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Murder at Rutherford House

Tom Chiodo, Peter DePietro

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5m, 6f

ISBN: 9780573691959

"Like a life sized game of Clue.... Wonderfully enjoyable." - Boston Globe

"A party game for people in search of more spice in their entrees." - New York Post
"As campy as a Boy Scout Jamboree, but a lot more fun."

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It is the fifth anniversary of the death of Lord Rutherford. Lady Rutherford is throwing her annual dinner in commemoration of the event-- to which you are cordially invited. On arrival you are given a character name and a dossier explaining your background and connection to the Rutherford family. Over cocktails, you mingle with the other guests, spotting the Baroness von Keepsemfrumfloppen and figuring she's an actress, but what about all these other people? Suddenly, there's a gunshot resulting in the evening's first corpse. The body is removed and you sit down to dinner. A detective reveals himself and begins the investigation. What have you observed so far? Have you a clue to the killer? Clues seem to be everywhere, but which ones count and which are red herrings? Ultimately, there is a parade of suspects. You may question them. Perhaps you ask just the right question at the right time and unmask the murderer. Perhaps you ask the wrong question and become the prime suspect! You begin to wonder: will you survive till the coffee and cordials are served? In the end, all is revealed and justice prevails. The Silver Sleuth Award is given to the guest who best explained the who, why and how dunit of the murder at Rutherford House.
"Like a life sized game of Clue.... Wonderfully enjoyable." - Boston Globe

"A party game for people in search of more spice in their entrees." - New York Post
"As campy as a Boy Scout Jamboree, but a lot more fun." - New York Daily News

MURDER AT RUTHERFORD HOUSE was first performed at the original Rutherford House Mansion in New York City on September 10, 1986. It was directed by Tom Chiodo.


5m, 6f

RUBY PINKBOTTOM - a man in drag. Devoted maid to the Rutherford family for 15 years. Out-going and gregarious. Ruby tickles the funny bones of all those who visit Rutherford House. 35-40 years-old.
MILLICENT, LADY RUTHERFORD - the domineering, sultry lady of the house. She darts to and fro making sure glasses are full and merriment prevails. She'd do anything for money. Her sincerity towards everyone is forced. 47-50 years-old.
CAMERON WORTHLESTON - greedy. Engaged to Sarah and sleeping with Millicent and in love with the Baroness. He craves being a jetsetter, and is very smooth, especially with the ladies. However, his social graces are sometimes thwarted by his lack of intelligence. He is tall, attractive and debonaire, 28 years old.
SARAH RUTHERFORD - Millicent's less glamorous twin daughter. She is engaged to Cameron Worthleston, but her murder will cancel all plans. She is sweet and naive and a bit awkward. She is unaware that Cameron is involved with Millicent. 24 years-old.
HERMIONE RUTHERFORD - prefers being called Herman because it's less formal. Her reality is warped; her world eccentric; her marbles loose. Totally benevolent and harmless.
WENDLE WEEDLE P.I. - an eloquent chap. 40-60 years-old.
OSWALD, LORD RUTHERFORD - William's younger brother, as he is determined to remind people. Bizarre and full of energy, dresses outrageously. He pretends he's blind, walks with a white cane and wears round darkened spectacles. 55-60 years-old.
BARONESS GRETA VON KEEPSEMFRUMFLOPPEN - seasoned American cabaret performer is actually Trixie Calahan from Modesto, California. She is outrageous and fiesty. 35-40 years-old.
CAMILLE RUTHERFORD - Millicent's stunning, mysterious twin daughter, Camille, is soft-spoken, until provoked. 24 years-old.
HARDWICK STERLING - an international jet-setter and established entrepreneur. 45-55 years-old.

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