One of Agatha Christie’s most intriguing and acclaimed who dunnits comes to The Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre this fall in a brand new stage adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express from Tony Award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig. The show will open on September 9th and run through the fall.
In the play, it’s just after midnight and 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 a dozen 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.
Murder on the Orient Express was first published in 1934 and has become one of Christie’s best-known works and one of Poirot’s most incredible cases. As The New York Times Book Review said at the time, “The great Belgian detective’s guesses are more than shrewd; they are positively miraculous.”
So popular has Murder on the Orient Express become since first entering our entertainment culture, it has been adapted for film, television, games, and now the stage.
Taking on the role of the fastidious world-famous investigator Hercules Poirot for Way Off Broadway’s production is Dino P. Coppa, Sr., who has appeared in other mysteries at the theatre including Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None and Clue: On Stage. Joining Coppa will be Jessica Billones as Hele Hubbard, Betsey Whitmore Brannen and Pam Neely sharing the role of Princess Dragomiroff, Brian Kaider as Constantine Bouc, Hannah Pecoraro as Greta Ohlsson, Olivia Smith as Mary Debenham, Wil Spaeth and Randy Stull sharing the role of Hector MacQueen, Steve Steele as Michel, Jordan B. Stocksdale in the dual roles of Samuel Ratchett and Colonel Arbuthnot, and Megan E. West as Countess Andrenyi.
Based on Agatha Christie’s novel of the same name, the stage adaption was written by Ken Ludwig and will be directed at Way Off Broadway by Justin M. Kiska.
Murder on the Orient Express will run September 9 – November 6, 2022, with performances every Friday and Saturday evening and matinees on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sunday of each month. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Box Office at (301) 662-6600.
To learn more about Way Off Broadway, or any of its productions, including Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, visit the theatre’s website at www.wayoffbroadway.com.