University of Dubuque Fine and Performing Arts Department to Present Dinner à la Morte: Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

Jan 8, 2014 | Kristi Lynch

University of Dubuque theatre students will present Dinner à la Morte, a murder mystery dinner theatre production, Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the University’s Babka Black Box Theatre, located in Heritage Center.  The production will be directed by adjunct professor Molly Hoefflin, of Die Laughing Players, an expert in interactive theatre in Dubuque.


WHAT:           Dinner à la Morte: Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

WHEN:            Saturday, February 1, 2014,  6:00 p.m.

WHERE:          Babka Theatre at Heritage Center, University of Dubuque

TICKETS:       $25


Set in prohibition-era 1929, the story begins at Katherine Ryan’s dinner party, held in honor of her late husband (and banker) Francis Ryan.  Audience members will be “guests” of Mrs. Ryan’s, and enjoy a catered meal as the mystery unfolds.  Eight student-actors will portray colorful characters throughout the evening, opening with a welcome during which a maître d’ will mingle with and distribute new identities to guests, followed by an initial presentation of the plot, moving into dinner where each guest will have a chance to guess “whodunit,” and closing with a final wrap-up to the mystery.


Dinner à la Morte is a scholarship fundraising event sponsored by the Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society.  It is the third production from UD’s theatre students this academic year, the first being an original play, The Forgiving and the Forgetting, written and directed by Amy Ressler, UD director of theatre arts. The department also put on a 24-Hour Theatre Project, in which students wrote, cast, designed, and performed a play all within 24 hours.


Reservations for Dinner à la Morte can be made through January 27, 2014, at Heritage Center’s Farber Box Office, Monday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; by phone at 563-585-SHOW; or online at