Murder On the Orient Express

Runs Jun 21Jun 30, 2024
By:Agatha Christie
Adapted for the stage by:Ken Ludwig
Age Recommendation:ages 12+
Approximate Run Time:2 hours and 15 minutes (includes one intermission)
Preview Night:Pick-Your-Price Night
Ticket Discount Available:After Preview Night for Seniors, Educators, Patrons under 30, and Active Military
Wheelchair/Companion Seats:Contact the Box Office

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, 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. Ken Ludwig’s clever adaptation of the Agatha Christie classic boasts all the glamor, intrigue and suspense of Dame Agatha’s celebrated novel, with a healthy dose of humor to quicken the pace.

“Strikes the perfect balance of the cerebral and the comic. Get on board – it’s a great ride.” – Houstonian Magazine

Due to the City of Palo Alto’s seat replacement and ADA section renovations at the Lucie Stern Theater beginning May 2024, MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS will be performed at the Woodside High School Performing Arts Center.

Masks are optional in the theater building. Since public health guidance can change, we encourage you to check our regularly updated health and safety protocols at prior to each performance date. All performances and protocols are subject to change.

Director: Katie O’Bryon Champlin
Scenic and Properties Designer: Kevin Davies
Costume Designer: Lisa Claybaugh
Lighting Designer: Edward Hunter
Sound Designer: Jeff Grafton
Dialect Coach: Brennah Kemmerly
Stage Manager:
Lauren Howry
Assistant Stage Manager: Cayleigh Coester
Technical Director: Kevin Davies

Hercule Poirot: Michael Champlin
Countess Andreyni:
April Culver
Colonel Arbuthnot: Will Livingston
Greta Ohlsson: Brigitte Losey
Samuel Rachett: Kyle Dayrit
Princess Dragomiroff:
Linda Piccone
Helen Hubbard: Patty Reinhart
Michel/Headwaiter: Patrick Rivera
Hector Macqueen: Brandon Silberstein
Mary Debenham: Michelle Skinner
Monsieur Bouc:
Zachary Vaughn-Munck
Ratchett Understudy: Will Livingston
Female Roles Understudy: Allison Starr

Special events taking place during the run of this show include:

Preview Night: Pick-Your-Price
Friday, June 21
Pick-Your-Price Night makes theatre affordable for all. Choose from three ticket price suggestions.

Opening Night
Saturday, June 22
Enjoy a post-show champagne/sparkling cider toast, FREE with the purchase of a ticket for that evening’s performance.

Post-Show Cast Talkback
Sunday, June 23
Enrich your experience at our Talkback series with the director and the cast following the performance, FREE with the purchase of a ticket for any performance during the run.

ASL-Interpreted Performance
Sunday, June 30
An American Sign Language interpreter will be located near the stage at House Left for patrons who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing. Seats marked with an “i” symbol provide the best sight lines to follow the interpretation and the action on stage. We are grateful to SVCreates in partnership with the County of Santa Clara for their generous grant to improve accessibility for our actors and audience members at this production.

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