Performing Arts Creative Ensemble Presents
Arsenic and Old Lace
By Joseph Kesselring
Place: The living room of the Brewster home in Brooklyn
An afternoon in September
That same night
Scene 1: Later that night
Scene 2: Early the next morning
There will be 2 ten minute intermissions between Acts
Arsenic and Old Lace is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York
Director: Douglas C Shaffer
Set Designer: Scott A Jones
Columbus Dance Theatre
Jonathan Alder High School
Debbie's Costume Shop
Douglas C Shaffer – Artistic Director
Beth Nuzum Cronenweth – Managing Director
Scott A Jones – Technical Director
Beth is a veteran performer, with more than 35 years experience as an actor, music director, and conductor for productions in Columbus, Pittsburgh, PA and Charlotte, NC. She returned to the theatre after a 14 year hiatus in 2014 and has remained active since. She is a founding member of PACE and this is her fourth time on the PACE stage, having played Myra Bruhl in our inaugural production, Deathtrap, Mrs. Bradman in Blithe Spirit, and Dora Strang in the COVID-impacted Equus. She recently played the role of Fraulein Schneider in Evolution's production of Cabaret. After years as an actor, she used her musical training as the music director for Jesus Christ Superstar, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Reefer Madness for Imagine Productions. Favorite roles include Mary Flynn in Merrily We Roll Along, Cordelia in Falsettos, Ruth in Pirates of Penzance, Grace Farrell in Annie, and many more. Beth has a degree in Finance from the Ohio State University, where she was a member of The Best Damn Band in the Land. By day she works in Treasury Management for a major financial institution. By night, in addition to spending time at the theatre, Beth is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the local rock cover band, MegaBeth, and sings acoustic around town as part of the duo, Beth & Tim.
Joyce has acted extensively in Columbus, Chicago, and Lansing for over forty years. She was last seen at PACE as Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit. Most recent roles include Hailey in Buried Child, Violet in August - Osage County, and Eleanor of Aquitaine in The Lion in Winter. Past roles include Jean Brodie, Blanche DuBois, Lady Macbeth, Lady Montague, and a new favorite, Maude Gutman in Bakersfield Mist. Joyce can be seen in three films: Speak, Turning the Corner, and Love and Other Drugs. She made her national television debut on Jeopardy! Many thanks to George Needham for his constant support and encouragement, Doug Shaffer for his brilliant direction, and the late, great Jason Robards, Jr. for this quote, “All I know about acting is that I just have to keep on doing it.”
Kyle is thrilled to be on stage again after the last year’s unforeseen craziness! He was last seen in ‘The Runner Stumbles’ with PACE in 2019 and was stage managing ‘Equus’ in 2020 when the production was sadly cut short due to the pandemic. Past role highlights include ‘Rocky Horror’ (Dr. Frank N. Furter), ‘Evil Dead: The Musical’ (Ash), ‘West Side Story’ (Tony), ‘Carrie: The Musical’ (Billy Nolan), ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (Lumiere), ‘You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown’ (Charlie Brown), and ‘Les Misérables’ (Monsieur Thénardier), among several others. Professionally he is a fraud investigator, and he enjoys hiking, camping, writing, cooking, film, and traveling. Please remember to treat the planet kindly!
Weston McAloney is delighted to be returning/debuting at PACE after a year-long hiatus from theatre and society. He played Dysart in last season's "Equus" to an exclusive audience consisting entirely of the looming shadow of the pandemic. His performance received rave reviews from the three non-cast members who saw it before lockdown. Other "recent" roles include Friar Laurence "Romeo and Juliet", and Twimble "How to Succeed...". Reclusive by nature, Wes has been dragged back onstage at the beseech of those who love him for the sake of his sanity; an ironic fate given his role as the murderous psychopath. When not onstage or playing hermit, Wes takes pride in his roles as Administrative Assistant to Trinity Lutheran Church, a freelance magician, and as a husband/pet papa. Despite appearances, he is an ardent proponent of mental healthcare and therapy.
Alexander Thomas is an author, game designer, Twitch streamer, content creator, dog lover, karaoke enthusiast, and all around nerd. You may know him from his work on roleplaying games including Mutants & Masterminds for Green Ronin Publishing. He is the writer of the Titan City Chronicles, as well as the executive producer of the Untold Stories Project. Most recently he was on stage as Brutus in Julius Caesar with the Pandemic Players and Toby in the Runner Stumbles with PACE! Visit alexanderwrites.com to follow all of his shenanigans.
Steve is delighted to be returning to PACE for his (official) third time, and is grateful to be able to return to live theatre! He played Clifford in their inaugural show, Deathtrap, and was last seen as Charles in Blithe Spirit! Previous shows he has particularly enjoyed are Into the Woods (Steward), Reefer Madness (Lecturer), and The Rocky Horror Show (Frank N Furter). When not onstage, he sings with the Columbus Symphony Chorus and enjoys turning his kitchen into a disaster trying out complicated cake recipes. Much love and thanks to everyone who has come out to support this show!
Anita is so excited to return to PACE! Anita received her BA in Musical Theater from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Some of Anita's favorite roles include Shadowbox Live’s Chicago (Hunyak), American Idiot (Heather), and Scrooge (Isabel); MadLab’s Kitezh (Lily); Imagine Productions’ The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Doatsey Mae); CATCO’s Life Sucks. (Ella); and Columbus Children’s Theatre’s The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical (Helen Armstrong). She also acts in local films and dabbles in runway modeling. By day, she is an Administrative Assistant at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits.
Donnie Lockwood is making his PACE debut with Arsenic and Old Lace. Being no stranger to the Central Ohio Theatre scene he has had over 25 years of acting, stage managing, costuming, set designing and directing with various theatre companies. With a very long list of shows too numerous to mention, some of his favorite shows and roles include Harry Roat in Wait Until Dark, Herbert’s Father in Spamalot, Greg in Sylvia, stage managing the awesome casts of Jesus Christ Superstar and Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and directing A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Death Takes a Holiday and The Haunting of Hill House. Welcome back to the theater!!
Max Muir has been doing theatre since he was in the third grade. In high school, he mostly played dead or dying people. Now he mostly plays dads or ghosts. You may have seen him in local productions of A Christmas Carol as various roles over the years or as Dr. Scott in the Rocky Horror Show. He’s just glad to be back on the stage again. Thanks, Doug!
Nathan is excited to continue his escapade with PACE Theatre in this production of Arsenic and Old Lace. He has been actively involved with every PACE show since it's inception, from set construction to Stage Manager. Previously he has been in shows such as The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Reefer Madness with Imagine Productions, as well as numerous shows at Jonathan Alder HS. He was most recently seen as Amos in The Runner Stumbles here at PACE. Nathan would like to thank his family for the support and knowledge they have given him
Stephen is thrilled to be making his debut at PACE and would like to say thank you for all the patience and professionalism brought by the cast and crew. Stephen has been onstage since age 5 in Shakespeare, musicals and all sorts of theatricals. Much love to Mom, Pop, Chris and the the whole fam damily. Enjoy the show
Kevin is excited to return to the PACE stage in his third straight play and is thankful for the opportunity to work with this great cast. He was in PACE's inaugural show, Deathtrap, as Porter Milgrim, and more recently as Monsignor Nicholson in The Runner Stumbles. His favorite credits include Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd in Whorehouse, Grantaire in Les Miserables, John Utterson in Jekyll & Hyde, Nick Sakarian in Baby The Musical and Paul/Ensemble in RENT. Kevin volunteers with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and The Ohio State University. He enjoys hiking and kayaking with his wife Laura and dog Porter. Kevin is a financial advisor with Hamilton Capital Management where his passion is helping individuals and families secure their financial future so they can live their dreams. His dream is to hike in every National Park.
Kevin would like to thank his wife Laura and dog Porter for their constant love and support.