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Theatre on the Road's Living History Tours

Since 2015 Theatre on the Road has been producing the Historic Cemetery Tours throughout the Hudson Valley area of New York State. Our "living history" performances have been seen at Hurley Stone House Day, the Rhinebeck Cemetery, the Beekman Arms, the Vanderbilt House and the Old Dutch Church Cemetery in Kingston. 2020 marks our 6th year at the Old Dutch Church Cemetery and once again guests will walk take a trip across three centuries and meet seven characters who made Kingston the place to be.

About Theatre on the Road

Theatre on the Road is the creation of actor, writer and director Frank Marquette along with his wife and producing partner, Kristen. They have been producing quality shows for both public and private events since 1998. Their exceptional services include: original and customized scripts, professional performers and singers, one-of-a-kind production values and the marketing and publicity skills needed to ensure the success of each event.

In 2019 Marquette produced seven original shows with 53 performances, 8 living history cemetery tours and entertained several thousand people and raised over $38,000 for various charities.

 

The Marquettes and their troupe have entertained for Fortune 500 companies, leading hotels & resorts, five star restaurants, casinos and country clubs.

 

Under the name Murder Cafe the Marquettes had an 11 year run in Las Vegas where they specialized in corporate entertainment with an emphasis on comedy murder mysteries. Frank and Kristen returned to their native New York State in 2009 and brought Murder Cafe with them. Murder Café continues to provide year-round entertainment for company and holiday parties, fundraisers, themed parties, casinos, restaurants and country clubs.

The Team

FRANK MARQUETTE (Producer, Actor, Artistic Director) Frank is the owner/operator of Murder Cafe and Theatre on the Road. As an actor he has appeared with many theatre groups in New York, Nevada and New Mexico. As a director Frank has collaborated with the Manhattan Repertory Company in New York City. As a playwright his original scripts, have been produced by Mohonk Mountain House and many other venues. Frank's on-camera work has included national commercials for Konica, a featured role on "Unsolved Mysteries", dozens of local and regional commercials and a key role in the PBS original production, "The Greatest Man in the World". Frank was recently scene as a cook in season 2 of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" on Amazon Prime. 

KRISTEN MARQUETTE (Co-Producer, Costumer) not only specializes in the design and construction of original costumes, she also contributes to the writing of each script. While Frank can be seen performing with the troupe, Kristen brings her considerable talents to the backstage area. As a professional makeup and hair stylist with 30 years experience, Kristen dresses and prepares each actor before the show and pays attention to all of the details that make each show a success.

JESSICA BOYD (Actor/Writer/Director) graduated from Bard College with a BA in English Literature and a Masters in teaching. She has been teaching English Composition at Dutchess Community College since 2018. Jessica began working with Murder Cafe as an actor in 2017. Her first show, Murder at the Speakeasy, got her hooked on comedy and interactive dinner theatre. In addition to being in murder mysteries, Jessica played two roles in Dracula and the role of Elaine in Arsenic and Old Lace. More recently, Jessica has used her background in writing to compose scripts for Murder Cafe’s affiliate companies: Theatre on the Road and Hudson Valley Radio Theatre. Her most recent scripts include a radio adaptation of Poe’s Masque of the Red Death, an original murder mystery titled Murder on the Air and monologues for “Living History” Cemetery tours in Rhinebeck and Kingston. 

Theatre on the Road's past productions include:

DRACULA

Produced on Bannerman Island, 2018 and 2019

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Since 2000, New York State's only dinner theatre version of the holiday classic. 

POE LIVE!

The famed is confronted by his characters on the eve of his mysterious death. 

WAR OF THE WORLDS

A staged reading of the 1938 radio broadcast that created a national panic. 

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE

The classic comedy produced on Bannerman Island, July 2019. 

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