Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express

Adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Spiro Veloudos

Featuring:  Remo Airaldi*, Michael John Ciszewski, Scot Colford, Sarah deLima, Kerry Dowling*, Marge Dunn, Will McGarrahan*, Davron S. Monroe*, Celeste Oliva*

Scenic Design by Brynna Bloomfield
Costume Design by Gail Astrid Buckley
Sound Design by Dewey Dellay
Lighting Design by Scott Clyde
Projection Design by Seaghan McKay
Production Stage Manager: Nerys Powell
Wardrobe: Ashley Rabon
Assistant Scenic Director: Kaitlin Umlang
Dialect Coach: Bryn Austin
Season sponsored by Richard & Sally Zeckhauser, Joe Richard & Rene Morrissette

in Memory of Rose Rocco and Yves Morrissette, and

Production sponsored by Paul & Liz Kastner
Director Spiro Veloudos sponsored by James & Judith Barr

Summary

Agatha Christie’s most-beloved murder mystery comes alive on stage in a witty new adaptation by Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor).  Just after midnight, a snow storm stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The famous train is full, but by morning it has one fewer passenger. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, his door locked from the inside. With a locomotive full of suspects – all with an alibi – and a killer on board, it’s the perfect mystery for detective Hercule Poirot, n’est-ce pas?

 

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Cast & Crew

Remo Airaldi* – Hercule Poirot

Remo Airaldi* (Hercule Poirot) returns to the Lyric Stage having previously appeared in Little Shop of Horrors, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, and My Fair Lady.  He appeared in over sixty productions at the American Repertory Theater, including Night of the Iguana, Cabaret, Oliver Twist (also at Theatre for a New Audience and Berkeley Repertory Theatre), and Island of Slaves (IRNE Award, Outstanding Actor). Other credits: nine productions including last summer’s Cymbeline (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), Shakespeare in Love (SpeakEasy Stage), Frankenstein (Central Square Theater), The King of Second Avenue (New Rep), and productions at La Jolla Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, Cirque du Soleil, American Conservatory Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Moscow Art Theatre, and Taipei International Arts Festival. He is a Lecturer in Theater, Dance, and Media at Harvard University.

Michael John Ciszewski – Hector MacQueen

Michael John Ciszewski (Hector MacQueen) is a Boston-based actor who previously appeared at the Lyric Stage in The Little Foxes. Recent credits: Peter and the Starcatcher (Hub Theatre Company of Boston), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Three Sisters (Apollinaire Theatre Company), Antigone (Flat Earth Theatre), Citizens of the Empire (Boston Public Works), and Holiday Memories (New Rep). His debut solo show Everyone is Dying and So Am I has played in Boston (Open Theatre Project) and New York City (United Solo). Michael trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and is a proud graduate of Boston University’s B.F.A. Theatre Arts program. michaeljohnciszewski.com @micjcis

Scot Colford – Michel the Conductor/Head Waiter

Scot Colford (Michel the Conductor/Head Waiter) is a Boston-based actor making his Lyric Stage debut. Recent credits: All My Sons (Praxis Stage), The Earth RoomThat Time the House Burned DownFire on Earth (Fresh Ink), and Blood on the Snow (Old State House). Other credits: Open Theatre Project, Hub Theatre, Project: Project, ImprovBoston, and Human Race Theatre. Scot has also served many years as pronouncing judge for the Boston Citywide Spelling Bee. scotcolford.com

 

Sarah deLima* – Princess Dragomiroff

Sarah deLima* (Princess Dragomiroff) was born in India, raised in England, and is returning to the Lyric Stage, home of many of her favorite roles including Inspecting Carol, Nuncrackers, Blythe Spirit, A …. My Name Will Always be Alice, On the Town, Noises Off and Grey Gardens.  A recurring member of the Shear Madness cast she has recently appeared in My Fair Lady, Billy Elliot (North Shore Music Theatre),  Marjorie Prime (Central Square Theatre), and Calendar Girls (Greater Boston Theatre Company. Mother of four, grandmother of eight, wife of one, deLima has lived in the U.S. for 50 years … remarkable, really, considering she just celebrated her 29th birthday.

Kerry A. Dowling* – Helen Hubbard

Kerry A. Dowling* (Helen Hubbard) returns to the Lyric Stage having performed in Nicholas Nickleby and Follies.  Other credits: Small Mouth Sounds (Elliott Norton Award, Best Ensemble), The Bridges of Madison County (IRNE Award, Best Supporting Actress), Casa Valentina, Carrie, Far from Heaven, Clybourne Park, Next to Normal, The Drowsy ChaperoneNineThe Great American Trailer Park Musical, RecklessJerry Springer –  the Opera, The New CenturyThe Mystery of Edwin Drood, Parade, The Women, Bat Boy, Company (IRNE Award, Best Supporting Actress), Elegies, A New Brain, Triumph of Love, Lips Together, Teeth Apart, Songs for a New World (SpeakEasy Stage), A Man of No Importance (Súgán/SpeakEasy Stage),  Onegin, Calendar Girls, Being Earnest, Steel MagnoliasPal Joey (Greater Boston Stage),The Most Happy Fella, Dueling Divas (Gloucester Stage), Distracted (Underground Railway), Gypsy (Next Door). Kerry is the recipient of the 2010 SpeakEasy Stage Outstanding Artist Award.

 

Marge Dunn – Greta Ohlsson

Marge Dunn (Greta Ohlsson) is making her Lyric Stage debut. Recent credits: Cloud 9 (Nora Theatre), Cardboard Piano (New Rep), Miss Holmes, It’s a Wonderful Life, Jonah and the Whale (Greater Boston Stage), Three Sisters, And A Nightingale Sang, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Dancing At Lughnasa (Wellesley Rep), Dog Act (Theatre on Fire), Romeo + Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing (Boston Theater Co), Macbeth (Brown Box), The Draft (Hibernian Hall). She serves as Managing Director for Boston Theater Company, and is Technical Director at the Roxbury Latin School. Marge trained at LAMDA and has B.A. in English and Theatre Studies from Wellesley College. 

 

 

 

Will McGarrahan* – Monsieur Bouc

Will McGarrahan* (Monsieur Bouc) performed at the Lyric Stage in The Little Foxes, Souvenir (Elliot Norton Award), Stage Kiss, Company, Peter and the Starcatcher, Light Up the Sky, Into the Woods, Death of a Salesman, Becky’s New Car, The Chosen, The Temperamentals, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Grey Gardens, November, and Dirty Blonde. Other local credits: The View Upstairs, The Bridges of Madison County, Casa Valentina, Big Fish, Far From Heaven, Next Fall, The Drowsy Chaperone, Reckless, Some Men, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Five By Tenn, Company, The Last Sunday in June, Elegies, Ruthless!, A Class Act, and A New Brain  (SpeakEasy Stage), Being Earnest, Mame (Greater Boston Stage Company), A Raisin in the Sun (Huntington Theatre), The Wind in the Willows, Happy Days (Gloucester Stage), Nine Circles (Publick Theatre), The Moon for the Misbegotten, and Buried Child (Nora Theater). 

Davron S. Monroe* – Colonel Arbuthnot/Ratchett

Davron S. Monroe* (Colonel Arbuthnot/Ratchett) is returning to the Lyric Stage after having appeared in Breath & Imagination (Elliot Norton Award), Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Wiz, Camelot, Company, My Fair Lady, City of Angels, Sweeney Todd, One Man, Two Guvnors, The Mikado, Avenue Q, and Ain’t Misbehavin’. Musical theatre credits include The Little Mermaid (Company Theatre), Man of La Mancha (New Rep), Caroline or Change, Godspell (Moonbox Productions), Hairspray (Reagle Music Theatre), Dreamgirls, Jesus Christ Superstar, Children of Eden, Songs for a New World (premiere, Key West Symphony, Broadway Across America), Smokey Joe’s Café, Cinderella, Streakin’!, a ’70s musical revue,  Sweet Charity, Brigadoon, and Show Boat. Cabaret: The All Night Strut. Opera: fully staged or concert/scene productions of Carmen, Treemonisha, Porgy and Bess, La finta giardiniera, Rigoletto, Lucia di Lammermoor, La fille du régiment,  L’élisir d’amore, Così fan tutte, Die Fledermaus, The Tailor of Gloucester, The Gondoliers, Aida, and Die Zauberflöte. Davron premiered the role of Thomas Edison in Juventas’s New Music Group production of Light and Power. He has also appeared with many orchestral and vocal organizations, such as Boston Landmarks Orchestra (Lost in the Stars – a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech, and The Chariot Jubilee), the First Church UU, Belmont, the Brevard Music Center (finalist, Orlando Opera’s Heinz Rehfuss Singing Actor Awards), Disney Entertainment’s Voices of Liberty, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Key West Symphony (young artist), Houston Ebony Opera Guild, the New England Spiritual Ensemble, New England Voices, the Longy School Orchestra, and many other organizations throughout the greater Boston area. Davron was the first recipient of the Bob Jolly Award for up-and-coming local actors.

Celeste Oliva* – Countess Andrenyi

Rosa Procaccino – Mary Debenham


Rosa Procaccino (Mary Debenham) returns to the Lyric Stage having appeared in The Little Foxes. Her New York credits include Appointment with Death at The Gallery Players, Jerry Finnegan’s Sister at the Emerging Artists Festival, and Express and A Fine Line at Manhattan Repertory TheatreRosa is a graduate of Northeastern University

 

 

 

Spiro Veloudos – Director

Brynna Bloomfield** – Scenic Design

Gail Astrid Buckley** – Costume Design

Scott Clyde** – Lighting Design

Dewey Dellay – Sound Design 

Seaghan McKay** –  Projection Design

Nerys Powell* – Production Stage Manager

* denotes member of Actor’s Equity Association
** denotes member of United Scenic Artists (USA-Local 829)
*** denotes member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC)

Press & Reviews

The Lyric Stage Company’s Spiro Veloudos directs “Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express,” celebrating the famous mystery writer who rose to fame during a trying time for female authors.

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Wed/Thur/Fri $69 $49
Sat/Sun $75 $55

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November 22 — December 22
3:00 pm

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