Adapted by Ken Ludwig
Directed by David Sikking
January 7 - February 13, 2022
$36/adults, $34/Seniors. Discounts for students and groups
Show Title Sponsors: BILL & BARBARA WARNER
Directorial Sponsors: Horst & Graben Wealth Management, Drs. Bill & Ricky Korach
Guest Artist Sponsors: Sen. Bob Packwood & Elaine Franklin
Run time: 2 hours and 5 minutes
Use the little grey cells of the mind - and you will know!
It’s 1934. Snow is falling. And the Orient Express is filled to capacity. Kick-off the new year with an adventure that starts as a luxurious journey through Europe and becomes the scene of a murder in the blink of an eye. Just after midnight, the famous train is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. When the isolated passengers discover a person stabbed to death they quickly become suspects as the one and only detective Hercule Poirot strives to identify the killer before the murderer strikes again.
This clever and quick-witted adaptation by Ken Ludwig of Agatha Christie’s famous mystery, will keep you asking, “Whodunit?” Lakewood Theatre Company continues its 69th season of live theatre with Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express directed by David Sikking.
The story: Famous detective Hercule Poirot (Mark Schwahn) is called back from Istanbul to London on urgent business. He intends to book a first-class compartment on the Orient Express, run by his former friend and colleague, Monsieur Bouc (Gary Powell). The train is surprisingly full, but Bouc manages to secure Poirot a spot in the first-class cabin. While aboard the Orient Express, Poirot meets a host of peculiar characters: an aging Russian princess (Vana O’Brien), her Swedish companion (Caren Graham), a Hungarian countess (Kelsey Glasser), a Minnesota housewife (Marilyn Stacey), a Scottish colonel (Tom Walton), an English governess (Kylie Jenifer Rose), a French conductor (Tom Mounsey), a disagreeable American businessman (Alan H. King), and his anxious secretary (Matt Sunderland).
A hint to the mystery is foreshadowed as the play opens with disembodied voices recounting the abduction of Daisy Armstrong, the child of the wealthy American Colonel Armstrong and his wife, which ultimately ended with her death.
As a snowdrift halts the Orient Express in its tracks, Ratchett, a rather detestable passenger, is found stabbed multiple times in his locked train compartment. Poirot is tasked by Monsieur Bouc to solve the murder, as the killer could still be in their midst. As Poirot investigates, conflicting clues and convoluted alibis lead him to dead ends. Over the course of 48 hours, will Poirot be able to solve the case of the Murder on the Orient Express?
Though many will already know the ending, it is the ride that makes the production so much fun and Ken Ludwig injects a good mix of humor into the proceedings.
LTC’s production of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express is directed by David Sikking, the stage manager is PJ Harris, scenic design is by Demetri Pavlatos, choreography is by Laura Paxson, sound design is by Rodolfo Ortega, lighting design is by Nate & Juniper Zwainlesk, costume design is by Paige A. Hanna, the fight choreography is by Sam Dinkowitz, dialect coach is Kylie Jenifer Rose, properties design is by Micah Steury and the producer is Steve Knox.
Special WOW performances (Wine on Wednesday) - January 26, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Tickets at $25 for ages 35 and under! One hour prior to performance there will be a complimentary wine tasting. OLCC rules apply! Bring your ID for the tasting! PLEASE NOTE: for this production please do not bring food or beverage into the theatre.