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Noir Suspicions (Interactive Murder Mystery)

Directed by Sherri Metz

In this hard boiled comic mystery sequel to the ever-popular Murder at Cafe Noir, ex-private eye Rick Archer is now the confused manager of Cafe Noir on the island of Mustique. He is confronted with a corpse on the dock, a mysterious femme fatale, a French blackmailer and a businessman who wants both the cafe and the woman. Rick is arrested after the blackmailer is murdered in his club. It is up to the audience to convince the magistrate that he is innocence. A tribute to Casablanca with many references to the classic movie, Noir Suspicions is guaranteed to delight audiences whether or not they are familiar with Murder at Cafe Noir.

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the•a•tre
1. A collaborative art form including the composition, enactment, and interpretation of dramatic presentations for an audience.

 

du jour
1. fashionable; current
2. of the day

 

​the•a•tre du jour
1. an interactive, touring dinner theatre experience!

tdj team
Tammy Wilkinson
President / Artistic Director
Richard Mosher
Director
Sherri Metz
Director
about tdj

Our Mission
Theatre Du Jour endeavors to provide a marriage of the best local talent with the best local cuisine at the best local venues in Oswego and its surrounding areas; giving our distinguished guests a multi-media, interactive dinner theater experience.

 

Who We Are
Theatre Du Jour is a talented team of local actors, directors and producers with over 20 combined years of theatre experience with a passion for the performing arts and our community. 

 

What We Do
Theatre Du Jour brings the world of theatre to your establishment creating a synergy between our world and what we do best - creating theatre, and your world and what you do best - creating culinary magic. A dinner theatre experience your patrons won’t soon forget!

tdj team
Stephfond Brunson
Director / Choreographer
Moe Harrington
Director
Jordan Chang
Scenic Designer
2018 tdj slate

Noir Suspicions - (Interactive Murder Mystery) Directed by Sherri Metz

In this hard boiled comic mystery sequel to the ever-popular Murder at Cafe Noir, ex-private eye Rick Archer is now the confused manager of Cafe Noir on the island of Mustique. He is confronted with a corpse on the dock, a mysterious femme fatale, a French blackmailer and a businessman who wants both the cafe and the woman. Rick is arrested after the blackmailer is murdered in his club. It is up to the audience to convince the magistrate that he is innocence. A tribute to Casablanca with many references to the classic movie, Noir Suspicions is guaranteed to delight audiences whether or not they are familiar with Murder at Cafe Noir.

Love Loss and What I Wore - (Interactive Dramatic Comedy)  Directed by Moe Harrington

 

A play of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes and memory covering all the important subjects—mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses and why we only wear black. Based on the bestselling book by Ilene Beckerman.

 

"Funny, compelling…Brought down the house…but [the play] is not a comedy: A story about black cowboy boots becomes a sad tale of being underappreciated in a relationship; a tale of two women shopping for their wedding outfits ends bittersweetly; and the recollection of a new bra is a quiet testament to a women's search for dignity while undergoing treatment for breast cancer." —NY Times. "So funny and so powerful; so dear and sweet; so remindful of our female wiles, our worries, our insecurities, our remembrances of mother, father, sisters, brothers, lovers — I think it can't miss." WowOwow.com.

RESPECT - A Musical Journey of Women - (Interactive Musical) Directed by Gina Holsopple (Tent.)


A Musical Journey of Women is a high-energy, historical and hysterical look at women's changes from 1900 to today as illustrated by popular song (New Times), portrayed by a narrator and three breath-takingly talented singers. It is a lively and engaging look at music’s depiction of women, as they go from codependence to independence, from Someone to Watch Over Me to I Will Survive and beyond. Interwoven between the music are monologues—real women’s stories, which give more meaning to the songs. The show includes 63 song excerpts and grew out of playwright Dorothy Marcic’s research and subsequent book (published in 2002) on women’s Top-40 songs, which showed how women are portrayed differently in each era. Her one-woman show, which traveled all around the US and the world, developed into the current musical theater production.

 

Bullets for Broadway - (Interactive Murder Mystery) Directed by Derek Potocki

 

A sort of sequel to The Altos, although no knowledge of the first play is required.  Gangster Tony Alto & his wife Toffee are back, in a story that answers the question, what would happen if the Sopranos met The Producers. Toffee wants to be a Broadway star and Tony needs to "clean" some money. So he has hired two producers to mount a hit musical - "The Mafia Queen" - starring Toffee. The only catch - the show must be sold out opening night and get great reviews, no matter what it costs - or else! Leave it to Baxter Mallystock and his playwright partner Eli Blain. You're invited to the party after opening night to revile as the reviews come in, along with the FBI and a few stray bullets. It's a brand new evening of Mystery, Comedy, Music and great Food which just goes to prove that sometimes when people say they're going to make a hit, they mean it!

An Act of God - (Interactive dramatic comedy) Directed by Paul McKinney

The One with the first and last word on everything has finally arrived to set the record straight. After many millennia, and in just 90 minutes, God (assisted by His devoted angels) answers some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since Creation.

 

“Delivering a new and improved set of Commandments, as transcribed by the man we might call the Moses de nos jours, David Javerbaum, God is really killing it up there. How funny is the guy? He’s Jon Stewart funny, plus Stephen Colbert funny. (Mr. Javerbaum has written for both.)…Verily I could quote every other line from Mr. Javerbaum’s annotation of the Scriptures and gather a chuckle, so deliriously funny is he as a sort of amateur theologian and stand-up comedy genius rolled into one.” - The New York Times

 

“Javerbaum’s radical rewrite of the Ten Commandments—the evening is structured around God’s introduction of revised laws—is clever and even refreshingly positive, insisting on the separation of church and state and encouraging us to believe in ourselves, not some elderly white guy in the sky.” - Time Out (New York)

 

“The jokes keep landing—nearly one per sentence—and…they are always smart. But Javerbaum [is] too theatrically savvy to leave it at that. Another note, slowly introduced among the zingers and rim shots, eventually becomes dominant, and this one, while still funny, is darker and potentially more theologically challenging than mere spoofs of Bible stories.” - New York Magazine

tdj past events

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)

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By John K. Alvarez, Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald

Instead of performing Charles Dickens' beloved holiday classic for the umpteenth time, three actors decide to perform every Christmas story ever told -- plus Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times to topical pop-culture, and every carol ever sung. 

The Hilarious Hillbilly Massacre 

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By Peter DePietro
 

The Birchbumble family, a wild and fun loving clan from deep in the hills of Tennessee, is having a family reunion and you, being a close relative, are invited. Everyone is promised a hog slappin' good time.

Murder at the Prom

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By Peter DePietro
 

Stroll down the lane that love paved as you and your sweetheart attend the high school senior prom. You'll bask in the glory of your recent varsity victory and cheer as the king and queen of the prom are selected from among the guests. 

Love Letters

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By A.R. Gurney
 

Letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences. 

5 Women Wearing the Same Dress

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By Allen Ball

Directed By Moe Harrington
 

During an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tennessee, estate, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

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By Adam Long, Daniel Singer & Jess Winfield
Directed by Richard Mosher

The bards 37 plays in 97 minutes! Three madcap men in tights weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories, and tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter. 

​​The Eight: Reindeer Monologues​​​

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By Jeff Goode
Directed by Jordan Westfall


All those rumors you've heard about him and the elves? About Rudolph's little secret? About Vixen's story that was leaked to the press? All true. Yes, the reindeer finally speak up and - believe us - they do not hold back!

BINGO The Winning Musical​​

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​By Michael Heitzman, IIene Reid & David Holcenberg
Directed by Sherri L. Metz


Bingo is a splashy, zippy, fun new musical comedy - great for theatres looking to produce a small musical with a big heart. Bingo is about a group of die-hard bingo players who stop at nothing to miss their weekly game. 

A Party to Murder

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​By Marsha Kash & Douglas E. Hughes
 

Six people have come in secret on Halloween to play a murder mystery game at a rustic island cottage. Invited by writer Charles Prince, they appear set for a weekend of fun until ghosts from the past begin to haunt the proceedings and it becomes clear that all is not as it seems.

The Santaland Diaries

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By David Sedaris

THE SANTALAND DIARIES is a brilliant evocation of what a slacker's Christmas must feel like. Out of work, our slacker decides to become a Macy's elf during the holiday crunch. At first the job is simply humiliating, but once the thousands of visitors start pouring through Santa's workshop, he becomes battle weary and bitter.

Murder at Cafe Noir - Video Promo

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By David Landau
Directed by Stephfond Brunson


The most popular mystery dinner show in the country, Murder at Cafe Noir has enjoyed weekly productions coast to coast since its premiere in 1989.

tdj in the press

​01 December 2017 - TDJ Brings Murder, Love, Respect and the Almighty to.....

14 November 2017 - Theatre Du Jour Offers More in Partnership with Local.....

23 October 2017 - TDJ presents a Ho Ho Ho-me run for the Holidays

13 September 2017 - New Leading Men Pack a "Powerful Punch" for Theatre Du Jour

28 August 2017 - Theatre Du Jour Brings 'The Hilarious Hillbilly Massacre' .....

​21 August 2017 - Local Playwrights to Stage Fundraiser for H Lee White Marine Museum

​08 July 2017 - Theatre Du Jour Announces Cast for 'Steel Magnolias' Set to,....

12 June 2017Auditions for Theatre Du Jour's 'Steel Magnolias' Planned for June 25th

23 April 2017 - Theatre du Jour launches season with invitation to 'come out and play'

10 April 2017 - Theatre Du Jour Welcomes New Leading Men to Troupe

27 March 2017 - TDJ Opens 2017 With 'Murder At The Prom' and All-Star Local Cast

27 February 2017 - Calling All Thespians - Theater Du Jour Brings MURDER to the Table

26 January 2017 - Theatre Du Jour Brings More Interactive Local Theater to the ....

13 January 2017 - USOswego 2016 Event Raises $1000 for Area Veterans

10 November 2016 - TDJ Brings Santaland to the Port City Dec 9th​

24 October 2016 - Local Theatre Company TDJ Nominated for SALT Award Honors

18 October 2016 Theatre Du Jour Serves Up Some Holiday Sass This December

09 September 2016 - Second Annual PorchFest Schedule of Performers Announced

05 September 2016 - Calling All Elves - TDJ to Bring Macy's Santaland to CNY

30 August 2016 - Killer Cast Set for Theatre Du Jour’s Halloween Offering

08 August 2016 - Theatre Du Jour Auditions for Halloween Offering Aug 8-9

11 July 2016 - Theatre Du Jour Presents Madcap, Physical, Over-The-Top Production

2 June 2016 - TDJ To Present "Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)"

08 May 2016 - Theatre Du Jour Shares New Space And Love For Theater With Port City

20 April 2016 - Theatre Du Jour "Art Loft" Opening / Ribbon Cutting May 6th

17 April 2016 - Theatre Du Jour Cast for "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress"

05 April 2016 - Broadwell Hospitality Announces Dinner Theatre Series at GS Steamers

tdj management team

Tammy Wilkinson
President/Artist Director
PO Box 424
Minetto, NY 13115
518.253.6930
dujourcny@gmail.com

Artist Event Management
John Pettigrass
Artist Manager
315.412.2922
johnjpettigrass@windstream.com

OPK Solutions
Lance Ziegler
Online Press Kit Manager
941.243.0414
lanceziegler@opksolutions.com​

tdj testimonials

As our team looked to bring something new and fun to our patrons, it really was a "no-brainier" that Theater Du Jour was just the ticket! We just love working with Tammy and her team. They consistantly provide us with exceptional marketing materials and back them up with stellar productions. We look forward to further building our relationship with Theater Du Jour as we look toward 2017. - Ashlie Crawford Quality Inn & Suites Riverfront / GS Steamers Oswego NY

Thank you to all that came out to support both local food and local theatrical talent last night, at our hugely successful dinner theatre performance of "Love Letters." We enjoyed bringing some traditional French fare to the table, and HUGE kudos to Tammy Lynn Wilkinson and Theatre Du Jour for the brilliant performance. It was truly humbling to see the support and response from those who filled the seats. - Bill Wadsworth / Bistro 197

 

​Oswego, NY (and it's surrounding areas) is incredibly lucky to have Theatre Du Jour a part of  "the neighborhood"! This theatre company is a community treasure and is deserving of national attention and recognition. I personally can't wait to have these talented folks and their interactive dinner theatre "experience" at our restaurant again!  - Raymond Jock / La Parrilla Grill & Wine Bar 

 

We are impressed by quality of the show and the fare.   But the true quality comes directly from Tammy herself.  As the orchestrator of each show, she ensures the audience has a great experience from arrival to the final bow! - Victoria Usherwood Gailinas / iHeartOswego.com

 

​Top-notch and spot on . . . . highly recommend that everyone make every effort to attend a show - you will be rewarded! Time well spent, indeed. Tammy and her players are consummate professionals and do not disappoint! - Laura Brazak / Brazak's Photography

 

​Tammy and her team of actress's and actors are spectacular.  They put together a show that flows smoothly and is sure to get the crowd involved. Every component of the Theatre Du Jour was professional . . . . I welcome Tammy and her team back to Kristen's Kitchen any day! Thanks so much for all of your hard work and entertainment! - Kristen Aluzzi / Kristen's Kitchen at Battle Island

 

Simply put, I just love working with Tammy and her team. They are true professionals. The shows are strong. The selling process is turn-key and our patrons are completely satisfied and all their senses are satiated! They bring the best local theatre, we bring the best local cuisine -  it's a recipe for success! - Lisa Shaw / Oswego Tea Company

 

Theatre Du Jour is an asset to our community.  There is something about interactive theater that takes you to a place few other experiences can.  Every seat is a great seat; you will not be disappointed!  Bingo – The Winning Musical will bring you on an interactive, hysterical and heartwarming journey.  The cast is expert at bringing the audience into the performance and I can’t wait for the next production! - Kevin Hill / JP Jewelers

 

"We booked Theatre du Jour for a summer evening dinner theatre and sold out!  We were impressed with the level of professionalism throughout the process of anticipating the event - from the marketing materials that were provided to us, the online promotion, to of course the fabulous show. Tammy Wilkinson and here team are a true pleasure to work with."  Christopher J. Colloca, DC, PhD (Cand) / Colloca Estate Winery - Fair Haven, NY

tdj media package

Each venue media package includes (but not limited to):
  ~ Show Tickets
  ~ Promotional Table tents with talking points for servers
  ~ Posters in frames with rod iron easels 
  ~ 24x36 promotional poster
  ~ Show programs 
  ~ All digital art for show branding
  ~ Inclusion of venue on all press releases
  ~ Inclusion of venue on all tdj social media sites 
  ~ Inclusion on all media advertisements

Theatre Du Jour "Experience" includes, but is not limited to:
  ~ Best local cuisine combined with theatre style performances 
  ~ Music & cocktail hour
  ~ Contests & giveaways
  ~ Themed Trivia & ice breakers
  ~ Photo opportunities (Photo Booth & Hollywood Selfie Station)
  ~ Talk back with the actors

 

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