Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express

Adapted by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Spiro Veloudos

Remo Airaldi*  –  Hercule Poirot
Will McGarrahan*  –  Monsieur Bouc
Rosa Procaccino  –  Mary Debenham
Michael John Ciszewski  –  Hector
Scot Colford  Michel the Conductor/Head Waiter
Sarah deLima*  –  Princess Dragomiroff
Marge Dunn  –  Greta Ohlsson
Celeste Oliva*  –  Countess Andrenyi
Kerry A. Dowling*  – Helen Hubbard
Davron S. Monroe*  – Colonel Arbuthnot/Samuel Ratchett
Josie Chapuran  – Daisy Armstrong

Just after midnight, a snow storm stops the luxurious Orient Express in its tracks. The train is filled with eccentric passengers, suddenly minus one – an American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, his door locked from the inside. With a car full of suspects – each with an alibi – it’s the perfect mystery for none other than famed detective Hercule Poirot, n’est-ce pas?   Ride the rails through this tangled tale, where film noir atmosphere mixes with art deco elegance, as the world’s most clever sleuth uncovers clue after clue until arriving at the ultimate, shocking reveal.

Content Advisory: gunshot sounds, blood, dagger, violence, murder, and suicide

A joyful child is heard with her parents and nanny. After the nanny lovingly puts the child to bed, we hear her scream as a man is seen in the shadows. 

Hercule Poirot, a detective, walks into view and speaks directly to the audience, letting them know the story they are about to share is about “romance and tragedy, primal murder, and the urge for revenge” and brings the audience with him to the start of the story at a restaurant in Istanbul.

The Head Waiter escorts Poirot into the dining room where Poirot meets his old friend, Bouc, who runs the Wagon-Lit, the train company that owns the Orient Express. Bouc invites Poirot to join him for the train’s journey that evening, but they are quickly told that there are no more first class tickets and the train is unexpectedly full. Bouc insists that Poirot take his compartment, and the plan for the journey is set.

We are transported to the platform and we meet everyone boarding the train: Michel, the train conductor; Princess Dragomiroff from Russia, and her companion Greta Ohlsson; Miss Mary Debenham, and Colonel Arbuthnot from England; American businessman Samuel Ratchett and his assistant, MacQueen; a Hungarian countess, Elena Andrenyi; and Mrs. Helen Hubbard, a mid-Westerner. Poirot enters and approaches Michel, the conductor, to help him find his compartment and Michel immediately recognizes him. Ratchett immediately tries to create a business deal with Poirot, but Poirot mentions that he is strictly on vacation. 

In one of the dining cars of the train, everyone is gathered chatting, and Ratchett is attempting to make a business deal again with Poirot. While this is happening, he flashes a gun but Poirot doesn’t see it. Poirot again declines the offer and exits. Ratchett then stops the Countess and she ends up slapping him after he upsets her. The train begins its journey as a snowstorm rages outside.

As the passengers get settled in their compartments for the evening, Ratchett is angry and drinking wine. Ratchett shouts angrily at Mrs. Hubbard’s loud singing. Mrs. Hubbard barges into his compartment to confront him,  sees the gun on his night table, and quickly returns to her compartment—and her singing.  

Michel calls ahead to the Belgrade Station reporting that the snow is getting heavier by the minute, but the signal is lost. 

On the observation deck, we find Mary and Colonel Arbuthnot. Mary mentions that they have to stop “this” and Arbuthnot reminds her that they are doing nothing wrong. Arbuthnot kisses her as MacQueen enters and the train suddenly stops. MacQueen decides to take a look at what’s wrong and leaves.

Mrs. Hubbard, in her compartment, screams for help. She tells Bouc that a man suddenly appeared in her room but quickly disappeared, and she doesn’t know where he went. Poirot comes in to tell them that the train has stopped, and Bouc confirms that the train is stuck in a snowdrift and they will be until men can be sent from Belgrade to dig them out. 

The passengers greet each other in the morning, but concern grows when Ratchett does not open his door. They knock down the door of his compartment and find him dead. Poirot preliminarily examines the stab wounds and evidence around the room and concludes that is this must be a murder. Bouc begs Poirot to solve the mystery. Poirot acquiesces, and (with the assistance of the medically-trained Countess and Bouc) upon further investigation of the items in the room, he reveals the true identity of Ratchett: Bruno Cassetti, the murderer of the child Daisy Armstrong, who had escaped the charges with the help of the mob. 

In the dining car, Poirot begins his questioning of the passengers. The Princess reveals that her best friend was Daisy Armstrong’s grandmother, the American actress Linda Arden, and reminds Poirot that a  housemaid, both parents, and an unborn child also died as a result of Daisy’s murder. Upon learning Ratchett’s true identity, MacQueen reveals that his father was the district attorney who had attempted to prosecute Cassetti. MacQueen also confirms that he saw a second conductor on the train last evening, wearing a uniform identical to that of Michel. Mrs. Hubbard appears, and announces that she has found a button that says “Orient Express”left by the man in her compartment. Colonel Arbuthnot enters the car, looking for Mary. Suddenly, they hear another gunshot and run through the corridor to Ratchett’s room only to find Mary, covered in a pool of blood, and with Ratchett’s gun next to her.

As Mary revives, the Countess confirms that she has been shot in the arm. Mary tells Poirot that while looking for an aspirin, she looked in Mrs. Hubbard’s bag and found a knife covered with blood. In her surprise, she backed into Ratchett’s compartment, where a man shot her.  

Michel comes on the radio again stating they have an emergency and need assistance, but receives no answer.

Poirot is waiting in the dining car and Bouc comes rushing in stating that there is no one on the train that shouldn’t be there. Poirot is frustrated as each of the passengers has an alibi. Poirot continues to question Mary about the shooting, and after she leaves, proclaims her to be a liar. Based on the powder burn on her blouse, he has deduced that the gunman must have been very close to her. Poirot then confirms that Michel’s uniform has no missing or recently sewn-on buttons, and Michel confirms that there are no other passengers on the train, except for a mother and child in second class and no second conductor – only a ticket taker in second class, who is a rather large gentleman. Upon learning that Greta and the princess also have said they saw a second conductor, Poirot retrieves Greta’s suitcase, and once the Princess confirms that the mysterious second conductor was small, like a woman, he has her open the case to reveal a uniform jacket, with one button missing and a pass key for all the compartment doors in the pocket. As Greta is overcome, Poirot assures her he is not accusing her, and asks the women to return to their rooms while he speaks in private with the countess. 

As Poirot questions the countess, she confirms his suspicions that she is actually Daisy Armstrong’s aunt, but that she didn’t know Ratchett’s true identity until Poirot told her, and that if she had, she would have pushed the dagger in herself. 

As the passengers gather in the dining car, they realise they have all been summoned by Poirot. He, Bouc, and Michel join the passengers. Poirot questions Arbuthnot, who reveals that the secret he and Mary have been hiding is that they are in love despite the fact that he is still married. When Poirot points out that the colonel was friends with Colonel Armstrong during the war, Arbuthnot explodes with anger, questioning what Poirot knows about honor, loyalty, and justice. Poirot reveals that he has solved the murder, and shares his findings everyone assembled.

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Scenic Design by Brynna Bloomfield**
Costume Design by Gail Astrid Buckley**
Sound Design and Original Music by Dewey Dellay
Lighting Design by Scott Clyve**
Projection Design by Seaghan McKay**
Wig and Make Up Design by Jason Allen
Assistant Director: Hal Scardino
Assistant Scenic Design: Kaitlin Umlang
Production Stage Manager:  Nerys Powell*
Assistant Stage Manager: L. Arkansas Light*
Assistant Stage Manager: Angela Harrington
Dialect Coach: Bryn Austin

Running time is approximately two hours with one intermission.

2019-20 Season sponsored by Lee & Diana Humphrey, Joe Richard & Rene Morrissette in Memory of Rose Rocco and Yves Morrissette, and our corporate sponsor:

Production sponsored by Paul & Liz Kastner
Director Spiro Veloudos sponsored by Judith & James Barr
Scenic Design sponsored by Jean Rosenberg & Peter Southwick
Davron S. Monroe sponsored by Sam & Gretchen Shubrooks

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Agatha Christie (1890-1976) is the author not only of The Mousetrap, the longest running stage production in history, but also And Then There Were None and Witness for the Prosecution,  to name but a few of her greatest stage successes. Her novels have sold more than two billion copies around the world, and she is only outsold by the Bible and Shakespeare. Born in 1890, in Torquay, Devon, England, to an American father and English mother, she wrote her first play Black Coffee (the only play in which she chose to feature Poirot) in 1930 having been disappointed by the way The Murder of Roger Ackroyd had been adapted into Alibi in 1928. She adapted her bestselling novel And Then There Were None for the stage in 1943, giving it a different ending, followed by, in quick succession, Appointment with Death (1945), Murder on the Nile (1946) and The Hollow (1951). With The Mousetrap (1952), Witness for the Prosecution (1953), and Spider’s Web (1954), she became the only female playwright to have three plays running in the West End at the same time. Later plays include Towards Zero (1956) co-adapted with Gerald Verner, Verdict (1958) possibly her most unusual play, Go Back for Murder (1960), and Rule of Three (1962) a series of three one act plays. After a hugely successful career and a wonderful life, Ms. Christie died peacefully on 12 January 1976. You can read Agatha Christie’s own account of her life in An Autobiography which was published after her death in 1977.

Ken Ludwig (Adaptor) is a two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright who has written over 26 plays and musicals, including six shows on Broadway and seven in London’s West End. His first Broadway play, Lend Me a Tenor, won two Tony Awards and was called “one of the classic comedies of the 20th century” by The Washington Post. His other awards include the Helen Hayes Award, the 2017 Samuel French Award for Sustained Excellence in the American Theatre, the Edgar Award for Best Mystery of the Year, and the Edwin Forrest Award for Contributions to the American Theater. His book How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare, published by Penguin/Random House, won the Falstaff Award for Best Shakespeare Book of the Year, and his essays are published by the Yale Review. Ken’s best-known works include Crazy for You (5 years on Broadway, Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Musical), Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo, The Game’s Afoot, Baskerville, Sherwood, A Fox on the Fairway, and a stage version of Murder on the Orient Express, written expressly at the request of the Agatha Christie estate. His newest play, The Gods of Comedy, premieres in 2019 at The McCarter Theater in Princeton and The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. On Broadway and on the West End, his plays have starred Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Tony Shalhoub, Lynn Redgrave, and Joan Collins. He holds degrees from Harvard, where he studied music with Leonard Bernstein, Haverford College, and Cambridge University. His work has been performed in over 30 countries in more than 20 languages, and is produced somewhere in the United States and abroad every night of the year. kenludwig.com

Remo Airaldi* – Hercule Poirot

Remo Airaldi* (Hercule Poirot) returns to the Lyric Stage having previously appeared in Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Foxes, 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.

 

Josie Chapuran – Daisy Armstrong

Josie Chapuran (Daisy Armstrong) makes her screen debut with Murder on the Orient Express. She is in second grade at a Boston Public School. Josie studies violin at musiConnects, is a member of the Boston College Women’s Basketball team Hoop Club and enjoys playing soccer and basketball. Josie wants to be an artist when she grows up and enjoys playing with her twin sister, Marie, and her older sister, Eva, who is currently appearing in Radium Girls at Wheelock Family Theatre.

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), 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, the home of many of her favorite roles including Inspecting Carol, Nuncrackers, Blithe 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 Stage Company). Mother of four, grandmother of eight and 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 Company),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) has performed at the Lyric Stage in The Little Foxes, Souvenir (Elliot Norton Award), Road Show, 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 having appeared in Breath & Imagination (Elliot Norton Award), The Wiz, Camelot, Company, My Fair Lady, City of Angels, Sweeney Todd, One Man, Two Guvnors, The Mikado, Avenue Q, and Ain’t Misbehavin’. Other credits: The View Upstairs (SpeakEasy Stage), The Little Mermaid, Ragtime (Company Theatre), Man of La Mancha (New Rep), Caroline or Change, Godspell (Moonbox Productions), Hairspray (Reagle Music Theatre), DreamgirlsJesus Christ SuperstarChildren of EdenSongs for a New World (premiere, Key West Symphony, Broadway Across America), Smokey Joe’s Café. Other appearances: Boston Landmarks Orchestra (Lost in the Stars – a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech, and The Chariot Jubilee), Brevard Music Center, Disney Entertainment’s Voices of Liberty, South Florida Symphony, Houston Ebony Opera Guild, and the New England Spiritual Ensemble. Davron was the first recipient of the Bob Jolly Award for up-and-coming local actors.

Celeste Oliva* – Countess Andrenyi

Celeste Oliva* (Countess Andrenyi) is an American actress with numerous appearances at the Lyric Stage, having appeared in Chinglish (IRNE Award, Best Actress and Best of Boston), Stage Kiss, and Becky’s New Car. Celeste played Barbara DeMarco in the off-Broadway production of Shear Madness, a role she plays with regularity here in Boston. Regional credits include It’s a Wonderful Life, The Radio Play, Abigail 1702 (Merrimack Rep), Romeo and Juliet (Huntington Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), Grounded (IRNE Award), Arcadia (IRNE Award), Between Riverside and Crazy  (IRNE Award), and Small Mouth Sounds (Elliot Norton Award, Best Ensemble) (SpeakEasy Stage). TV credits include A Sweet Romance, SMILF, Castle Rock, and Olive Kitteridge. Upcoming films: I Care A Lot, and the second season of NOS4A2. Ms. Oliva is also a voice actress and book narrator. celestejoliva.com

 

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

Brynna Bloomfield** (Scenic Design) returns to the Lyric Stage after designing the masks for last season’s production of Pacific Overtures. Previous favorite scenic designs at the Lyric Stage include Rich Girl, The Chosen, The Goat, The Importance of Being Earnest, and her all-time favorite, Never the Sinner. Other venues include the Nora Theater, Company One, SpeakEasy Stage, Greater Boston Stage Company, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, and art spaces for CONSENSES Exhibits at MassMoCA and Martha’s Vineyard. Brynna teaches at Emerson College, where she also runs a summer design program for high school students. As an artist she surreptitiously draws portraits of strangers which she presents to her subjects before running away @INoticeYou.

Gail Astrid Buckley** – Costume Design

Gail Astrid Buckley** (Costume Design) returns to the Lyric Stage having designed Pacific Overtures, The Little Foxes, My Fair LadyCat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Souvenir among many others. Recent work includes Lifespan of a Fact (Gloucester Stage) and assistant costume designer on the film I Care A Lot starring Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, and Dianne Wiest. Upcoming designs include the 11th annual A Christmas Carol (Hanover Theatre) and the opera La Calisto (New England Conservatory). Gail has received two Elliot Norton Awards and two IRNE Awards for Costume Design. Gail is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.

Scott Clyve** – Lighting Design

Scott Clyve** (Lighting Design) returns to the Lyric Stage having designed Blithe Spirit, Legacy of Light, Kiss Me, Kate, Follies, Man of La Mancha (2007 IRNE Award), 1776, and Nicholas Nickleby (2010 IRNE Award). Recent area credits include The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Women (SpeakEasy Stage), Suessical, Honk!, The Miracle Worker, Anne of Green Gables, Hairspray (Wheelock Family Theatre), Express Yourself ’07-’13 (Wang Theatre), City Spotlights (Shubert Theater), The Urban Nutcracker (John Hancock Hall), and Ice Chips at Harvard’s Bright Hockey Center. Broadway credits include The Gathering and the Broadway national tour of Your Arms Too Short to Box with God. Other national tours include Song of Singapore, Dance Across America, and Scrooge the Musical. Opera credits include The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro, and The Merry Widow (Syracuse Opera). Television credits include three seasons of the network broadcast concert for Gospel Superfest. Mr. Clyve is the lighting director of Comcast’s Newsmakers across the county. Mr. Clyve has taught at Boston College and is a graduate of Purchase College at S.U.N.Y.

Dewey Dellay – Sound Design/Original Music

Dewey Dellay (Sound Design/Original Music) returns to the Lyric Stage having designed The Thanksgiving PlayAnna Christie, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Death of a Salesman, Miss Witherspooon (Elliot Norton Award), 9 Parts of Desire (Elliot Norton Award), and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.  Other design/composition credits: The Bakelite MasterpieceCardboard Piano (New Rep), Constellations (Elliot Norton Award, Underground Railway Theater), Universe Rushing Apart (Commonwealth Shakespeare), and Admissions (Speakeasy Stage). TV: music for five seasons of This is Life with Lisa Ling (CNN).  Music composition for digital children’s books produced by Live Oak Media.

Seaghan McKay** – Projection Design

Seaghan McKay** (Projection Design) returns to the Lyric Stage having previously designed projections for Sondheim on Sondheim [IRNE Award], On the Town, and Big River.  Recent highlights include Swan Lake (Boston Ballet), La Bohème, The Flying Dutchman (Boston Lyric Opera), Gershwin Spectacular: Promenade (Boston Pops), Educating Rita (Huntington Theatre), The Heath, Little Orphan Danny, Memory House (Merrimack Rep), Best of Enemies (Florida Rep) All The Way (TheatreSquared), A Disappearing Number (Underground Railway Theater), Golda’s Balcony (IRNE Award, New Rep), Big Fish, Carrie: the Musical, Next to Normal, Nine, Striking 12, [title of show], Jerry Springer: The Opera (SpeakEasy Stage), 27 Tips for Banishing The Blues (Sleeping Weazel), Merrily We Roll Along, Rent (Boston Conservatory), Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992; Light Up The Sky (Emerson Stage), Two Dance Stories: Stop All The Clocks,  Beyond The Boundaries (Brandeis Theater Company).  He assisted Broadway projection designer Peter Nigrini on the PBS documentary Becoming Helen Keller.  He is a Lecturer in Lighting Production and Media Design at the Boston University School of Theater.  seaghanmckay.com.

Bryn Austin – Dialect Coach

Bryn Austin (Dialect Coach) returns to the Lyric Stage where she’s served as dialect coach for The Little FoxesVirginia Woolf’s OrlandoHold These TruthsMurder for TwoPeter and the StarcatcherSaturday Night/Sunday Morning, Intimate Apparel, Sweeney ToddGroundswell, and Blithe Spirit, and appeared in Dead Man’s Cell Phone. Recent Boston area coaching credits: Cardboard Piano (New Repertory Theatre), Dancing at Lughnasa (Gloucester Stage), and bare stage (Festival Theater).  Selected regional credits: Cabaret (Palace Theater, Manchester, NH), The Secret Garden (Main Street Arts, VT), and Mary Poppins (New England Youth Theater, VT).  Bryn serves on the Voice and Speech faculty at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. brynaustin.com

Jason Allen – Wig and Make Up Design

Jason Allen (Wig and Make Up Design) returns to the Lyric Stage having designed for The Little Foxes. Other local credits: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Huntington Theatre), Così fan tutte (Mill City Summer Opera), Broadway: The 39 Steps, Waitress, Straight White Men

Nerys Powell* – Production Stage Manager

Nerys Powell* (Production Stage Manager) was the AEA Assistant Stage Manager for Little Shop of Horrors.  Last season, Nerys was the AEA Assistant Stage Manager for Kiss of the Spider Woman and the Production Stage Manager for Breath & Imagination, The Little Foxes, and Pacific Overtures. Nerys holds a B.A. in English Literature from the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY and is a member of Actor’s Equity Association.

Arkansas Light* – Assistant Stage Manager (thru Dec. 6)

Arkansas Light* (Assistant Stage Manager, thru December 4) returns to the Lyric Stage where she previously stage managed Kiss of the Spider Woman, Assassins, Never the Sinner, The Judas Kiss, No Way to Treat a Lady, And the World Goes ‘Round, Sideman, Inspecting Carol, and The Curse of the Bambino. Other stage management credits include School Girls, Or, The African Mean Girls Play, Once, Allegiance, The Bridges of Madison County, Significant Other, Bootycandy, Necessary Monsters (SpeakEasy Stage), Edward II, The Comedy of Errors, MacBeth, Medea, The Hotel Nepenthe (Actors’ Shakespeare Project), Back the Night, Absence, Windowmen, Legally Dead, Mortal Terror, The River Was Whiskey (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre), Shear Madness (Charles Playhouse), and The Christmas Revels (Revels, Inc, Sanders Theatre). She has also worked locally with The Nora Theatre, Underground Railway, Bridge Rep, Greater Boston Stage Company, Brandeis Theatre, and The Publick Theatre. She holds a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and an M.A. from Purdue University.

Angela Harrington – Assistant Stage Manager (Dec. 7-22)

Angela Harrington (Assistant Stage Manager, December 5-22) is returning to the Lyric Stage having worked as production assistant for The Roommate. Angela graduated with a B.A. from Bridgewater State University in 2018. She has recently become the Associate Managing Director for Brown Box Theatre Project, a touring theatre company based in Boston, MA. Her recent stage management credits include We Are Proud to Present… (Brandeis University), Jukebox 2.0, As You Like It (Brown Box Theatre Project), bare stage (Boston Center for the Arts), and The Wizard of Oz (Family Performing Arts Center). In 2017, she presented her work on Immersive theatre at the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. She would like to thank her family and Will for their love and support.

Matt Chapuran – Executive Director

Matt Chapuran (Executive Director) returns to the Lyric Stage where he was the Managing from 2014 to 2018.  He was previously Managing Director of Stoneham Theatre, where he co-produced over 70 plays, musicals, concerts, and educational productions for an annual audience that grew to over 50,000. During his tenure, Matt ran the 2010 Boston Marathon with Producing Artistic Director Weylin Symes in support of Stoneham Theatre’s educational mission. At the Nora Theatre Company, Matt was Managing Director during the inception of a capital campaign that ultimately led to the construction of the Central Square Theater. Matt also managed institutional giving for the Huntington Theatre Company, and was most recently the Director of Development for Conservatory Lab Charter School Foundation in Dorchester. A graduate of Boston College with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Emerson College, Matt has performed, taught, and directed improvisation for over two decades, most recently as a part of Babson College’s M.B.A. program, as one half of the improv team The Angriest Show in the World, and as the director of Improvised History. He lives in Roslindale with his wife and their three daughters.

 

ADDITIONAL PRODUCTION STAFF

Intimacy Director, Ted Hewitt

Assistant Director, Hal Scardino

Assistant to the Scenic Designer, Kaitlin Umlang

Wardrobe, Kimberly Berry, Ashley Rabon

Run Crew, William Reber

Master Electrician, Austin Genannt

 

SPECIAL THANKS

 

Assistance with accent and dialects: Beni Barbarics, Russell Clarke, Maria Czeller, Anne Deconinck, Szilvi Dombi, Milivoje Jokanović, Bahadir Kavlakli,Léo Lalou, Olga Lisovskaya, Uriah Mundell, Anton Njavro, Afanasy Prokhorov, Maria René, Sandra Spetz, Anne Squire, Hana Starobinets, Maxim Starobinets, Miran Tikvicki, Maxime Van Cauter, Sharon Willson

 

* 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

Veloudos has an ensemble of many stars who form a sparkly constellation in service of the production! Get your ticket punched for a ride on the Orient Express!

BWW Review: AGATHA CHRISTIE’S MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS: Rogues on the Rails | Broadway World

If Airaldi as Poirot is one star of the Lyric Stage production, the design elements are surely the other, enhanced by a lavish stage set that moves, belches smoke, whistles, and reflects a snow scene through its windows, the whole of it somehow tucked onto the tiny Lyric Stage space. The magicians responsible for the effects are set designer Brynna Bloomfield, projection designer Seaghan McKay, and Scott Clyve, lighting designer.

Theater Review: Remo Airaldi is arresting as Hercule Poirot in Lyric’s ‘Orient Express’ | The Metrowest Daily News

The acting turns are universally tantalizing, and oh, what a cast of characters to suspect!

Lyric’s “Murder”: Twelve Suspects Walk into a Car | South Shore Critic

Described by Christie as ‘the train of my dreams’, Christie boarded the Orient Express and settled into her wagon lit compartment. In An Autobiography, she recalls the journey being everything that she had dreamed of, describing her ‘fascination of looking out on an entirely different world.’

Christie’s Travels on the Orient Express | The Home of Agatha Christie

I think what Agatha Christie wrote in essence are comedies or great standard mysteries of the mystery genre being sort of comic because it’s so satisfying and has extravagant characters like comedies do. The humor really grew out of those characters.

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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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Ticket Prices

Day Center Section Side Section
Wed Mat $53 $37
Wed/Thur/Fri $69 $49
Sat/Sun $75 $55

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November 22 — December 22
3:00 pm

Running Time: Approximately two hours with one intermission.
Box Office: 617-585-5678
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