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Broke Thespians and VFW serve dinner with a side of theater

The Broke Thespians rehearse for “Dinner at Eight, Dead by Nine.”
Photo by Seth Kortz

Broke Thespians and VFW serve dinner with a side of theater

Sunday, February 11, 2024

For one night only, Broke Thespians Theatre Company is performing “Dinner at Eight, Dead by Nine,” a dinner theater production written by Michael Druce. For $15, enjoy a spaghetti dinner and determine who killed the rich and fabulous Eleanor VanHeusen with over 45 minutes of nonstop laughter. The production is a partnership with the Maurice T. Suttles VFW Post 3413, and all proceeds go toward improving the building. The show starts on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. at the VFW Hall, 1701 Hunter Rd.

The family-friendly dinner show begins when Eleanor falls face-first into her plate of spaghetti, and everyone is suddenly witness to a murder.

Tickets include a half-pound of spaghetti, garlic bread, a side salad, a cookie and a drink to enjoy during the immersive performance.

“Partnering with The Broke Thespians Theatre, we are going to be able to offer, for the first time in San Marcos, a fundraising and dining experience combination to help us grow and serve our fair city for years to come,” Commander Stephanie Brown said.

The Maurice T. Suttle’s VFW Post 3413 began as a social club for veterans, but its role in the San Marcos community has expanded to being a hub for non-profits of all varieties.

“We continuously try to better our community through the selfless service we give to local not-for-profit groups, such as the Girl Scouts of San Marcos, SMPOA, Blue Santa, the Hays County Food Bank and several others,” Commander Brown said.

Most recently, that service involved donating venue space to the Broke Thespians. For the foreseeable future, all Broke Thespians productions will take place at the VFW Hall, allowing the company to promote the arts in a safe, inclusive environment. This fundraiser represents a continuation of the relationship between the two organizations.

BrokeThespian’sTheatreCompany is a nonprofit organization founded in 2019 dedicated to enriching the San Marcos community with performance and visual arts. The company produces four shows each year with open auditions, accepting performers and technicians of all experience levels.

Most recently, the company presented San Marcos’ second annual free musical in the park, “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka.”

Learn more and get involved on via the website at, or by searching Broke Thespians Theatre Company on Facebook or Instagram.

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