Bacchus Mystery Theatre

Death Rocks the Boat

During the nineteen nineties Shay began collaborating with Jon Schwartz of Bacchus Productions to create the mysteries of Bacchus Mystery Theatre. Together they wrote and produced live mysteries for the next sixteen-plus years.

(Note: Jon may be in the “Witness Protection Plan” as Vinny Verelli these days.)


Jon and Shay received a “Best Use of Entertainment”Allie Award for their murder mystery “Mobster Mash.”
Mobster Mash


Murder Amongst the Vines
Murder Mysteries produced by the writing team of Jon Schwartz and Sheilia “Shay” Thurmon.

Death Rocks the Boat

Murder Amongst the Vines

Mobster Mash

Falalala Dead a/k/a Grandma’s Last Christmas

Curtains in Casablanca a/k/a Murder in Morrocco

Murder Under the Big Top

Mystic Murder

The Lost Shofar of Jericho

The Pelican Brief Firm

While Shay performed in the murder mysteries during most of that time (she is in each of these photos), she retired from live performing after the birth of her children to stay home, be a mom, and write more.