Murder at the Shootin’ Show!

The Story

Lonely Meadow is just that – a small, lonely outpost in the wastelands of Nevada.

So when word hits that Snaketooth Johnson, the death-defying sharp-shooter, is comin’ to town, the locals are beside themselves! But as the night of the show comes, Snaketooth doesn’t live through dinner – and one of his old acquaintances is at fault!

An interactive dinner-theater experience, Murder at the Shootin’ Show! does mystery like no other play. Featuring multiple endings, including audience-interactive performance and voting, Murder at the Shootin’ Show! is full of laughs and surprises!

Read a sample: Murder at the Shootin’ Show_Sample!

The Details 

Setting – The Lonely Meadow Saloon & Hotel in the mostly uninhabited desert valley, soon to be known as Las Vegas.

Characters – 18 characters, including several roles that can be played by a man or woman

Productions – Ocoee High School (Florida), 2012

Rights and Royalties

Rights – To contact the playwright regarding production rights, email:

Royalties – $70 for first 3 Cast Photoperformances, $50 for each additional.

Scripts: Licensed productions of Murder at the Shootin’ Show! can purchase rehearsal scripts HERE!

IMPORTANT NOTE: All scripts are under copyright. Individuals may NOT photocopy scripts without explicit permission. All licensees must purchase scripts for their actors. This copyright extends also to permission to perform. There is a royalty fee for each performance. 


  • Original poster design by Mitchell Marbais
    Original poster design by Mitchell Marbais

    The idea for the play originated when the Author began wondering what Las Vegas was like before it achieved its present notoriety.

  • The play’s “atmosphere” characters were concocted by the writer/director based on auditions. The roles of Rosita Flores and Marcy O’Flannigan were specifically written for the actresses.
  • The role of the Town Drunk was originally written as a man – however, the actress portraying “him” stole the show as Jackie Daniels, a lovable drunk who kept misplacing her bottle of whiskey.
  • The ending of the play changes based on the audience’s vote, thanks to the playwright’s wife and her distaste for the “Mission: Space” ride at Disney’s Epcot. On “Mission: Space”, riders push buttons that do not affect the outcome of the ride. So in the Shootin’ Show, the audience’s “buttons” really matter.

Murder at the Shootin’ Show! is protected by federal copyright.


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