Arsenic and Old Lace
Opens TOD's New Home

Classic black comedy opens in Kitty Hawk Feb. 18


Janet Bryant, Logan Stem, Nick Oprea and Mary Ross play Martha, Mortimer, Teddy and Abby Brewster in

Theatre of Dare's production of 'Arsenic and Old Lace', opening February 18 at T.O.D.'s new home in Kitty Hawk.

KITTY HAWK – Theatre of Dare, community theater for the Outer Banks, will present Arsenic and Old Lace, a 1939 farcical black comedy by Joseph Kesselring. The play will open Friday, February 18, at TOD’s new home, 3848 N. Croatan Highway in Kitty Hawk, at 7:30 p.m., continuing February 19, 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. and February 20 and 27 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.


“I simply adore Arsenic and Old Lace, and I’ve been wanting to stage it for a long time,” says Jessica Sands, director of the play. “I think our audience is going to love it – not only because we’ve got some very talented people on stage and behind the scenes, but because we’re performing in our brand new, permanent home. Not to mention the play itself is just hilarious.”


Arsenic and Old Lace centers on two elderly sisters who are famous in their Brooklyn neighborhood for their numerous acts of charity. Unfortunately, their charity includes poisoning lonely old men who come to their home looking for lodging. The two women are assisted in their crimes by their mentally challenged nephew who believes he is Teddy Roosevelt. Matters get complicated when a second nephew, a theater critic, discovers the murders, and a third nephew appears after having just escaped from a mental institution.


“We recommend purchasing tickets online,” says Kelsey Thompson, Business Director and box office manager. “People are really excited about coming to see the new space, so even though we can seat 200,

we’re anticipating a big turnout. By securing your ticket beforehand, you guarantee you won’t be turned away at the door.”


Theatre of Dare continues to observe pandemic protocols, so the audience will be asked to wear masks.