Every story has a beginning…
Murders 4 Fun (formally Murders R Us) began in a quiet town in Oregon in 1991. Classicos, an Italian restaurant, was interested in producing some dinner theater entertainment. They called on Paul Warshauer for help. That one audience participation event that he created would turn into have him traveling all over the world writing, directing, and performing his unique and original murder mysteries.
Not just murder mysteries…
Murders 4 Fun has performed for over 400 shows and not all of them have been murders. Murders are our forte, however, mysteries are what keeps an audience coming back for more. This can range from a kidnapping to a jewel heist. Maybe a local politician has been using tax money to keep a secret such as dealing with the mob or a secret girlfriend. Nothing is off limits and all scripts are written specifically for each audience.
Bring on the talent…
We pride ourselves on using professional actors, who have gone through the audition process and proved that they have what it takes to perform in a setting which requires quick thinking, top notch improv skills, and the ability to be believable in whatever character they are cast to play. However, since all scripts are written specifically for the client, upon request, we will cast local talent to perform alongside our professionals.
Murders 4 Fun is an excellent opportunity for all actors. It gives them the knowledge and the experience to learn the art form of improvisational acting. For anyone looking to become a professional actor, knowing improv can only heighten your abilities and talent. For anyone interested in auditioning, or holding auditions, please contact us for details.
Paul Warshauer – Producing Artistic Director, Author, Director & Host
Paul Warshauer has been involved in performing arts for over 40 years. A proud Chicagoan, Mr. Warshauer began his career at age 10 playing Macbeth in a school play and he’s been hooked ever since! Mr. Warshauer produced and directed his first play, “Adventures in Storybook Land” at Bay Harbor Elementary School in Florida in the 6th grade. His paternal grandfather, Ben Warshauer, who was a pioneer in the automobile parking business, supplied Captain Hook’s hat for Paul, while his Grandmother, Libby Warshauer, typed the program.
He graduated from Cleveland Heights High School with high honors and went on to study theater at Northwestern University. While there, he created and produced the original improvisational show, Mee-Ow Show, which is now in its 33rd year. He worked for the Library of Congress in film cataloging then attended California State University.
Since then, Paul has written, produced and directed nearly 300 productions. These include main stage musical plays, (South Pacific, Man of LaMancha, Guys and Dolls, Annie Get Your Gun, Follies) and has created and directed many programs for Youth Theater, (Treasure Island, Peter Pan, The History of the Universe in 94 Minutes). He directs theater classes and plays for adults, elementary, junior and senior high school kids, and has taught theater arts in public and private schools.
Paul also involves himself in play writing, sketch comedy, directing musicals, and in counseling. He earned teaching credentials in California, Oregon and Illinois. He also worked with kids of all ages in summer camps in California, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, and Oregon in theatre and drama. Paul also is proud of the work he has performed in youth development centers and drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinics. His goal is to help children (and adults) develop creativity, communication, self esteem and life trust skills using theater games and role playing.
Paul’s interest in Murder Theater began in 1991 when he created audience participation dinner theaters for Classicos, an Italian restaurant in Oregon. Little did he suspect then that this interest would lead to over 200 original murder mystery plays for clients including Motorola, Toyota, TAP Pharmaceuticals, hotels, bed and breakfasts, Elks, Masons, Soroptomists, high schools, football teams, volleyball teams, many law firms, and corporations.
Eric Dwight – Executive VP, Host, Actor
Eric Dwight was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota, to a college professor and an elementary school teacher. The youngest out of a blended family of seven, this shy man didn’t get started in performing until attending Lincoln Northeast High School in Lincoln, Nebraska. It was there he was introduced to improvisational comedy. It was an art form that allowed him break out of his shell and coming to the realization that those who say the least have the most to say. After graduating, he attended Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska, majoring in broadcasting. Eric worked his way through school as an on-air radio personality at KTCH in Wayne, KNEN in Norfolk, Nebraska, as well as the local college station, KWSC. Meanwhile, he performed in the college theatre productions of “Three Musketeers”, “Frogs”, and “What the Butler Knew” to name a few.
Before graduating from Wayne State College, Eric wrote, directed, and starred in a short film titled “Slate”, which went on to win a 1st Place Golden Leaf Award. (Golden Leaf Awards recognize the best in college Film, TV, and Radio in the state of Nebraska) Over the next decade, Eric produced, directed, wrote, and starred in over ten short films and two feature films. He continues to produce short and feature films today with RoomMate Productions and SLATE Entertainment. Eric also signed with the talent agent Reel People Models and Talent and has acted in film and commercials such as Nebraska Furniture Mart and a promo for “Only in America” with Larry the Cable Guy. He also worked on the Academy Award winning film “Up in the Air” with George Clooney.
In 2010, Eric met Paul Warshauer at an open improv audition for Murders 4 Fun. Out of the 30 people who auditioned, he was one of four people chosen to perform with the group. Since joining the group, Eric has performed in about 35 shows all over Nebraska, South Dakota, and Iowa. In 2013, Paul made the decision to bring Eric on as Vice President of Murders 4 Fun to handle tasks such as casting, promoting, and accounting.
Eric lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with his wife Angela and two daughters Lenka and Janika. While working busily with Murders 4 Fun, he works a day job, continues to write and produce independent films, work as a TV and Film actor, and coach Lenka’s Softball team. Eric is also prepping his daughter Janika so she can follow in her daddy’s footsteps as an entertainer and performer.
Robert Javinette – Vice President, Casting
Robert Javinette’s career started at an early age when he was bitten by the acting bug when he was visiting New York City in the 80s. Life took him in a different direction to raise a family in East Hartford, CT, but his love for performing never waned. While working for a Life Insurance company he became part of the Aetna Players where he was a lead in You Know I Can’t Hear You When The Water’s Running as well as Business Manager of the group for over 5 years. From there he appeared in other plays as well, but again life took him out of the business till 2010 when he decided he was going to return to acting full time. His acting coach though told him if he wanted to appear on television or film he needed to move west. In 2010 he appeared in his first film as a principal in the cult indie classic feature, New Beginnings filmed in Massachusetts. Robert started appearing in several TV police shows in NYC, as well including a small featured role in the long running TV show Person of Interest. Eventually he met Mr. Warshauer through a Craigslist ad looking for actors in Connecticut and that started his career appearing in many Murder Mysteries in the Midwest. Appearing with the master, Mr. Warshauer in Omaha, Nebraska and even Red Creek, NE as well as the pilot, “It’s Murder Out There!” for the TV show in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Since 2014 in the Los Angeles area Robert has appeared in over 40 projects ranging from features to music videos with the likes of Toby Keith and Janelle Monae to many commercials both local and National. His most recent film credits include It Happened One Day in Venice, Mike Boy, and Apathy Equals Death. He also is part of an improv troupe in west Los Angeles.
He will be entering Groundlings in 2018 and plans to continue his career in the Murder Mystery arena as well as working in films in Atlanta.
Robert has two grown children Matthew and Danae.