Spies Like Us - An Interactive Murder Mystery
Published by Haley Productions
It's Phase 2 testing stage for "the latest breakthrough in flu eradication" namely Tetraclyclonine, a drug that Dr. Mars claims will eliminate the flu virus from the human race
Or so he says
Truth be told, nothing is at it seems
We'd tell you more, but then we'd have to kill you ...
The place: The laboratory compound and research center of Dr. E.T. Mars, a renowned scientist and an expert in the field of alien research.
SIX PRIMARY SUSPECTS (these are the folks who will have full knowledge of the mystery; you'll give them a complete script):
Dr. Ernest Terrence Mars (but you can call him E.T.): A renowned scientist and an expert in the field of alien research. His flu eradication drug, Tetracyclonine, will be the talk of the medical world after he completes Phase 2 of the testing. The question you, as a volunteer test subject, may be asking is, "do aliens have anything to do with this and should I get out now while I still can?"
Ana Graham: E.T.'s sexy new assistant. She sure doesn't look like a lab assistant but who are we to judge. E.T. seems quite taken by her.
Wanda Frohicky: She's the President of The Roswell Raiders, a group made up of folks who've been abducted and/or probed by aliens one or more times. She knows E.T. Mars is up to no good and desperately wants to shut him down. Wanda and Harry Truman were once engaged until he broke up with her a few weeks ago.
Harry Truman: E.T.'s security guard. He's also a former member of The Roswell Raiders, having been probed by aliens at least once. A real geek with big ideas and big plans (read: fantasies) who loves action movies and romance novels.
Rocco Rosetti: A test subject. He doesn't appear to be the brightest bulb in the chandelier but then again how smart does one have to be to volunteer themselves as a test subject for an experimental drug?
Lila Jones: The new cleaning woman for the compound. We figured we'd mention her - just in case.
SECONDARY SUSPECTS (Optional - Remember, everyone will be actively involved in this mystery because it will be their job to solve the case and because you'll be encouraging them to come in costume and in character. Use any and all of these secondary suspects if you have "extra" cast members you want to use. You will NOT give them a script but you will give them a description of their character and let them run with it):
"Ringo" Langley (male or female): Works with Harry Truman in security. Think of Harry and Ringo as the Abbott and Costello or Dumb and Dumber of security.
Joey Pants (male or female): The Vice President of The Roswell Raiders who is just as fanatical as Wanda is. Wanda is Joey's mentor so Joey enthusiastically agrees with everything Wanda says.
Melvin and Mervin Myers (female alternatives: Melvina and Mervina): Twin test subjects who've undergone too many tests. Think of them as E.T.'s "Renfields" (remember Renfield from the Dracula lore?)- devoted yet not all there assistants or go-fers who are inseparable. Their sole purpose is to please E.T.
Jerry Rivera: An undercover reporter for the National Enquirer who has volunteered himself as a test subject. His experiences will be chronicled in a series of articles for them. Jerry is as self-centered as they come. His ego drives everyone nuts in short order. He also has a tendency to narrate the goings-on into a small cassette recorder which also drives everyone nuts. If anyone asks if he's a reporter he'll loudly deny then take them into his confidence and boastfully admit that he is but he's undercover
These audience-participatory Murder Mysteries are distinctive in that everything from arguments to clues to the actual murders happens in the middle of the audience enabling them to participate and witness every action first hand. None of the dialogue is scripted - it's all improvised - the role of the guests is to actively solve the case by asking the suspects questions, following them, eavesdropping on their conversations, and so on - whatever it takes to discover whodunit
NUMBER OF PLAYERS - Up to 125 plus the Primary Suspects (your cast)
LENGTH OF MYSTERY - Approximately 2 hours.
HOW IT WORKS: You'll need to provide 6-8 people willing to take part in the mystery as the primary suspects, victim(s), detective and killer (see below). They'll have full knowledge of the script, which means they'll know "whodunit". The rest of your guests will take on the role of Detective and it will be their job to solve the case. Everyone, therefore, will have a crucial part in the mystery. The game lasts about 1 ½ to 2 hours but you can, of course, make it longer by allowing more time between the scenes/action
Your guest actors won't have to memorize a lot of dialogue but they will have to be familiar with a sequence of events or timeline that will move the mystery through the clues, the murder(s) and the solving of the crime. They'll also have to carry out certain actions (like arguments) and suspicious activities to set themselves up as Primary Suspects
NB - This type of mystery game is geared towards groups of 15 or more. All scripts are rated PG-13, contain adult themes and may not be suitable for children
THE USUAL SET UP WITH A DINNER IS AS FOLLOWS :
Upon arrival, the guests receive a program that will be a guideline for the mystery (included in this package). The primary suspects start to mingle in character, usually during the reception, and begin setting up the mystery with clues, arguments, gossip, that sort of thing. Just about the time the first course is served, the guests witness the (1st) murder. The mystery continues to unfold with more dramatic action and more clues that will lead to the mystery's conclusion. The "detective" character then allows the guests to asks his primary suspects any final questions and has the guests fill out their detective evidence record (which they receive with their programs). The solution is dramatically revealed around the time dessert is served
ALL WHODUNIT PACKAGES INCLUDE:
1. Program master (you will provide this program to all participants. It will be their guide to the mystery by providing the basic plot
of the mystery, the primary suspect list and the "rules" of the game.)
2. Solution sheet master
3. Invitation master
4. Outstanding and Bumbling Detective certificates
5. Cast guidelines and suggestions
6. Supply list and prop use instructions (if applicable)
7. Paper props (for example, a medicine label or a will)
NOTE: You need only buy ONE Copy
The complete Package will be available immediately via email Download link and you can Print as many copies as you need