; Teddy Brewster, a man in his 40s who thinks that he is Theodore Roosevelt; Officer O’Hara, a police officer, is a would-be playwright who pesters Mortimer to read his play; Jonathan Brewster, a psychopath who has numerous murders to his credit and no scruples whatsoever; Dr. Einstein, a plastic surgeon and an alcoholic in his 50s; The Rev. Dr. Harper, minister and father of Elaine, a bit pompous and protective, very ministerial in his manner; Officer Brophy/Lt. Rooney, a flatfoot Brooklyn cop with the usual charm of a police officer; and Mr. Gibbs/Mr. Witherspoon, a man who wishes to rent a room from the Brewster sisters. 

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