ELKO - Maybe it was Ascott St. James who was forced to wear a French maid outfit, or perhaps it was Dirk Viagra, pushed over the edge by Dakota Montana's belief ham comes from hamsters.
Whoever committed the murder, audience members will be in on the mystery during the Silver Stage Players production of "Murder on the Oriental Rug" staged today, Friday and Saturday at the Elko Convention Center.
It's the second dinner theater murder mystery directed by Chisholm Morris.
It's a play within a play, written by Marylou Ambrose and Tony Schwartz. When half the cast of the play bails out, the remaining performers are forced to double up and play two roles in an effort to secure their spot in a Broadway performance.
Tickets are available in advance at Flying Fish, which will cater the dinner. Drinks will be served from a no-host bar at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and the show at 6 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door, if there are any available.
Audience participation is minimal, Morris said, and no one is going to be pulled on stage.
Funds raised through the production will help fund other performances this year.
Erika Patrick, who has appeared in about 20 local performances, said it's a murder mystery "that will not fail to make the audience laugh."
She plays the director, the only character with only one part.
She was part of last year's dinner theater performance, "Death of a Door Nail," also directed by Morris.
"The process is just as fun as the show is," she said.
By Ali Helgoth