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MACH 33: "The Surest Poison"

Saturday, May 11, 2019
7:00pm to 9:00pm
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Location: Pasadena Playhouse (39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena)

In The Surest Poison, written by Kristin Idaszak and directed by Randee Trabitz, Prohibition is in full swing, but New York City is still celebrating New Year's Eve in style—with a batch of poisoned hooch and an immigrant woman's murder by cyanide. Cue Alexander Gettler, an obsessive chemist whose research helped create the modern field of forensic toxicology. With help from Lipstick, an intrepid flapper and indefatigable reporter who mistakes his laboratory for a speakeasy, Gettler must try to catch a murderer and convince the federal government to stop poisoning alcohol.

Inspired by the real life work of Gettler and pioneering journalist Lois Long, The Surest Poison chronicles the dark side of the noble experiment.

This performance is part of MACH 33: The Caltech│Pasadena Playhouse Festival of New Science-Driven Plays.

For tickets, please call the Pasadena Playhouse box office at 626-356-7529 or buy online.

$15 general; $10 for students and Playhouse members