The Cast of Arsenic & Old Lace Radio Show: (front row from left) Eugene Monesi as Teddy Brewster, Joel Munch as The Reverend Dr. Harper, Bruce Jayne as Dr. Einstein, director Karen Moore. (Middle row from left): Jack Dublynn as Officer Brophy, Meredith Kuhn as Elaine Harper, Patty Siebert as Abby Brewster, and Anne Munch as Martha Brewster. (Back row from left) Mark Zedella as Mortimer Brewster, Dick Benson as Jonathan Brewster, Eric Young as Lieutenant Rooney and C.C. Carolyn Blackburn as the Announcer.
Karen J. Moore, Director
Karen J. Moore , actor, director and playwright is thrilled to be directing at the Hendersonville Theatre. She has been active in theatre since childhood, as an actor and director in both educational and professional venues. As an actor she has taken on a variety of roles including Lennie in Crimes of the Heart at the Hilbery Theatre in Detroit, Ann in Speed of Darkness at The Theatre Company in Detroit, Marguerite in The Death of Dr. Faust at Yale University Theatre in New Haven, Edith Frank in Ann Frank at the Actors Alliance in Detroit and Fanny in Shaw’s Fanny’s First Play at Monomoy Theatre in Chatham Mass. She s has directed dozens of plays and musicals and is currently looking forward to the production of her play “”There Was a Time”” at the Hippodrome Theatre in Gainesville Florida. Thanks to the dynamic production team at HVL and especially C.C. Blackburn for their tender support.
CC Blackburn, Announcer
With such luminous NYC roles to her credit as ‘Tidy Bowl Lady’, ‘Quench Wench’ and third juror in ‘Guiding Light’, CC is delighted to be back on the Hendersonville stage. Last seen as potty-mouthed Violet Westin in ‘August Osage County’, she was convinced she’d be run out of town on a rail. Luckily, the trains aren’t running, so she’s still here.
Dick Benson, Jonathan Brewster
Native of NE Ohio, retired to WNC in 2016. Lawyer by trade, husband (of Tina), father and grandfather by nature. Acting since the 4th grade. Favorite roles include: John Adams, “1776”; RP McMurphy, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”; Pseudolus, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”; Fagin, “Oliver!”; Harold Hill, “The Music Man”; Mr. Applegate, “Damn Yankees”; Henry Higgins, “My Fair Lady”; Michael, “I Do! I Do!”; John Barrymore, “I Hate Hamlet”; and Arthur, “Camelot”. Pleased to play a part in this classic piece of theater.
Jack Dublynn, Officer Brophy
Jack is a local talent who has acted in a number of plays at the United Methodist Church here in Hendersonville. He sings in a choir and also sings Bass in the Fletcher Community Chorus. He has spent most of his years singing in choruses in Brooklyn, NY, Philadelphia PA, and here in the Asheville Hendersonville area. He performed as Russ Westmore in, “Let Him Sleep ‘til It’s time for His Funeral”. Written by Peg Kehret. He also was Ned Bloom in, “Charming Billy”. A hilarious play also written by Peg Kehret. And Jack was in the cast of, And So They Had None, a dinner theatre play written by Robert Alan Ward. Jack has his own computer service business here in town. He also loves singing. He sang Bass as a member of the Land of the Sky barbershop chorus. Jack had his own barbershop quartet that sang at local functions including the Hendersonville Apple Festival. I’m really looking forward to this play and especially the new, “Readers,” format that allowed me to participate even with all my time constraints. Hopefully, this will be only the first of many Readers performances at our wonderful theatre
Sara Hassinger, Stage Manager
Sara is glad to be back at HT. She has stage managed 7 shows at the the theatre, the last one being “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum. In her past life, Sara was a television director, so bossing folks around comes naturally.
Bruce Jayne, Dr. Einstein
Bruce grew up in Jackson, MS, where he acted in the Little Theater Summer Players, attended the U. of Mississippi, where he acted in “”Twelve Angry Men””, and the Baptist Seminary in Louisville, where he acted in “”The Long, Long Christmas Dinner.”” Since those long-ago times, he has been an enthusiastic supporter of two very fine regional theaters: Actors Theater, Louisville, KY, and Pure Theater, Charleston, SC. A long time resident of nearby Saluda, first part-time and now full-time, he is delighted to be back on stage, especially since he doesn’t have to memorize lines!
Meredith Kuhn, Elaine Harper
Meredith is thrilled to join this wonderful cast in Arsenic and Old Lace. Since moving from MI to NC in 2015, she has been fortunate to have the opportunity to play terrific roles in Brevard and Hendersonville, NC, and in Kingsport, TN. Among her favorites were Doris Silverman in The Cemetery Club, Mrs. Hubbard in Murder on the Orient Express, and Chris Gorman in Neil Simon’s Rumors (here in Hendersonville). When not on stage, Meredith enjoys cooking, walking, and spending time with friends and family. She hopes you love Arsenic and Old Lace as much as we do!
Anne Munch, Martha Brewster
From Charlotte. Graduate of the American Wing–NYC. Have done theatre every place we lived: Albany, Des Moines, Charlotte, Indiana, Burnsville and Brevard. When we retired, we moved to Brevard and did a lot of theatre there. Even got the best actress award there! We lived in Connestee Falls for 23 years and loved every minute of it.
Joel Munch, The Rev. Dr. Harper and Mr. Witherspoon
Joel Munch. Joel, an award winning actor is a graduate of the American Theater Wing in New York City. He toured with Jack Carson in “Make a Million” and Pat O’ Brien in “Father of the Bride” . Joel also worked professionally in radio and television before turning to a successful career in the corporate world.
Patty Siebert, Abby Brewster
Thanks to all at HT who picked Arsenic and Old Lace.- one of my favorite shows. Was in it about 30 years ago in the role of Martha, and am delighted to be Abby Brewster in this performance.
Mark Zedella, Mortimer Brewster
Mark is delighted to be making his first appearance on the Hendersonville Theatre stage. A native of Ohio, he has performed in a variety of shows and roles including “The Odd Couple”, “The Robber Bridegroom”, “Man of La Mancha”, Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Trial by Jury”, and Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.” Mark recently played a townsperson in Amazon TV Studios’ new series, “The Peripheral”, which filmed in the Asheville area and will air in the summer.
Eric Young, Lieutenant Rooney
Eric Young is very excited to be back on stage and to be part of this HTC production of Arsenic and Old lace. He has been doing community theater for over twenty years now. From 2000 until 2020, when he moved from New York to Brevard, he ran his own travelling theater company. Some of his favorite roles have been Fagin in Oliver, George Bailey in an old time radio production of It’s a Wonderful Life and Einstein twice in Arsenic and Old Lace. Thank you to HTC for giving me this opportunity.