BAIPA board member John Byrne Barry is the writer and director of Publish or Perish — Tam Valley Mystery Writers’ Retreat Murder Mystery, opening March 10 at the Tam Valley Community Center.
A group of mystery writers, agents, and writer-wannabes gather for a conference at a remote retreat, and then there’s a real murder. They all think they’re great detectives, so they bump heads trying to solve the mystery.
The evening starts with dinner at 6:30; the murder mystery follows at 7:30. Shortly before the play ends, the actors stop and ask the audience members to help nail the murderer. Each table picks a captain who reports who they think committed the murder and why.
Barry has written two novels — Wasted, a “green noir” mystery set in the Berkeley recycling world, and Bones in the Wash: Politics is Tough. Family is Tougher, set in New Mexico during the 2008 presidential campaign. He acted in the Tam Valley murder mysteries the past two years.
Publish or Perish runs March 10, 11, 17, and 18. For reservations, call Tam Valley Community Services District at (415) 388-6393.