Video: First Look At Agatha Christie's MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS at Syracuse Stage

The whodunit, from the ‘Undisputed Queen of Crime,' runs March 13 - 31.

By: Mar. 18, 2024
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Get a first look at Syracuse Stage's Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, adapted for the stage by playwright Ken Ludwig. Directed by Syracuse Stage artistic director Robert Hupp, the show runs through March  31 in the Archbold Theatre at Syracuse Stage.

First published as a novel in 1934, “Murder on the Orient Express” (released in the United States under the title “Murder in the Calais Coach”) follows Agatha Christie's most enduring character, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, as he travels on urgent business from Istanbul to London aboard the luxurious trans-continental train. Poirot is accompanied, in classic Christie fashion, by a parade of eccentric – and dubious – co-passengers, all of whom become instant suspects when one of them turns up dead.

Ken Ludwig adapts the original source material – inspired, in part, by the real-life kidnapping and murder of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh's infant son in 1932 – into a taut, theatrical nailbiter, replete with the same tense, close-quartered sleuthing that has made the story a fan favorite for 90 years.

With “Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express,” Syracuse Stage Artistic Director Bob Hupp makes his 50th Anniversary Season directorial debut, after leading the company's revival of Thornton Wilder's “Our Town” in 2023.

Led by Jason O'Connell (returning to Syracuse Stage after starring in “The Play That Goes Wrong,” “Eureka Day, “Talley's Folley” and “Amadeus”) as Hercule Poirot, the cast includes John Tufts (“A Christmas Carol,” “The Play That Goes Wrong”) as Ratchett/Colonel Arbuthnot, Blake Segal (“Our Town,” “The Play That Goes Wrong,” “Matilda The Musical,” “Noises Off”) as Hector MacQueen,  Angie Janas (“The Play that Goes Wrong,” “Pride and Prejudice”) as Greta Ohlsson, Isa Providence (“Our Town”) as Mary Debenham and Shabazz Green (“The Play That Goes Wrong”) as Monsieur Bouc.

The ensemble cast also features Shannon Lamb as Helen Hubbard, Barbara Kingsley as Princess Dragomiroff, Sarah Joyce as Countess Andrenyi, Tanner Efinger as Michel the Conductor and Ryan P. Kennedy as Head Waiter, all making their Syracuse Stage debuts.

The design team features the return of many Syracuse Stage veterans, with lavish sets by Czerton Lim (set designer: “Clue,” “The Play That Goes Wrong,” “Disney's Beauty and the Beast”), luxurious lights by Dawn Chiang (lighting design: “Amadeus,” “Native Gardens,” “Next to Normal”), elaborate costumes by Tracy Dorman (costume design: “Tender Rain,” “Our Town”), expansive soundscapes by Daniela Hart and Uptown Works (sound design: “Espejos: Clean”), marvelous wigs by Bobbie Zlotnick (wig design: “Tender Rain,” “Our Town”) and cinematic projections by Nitsan Scharf (associate projections design: “Matilda The Musical”; assistant projections design: “Disney's Beauty and the Beast”) with intimacy and fight direction by Hannah “Rock” Roccisano.

Hupp added: “Whether you're a life-long Christie fan, or you're meeting her famous detective Hercule Poirot for the first time, I think this production of ‘Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express' will be a treat for audiences of all ages.”

Tickets

All evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. while all matinee performances begin at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $30 with discounts available for students and groups. Tickets may be purchased online at SyracuseStage.org, by phone at 315.443.3275 or in person at the Syracuse Stage Box Office.

Pay-What-You-Will performances for “Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express” are March 13 – 17 inclusive; Prologue conversations, three pre-show discussions that take place one-hour before curtain on March 17, 23 and 28; the Post-show Talkback will take place on Sunday, March 17 after the 7:30 performance. Syracuse Stage has its open-captioned performances scheduled for March 20 and 31 at 2 p.m. and March 30 at 7:30 p.m., as well as an audio-described performance on Sunday, March 30 at 2 p.m. The Sensory Friendly performance – designed with unique considerations for autistic adults and children, patrons with anxiety, cognitive or physical disabilities and other sensory processing needs – will take place on Tuesday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m.




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