Allen Gilmore, TayLar, Celeste Williams, Allen D. Edge, Eric Gerard, A.C. Smith, Guy Van Swearingen, Thomas J. Cox, Norm Boucher, Emma Jo Boyden, and Matthew Lunt Set for Court Theatre’s Production of ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, Sept. 2 -Oct. 2

Court Theatre begins its 2022/23 season with Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring, directed by Ron OJ Parson. Arsenic and Old Lace runs September 2 – October 2, 2022 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. The press opening is Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 7:30pm.

Allen Gilmore. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast of Arsenic and Old Lace includes TayLar (Abby Brewster), Celeste Williams (Martha Brewster), Allen D. Edge (Teddy Brewster), Eric Gerard (Mortimer Brewster), A.C. Smith (Jonathan Brewster), Guy Van Swearingen (Dr. Einstein), Thomas J. Cox (Rev. Harper/Officer O’Hara/ Witherspoon), Norm Boucher (Officer Klein), Emma Jo Boyden (Elaine Harper), Matthew Lunt (Officer Brophy), and Allen Gilmore (Mr. Gibbs/ Lt. Rooney).

The creative team includes John Culbert (scenic design), Rachel Anne Healy (costume design), Sarah Ramos (sound design), Jared Gooding (lighting design), and Jaclynn Joslin (stage manager).

Mild-mannered sisters Martha and Abby Brewster live in their spacious Victorian home in a quiet neighborhood in Brooklyn with an eccentric nephew, Teddy. Famed for their hospitality, Martha and Abby are adored by their neighbors and frequently entertain guests. But when their other nephew, Mortimer, discovers his aunts’ macabre secrets, a hilarious chain of events ensues in this character-driven farce.

Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson directs this beloved American classic, bringing much-needed humor and healing laughter to the stage in Court’s 2022/23 Season opener. “If you’re a fan of delightfully dark humor, then dive deep into this treasure,” says Broadway World.

Subscription packages including this production are on sale now. Tickets are available by calling the Box Office at (773) 753-4472, or online at

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Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer, an Award winning filmmaker and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. Her short film, When the World Was Young, written and directed by Garth Kravits, recently garnered a 2021 DisOrient Film Audience Choice Award for Best Short Narrative. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. As an actor, Lia made her stage debut as Liat in a national tour of South Pacific with Barbara Eden and Robert Goulet, directed by Geraldine Fitzgerald, and was featured as Joy in Signature Theatre Company’s revival of Sam Shepard’s 1965 Obie award winning play, Chicago directed by Joseph Chaikin at the Public Theater. Off Broadway credits include: Once Upon A (korean) Time (EST), Jeff Weiss’ Obie Award winning Hot Keys (Naked Angels), Raunchy Asian Women (Ohio Theatre), The Confirmation (The Vineyard), Behind Closed Doors (MCC), Power Play (Billie Holiday Theatre), Two Gentlemen of Verona, Underground Soap, and Famine Plays (Cucaracha Theatre), Derek Walcott’s Marie Laveau at the Castillo Theatre (New Federal Theatre).

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