Genre: Comedy
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Joseph Kesselring

Phare Play presents Joseph Kesselring's great American classic, Arsenic and Old Lace, directed by Emmy award winner Blake Bradford . Set in early 1940's Brooklyn, this dark comedy follows Mortimer Brewster, an up-and-coming theater critic whose intention to marry the next door minster's daughter is thwarted when he finds that his sweet, lovable aunts are hiding a dozen dead bodies in the cellar!


Open:   07/17/09
Close:   07/26/09

Thursday - Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 2PM
Theater:   Chernuchin Theater at ATA
Address:   314 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019
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Cost:$18, $15 with valid student ID or groups of 6 or more
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Matt Klane Mortimer Brewster

Matt Klane had previously performed with Phare Play in Arcadia and Gay Slave Handbook at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as being a writer and performer for Mindbleach. Matt's acting and writing have been recently featured on CNBC, AMC, National Lampoon Network, The New York Times,, and Matt is a professional fight choreographer as an active member of the SAFD and is passionate about the promotion of safe stage combat. SAGe - 646.584.8030

Mary Jane Gocher Martha Brewster

Mary Jane Gocher was most recently seen as Martha in Phare Play's Arsenic and Old Lace, Lynne in Pants on Fire, and as Prudencia in their production of the The House of Bernarda Alba. She is a repertory member of Love Creek Productions and appeared there as Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest and as Mrs. Plumm in Uncommon Women. Other roles include Mrs. Baker in Butterflies Are Free for Latin American Theatre Ensemble; Cory in How Fish Breathe for All Souls Players; and multiple roles in Dracula for Berkeley College. TV credits include a principal role in Court TV’s Haunting Evidence. She is currently studying with Austin Pendleton and Eric Michael Gillett at HB Studio. AFTRA. Contact information:

Susanne Gottesman-Traub Abby Brewster

Susanne Gottesman-Traub has varied credits for directing and acting in Manhattan, Queens and Long Island. She is delighted to once again be a part of the Phare Play family.

Peter Carlaftes Jonathan Brewster

Peter Carlaftes is a poet, playwright, actor and director. Six collections of his poetry have been published and ten of his plays have been staged, to critical acclaim. Peter was also Creative Director of The Marilyn Monroe Memorial Theater in San Francisco for 10 years where he created and directed a deconstruction of Knut Hamsun’s classic work Hunger, and created and starred in a one-man rendition of Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming. He has appeared in numerous Off-Broadway productions, including his performance piece, Lenny Bruce: Dead & Well, his original work Sarah's Choice, at Theater for the New City, and most recently was starred as Victor Velasco in Barefoot in the Park at The Spoon.

Reid Sewell Dr. Einstein

Reid Sewell is a southern native who studied theater at the University of North Carolina. After graduation, he moved to smaller stages as an animated and enthusiastic preschool teacher; recently directing The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Though he enjoys his everyday audience, he is excited to work with actors who don’t exit in the middle of a line for an emergency potty break. He'd like to thank his family for the good stories, his friends for the good times and Jean for always finding him funny...even when he's not.

Jim Heaphy Teddy Brewster

Jim is very excited to be reunited with director Blake Bradford for this production of Arsenic and Old Lace.  He has really enjoyed working with this talented cast.  He was last seen in Phare Play's production of Bludgeon the Lime in the role of Hal. Some of his favorite roles have been that of Mr. Edwards in Dance At Bataan, Officer Ionelli in Blackout, Sergei in Anton, Sgt Carlino in Wait Until Dark and Rizzo in the play The Sanitation Chronicles.  Jim is a member of AEA/SAG/AFTRA. He has appeared in several NYU, Columbia and NYFA Graduate films. He can be seen in the feature film 10th & Wolf, as well as an episode of The Naked Brothers Band.  Contact info: (347) 452-4207, Email: Happy Birthday, Helen.

Dominique Jones Elaine Harper

Dominique's most recent stage credits include Waiting Life at The Royal Theatre, Almost, Maine at The American Theatre of Actors and Sex Talk at the Dinner Table at the Gene Frankel Theatre. Dominique will be appearing as Lady Caroline in Oscar Wilde's A Woman of No Importance this August at The Sonnet Theatre. Dominique would like to thank her family, friends and Blake and Christine for their continued support.!

Paul Falcetta Reverend Harper/Lt. Rooney

Paul Falcetta is happy to be part of this evening. Acting credits include: Roy Cohn in Angels in America (Parts I and II); Arnold in The Boys Next Door; Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors; Sagot in Picasso at the Lapin Agile; and TWO contrasting roles (every night!) this past summer in Phare Play’s Arsenic and Old Lace. Most recently, he was seen at the Wings Theater as Grayson in I, Undertow. Directing credits include: The Fifth of July; The Pirates of Penzance; The Foreigner; and Deathtrap. He has also appeared in Phare Play’s WWSS4 and directed in WWSS5.

Darryl Reilly Officer Brophy

Darryl Reilly was seen many times on television as The Rained On Nerd in the NJ Lottery's Instant Match commercial. His stage appearances in New York include the premiere of Ionesco's The Foot of The Wall, Rhinoceros, Keanu Reeves Saves The Universe, Survivor: Vietnam!, Titanic Voices, Democracy In Islam and as Abraham Lincoln in Dysteria. He graduated from NYU studying acting there with Anna Deavere Smith and at HB Studio with Anne Jackson.

Mark Levy Officer Klein

Mark Levy - NYC STAGE DEBUT! Mark is a very recent graduate (Cum Laude) from University of Florida with a BFA in Theatre Performance and also graduated Florida School of the Arts with an AA/AS (both in Acting). His favorite roles in college include: Jack in Jack Goes Boating¸ Pyrgopolyncies in The Braggart Soldier, and Cherdyakov/Husband in The Good Doctor. He thanks his family, Blake, Gabriel, and the whole cast for their constant support.  Visit

Christopher Boerger Officer O'Hara

Christopher Boerger, originally from Colorado, is happy to return to the Phare Play stage after appearing in their recent production of A Comedy of Errors. With a background in improv and comedy, he loves to make people laugh, including you! You can see Christopher in Law and Order: Criminal Intent, several upcoming feature films as well as on the improv stage. Christopher thanks you for the gifts of chocolate chip cookies. Follow him on Twitter at

John Naughton Mr. Witherspoon

John Naughton is happy to be working with this great group. He has appeared in numerous New York and regional productions. Favorite shows include The House of Blue Leaves, Wait Until Dark, What the Butler Saw, and Le Wilhelm's The Death in the Juniper Grove. He is a founding member of Creative Artists Laboratory, holds a Theatre Education Degree, and has worked for many years as a teacher in Manhattan.Thanks to the family, Blake and Christine and the cast. Special thanks to the late, greats Elizabeth Dillon and Eloise Niederkirchner. 212 489-0202,

Raymond Higgs Mr. Gibbs

Raymond Edward Higgs comes to us from his native upstate of Holmes, New York. A graduate in television and radio major from Syracuse University, Mr. Higgs has been living and working in the past thirty years in New York City. A regular at two comedy clubs in Manhattan, he will soon be seen in a pilot for the Cartoon Network. Raymond Edward Higgs thanks the audience. Arsenic and Old Lace marks his debut in the theater.

Blake Bradford Director

Blake Bradford is an Emmy Award winning writer/director whose theatrical work has appeared all over the US and internationally in Canada, Mexico, Greece, Scotland/England, Denmark, Italy and South Africa. His original plays I, Undertow, The Unfortunate Honeymoon of Tony and Steve, Dance at Bataan, The Last Cloud, and Gay Slave Handbook are actively seen in the regional circuits and NYC. As a director, his most acclaimed work has been with two time Emmy Winner Joan Darling and Bill Svanoe. Blake has directed Ms. Darling all over the US in Svanoe's Quisisana, Lost and Found, Pants on Fire, Callback, The Last Silver Zephyer, and The Last Laugh. Other NYC includes MidsummerSnake in Fridge, Dark of the Moon, Cherry Orchard, Twilight of the Golds, Tempest, Arsenic & Old Lace, Spitfire Grill and Jellyroll Shoes. He serves as Associate Artistic Director of the Wings Theatre, where he runs Zephyer Rep.  Blake is currently on the staff of "Live from Lincoln Center" (PBS), where they won a 2008 Emmy for Madama Butterfly. Other TV credits include "The Big Gay Sketch Show" (LOGO/MTV), "Showtime at the Apollo" (NBC), "Drama Desk Awards" (PBS) and "Arthur Ashe Kids Day" (CBS).

Phare Play Productions has built a solid reputation in the artistic community having produced a wide range of works from the classic (The Importance of Being Earnest) to the contemporary (Snake in Fridge), the dramatic (The Twilight of the Golds) to the comedic (The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged]), the original (Gay Slave Handbook) to the published (Arcadia). Two of our original productions, Callback and Fat Kids on Fire, are now published and this past year has also seen our Artistic Director, Blake Bradford become an Emmy award winner for his work on Live at Lincoln Center: Madama Butterfly!  Under the excellent guidance of Emmy winner Joan Darling, Christopher-Award winning playwright Bill Svanoe, New York Times Bestseller Judy Kerr, and Strasburg Institute founding member Kerry Shear, we embark on our fourth season of innovative and entertaining theatre and we invite you to become a part of it all!