CJ WEST

Part-time assassin, full-time dad

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Dressed To Kill

The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated. Truth is I’ve been very busy working through some issues at home and haven’t been able to write for quite some time.

It’s time to get back to work and I’m starting with a live murder mystery show at the Proctor Mansion Inn. If you’ve never been, the mansion is the perfect place for a murder mystery show. The building was built in 1861. The woodwork is amazing and every room seems to have two entrances (and exits) so it’s perfect for characters to slink around and do their evil business.

Our story this time is a fashion show. We have eight lovely ladies and one hunky guy modeling three lines of clothing for our buyer. When things don’t go as planned, it will be up to the audience to figure out what happened and claim the prize for Super Sleuth.

Our shows are more like a game than a sit-down show. Action takes place in multiple rooms simultaneously, just like it would in real life. The characters don’t stop for set changes, and the guests can interact with the actors anytime because the show is written with the guests included as part of the action.

 

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Last year’s cast

We have 6 actors returning from the show last year. In addition we have a clothing line by Erin Kaufman, owner of Paxton 1345, Jewelry from The Snobby Starfish, and we are very fortunate to have author Gina Fava and Actor Graham King, who has been in several films and television shows.

The thing that sets my shows apart from others is that we kill our victim within the bounds of the show. We do it every time. And we almost never get caught. Sometimes a guest is two feet from the murder victim and still comes away unsure how the person died or who the killer was.

Yes, we are very sneaky.

Think you can outsmart us? Check us out:

September 13, 2014  6:30 pm
Proctor Mansion Inn, 36 Common Street, Wrentham, MA
Cash bar
Rooms are available
Tickets $40 per person
(877)384-1861

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I’m Going To Kill Someone. Can You Catch Me?

Right now I’m preparing an interactive Murder Mystery show to be held at the Proctor Mansion Inn in Wrentham, MA. I love visiting the mansion. It’s 150 years old with high ceilings, intricate molding and woodwork, and rooms that all seem to have two ways in and out. The layout allows the actors to appear and disappear almost at will.

I discovered my love for these shows accidentally when I was invited to take part in one about five years ago. That first show featured a narrator and clues hidden all around the building. What I discovered is that people really enjoy watching the actors in action, but a scripted show feels a little too stiff.

What I eventually came up with is a show that is entirely ad-libbed. The actors have a general script to follow, but none of the dialog is scripted. The actors know their roles and what they are trying to accomplish during the show, but how it is done is completely up to them. The fluidity of this format really seems to draw the crowd in. They can interrupt a scene and become part of it and there is no consequence to the actors. They can’t lose their place, because they haven’t memorized lines. Everyone is reacting to the situation, guests and actors alike.

My favorite part of the shows is the high I get when we kill someone in a room full of people and no one in the audience sees the deed. I love it when guests have that frustrated, someone-died-three-feet-from-me-and-I-didn’t-see-it look on their face. Believe it or not, I have repeatedly killed (or planned the murder of) someone in rooms full of 200 people and I’ve never been caught in the act. One of my favorites was when we killed a woman at a round banquet table. One of the guests was seated at that same table (facing the other way) when the murder occurred. She couldn’t believe the murder victim was dead at her own table when she turned around.

Think you can do better than she did? Come try to catch me in the act.

My next show will be:
September 14th 6:30 pm
Proctor Mansion Inn, 36 Common Street, Wrentham, MA
Cash bar
Rooms are available
Tickets $45.00
(877) 384-1861