The Extracurricular Players at Caltech Present:


by Joseph Kesselring

What's better than experiencing open-air theater on a lovely summer evening? Nothing! Especially if you're in the gardens of Caltech's historic Alumni House, and the play is the hilarious dark comedy Arsenic and Old Lace. So come join the fun, join the laughter, and find out why this witty, wacky play about murder and mayhem has won over audiences for more than 75 years.

Performance Dates
Friday-Sunday, August 9-11
Thursday-Saturday, August 15-17
All Performances at 8 PM

Location: The gardens behind the Caltech Alumni House, 345 S. Hill Avenue, Pasadena, CA.

Parking: Free parking is available on Hill Street.

Tickets: Ticket price: $10 general admission; $5 students with ID. Tickets available at the door; cash only. To reserve tickets for specific performances, just fill out the form here. Please note, reserved tickets will be held until 10 minutes before curtain, when they will be released.

Children: Are you wondering if this play is suitable for your child? If so, it might help you to know that the show has a theatrically light and even goofy attitude to murder, and contains multiple characters who are murderers, some of whom are rather nice people. There is a small amount of comic violence committed onstage, and a somewhat greater amount of threatened violence, some suspense, a regrettable dislike of foreigners by some sweet old ladies, some wine-drinking, and perhaps a fake cigar or two. We find that many parents would find this play suitable for ages eight or nine and up, but of course all parents must decide for themselves what is suitable for their child. We allow parents to make the decision, and have set no minimum age limit (but point out that the play is very talky, and any children who cannot sit still and quiet while listening to talk about Methodist burial practices and pot roasts of unusual size will probably annoy their fellow audience members as much as the play annoys them).

Arsenic and Old Lace is produced by arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. of New York.

For more information, please see our Facebook Event Page or email explicit AT caltech DOT edu.