Thursday, September 24, 2015

"Talk About A Murder" at Walnut Street Theatre

The Walnut Street Theatre in Bolivar Missouri continues its 15th season  - it will present a murder mystery, “Talk About a Murder,” Friday-Sunday, Nov. 6-8, in place of the previous show announced. 

The play is written by Lee Mueller. The plot follows the down and out, C list talk show hosts  Nickie and Ricky Rivers Show who are broadcasting their talk show on the road and it’s a bumpy ride. This show features a list guest including Vegas Lounge singing team of Shecky Spaghetti and Edie Buffet, New Age guru; Celeste Ethereal, home economist; Phone St Self and gossip columnist Polly Pettegolo.

Sure, it sounds like every other talk show but, this particular show kills — literally, one of the featured guests is murdered.

Friday and Saturday productions will start at 7:30 p.m., except for the Saturday and Sunday matinee productions, which will begin at 2 p.m. And as always, doors will open 30 minutes before each performance.

Ticket prices for the season is $10 and children 3-12 are $5 and the location is 114 W Walnut St, Bolivar, MO 65613

If you can't make it to the production you can read the play! 

"Talk About A Murder" a murder mystery comedy by Lee Mueller

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Monday, June 01, 2015

Acting Community Thingumybogs present "Murder Me Always"

The Acting Community Thingumybogs are not an ordinary amateur dramatics group. The are a non-profit group of volunteers who raise money for Save The Children Fund. The group is based in Carterton, Oxfordshire in the UK.  They were also winners of West Oxforshire Arts Group of the year in 2009.  
Friday June 26th and Saturday June 27th they will present "Murder Me Always"  at Carterton Community College at 7:30 pm both evenings. 
The money we raised shall be donated to the Carterton & Witney branch of Save The Children Fund and will go to help disadvantaged children in this country & abroad. 
Can't see the play? Why not read the play? In book and Kindle format Click to Learn more! Murder Me Always book

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.

Can't see the play? Why not read the play? In book and Kindle format Click to Learn more! Death Of A Doornail Book

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. 

Can't see the play? Why not read the play? In book and Kindle format Click to Learn more! Death Of A Doornail Book
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.

Lee Mueller's Plays

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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…….


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