Department of Fine and Performing Arts presents Dinner à la Morte: Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

Jan 8, 2015 | Kristi Lynch

University of Dubuque theatre students will present Dinner à la Morte, a murder mystery dinner theatre production, Saturday, January 31, 2015 and Sunday, February 1, 2015 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, Dubuque’s interactive theatre expert.

Dinner à la Morte: Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

Saturday, January 31, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 1, 2015, 6:00 p.m.

Babka Theatre at Heritage Center, University of Dubuque


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, and will enjoy a catered meal as the mystery unfolds.  Eight student-actors will portray colorful characters throughout the evening.  The evening will open with a maître d’ mingling with and distributing 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, following a fall performance of Metamorphoses, directed by Amy Ressler, director of theatre and dance. 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 before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 26, 2015 at Heritage Center’s Farber Box Office, open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; by phone at 563.585.SHOW; or online at