Murder on the menu at new Rocklin venue

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Beware the Ides of March – A Caesarian Whodunit”

What: Interactive comedy murder mystery dinner theater

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 15

Where: Famous Mo’s Coffee House & Theater, 4147 Rocklin Road

Cost: $48 for dinner and show

RSVP: (926) 259-1314, or

The brand-new venue, Famous Mo’s Coffee House & Theater, announces a performance of the popular interactive comedy murder mystery production based on the Roman Empire titled “Beware the Ides of March – A Caesarian Whodunit.”

Written and directed by David Atkinson and produced by MMG productions, this comic farce will performed at Famous Mo’s on Friday, March 15. Dinner will be served during the performance and will include a choice of entrees, salad, side dish, coffee and tea.

“Beware the Ides of March – A Caesarian Whodunit” was written, produced and directed by David Atkinson and is a comedic send up of the Roman empire and Julius Caesar’s final day. The characters interact with the audience between scenes, offering their theories on who committed the three murders that occur during the evening. The audience is asked to help solve the murders by running their own investigations, interrogating the characters and filling out answer sheets with their guess of whodunit and why. The cast also performs songs during the show and the audience has the opportunity to join in a conga line. Prizes are awarded to the best and worst detective teams at the end of the evening.

The cast of characters includes Julius Caesar, Dictator Perpetuus or Permanent Dictator of Rome, who has just returned from a victorious crusade conquering countries and raping and pillaging across the land. All present, including the audience, are guests at a party to celebrate Caesar’s victories. In attendance are Caesar’s wife of 15 years, Calpurnia; Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt and mother of Caesar’s infant son; Mark Antony, Caesar’s most trusted officer; and Octavius, Caesar’s great-nephew. After the characters arrive, the murder of Cassius, a very vocal conspirator against Caesar, is mysteriously committed and all are asked to help determine who killed him and why.

This cast of professional actors switches from scripted scenes to improvisation throughout the evening while they face the interrogations of the audience. All have motives for the three murders that occur throughout the evening and theories of who committed them which they share with the audience. Caesar himself is a victim – or is he?  here are two different endings to this show, so you may see a different solution to the murders if you attend more than once. The cast sings songs during the show, including “Walk Like an Egyptian,” “So Long, Farewell” from “The Sound of Music,” Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools” and the crowd-pleasing “Shout!” by the Isley Brothers.