2013 Spring Plays

We've got wit at MDIHS! Our second spring play offering is the Pulitzer Prize-winning meditation on life, death, and the metaphysical poetry of John Donne, Wit. This play, directed by Chris Dougherty, which will satisfy biologists, medicos and English majors alike, will be performed at MDIHS on Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11 at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, May 12 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and  $6 for students and seniors and will be available for purchase at the door. A difficult play about a difficult subject that, as Dr. Bearing says, you'll be "surprised to find...contains elements of humor."


Vivian Bearing, Ph.D. - Axis Fuksman-Kumpa
Harvey Kelekian, M.D./Mr. Bearing - Tarzan Munson
Jason Posner, M.D. - Jacob Frankel
Susie Monahan, R.N., B.S.N. - Raven Walczak
E.M. Ashford, D. Phil. - Emily Butler
Fellow 1/Student 1 - Flannery Dillon 
Fellow 2/Student 2 - Helena Munson
Fellow 3/Student 3 - Caroline Driscoll
Fellow 4/Student 4 - Natalie Rogers
Lab Tech 1 - Molly Brown 
Lab Tech 2 - Grace Drennan
Lab Tech 3 -
Lab Tech 4 -
Code Team Head - 
Code Team - 


MDI Drama to Present Theater Classic Arsenic and Old Lace

Just a pinch of cyanide makes the elderberry wine go down.  

Two little old ladies – known for their charitable works - use that as well as strychnine and arsenic to send little old men into the next life in what they consider a final act of charity. Meanwhile, their nutty nephew, Teddy, who thinks he’s really Teddy Roosevelt, digs graves for the deceased all the while thinking he’s digging the Panama Canal.

The premise is part of the hugely popular play Arsenic and Old Lace, directed by Frank Bachman, to be presented by MDI Drama with performances scheduled Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4 at 7:00 pm, and Sunday, May 5 at 2:00 pm the Higgins-Demas Theater at MDIHS. Tickets are $8 for adults and  $6 for students and seniors and will be available for purchase at the door.

The play centers on the newlywed Mortimer, who with new bride and childhood sweetheart, Elaine, visits the little old ladies, Abby and Martha Brewster, who raised Mortimer. Shortly after, Mortimer’s murderous brother, Jonathan, arrives and tries passing off his victim as one of his aunts’ “charity efforts.” In the meantime, Jonathan wants to kill Mortimer who tries getting Jonathan arrested. Mortimer hopes to pass the blame of his aunts’ charity on to insane Teddy whom Mortimer wants locked up in a mental institution.

“Insanity runs in my family; mine practically gallops!” an exasperated Mortimer says in the midst of this.

To find out what happens, you’ll have to see the play.

Arsenic and Old Lace


Abby Brewster 

Katherine Parsons

Martha Brewster 

Samantha Luck

Teddy Brewster

Sam Robertson

The Rev. Dr. Harper 

Jacob Frankel

Elaine Harper 

Mia Jeannotte

S.A. Major Barry 

Meghan McDunnah

S.A. Sister Kelley  

Izzy Simbari

S.A. Sister Moore 

Lucy Soucek

Salvation Army Chorus  

Kirsten Richards, Molly Brown, Flannery Dillon, Natalie Rogers, Grace Drennan 

Mr. Gibbs 

Caleb Graham

Mortimer Brewster  

Logan MacDonald

Jonathan Brewster  

Griffin Graves

Dr. Einstein 

Francis Snyder


Noah Davis


Lucas Wood; Lucy Soucek (5/4)

Officer O'Hara  

Sam Reeves

Lieutenant Rooney 

Alex Dmitrieff

Mr. Witherspoon 

Ryan Dyer

Production Staff


Frank Bachman


Marilee Marchese

Technical Directors

Peter Miller, Grey Burkart

Student Tech Director

Samantha Robinson

Set Design

Greta Smallidge, Conor Crandall, Lorelei Wehrfritz, Wilder Young, Chris Booher

Lighting Design, Light Board Operator

Lorelei Wehrfritz

Lighting Crew

Lorelei Wehrfritz, Samantha Robinson, Conor Crandall, Francis Snyder, Nathan Genrich, Madison Uliano

Sound Design, Sound Board Operator

Wilder Young

Crew Chief

Nathan Genrich

Set Crew

Samantha Robinson, Francis Snyder, Nathan Genrich, Nathan Smallidge, Wilder Young, Lorelei Wehrfritz, Mea Clark, Madison Uliano, Emilia Cullen, Conor Crandall, Greta Smallidge, Pierce Vincenty, Nolan Crandall, Kevin Elk, Chris Booher

Prop Wranglers

Greta Smallidge, Chris Booher, Kevin Elk

Special Thanks to Bianka Fuksman, Axis Fuksman-Kumpa, Kelly Robertson, Chris Luck, Nia Luck, Victoria MacDonald, Megan McOskar, Kerri Russell, Ned Johnston, Anne Rhode, Verity Letts, Matt Hochman, Angel Hochman, Melissa Burkart, Charlotte Souza Jeannotte, Ron and Renee Graves, Kim Schroeder, Rosalie Brown, Bunky Dow, Butch Bracy, Phil Blanchard, Roy Reid, Jaime Gonzales, Carlos Rosales, Kert Clark, Joel Linscott, Janice Snoke, Earl Brechlin, Mark Good and Nan Lincoln of The Mount Desert Islander.


Spring Play Volunteers


Friday, May 10 - Wit

Ticket Sales - 6:15-7:00 Christina Petros, Verity Letts
Ushering - 6:15-7:00 Jane Butler

Saturday, May 11 - Wit

Ticket Sales - 6:15-7:00 Christina Petros, Verity Letts
Ushering - 6:15-7:00

Sunday, May 12 - Wit

Ticket Sales - 1:15-2:00 Verity Letts, Rosalie Brown
Ushering - 6:15-7:00

Casey Rush,
May 10, 2013, 1:23 PM
Casey Rush,
May 10, 2013, 1:22 PM