The year is 1943. The setting Hollywood. The crime…murder.
Goodbye Hollywood is an interactive murder mystery written by Daniel Stallings, where the audience are the solving the murder of Lila Schroeder, the beautiful yet damaged leading lady. The cast includes Lila’s micromanaging mother June Schultz, the suave yet sleazy leading man Geoffrey Challenger, and the struggling screenwriter Simon Pritchard.
Beyond the mystery and murder are lessons to be learned, and the one’s I gathered make up this post.
Don’t Let People Make Decisions For You
Lila’s relationship with her mother/manager is a hostile one, where June makes all decisions for Lila. It’s a suffocating experience, and it shows how dangerous it is for a person, who is not yourself, to take control over you.
Desperate Men Will Make Desperate Deals
When you are beaten down and longing for your dreams and hard work to pay off, you will do desperate things, as Simon Pritchard does when making deals with his counterparts. However, desperate deals never end the way you wanted them too, because you’re sacrificing your hard work for a little glimmer of hope, not a guarantee.
Secrets Never Stay Secrets For Long
Living your life in secret and hidden is no way to live, which all of the character show as they blackmail each other with the dirty secrets and skeletons in the closet. Why hide your life, when you can live openly and happily?
With murder, blackmail, secrets, and sorrows, these characters remind me of how life has a darker side that we must be aware of.
The show is closing it’s curtains, so it really is goodbye Hollywood….
or is it?
Daniel Stallings is a playwright and novelist from Ridgecrest, CA. He wrote, directed, and starred as Simon Pritchard in Goodbye Hollywood. He is also the author of Lighthouse and That Monster, both poetry and short story collections. You can find him at Master Mystery Productions.