Grab your biggest hat and your shiniest shoes, because it’s time for the most exciting two minutes in sports and sixty minutes in crime!
Celebrities, tourists, and locals alike are eagerly awaiting the start of the Kentucky Derby, but the shot that rings out isn’t from a starting gun. Front-runner jockey Zeke Questrian has been shot to death in his horse’s stall, minutes before the race.
Who could have committed the crime of murder, and the even worse crime of keeping over 100,000 people standing around waiting? Could it have been Zeke’s rookie competitor, Rye Derr? Or known gambler Jack Pott, hoping to stack the odds? Perhaps it was Rose Garland, the official florist of the derby? There are dozens of suspects to sort through, so hold onto your mint juleps and magnifying glasses - you are the only ones who can get Down and Derby to solve this crime!
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You may play with any number and combination of characters, but the most important characters to include in each game have a star next to their name below.
Recommended Gender: Open
Character Description: You are one of the most veteran jockeys here at the race. You've ridden at dozens of Derbys before - but you've never won. This year, you're expected to take second place!
Character Description: You are rich. Extremely rich. You-own-ten-boats rich. You attend the Derby every year - you enjoy the hats and the drinks. And this year, you enjoy one of the jockeys as well. You and Zeke have a secret relationship that's been quite a lot of fun.
Character Description: You were born with a silver spoon. Literally. Your parents gave it to you instead of a pacifier. You are incredibly wealthy, so you love doing wealthy-person-things, like sitting in the Millionaire's Row at the Kentucky Derby, and bettings tons of money.
Character Description: You are the florist here at hte Derby. Everyone is always telling you that your remind them of a flower with your bright, sunny personality! Isn't that perfect? You love flowers and you love your job! You also love one of the jockeys at the race this year. You and Zeke have a secret relationship! It's true love.
Character Description: You are the official Veterinarian here at the Derby. You take care of all of the horses, including Alibi, the horse anticipated to win the Derby. You take your job extremely seriously: don't the horses deserve the absolute best care available?
Character Description: You're a hot dog vendor here for the Derby. You've been doing this for years, and it gets old after a while. Perhaps that's why you got tired of cooking up hot dogs and started cooking up a scheme of your own...
Character Description: Book-keeping isn't a very exciting name for a job, but the actual act of taking bets, tracking bets, paying out bets - isn't actually very exciting either. In fact, the whole thing is a headache.
Character Description: You are a precocious six-year-old, and there's nothing you love more than horses! You've even been saving up your pocket money all year to bet on Alibi,your very favoritest horse, even though you had to wear stilts and a very big hat since children aren't allowed to bet.
Character Description: Hats. Shoes. Dresses. Suits. Your world is the fashion world, and you're one of the best. The Derby is one of the best places to scope out ideas and inspiration. And this year, people will be taking inspiration from you - you designed the uniform for Zeke Questrian.
BEWARE! Don't want the evidence videos below until it's time! The host will be directed to play the videos for each corresponding round.
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SET THE SCENE
Theatrical elements suggestive of the 1920’s.
THEME COCKTAIL: GIN RICKY
To make yours you will need: 10mlSoda water 100mlA lime wedge to garnishMethod:Gather your ingredientsMix together the gin, lime juice and syrup into a cocktail shaker along with ice cubesShake wellStrain into a chilled highball glassTop up with soda waterFinish with lime wedge and enjoy!
Broadway Murder Mysteries, where YOU are the show! Broadway Murder Mysteries was created in March of 2020 when many Broadway performers, writers, and talent were out of work. The Broadway shut down had a huge impact on the theater community, and Broadway Murder Mysteries was created to give jobs to out of work talent, while creating something inherently theatrical that theater and mystery fans would love.