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Interactive Murder Mysteries and Other Immersive Experiences

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The Murder of Venus Xtravaganza 1988
The year is 1988. Set on the streets of Hell's Kitchen & a "Drag ball hall" made famous by Madonna's vogue video and the cult documentary "Paris is Burning" this audience-rousing experience is a blend of drag ball memorial service, murder mystery, and fun all in one. Guests will play mourners coming to celebrate Venus Xtravaganza's life meeting and interacting with fierce members of her drag family. You will feast on a scrumptious assortment of hearty all-you-can-eat (meat and vegetarian) empanadas, and drink delicious mixologist created alcoholic libations! Then mourners in teams will be sent on a mission to get to the bottom of this horrible tragedy. You will hit the streets of Hells Kitchen and piece together clues, while interrogating suspects as the plot unfolds. It's up to you to get to the bottom of what happened in this fictionalized revisit to this real life New York City tragedy. Live IN Theater-come live your history!

Our show is a companion piece to the documentary Paris Is Burning, we encourage all to see this film before you come to the show.
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Please note: This is a rain or shine event happening in a combination of indoor and outdoor locations. We only cancel and reschedule in the event of extreme weather conditions. We ask all participants to wear comfortable walking shoes and come dressed for the weather.

Our venue Hartley House has a four story climb with no wheelchair accessibility, we ask that all participants consider this before making a purchase.