I have been promising a full blog post about Rubbed Out at Ruby’s, the interactive murder mystery to be presented by LiFT Theatre Company at the Overlook Mansion in Little Falls, NY. Excitement is building! The event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 25 starting at 6 p.m.
The production involves more audience interaction and less performance than previous murder mysteries I have written (notably Engaged to Be Murdered, presented last April at Morning Star Methodist Church; perhaps you read one of my blog posts about it). Oh, we’ll still get to ham it up. You know how I love to ham it up!
The story takes place in the 1920’s and centers around the death of Benny Bottini, Little Falls’ most beloved bootlegger. Benny’s body was discovered on the ground floor of the mansion some days previously. The audience will have a chance to read a few details about the murder in an article from Little Falls Confidential, a rather sensational newspaper.
Located in the basement of the Overlook is Ruby’s Rathskeller, the hottest speakeasy in town, which is run by George Raffle. He named it after Ruby Van Renssalaer, a rich society lady who loaned him the start-up cash. Upstairs of the Rathskeller is Mavis LaLonde’s very fancy bordello, which features Zelda Helsinki, Little Falls’ most sought-after good-time girl. Benny was in love with Zelda, but her boyfriend is Jimmy “the Shiv” Schlavinsky, George’s head muscle man. Also on hand are Dianne Enger, George’s new torch singer; Vivian Velasquez, who runs a rival speakeasy; and Avery Wainwright, the new bootlegger in town.
Audience members will have a chance to talk to the suspects and search for clues in the basement and first floor of the mansion. Hors d’ouvres will be served with a cash bar available. Participants are encouraged to dress to the period. Tickets are $25/person. The Overlook Mansion is located at 55 Douglass St. inLittle Falls, phone number 315-823-1907. For more information you can visit the Overlook’s website at http://overlookmansion.com/mansion/ or visit their Facebook page.