January 30, 2007

Mystery Dinner Theatre to offer whodunit for amateur sleuths

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Amateur sleuths will get a chance to test their skills at an upcoming Mystery Dinner Theatre offered by Purdue University's Student Union Board.Tickets are now on sale for the interactive play "Murder at Rutherford House," which will be performed Feb. 16-18 in the Purdue Memorial Union Faculty Lounges. Performances will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16-17 and at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 18.

"This is the sixth year for our Mystery Dinner Theatre, and it's always performed around this time of year," said Melanie Johnsen, PSUB's fine arts director. "While solving crimes isn't a traditional way to spend time around Valentine's Day, it's a great date opportunity for students and the public. This is a special experience that is usually found only in large cities."

The plot of "Murder at Rutherford House" is a whodunit mystery where the audience will use the clues to try to figure out the culprit and motive. This year's story concerns Lord Rutherford, who died five years ago, and the battle that his heirs continue to have over his estate. Rutherford's will will be read and at least one of the survivors will commit murder. The table that guesses both correctly will receive a prize. Dinner will be served in courses between acts.

Tickets can be purchased in Purdue Memorial Union, Room 268, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday through Feb. 16. They are $25 for students with a Purdue ID and $35 for the general public.

Writer: Christy Jones, (765) 494-1089, christyjones@purdue.edu

Sources: Melanie Johnsen, Purdue Student Union Board director of fine arts, (765) 494-8976, psub-finearts@purdue.edu

Margie Stoltz, Purdue Student Union Board program adviser, (765) 494-8907, mcstoltz@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

Related Web site:
Purdue Student Union Board: http://www.union.purdue.edu/HTML/PSUB/

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