PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: A Day at Walnut Street Theatre's Arsenic and Old Lace With New Mom Jennie Eisenhower

By Matthew Blank
04 Apr 2014

Jennie Eisenhower, who plays love interest Elaine Harper in Walnut Street's production of Arsenic and Old Lace, shares a day at the theatre. The new mom documents the challenges and joys of juggling a life in the theatre with the demands of having an 8-month-old baby at home.





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Chloe is a Walnut Street baby through and through: I was pregnant with her during An Ideal Husband last season and our fabulous costume designer, Colleen Grady, hid my rapidly growing bumpů
Photo by Jennie Eisenhower



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Directed by Charles Abbott, this 75th Anniversary production began previews on March 11, opened on March 19 and runs through April 27th on the Walnut’s Mainstage.

"Drama critic Mortimer Brewster is engaged to the lovely Elaine Harper... but will she fit in with his 'unusual' family? Abby and Martha Brewster are known throughout Brooklyn for their many acts of kindness and charity. But Mortimer has just learned that his charming spinster aunts have taken to relieving the loneliness of old men by inviting them in for a nice glass of home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and 'just a pinch' of cyanide! And, his brother believes that he's Teddy Roosevelt! What else can go wrong?"

The cast is led by the deceptively delicious Brewster sisters, Mary Martello (Abby) and Jane Ridley (Martha). Theatre critic Mortimer Brewster and his love interest, the beautiful Elaine Harper, are played by Damon Bonetti (The Glass Menagerie) and Jennie Eisenhower (An Ideal Husband), respectively. Ben Dibble (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and Dan Olmstead (Amadeus) play the zany Brewster brothers Teddy and Jonathon. Adding to the madcap events are cast members Paul L. Nolan (Love Story), Fran Prisco (Elf), John Jarboe (Vincent in Brixton), Peter Schmitz (Hairspray), Laurent Giroux (Aspects of Love) and John-Charles Kelly (42nd Street).

The Walnut Street Theatre is located at 825 Walnut Street in Philadelphia, PA. For more information and tickets, call (215) 574-3550 or visit WalnutStreetTheatre.org.