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Monday, May 18, 2015

Death Of A Doornail appears Twice at Glassboro High School

Delightful entertainment awaits diners at Glassboro High School’s Friday, May 29 Murder Mystery Dessert Theater in Glassboro, NJ. 

Tickets are now available for the school’s 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. performances of “Death of a Doornail,” a play by Lee Mueller. Due to limited seating, reservations are strongly recommended. Make your reservation through the box office at 856-881-8065 or ghsdramatix@comcast.net. Tickets are only $10, and proceeds benefit Glassboro High School students through the Linda Gardner Memorial Thespian Scholarship Fund. Gardner was a beloved classroom aide, community member and avid GHS drama supporter who passed away in 2011.


The GHS production, performed by the school’s Thespian Society Troupe #1418, will enlist both the audience and the cast in the ensuing investigation.
“The show promises to be so much fun, with the improv and interaction amongst attendees and our talented cast,” says Anne Marie Weaver, director and producer.
Weaver will spotlight the talents of many students by varying casting at the two performances. The cast includes: Erica Devitt and Micaela Woerner (Narrator), Brenden Finley and Jonathon Meddick (Audience Guy), Holly Felker (Audience Guy’s Wife), Henry Ottenthal (Edward), Cassie Ferrara and Micaela Woerner (Pricilla), Enrica Iacovone and Kelly Dalton (Candace Bambay), Noah Johnston and Jacob Harrison (Mortimer), Anna Haltiwanger and Erica Devitt (Mrs. Morganford), Jonathon Meddick and Brenden Finley (Salvator – a.k.a. Salvatore – Carbone), Alyssa Kurke and Anna Haltiwanger (Abigail Doornale), Cassie Ferrara and Noah Johnston (Inspector Bukowski) and JaZahn Hicks (Albert Doornale).
Don’t miss the final performance of the 2014-2015 GHS school year. Call today to reserve your ticket. The performance will take place in the Glassboro High School cafeteria. The school’s street address is 550 Bowe Boulevard, Glassboro, but attendees should enter the high school parking lot from Carpenter Street and enter the cafeteria through the back entrance.

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Friday, May 08, 2015

"Death Of A Doornail" is raising funds in Livingston Montana

Death of a Doornailby Lee Mueller will be presented at the Livingston Christian Center, 1400 Mount Baldy, Livingston, Montana at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $40. The catered dinner, live theater production and silent and live auctions support Summit Christian Academy.

Plot: Eccentric Millionaire, Albert Doornale has invited all of his close friends to his estate; including his ex-wife Abigail, his current fiance 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, no one has seen him. Not his nerdy Nephew or his socially spoiled daughter. None of the guest have any idea why they are there or what happened to their host. That is until blood is found in the upstairs bathroom. Was Albert killed and carried away? In the nick of time, Inspector Bukowski arrives on the scene. A murder investigation will begin, as soon as a body is found. It may be a long wait.

 The school is raising funds to purchase a state-required fire alarm system. For tickets, table sponsorships or more info, call Summit Academy at (406) 823-9155 or Sarah Lucas at (406) 868-5815. 

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Death Of A Doornail




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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Reading the Plays 952 miles from Broadway

Growing up in a medium sized suburb of a medium sized city did not always cater to my aspirations of seeing major Broadway plays after all I was a young aspiring actor and writer. My aspiration needed some inspiration. But back in those days, there were some issues - first of all, I was no where near Broadway. It was about 952 miles away. Oh sure, St. Louis was fortunate enough to be a stopping point on many "touring companies" of major musicals - I saw "Grease" and "A Chorus Line" when they came through but it seemed the demographics of our area only called for Musical Theatre. Musicals are fine but I wanted the dramas, the comedies, the plays where someone didn't burst into song every 5 minutes.

If I was lucky,  a local college or Rep company would produce Eugene O'Neil, Tennessee Williams or Edward Albee. Not much singing in the works of these playwrights. But the chance of a local theatre hosting something really good - that is beyond the endless loop of "Harvey", "Our Town" , ""Blythe Spirit", "You Can't Take it With You" - you know, the very safe, fan favorite, family approved fare - chances were slim to none anything cutting edge and/or epic would ever appear here 952 miles from Broadway.

One boring afternoon while wandering aimlessly in a local library I found the Theatre section I found a copy of  "The Zoo Story" by Edward Albee. Eureka! Also a collection of O'Neil and Pinter. Wow I thought, (or something like "wow') if I can't see these plays, I can read them!  I continued on this engrossed path to read as many modern non-musical plays as I could. From Mamet to Sheppard and everything in between.

All of these years later, I have had my own plays produced around the country and abroad and realized one day - the only way anyone could see, hear or know about my scripts is if they went to see them. What were the chances my play were being produced in their area? Or even 952 miles away? Yea, probably not. So,  why not publish the plays in book form so they could be discovered and read? Why not cut that distance down for people from the stage to the home? Again, I thought something like Wow. So I did and have. My plays are now in printed book form and kindle available in many outlets but Amazon being the main supplier. To aspiring actor, director or writer out there - you don't have to travel to see what I do. You can read it in the comfort of your own space.  Here is my author page.


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Monday, May 04, 2015

Ashdown High School presents "Murder Me Always" May 7th

The public performance of "Murder Me Always" at Ashdown High School - Ashdown Arkansas will be on Thursday, May 7, in the AHS cafeteria at 6:00 p.m, with a full dinner being served.  

Admission cost is $10 for adults and $6 for students; reservations may be made by calling 870-898-3562, ext.#1002.

The drama students will also perform the play for the AHS students at 1:00 on May 7, when tickets will be $6, and a drink, snack and dessert will be served.  Tickets must be purchased in advance at the school office.

The play, since it is a murder mystery dinner theatre, will revolve around the audience, with "Detective Joe Mamet" (played by Logan Trafford) staking out the audience during his investigation.  Other actors in the play will also interact with the audience to discover if "one of these very bad actors is really a very bad person."

Drama teacher Jennifer Walker hopes for a good attendance to see the drama students' spring play and encourages everyone to call for reservations to see this "art imitating life" production.

Can't see the play? Why not read the play? In book and Kindle format Click to Learn more! Murder Me Always Book! 

Monday, April 27, 2015

RAPA & the Russell Public Library present "A Plot Of Murder" 06/06

Russell Public Library - Russell, Ontario





A Murder Mystery Evening - "A Plot Of Murder" by Lee Mueller. 

The play is produced by Joyce Chartrand & the Library.

The performance will take place Saturday June 6th 6:30 to 9:30 PM at the Russell Branch Library (1053 Concession Russell

Complimentary wine & beer, hors d'oeuvres and desserts will be served.

TICKETS: $40. On sale at the Library & at PRONTO.
No sales at the door. INFO: 613.445.5331.
Proceeds will support the Library's 3D printing & makerspace programs.



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Monday, April 13, 2015

"An Audition For A Murder" at Owasso High School

An Audition For A Murder

Upcoming Production

Owasso High School in Owasso Oklahoma will present the murder mystery comedy play "An Audition For A Murder" 7 p.m. Friday, April 17, in the Ram Cafe.


The Plot of the "An Audition For Murder"



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 adviser 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.

Can't be there to see the play? Why not read the play! Click for details - An Audition For A Murder Book 

Thursday, April 09, 2015

"Stay As Dead As You Are" at Assumption College School

Assumption College School in Brantford, Ontario will present the murder mystery comedy "Stay As Dead As You Are" on April 9th at 6 pm.

Interact with the cast and indulge in a 4 course meal. Treat your palate to a roasted chicken quarter dinner with roasted potatoes, mixed veggies, garden salad with tomato and cumber- Italian dressing with warm brownie and ice cream for dessert! Catered by students of the "Hungry Lion". Cost is $12 for adults and $10 for children under 13. Tickets close by April 2nd! Dinner and the show is April 9th starting at 6p.m. Seating is limited, so get your tickets NOW! Call the school for more details and ask to speak with Mrs. Ratelband at (519)751-2030 ext. 445.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

"Death Of A Doornail" back in St Louis March 20 & 21st

DEATH OF A DOORNAIL has been playing around the country quite a bit in the last few months. It played in February in Mansfield Ohio at the Ohio State Reformatory - which was seen on Ghost Hunters and also the prison used in The Shawshank Redemption ,  Doornail also just finished up this last weekend at Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield Illinois,

And now it makes it way back to St. Louis were it was originally staged back in the late 90's by Affton Centerstage. This new production is directed by Michelle Zielinski

Here's the plot:

Eccentric Millionaire Albert Doornale has invited all of his close friends to his estate including ex-wife Abigail, fiancĂ©’ Candy and childhood friend Salvatore. Everyone arrives at the estate greeted by his grumpy butler and cook, but Albert is not there. His spoiled daughter and nerdy nephew know only that blood has been discovered in an upstairs bathroom. Was Albert killed and carried away? Inspector Bukowski arrives to investigate…….

Details 

Presented at the ROYALE ORLEANS
2801 Telegraph Road
Friday March 20, 2015 at 7:00pm evening
Saturday March 21 2015 at 1:00pm matinee
Saturday March 21 2015 7:00pm evening
Doors open half hour before show

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Springfield Theatre Centre channels 'Zany' with "Death of a Door Nail,

Elaine Spencer in the State Journal-Register of Springfield, Illinois wrote a very nice piece about and STC's upcoming production of my play "Death Of A Doornail"  (for any murder mystery novel fans out there - they may get the reference or nod to crime writer M.C. Beaton and her Hamish Macbeth series which all have a title "Death of a.... " in the title. Such as "Death of a Gossip", "Death of a Cad" etc.. and NOT as some people have inquired - an Arthur Miller - Willy Loman reference. )

Anyway to quote:
"It's no mystery why Springfield Theatre Centre booked "Death of a Door Nail," an interactive murder mystery dinner theater production, for its annual fundraiser show that opens Friday.
STC seems to have found a winning formula like that of the authors and filmmakers parodied in the show -- colorful characters, plenty of clues and complications, and (maybe) a corpse, with the audience trying to guess who, if anyone, done it.
Written by Lee Mueller, "Death of a Door Nail" opens with the close friends and relatives of eccentric millionaire Albert Doornaile gathering at his lavish estate. The guests do not know why they have been invited, and when they arrive, their host is nowhere to be found. When bloodstains are discovered in the bathroom, suspicions of foul play arise and the sleuthing begins."

Read the full article HERE 

Details of the Doornail:
When: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and March 20-21; 1 p.m. Sunday and March 22
Where: Hoogland Center for the Arts, Theatre III, 420 S. Sixth St. 
Tickets: $30 for dinner and show
Information:  hcfta.org

Friday, March 06, 2015

"Last Call At Chez Mort" selling out Kirby-Hill House in Kountze Texas

Received this press release from my friends down in Kountze Texas who are producing my recently penned comedy murder mystery  "Last Call At Chez Mort"  
Chez Mort is a Jazz style Night Club and it's Last Call takes place in the 1940's. The plot is ripe with guys and dolls, mugs and dames, sirens and songs.  More can be read here
Kirby-Hill House has a rich history dating back to 1902 when it was built and in 1992, underwent renovations to restore the grand home.  Murder Mystery Dinners are one method the local group utilize to raise funds for restoration purposes. Theatre with a purpose! Amen to that. 
Here are the details from the Kirby-Hill House: 
"Looking to add a little mystery to your life? Want knee-slapping entertainment, elegance, and style? Throw in a little vintage, some fashion, a truly mouth-watering menu and, yes, murder.  The Kirby-Hill House Murder Mystery Dinner Theater is is in its 27th season now and shows for the newest production are selling out.
This year, the production is “Last Call At Chez Mort” by Lee Mueller
Opening night was a sell-out, and tickets continue to sell fast for the second weekend nights this weekend on Friday and Saturday March 6-7, and on March 13-14.
For more information or tickets, call 409-246-8000, or log on to its Facebook page 
Kirby-Hill House is located at 210 W. Main in Kountze Texas
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