Friday, April 15, 2016

"Irritation To A Murder" presented by Sellwood Playhouse in Portland

Sellwood Playhouse Presents a Murder Mystery - An Irritation to Murder By: Lee Mueller
Performance Dates and Times: Fridays April 22nd, 29th, & May 6th Saturdays April 23rd, 30th, & May 7th
All shows, doors open @ 7:00 PM & Curtain @ 7:30 All tickets are a suggested donation of $12.00  
Location 901 SE Spokane Street, Portland 
"Irritation To A Murder" - 
Godfry Gatewood, multi-millionaire and Financial whiz is having a bad day. His wealth management company is under investigation for fraud and it appears he has misplaced millions of other people's money. But nonetheless, his wife Beatrice has invited guests to dinner and his daughter Summer wants him to meet her new fiance Phillip. His other daughter Autumn has been suspended from boarding school for being too political and anti-social. His personal assistant Farquar is upset because the family refers to him as a butler. His administrative assistant is upset because the family refers to her as a secretary. Godfry is under so much pressure, he could just die. 
Well, in fact he does. But did this bad day have any play in Gatewood's demise? Did he quietly pass away at his desk? Former detective Nick Dashell, has other ideas. And some of these ideas actually have to do with what happened to Godfry.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

"To Wake The Dead" at Kirby-Hill House in March

To Wake The Dead by Lee Mueller
The historic Kirby-Hill players, in their 29th season of dinner theater performances, will present an interactive murder mystery/comedy "To Wake The Dead" by Lee Mueller at the historic Kirby-Hill House in Kountze Texas. Grand prize and door prizes will be awarded for best dressed guest in vintage 1930s or 1940s fashion. Dates are March 5, 11,12, 18 and 19 at 7:00PM ​ Call (409) 246-8000 for Tickets; $64.00 per person

Renown Supernatural Mystery writer Fred Finnegan has died under unusual circumstances and all his friends have gathered at his wake. His friend and literary agent Lenord Elmore presides over the wake along with Fred's widow Joyce. Also in attendance are all of Fred's old friends: ex-police Chief Wambaugh and officer Francis. Danny Runyon, a reformed "wise guy" and his doll (date) Peaches Marie Crabtree. Agatha Fletcher, a news reporter from the Associated Wire. There is also a faction of the 'Fredrick Finnegan Fan Club' at the wake: president Stephanie King, vice-president Deanna Koonz and secretary, Clyde Barker. 

The wake starts off in a traditional nature with good old Irish toasts and amusing stories about Freddie and his life, but the circumstances of Freddie's death keep coming into question. The one guest who would appreciate answers is Fred Finnegan himself. Problem is, only the nerd-ish Clyde Barker has the gift to "hear" dead people. Can Freddie use Clyde to find the answers he needs? Was Fred murdered by someone at the wake? He's dying to find out.

Can't attend the play? Read the play. Available at Amazon in Paperback and Kindle versions - Click Here! 

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Crossroads Community Theatre Present "Last Call At Chez Mort"

Last Call At Chez Mort

Make plans now to attend this year’s Crossroads Community Theatre Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre! “Last Call At Chez Mort “by Lee Mueller, will be performed on February 26th & 27th and March 4th & 5th.  Join them at the WOWSPACE, 114 Vinal Street in Wittenberg, WI where you will take a step back in time, dining at a swanky French Nightclub, the Chez Mort, in 1940’s New York.

Start your evening out at 5:30 with a drink and mingling with other nightclub patrons.  Dinner will begin at 6:00. 

Don’t be surprised to become part of a flashback, as Chief Inspector Constantine (Dale Hartleben) brings ace news reporter Smitty (Mike Gilbertson) up to speed with information about the “murder “ you have all witnessed this evening.  Please be patient with the Inspector, as he is a veteran of hundreds of cases and sometimes confuses things.

During the flashback settle back and be entertained as your host and nightclub manager Joan Paulette Truffaut (Melissa Anderson) brings to the stage the glamorous lounge singer Lady Lelu (Kimberly Timm) who croons songs of the era for you.  That is if the stage manager Mack (Lucas Lyons) can get the microphone to work correctly.  Don’t be surprised if you are treated to another singer, up and coming diva wannabe Sweet Sue (Nancy Pehlke), who will be performing as a special “request” of her boyfriend, Big Suit Stu (Robby Johnson), whose bodyguard (Lois Anderson) is on hand to make sure Stu gets what Stu wants.

Above all try to keep everything straight, because Inspector Constantine will undoubtedly ask for your help to figure out whodunit.

Tickets for the dinner show are $35 and must be purchased in advance from cast members or at the office of The Wittenberg Enterprise-Birnamwood News, 600 S. Webb St. Wittenberg.  Or you may call us at 715-253-3525.

Friday, February 05, 2016

"A Plot Of Murder" by Lee Mueller in Meyersdale PA Feb 19 & 20th

Meyersdale Community Players in Meyersdale PA will present the 16th annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Production at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19 and 20 at the Meyersdale fire department social hall 202 Main Street.

This year’s presentation is “A Plot of Murder” by Lee Mueller. This play centers around a Neighborhood Board meeting in Irwinville, West Virginia, and its assortment of council members and concerned citizens.
Lou Braunhorst, friendly neighbor and conspiracy theorist, has information that the quiet streets will soon be re-zoned for commercial development. (but he also believes that Black Helicopters are transmitting signals through his satellite dish that put a "liberal spin" on his T.V. programs.
But Lou's concerns do have validity. (The re-zoning, not the helicopters.) There is a 'secret' real estate scheme to institute "Eminent Domain" over the subdivision to make way for a Family Fun Pizza Parlor and a Strip Mall.
Councilman Ratcliff who knows more about the neighborhood 'take-over' than he wishes to reveal, can't stay around because he is participating as an Elvis Impersonator at Elvis-O-Rama and must leave.
Before Elvis can 'leave the building', he turns up dead in the restroom. Was it foul play or the ultimate Elvis impersonation? Special Secret Agent McManshon is quick to arrive and conduct an investigation. It seems Secret Agent McManshon knows a lot about this plot of murder, but unfortunately, it's a secret. 
Can't attend the play? Read the play!
Available in book and Kindle format

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Premier Of New Murder Mystery "A Murder Has Been Renounced"

Affton Center Stage will premier the new comedy murder mystery "A Murder Has Been Renounced" by Lee Mueller on February 13th at 1:00pm and 7:00 pm and February 14th at 1:00pm. 
"A Murder Has Been Renounced"

The play finds private Detective Nick Dashell and his wife Darla (who were last featured in the play "Irritation To A Murder") seeking assistance and shelter on a dark and stormy night. On their way to a costume party, their car breaks down and they happen upon a large creepy estate populated by some very odd ball characters. Only seeking to use the phone, they learn the phone lines are down and the roads are washed out due to the storm. It that were not enough, they also find themselves involved in some mysterious events: a stolen necklace and an alleged murder.  Should they hang out and help solve the mystery? Sure, why not? After all, they can't leave. 

Perhaps stranger than the inexplicable occurrences of the evening, are the actual guests they find at the estate. Everyone is acting very oddly and using really bad British accents. And when one of the guests is found strangled in the kitchen, no one seems to be alarmed except for Nick and Darla.   Typical. 

Friday, January 15, 2016

"Death Of A Doornail" in Wichita (Sold out)

The comedy murder mystery, "Death Of A Doornail" by Lee Mueller will play the Wichita Theatre at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 23 and Jan. 30, located at 10th and Indiana in Wichita Kansas.
Eccentric millionaire Albert Doornale has invited his close friends to his estate, including his ex-wife Abigail, his fiancée Candy Bombay and his childhood friend from the lower East Side, Salvatore Carbone. Everyone arrives at the estate greeted by the grumpy butler and cutlery-carrying cook. The only problem is, Albert is not there,. $35, includes dinner. 723-9037 or wichitatheatre.com.
As of this writing both performances have sold out. 

When the Wichita Theatre announced that its new dinner theater series would debut with the over-the-top, audience-participation murder mystery "Death of a Doornail," producers knew the response would be good.
"We just didn't know it would be this good," director Spencer Williams said. The theater sold out all 75 tickets for each of the shows Jan. 23 and 30 (at $35 a ticket) in three days.
"Death of a Doornail" drew both singing and nonsinging actors, Marshall said. "It's a comedy, and it's very funny. Our actors are pretty much hams. They love stepping out of the bounds of script, and this gives them the opportunity to be as funny as they want to be."
American playwright Lee Mueller's 1998 "Death of a Doornail" begins with wealthy Albert Doornale missing, and his over-the-top guests may have had something to do with it.
"The characters and the setup are traditional; the events that happen are not," Williams said. "There are definitely lots of laughs."

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Project Theatre presents "Murder Me Always"

Project: Theatre will be presenting "Murder Me Always" by Lee Mueller  November 13 at 7pm and 14th at 2 and 7pm. 

Mount Holyoake college is located in South Hadley Massachusetts. Project Theatre is a student-run organization dedicated to theater of all kinds, showing everything from Shakespeare to student-written plays. 

"Murder Me Always" - plot: During a very bad performance of "Murder Me Always" , an actual murder takes place off stage. The Director is shot. The "fake" play comes to a screeching halt and a "real" murder mystery begins. It seems a "Murder Mystery Murderer" is on the loose and has struck again. Luckily, Detective Joe Mamet, a Raymond Chandler Pulp type gumshoe has staked out the audience and rises to the occasion to begin an investigation. Could it be that one of these very bad actors is really a very bad person? Will this "real" murder mystery be any better than the fake one? Is art imitating life? Is the play really the thing?

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Germantown High School Presents "Last Call At Chez Mort"

The Germantown High School Drama Club will perform its fall production Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. and Nov. 8 at 2 p.m.  The show will consist of two parts. The first part will include Lee Mueller’s murder mystery play “Last Call at Chez-Mort,” which takes place in a jazz nightclub. 

"Last Call At Chez Mort" by Lee Mueller
The second part will be set in a neighboring nightclub and will feature a variety of songs written in the style of 1940s jazz. The production’s goal is to provide students with an opportunity to participate in the theatrical arts in several ways, while exposing them to musical theatre repertoire that they may not otherwise encounter.

 Several students will be acting in the murder mystery, while others will be singing and dancing in the second half of the show. Students will also be assisting with lighting and sound, helping backstage or playing in the pit band.

 The Nov. 7 performance will include a pre-show dinner of either chicken piccata or vegetable lasagna. Tickets for this performance are $20 each or $140 for a table of eight. Tickets for this show must be reserved in advance. People attending this show are encouraged to wear 1940s attire to the “Germantown Jazz Club.” The Nov. 8 performance will not include a dinner, and tickets will be sold at the door for $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.
Cafetorium at Germantown Central School, 123 Main St., Germantown NY
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Friday, October 23, 2015

Golden Valley High School’s Theatre Troupe plans “Last Call at Chez Mort"

"Last Call At Chez Mort" - the murder mystery comedy set in a 1940's Jazz Night Club will be presented by the Golden Valley High School Theatre Troupe under the direction of  Amber Kirby.  

Location: 2121 E. Childs Ave.

 A preview show is 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in the school’s theater. Cost is $3. The dinner show is 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in the school’s multipurpose room. Tickets are $5 to $15.

Read more here: http://www.mercedsunstar.com/news/local/article41091534.html#storylink=cpy

"An Audition For A Murder" at Seeger Drama Club

"An Audition For A Murder" by Lee Mueller will be presented by Seeger Drama Club November 6th 7th and 8th at 7:00 PM  at the Seeger Fine Arts Center in West Lebanon Indiana.

"An Audition For A Murder" by Lee Mueller
Seeger Drama Club rehearses "An
Audition For A Murder"
The Plot: A Theatre group is holding auditions for a Murder Mystery called "Death of A Disco Dancer". All of the typical actors show up to audition. There is Mia Monahan - the militant method actress, Amber Frost- the ditzy Drama queen, Chad - the energetic actor who never seems to get a part in anything, Alan- the accomplished Theatre Major who works at a fast food place in the mean time. Troy May - the ego-centric actor who always gets a role and his gorgeous assistant Tantanya who holds his imported bottled water and carries his Portfolio. And last but not least, Mrs. Needleman and her precious daughter Julie , fresh from the Little Miss Pumpkin Pageant finals.
The auditions get underway without too many problems, well a few.. Well, all right, you see, the thing is.. the Director Vivian Vinderlou and assistant director Reed Moore have a bit of the problem with "script". The problem is they don't have enough copies for everyone. And the bigger problem is they don't actually have a finished script. 
Jim Culter- the playwright arrives in the nick of time with a few more copies and a few more finished pages just as one of the actors mysteriously dies. As luck would have it, Jim has brought Inspector Bonnie Brauvera along to the auditions to serve as Technical advisor for the play. Perhaps the investigation into this "mysterious death" will inspire the playwright and help him finish the play. After all, there is a read-through on Monday.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

"Remains To Be Seen" Murder Mystery Play Fundraiser for SOTX

In a partnership with Port Arthur Little Theatre,  the murder mystery comedy play "Remains To Be Seen" by lee Mueller will be presented as a fundraiser for SOTX (Special Olympics Texas).

The performance will take place November 7th 2015 from 6pm to 9pm at Edison Plaza, 350 Pine Street in Beaumont Texas. 

Remains To Be Seen - a murder mystery comedy play

The Plot: A dead body is found in a steamer trunk on the back of a U-Move-It rental truck. Officers Goodman and Badman discover that it’s not as easy as tracking down the last person who rented the truck. It seems the “trunk” has been in the truck for awhile. It has been rented many times and traveled to many cities by many mysterious characters, such as Iggy “the bookie” bartender, Madame DuBois - the eccentric washed-up film star and Nick Niagra and Edie Buffet - the talentless lounge act. Who left the trunk on the truck? Federal Agents Muledeer and Sullen are hot on the trail. Could it be a haphazard homicide by one of the shady characters? Or could it be an “alien” abduction and murder with a major government cover-up as Agent Muledeer suspects? 

Cost: $60 per individual or $550 per table of 10 (includes dinner)
Sponsorships are available. All proceeds benefit SOTX athletes in the Beaumont area.