Louisville Magazine

JAN 2017

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keeplouisvilleweird.cokm/egiftcard 12 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 12.16 LIBA Partner Pages whodunnitky.com Anyone looking for a lively dinner paired with audience-involved crime solving, look no further than WhoDunnit Murder Mystery Theater in Louisville. Whether the butler did it or a mysterious stranger used a knife in the library, deciphering clues and guessing the murderer brings fun to a delicious dinner prepared by Bristol Bar & Grille downtown at 614 West Main Street. "We're an entirely local operation," says Ann Waterman, creative director and lead writer at WhoDunnit. "We produce only local works and use only local actors." Founded in 1999 in New England, Waterman moved the theater to Louisville in 2004 because she loved the strong arts community here. First auditions were in December 2004, and the theater's opening play was in February 2005. "Being in Louisville helps keep the culture strong, especially in our case, the arts," Waterman says. "It's a lot of fun. People really enjoy these things. We get repeat business most evenings." WhoDunnit draws from a pool of 40 local actors who rotate in and out – usually seven actors per show, she says. WhoDunnit puts on four shows a year with a total of eight performances each, for a total of 32 shows per season. The theater WhoDunnit Murder Mystery Theater Brings a Louisville Twist to Crime Solving also performs 5-10 private parties each year at country clubs, private residences and other spaces. "It's been a good year, we have a lot of private parties," Waterman said. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and dinner and performances are from 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. at the Bristol. There is a cash bar. The event starts with a meet-and-greet during which the audience asks questions of the actors -- who are in character. Actors are only allowed to lie if they are asked if they are the killer. Otherwise, they must either evade the question or answer truthfully. In the first two acts of the play, audience members get to ask more questions and then guess who did it on solution cards. Audience members can interact as much or as little as they prefer. Tickets cost $48 each, which includes food, taxes, gratuity and the show. Season tickets for all four productions can be purchased for $175, and season ticket holders get preferred seating. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 502-426- 7100. A list of upcoming performances can be found at the WhoDunnit web site at whodunnitky.com.

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