About Do or Die
Do or Die Productions was founded by CJ Crowe and has been inviting audiences to Eat, Drink and be Wary since 1993.
Comedy and interaction are the key elements to every Do or Die show. The vast majority of shows are murder mysteries, however Poe’s Last Stanza has recently been added to the lineup. Poe’s Last Stanza is mysterious, but is not a murder mystery. More non-murder oriented interactive scripts are in the works.
Do or Die has performed as the house mystery company for Blair Mansion Restaurant (sorry folks, it’s closed now), Chesapeake Music Hall (sorry, folks, this one closed too. Nothing to do with us, we swear), Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle (we left), Chesapeake Arts Center and myriad corporate parties and fundraisers. Currently Do or Die performs regularly at the Grand, 225 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, and the Sunset Resaurant, 625 Greenway in Glen Burnie.
In 2015, Do or Die Productions was nominated for Best Professional Comic Improv Troupe by the Maryland Theatre Guide Readers’ Choice Awards. We lost. As of 2015, it is the only murder mystery company in Maryland/DC/Baltimore corridor with a 5 star YELP rating.
In short, we aim to please – but we shoot to kill.
About the Founder
CJ Crowe is the founder of Do or Die Mysteries, but Do or Die was not her first foray into murder and mayhem. She co-founded Murder Upon Request in 1987. Do or Die was born after an amicable parting of ways with her former partner in Murder Upon Request.
Crowe is the primary writer and director of Do or Die shows. As such, she finds it is much easier to get the roles she wants without having to sleep with anyone but herself. She has written, directed and produced over twenty-five murder mystery shows that she admits too, and at least ten others that she doesn’t.
Crowe is a rabid devotee of the interactive theatre genre. Don’t get her started on how interactive theatre has been dismissed by the “legitimate” traditional theatre genre. She’ll never shut up. She’ll go on and on about developing a training manual for her troupe, and how, in an interactive world, interactive theatre is the natural evolution of live performance. You’ll start yawning. She’ll get red in the face. It will be awkward. Suffice it to say, it may look effortless, but it is not.
Oh yeah, and she’s also been a teaching artist for thirty years. Classes include comedic acting, improvisation, interactive improvisation, character development, monologue study, scene study, writing for stage, speech writing, public speaking and several workshops on whole body communication for the corporate world.
Other than that, she is a fat, boring old lady who dotes on her dog.