man in train car

June 28 - 30

Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express

Adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig

  • Venue
    BF Rec Center Auditorium
  • Dates
    June 28 & 29 at 7pm and June 30 at 3pm
  • Duration
    Approx. 100 Minutes (Incl 10 Min intermission)
  • Tickets
    Coming Soon

Cast List

From the Directors:

Thank you all for coming to auditions for “Murder on the Orient Express”. We had so many great auditions ,that it made casting difficult.

The script only calls for 11 main characters and with over 30 people auditioning and the limitations even further with ages and specifics on characters it means that often we have to make choices that mean, very talented people are not cast in speaking roles.

  • Tyler Schone – Michell
  • Chyann Cody – Mrs. Hubbard
  • Owen Lightenberg – Ratchet
  • Timothy Thompson- Macqueen
  • Taffy Anderson – Greta
  • Sharon Thompson – Princess
  • Katharina Steeve’s – Countess
  • Nathan Thompson – Poirot
  • Mitchell Clark – Bouc
  • Stephanie Bussiere – Mary
  • Austin Huether – Arbuthnot
    Carston Sechser – Head Waiter

Come solve this classic mystery

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed eight times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, the passengers rely on detective Hercule Poirot to identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again.

Good evening. The story you are about to witness is one of romance and tragedy, primal murder, and the urge for revenge. What better way to spend a pleasant evening together?

Hercule Poirot

Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express Characters

Hercule Poirot: is the detective. Well known and iconic with his large curled mustache and Belgian (often mistaken as French) accent. Nothing gets by him. He driven by justice and a moral code and an almost debilitating eye for perfection.

Colonel Arbuthnot: a Scotsman with a Scottish accent – mid thirties. He is honorable, matter of fact, and upright.

Miss Mary Debenham: English beauty -late 20’s. A sadness about her eyes, and anxious.

Mrs. Hubbard: outspoken American in her 50’s. Well dressed and flamboyant.

Hector Macqueen: nervous young American in his 30’s with a strained and beleaguered face. Mr. Ratchet’s secretary.

Bouc: young middle aged Belgian, good humor. Friends with Poirot. Runs the Wagon Lit. – the greatest train company in the entire world.

Princess Dragomiroff: 70’s Russian, expensively dressed and bejeweled, pompous or better yet privileged

Greta Ohlsson: Swedish, Swedish accent, 30’s and plain, frightened sheep like quality. She is the Princess’ servant.

Samuel Ratchett: middle age American business man, brusque, unforgiving, a threatening demeanor and a whiplash of a voice.

Countess Andrenyl: 20’s beautifully dressed , furs, diamonds, hair and makeup is impeccable. She has a warm smile . She is out of a fairy-tale.

Michel The Conductor: good looking Frenchman – early 40’s -quiet almost grace sense of humor. He is distinguishably more French in comparison to the Belgians, Monsieur Bouc and Hercule Poirot.

About the Show

Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express premiered at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, NJ on March 14, 2017. Directed by Emily Mann, the production featured Alan Corduner, Veanne Cox, Julie Halston and Max von Essen.

Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express Adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig

Ken Ludwig has had six productions on Broadway and eight in London’s West End. His 34 plays and musicals are staged around the world and throughout the United States every night of the year.

His first play, Lend Me a Tenor, won two Tony Awards and was called “one of the classic comedies of the 20th century” by The Washington Post. Crazy For You is currently running on London’s West End. It was previously on Broadway for five years, on the West End for three, and won the Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Musical.

In addition, he has won the Edwin Forrest Award for Contributions to the American Theatre, two Laurence Olivier Awards, two Helen Hayes Awards, the Charles MacArthur Award, and the Edgar Award for Best Mystery of the Year. His other plays include Moon Over Buffalo, Leading Ladies, Baskerville, Sherwood, Twentieth Century, Dear Jack, Dear Louise, A Fox on the Fairway, A Comedy of Tenors, The Game’s Afoot, Shakespeare in Hollywood and Murder on the Orient Express. They have starred, among others, Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Kristen Bell, Tony Shaloub, Joan Collins and Henry Goodman.

His book How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare, published by Penguin Random House, won the Falstaff Award for Best Shakespeare Book of the Year, and his essays on theatre are published in the Yale Review. He gives the Annual Ken Ludwig Playwriting Scholarship at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, and he served on the Board of Governors for the Folger Shakespeare Library for ten years. His first opera, Tenor Overboard, opened at the Glimmerglass Festival in July 2022. His most recent world premieres were Lend Me A Soprano and Moriarty, and his newest plays and musicals include Pride and Prejudice Part 2: Napoleon at Pemberley and Lady Molly of Scotland Yard.

His plays include commissions from the Agatha Christie Estate, the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Old Globe Theatre, and the Bristol Old Vic. For more information visit www.kenludwig.com.

Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express Credits

Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.
www.concordtheatricals.com

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