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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.

Friday, October 16, 2015

“Last Call at Chez Mort" at Community Theatre Of Linden California

Last Call at Chez Mort," a one-night only interactive who-done-it to benefit Community Theatre of Linden. The show is 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 24.
The comedy by Lee Mueller is set in the 1940s and includes gangsters, bodyguards and audience participation. Francois Rambau is the show’s pianist and Judy Caruso Williamson directs.
Proceeds benefit the company’s youth program.
The show will be in the Linden High School Performing Arts Auditorium at 18527 E. Front St.  Linden CA. Tickets are $20 and may be reserved by phoning (209) 351-0193.

Monday, October 12, 2015

"Murder Me Always" raises funds in Greenville

"Murder Me Always" is a hilarious murder mystery dinner theater performance that will amuse audiences of all ages. 
The Greenville Area Community Center's Annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theater is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year. As a non-profit organization, this event provides much needed funds to offset costs of our youth enrichment programs.

 During dinner, we will be conducting a dessert auction and there will be a cash bar available with beer and wine. Dates are October 30 and 31st.  Dinner at 6:30 Show at 7:30  
Location 900 E. Kent Rd. Greenville, MI  48838

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. 

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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
#Lastcallatchezmort

Want to Read the play? Click here for details - Last Call At Chez Mort Book 

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Endless Mountain Theatre Company presents "Death Near Dead Man's Holler"

The western-themed comedy murder mystery “Death Death Near Dead man’s Holler” will be presented at three separate locations across Susquehanna County. So pick out a date or location convenient and join us for a night of laughs, mystery, food and drink!
Written by Lee Mueller, the story takes place in the small town of Meridosa near Dead Man’s Holler, where nothing ever happens, nothing until now. A notorious outlaw Sergio Van Cleef is being kept in the jail for the night until Marshall Tucker can transport him to the train station to catch the 3:10 to Yuma. Mrs Peacock, president of the Ladies Ethics Guild is none too happy about the arrangement, nor is she happy that the new Saloon “entertainer”, Sadie Mae Harlow has not been run out of town. But while Sheriff John Ford keeps watch, the prisoner ends up dead in his cell. No one was around at the time or had access to the the prisoner. With the help of Parson Graham and Doc Watson, the Sheriff must try to solve this case, if only for his own satisfaction.
All shows cost $27 and include dinner and show. Reservations are required for all shows. Seating is limited, so make your reservations today! For details click link below


Thursday, February 19, 2015

To Host A Murder Mystery, The Game Is A Foot So You Might Need A Shoe

So you would like to host a murder mystery event but really don't know where to start. Here are some basic tips and ideas to get you started and point you in the right direction.

The first thing you will need is to cover the 3 P's:


  • Product - what type of event would you like to host? A play? A Game?
  • Place -where you can host your event?
  • People - who will help you and participate?


  • Deciding on what type of event you want to host will help narrow down your other choices. If you would like to host Murder Mystery Play, it will require a good size place and extra people to perform. If you wish to host a Mystery game, you can host in your own home or find a small venue that will not require many extra people to help you.

    What are the differences between a Play and a game?
    A Play is a theatrical performance with actors, a set, props and a script.
    A Game is generally an outline or scenario with participants .

    Hosting a Murder Mystery Play

    You can find many resources for play scripts on line. My own site, Play-dead is one of those resources. It is very easy to purchase performing rights for a play. A play of course will require a group of people ranging from actors, to a director, costumes and props. If you do not have a theatrical group,here are some ideas:


  • Local Community Theater group- Check in your area or search on line. Most communities have amateur theatrical groups. The benefit of community theater groups is that it's a volunteer based organization.
  • Local Colleges and High schools- Most schools have theater departments or personnel that may be willing to stage a play for you.
  • Create your own Group- You may have a theatrical background or know someone who does.
    If you don't wish to stage a play yourself, you can also find groups on line that supply their own acting troupe and Murder Mystery Plays.

    Hosting A Murder Mystery Game

    You can find Mystery Games on line that come in all shapes and sizes. Some are set for dinner parties with elaborate plots which include kits with all the material you need. Others are very simple with a set of rules and basic plot. Most Murder Mystery games involve everyone, much like a role-playing games. You will not need any theatrical performers, just yourself and your guests. Each individual Mystery Game site will explain how the game is played, what you need etc..

    Resources for Murder Mystery Games:

  • Murder Mystery Games



  • Mysteries On The Net



  • Free Form Murder Mystery Games!

  • Finding a Place

    If you prefer a more theatrical Murder Mystery or don't wish to host a game at your home, you will need to find a venue. Finding a place is really not difficult. My home group started out performing Mysteries at a local Historic Mansion, moved to a Community Center and finally found a home at Banquet Facility. Many popular Murder Mysteries are based in a Dinner Theater setting. The idea of a dinner and show is very appealing to audiences.

    Venue Ideas:



  • Local Community Center / Theater - check your local area most Centers have a theater or large room for rent.
  • Local High School - many will rent theater space to you.
  • Local Historic Homes - many Historic Homes in large cities host murder mystery plays.
  • Banquet Halls - sure, their main business are weddings and reunions but they offer ample space plus most have their own kitchens or catering services so Hosting a "Dinner Theater" would be perfect.
  • Hotel Conference room - many large hotels have conference rooms perfect for hosting a play.
  • Restaurants - some restaurants have "party" rooms that supply enough space to host a dinner theater.

  • If you choose to create your own theatrical troupe you will of course need a place to rehearse the play. If you have secured a location that will let you perform the show, they may also let you rehearse there. If not, there is nothing wrong with a good old basement or garage. My local group spent years rehearsing in basements.

    Promote Yourself

    Local newspapers have calender sections strictly for Theater auditions and performances. Smaller local papers and publications are always looking for interesting stories, so call the paper and see if they would like to do a story. If you have a website, Blog,  Facebook, or twitter by all means, promote your performance. Best yet make a short video and post it on youtube to attract attention - (here is an example )


    Extra Bonus idea Contact local businesses in your area to see if they would like to purchase an ad in your program. Leave a few pages free in your program for his purpose. Selling advertisements will generate added revenue. Another idea is to see if the businesses would like to donate any items, gifts, coupons etc.. as prizes for your play. At the end of the evening whoever guesses the "murderer" will receive a prize from a local business plus this business gets a free promotional plug. Hopefully these tips will get you started in the wonderful world of Murder Mystery Hosting!

    -Lee Mueller

    Play Dead Murder Mysteries