"Theatre on the Road presents a surprising mix of quality comedy, drama and music that has filled a niche. In some ways this is theatre for people who don't go to the theatre, and they're never disappointed." - Marcy Groll, Hudson, NY
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.
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 Marquettes first foray into performing in schools originated in Las Vegas with underwriting provided by the Rotary Club of Las Vegas, Murder Café was able to bring "The 50 minute version of A Christmas Carol" to at risk elementary schools for three years. Designed to be presented in a class period, all the high points of Dickens' classic were accomplished by a narrator, Scrooge and another actor playing all four ghosts. The students who saw these presentations were unlikely to be exposed to live theatre. A Christmas Carol was part of Las Vegas's elementary school reading curriculum so seeing a dramatization enhanced the students reading while introducing many to theatre for the first time.
Since returning to New York State in 2009 the Marquettes created Theatre on the Road to bring educational performances to schools and local theatres. In addition to A Christmas Carol they have added "Poe's Last Mystery" which was commissioned by the Poughkeepsie Library District to enhance their federally funded Big Read program. "Poe's Last Mystery" was so well received that Columbia-Greene Community College offered it as part of their 2013 theatre season. It has also been performed at the Rosendale Theatre and the Arts Society of Kingston and is scheduled to be presented at the Morton Library in Rhinecliff, New York as their summer fundraising event.
In 2017 Theatre-on-the-road/Murder Cafe produced seven original shows with 45 performances, entertained several thousand people and raised over $31,000 for various charities.
The Marquettes and their troupe have entertained for Fortune 500 companies, leading hotels & resorts, five star restaurants, casinos and country clubs.
FRANK MARQUETTE has been involved with hundreds of interactive comedy plays since 1994. Performing since the age of 17, Frank has appeared with many theatre groups in New York, Nevada and New Mexico. In addition, he has produced, written and emceed variety shows for many charitable causes. 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".
KRISTEN MARQUETTE 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.
Theatre on the Road and Murder Cafe employ the most professional and experienced actors available and our current troupe includes Lydia Pidlusky, Crystal Tweed, Ellen Pavloff, Jessica Boyd, Felicia Raphael, Andrew Woltman, Nanette Dalton, Eric Henn, Andrew Benedict, Kris Harrington, Jan Melchior, Lauren Thayer, Jim Keenen, and Mike Harelick. Kenny Drao is our technical director.
"Your script closely adhered to the historical facts and timeline, and proved to be very entertaining. It brought to life the prominent characters of an amazing period of growth and prosperity in Kingston, and will provide a basis for discussion of the main players of that time. The Friends of Historic Kingston is appreciative for your considerable effort and success in "Bringing Kingston's History Alive!" - Peter Roberts, President Friends of Historic Kingston