Leslie Carmichael has been writing comic interactive murder mystery plays for Pegasus Performances since 2004. Most of the plays take place at Calgary’s famous Deane House, a century-old house that was originally the home of Superintendent Richard Burton Deane of the N.W.M.P. Pegasus plays have also been performed at other locations around the city, and in other cities – even Las Vegas!
During the plays, audience members are invited to watch the events unfold while they eat a delightful meal, and guess Whodunnit, based on clues and motives. The actors often break away from the comical scripts into improvisation, which can be lively. The resolution to the play is unveiled after the audience members have had a chance to ask questions of the characters during a “Kangaroo Court,” and have completed a ballot naming who they think was the culprit.
Donna Tunney, another Calgary writer, also writes plays for Pegasus.
Leslie has also written a full-length musical with Ann Crawford. One Voice: A Musical Comedy in Two Acts was originally performed at Symons Valley United Church, May 26-29, 2005.