Typically two performances are staged annually, a drama or comedy production in the fall, and a musical in the spring on May Day/graduation weekend.

Arsenic and Old LaceMortimer Brewster (Adam Shanaman ’22, right) reassures his brother, who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt (Eric Lehman ’22), that “the country is squarely behind you.” The scene is from dress rehearsal for Bluffton University’s fall play “Arsenic and Old Lace.”



2019 fall Dark comedy

Arsenic and Old Lace
Arsenic & Old Lace

Theatre critic Mortimer Brewster’s charming and charitable aunts have an unusual ministry – helping lonely boarders to their heavenly rest by serving poisoned elderberry wine! This famous 1941 dark comedy features a nephew who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt, a gangster on the run and unsuspecting police officers dropping in on the mayhem.

“Arsenic and Old Lace” is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 3, 2:30 p.m.

Ramseyer Auditorium, College Hall
$8 adults
$6 senior citizens, Bluffton University faculty and staff, non-Bluffton University students
Free for Bluffton Students

Purchase tickets at the box office online at or by calling

Exercise the thespian within by being a part of the annual fall theatrical performance or the spring May Day musical. Want to know more about Bluffton University theatre studies? Visit our department home page or contact Melissa Friesen at