Murder's Day a new dinner theatre murder mystery at THE RANGE GRILL AND TAP Sunday, May 22 Were YOU in one of Neil's Selfies?? Return again soon to see if you were!!!
It would be the typical Mother's Day brunch, but this family is anything but typical. Mom has had to wait for 2 weeks after Mother's Day to celebrate because her five offbeat children can never agree on anything. There's Neil, her favorite, who is most interested in himself, fashion, and being pampered. Anything or anyone else is a distant second. There's Jane, who goes all out to get her mother to notice and praise her. There's Mikey, who is part of the local forest preserve police but desperately wants to join the city force. There's Carrie and Terry, twins who are inseparable and have the tendency to finish each other's sentences. They believe they're identical twins even though they are not. And then Uncle Paul shows up out of the blue. He hasn't been around for decades. What does he have up his sleeve? One of these characters will die, and the rest of them will be suspects. Can you solve the case of Murder's Day?
Murder's Daywritten by Debbi Dennison and Carl Zeitler. Join in the fun and suspense on Sunday May 22, at The Range Grill and Tap; see if you can determine "whodunit." Tickets are $40 per person and must be purchased in advance, and include the play as well as a buffet dinner and dessert. Starting May 1st, tickets can be purchased by calling The Range Grill & Tap at 630-761-0145 or by stopping in at the location itself at 35 N. Water St. in Batavia. (The previous four productions all sold out well in advance, so it is highly recommended to get tickets early.) The night begins with a social hour at 5 PM where characters mingle with the audience with a cash bar open. The show itself begins at 6 PM sharp, so patrons should arrive before that time. This interactive style of show will give audience members a chance to play detective and fill out a form during the night with whom he or she thinks commits the murder. Prizes will be awarded based on responses turned in.
Murder's Dayfeatures Steve Delaney, Nancy Braus, Debbi Dennison, Stan Kosek, Shazad Mehta, Tegan Rogers, and Carl Zeitler
Meet The Cast
Carl Zeitler (Co-Playwright, Terry) happily returns for his fifth Shakespeare on Clark at the Centre murder mystery. He wrote the previous Tumbleweed Turmoil at the Tombstone Tavern, The Bootleg Bump Off at Ruby's Rum Runner Room, and Beware of the Raven, or Murderous Mayhem on Raven Isle. He co-wrote Cupid Must Die! with Debbi and is thrilled to have collaborated with her again on this current play. Carl's greatly appreciates Julane's direction and is excited to be working with Steve, Nancy, Stan, Shazad, and Tegan. Carl wrote and directedRelationships in Progress for Gallery Theater this past fall. Some of the notable acting roles Carl has undertaken include Of Mice and Men (Lennie), Boy Gets Girl (Tony), M*A*S*H (Frank Burns), Ravenscroft (Ruffing), Sabrina Fair (Linus), Macbeth (Macbeth), Closer(Dan), Dracula (Dracula), The House of Yes (Anthony), and Rumors (Lenny). By day, Carl works as a Reading Specialist and teaches the drama club at a elementary school in Berwyn. Enjoy the show!
Debbi Dennison (Co-Playwright/Carrie) is thrilled to be involved with the fifth murder mystery performed at the Range. This is her second co-playwright credit having previously partnered with Carl Zeitler in writing Cupid Must Die (Doris/Lola). She was also seen in the other three productions: Tumbleweed Turmoil at the Tombstone Tavern(Josie), The Bootleg Bump ff at Ruby's Rum Runner Room (Ruby), andBeware of the Raven, or Murderous Mayhem on Raven Isle (Poltergeist Polly). Previously, she has written several short plays for Vex Theatre Company including ones for the ever popular annual holiday show Twist-a-Carol. On stage, Debbi was recently seen as Margaret Houlihan in Elgin Theatre Company's production of M*A*S*H. Other favorite roles include Noises Off (Belinda/Flavia), Leaving Iowa (Sis), Leading Ladies (Meg) and Ella's Rainbow (Liz). Debbi trained in improv and acting at the Second City Training Center. She has performed with several improv groups including the Time Travelers, CHAOS, and Julie Ostrow and Her Improv Friends. Offstage, she works as a TV Cable Producer and freelance camera person. Debbi thanks Julane and Carl for asking her to be a part of these fun shows and is very happy to work with them again!
Tegan Rogers (Jane) is delighted to join the cast of Murder's Day! Most recently she took the stage as Matilde in Steel Beam Theatre's production of The Clean House. She has also played the roles of Puck (Midsummer Night's Dream), Tracy Turnblad (Hairspray), Madame Arcadi (Blithe Spirit), Ruth (Gamma Rays...Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds), and Ellen (The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail). She would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support.
Stan Kosek (Uncle Paul) is an actor and retired computer consultant. He is a resident of Villa Park. Stan has appeared in many murder mysteries in the western suburbs, including those for GeenMan Theatre Troupe and the Villa Park Public Library. He has also appeared in numerous plays in the western suburbs, including You Can’t Take It With You , A Christmas Carol,The Odd Couple,Over The River and Through the Woods, It's A Wonderful Life, Macbeth,Slaughterhouse-Five, A Christmas Story and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. "I love acting in these Murder Mysteries," said Stan, "They are a lot of work, but they're fun, too. And the resulting play will be terrific." Stan wants to thank his family for all their love and support, especially his wife, Karen.
Nancy Braus (Mom) is so excited to have this opportunity to work with this wonderful group of people. She has been seen in numerous productions in the Chicago suburban area. Some of Nancy’s favorite past roles include: Doris in The Cemetery Club, Libby Ruth in Always aBridesmaid, Victoria Ambrose in Sex Please We’re Sixty, Captain Bridget McCarthy in M.A.S.H, Peg Costello in Desk Set andElizabeth in Angel Street. Nancy has studied at Act One Studios and Second City. She also performs with the Time Travelers Improv Troupe in Schaumburg, Il., and the Femmeprov Troupe in Elgin, Il.
Shazad Mehta (Mikey) is excited to have his 2nd opportunity to work with the Shakespeare on Clark at the Centre theatre group. When he's not acting Shazad is busy working at his families business based out of Elmhurst called Mehta Motors Inc. On his spare tire he also is a captain and founding member of Risky Bidness which is a traveling ultimate frisbee team. He also enjoys acting and is a board member of the Greenman Theatre Troupe in Elmhurst taking part in their yearly murder mystery fundraiser. Shazad lives in the Pilsen neighborhood downtown Chicago with his dashund Salvador.
Steve Delaney (Neil) is fired up for his first performance with Shakespeare on Clark at the Centre. Recently you may have seen him play Mike Talman in Wait Until Dark by Elgin Theatre Company. He is also a regular with Vero Voce Theatre in St. Charles, having participated in numerous plays, murder mysteries and playwright festivals. Some of his favorite past roles include Carlson in Of Mice and Men, Mr. Zero in The Adding Machine, Dionysus in The Frogs, and Billy Bibbit in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. He graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with a BA in Theater. Mr. Delaney is also a technologist and writer of the paranormal thrillers, The Talented and Mind Games.