Area town’s history inspires playwright

Playwright Mark Ogle spent weekends at Neosho Falls during his childhood. He uses those memories as inspiration for mystery dinner theater plays for fundraising events in Oklahoma.



March 3, 2023 - 3:02 PM

The 1907 Belvidere Mansion in Claremore, Okla., is the site of mystery dinner theater performances written by an Erie native who spent much of his childhood in Neosho Falls. Photo by
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CLAREMORE, Okla. — At the Belvidere Mansion in Claremore, Okla., “Neosho Falls” has become synonymous with mystery and entertainment. 

That’s because playwright Mark Ogle finds his inspiration from a childhood spent playing at his grandparents’ farm in Neosho Falls. He’s written several plays set in the tiny Kansas town, to use as part of a mystery dinner theater fundraiser to support the mansion. 

The latest is “The Guatney Sisters of Neosho Falls,” which will be performed March 24 and 25 at the Belvidere. 

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