Whodunit? Detective Hercule Poirot is determined to find out in Agatha Christie’s thrilling murder mystery. Ten passengers board the luxurious Orient Express that’s traveling from Istanbul to Western Europe. But after the train unexpectedly stops in the isolated, snow-swept mountains, only nine of them are still alive. A man has been murdered in his room overnight, and suddenly every passenger becomes a suspect. Tensions rise as Poirot searches for the killer lurking in their midst who just may strike again. This masterpiece from the world’s most popular mystery writer promises a suspenseful evening of theatre that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
“Engaging, entertaining, and keeps the audience enthralled from beginning to end.” — Broadway World
“Twists and turns aplenty.” — The Hartford Courant
Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express is suitable for ages 12 and up with minimal adult language. This classic literary mystery is full of dramatic plot twists and multiple acts of violence — like murder (obviously).
The show runs approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, with a 20-minute intermission.
Due to construction, performances will take place at Aronoff Center for the Arts in the Jarson-Kaplan Theater, 650 Walnut St. Cincinnati, OH 45202
For information on parking and to plan your evening, visit the Aronoff Center’s website.
Risa Brainin reveals behind-the-scenes peeks at directing Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express.Read More
Audiences for the Playhouse’s Murder on the Orient Express will have no trouble understanding why this fastidious detective continues to captivate Christie’s readers.Read More
The cast of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.
Katie Bradley (Countess Andrenyi), Andrew May (Hercule Poirot) and Taha Mandviwala (Monsieur Bouc) in Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express . Photo by Mikki Schaffner.
The cast of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.
China Brickey (Mary Debenham), Harry Davis (Hector MacQueen) and Nick Vannoy (Colonel Arbuthnot) in Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.
Andrew May (Hercule Poirot) in Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.
Dale Hodges (Princess Dragomiroff), Andrew May (Hercule Poirot) and Lenne Klingaman (Greta Ohlsson) in Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.
Nick Vannoy (Colonel Arbuthnot), Katie Bradley (Countess Andrenyi), Andrew May (Hercule Poirot), Dale Hodges (Princess Dragomiroff) and Harry Davis (Hector MacQueen) in Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.
Rob Johansen (Michel the Conductor) and Jennifer Joplin (Helen Hubbard) in Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.
Taha Mandviwala (Monsieur Bouc) and Andrew May (Hercule Poirot) in Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.
Andrew May (Hercule Poirot), (background) Rob Johansen (Head Waiter) and (background)China Brickey (Mary Debenham) in Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.
Andrew is very happy to be back at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, where he was last seen in Circle Mirror Transformation. Other credits include the Broadway national tour of War Horse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Pearl Theater, Milwaukee Repertory Theater (six seasons), Great Lakes Theatre (nine seasons), Utah Shakespeare Festival (three seasons), Idaho Shakespeare Festival (five seasons), Studio Theatre DC, Barrington Stage Company, Goodman Theatre, Cleveland Play House (six seasons), City Theater Company (four seasons); and many more. Film and
Katie is excited to be making her Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut. Select theatre credits include Guys and Dolls, A Christmas Carol from 2016 to 2019 and South Pacific (Guthrie Theater); The Cocoanuts and Into the Woods (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Mulan in Disney’s Mulan Jr. (Children’s Theatre Company); Into the Woods (Pacific Conservatory Theatre); The Comedy of Errors (Ten Thousand Things Theater) and Murder on the Orient Express (Indiana Repertory Theatre). She is also a long-time artist with Theater Mu, the premier Asian American theatre company in the Midwest. Some of her Mu credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ching Chong Chinaman, Flower Drum Song and, born out of the pandemic, the live virtual production of Today Is My Birthday. Thank you so much for supporting the arts!
China is delighted to be making her Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut. Currently based in Minneapolis, Minn., her recent regional credits include Meg in the Midwestern premiere of Brittany K. Allen’s Redwood (Jungle Theater); A Christmas Carol (Guthrie Theater); Susan Soon He Stanton’s Today Is My Birthday (Theater Mu); Lizzie in Kate Hamill’s Pride and Prejudice and Juliet in Romeo & Juliet (Park Square Theater); Smokey Joe’s Café (Ordway Center for the Performing Arts)
Dale is delighted to return to a live stage, reprising the role of Princess Dragomiroff for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, which she first played at the Indiana Repertory Theatre in 2020. After joining the Actors’ Equity Association in 1974, she lived for 16 years in New York appearing both on and off-Broadway and in regional theatres around the country. Now a resident of Cincinnati, Dale has worked regularly at all the local performing spaces, as well as with The Human Race Theatre in Dayton, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Peterborough Players. Her favorite roles include Vivian Bearing in Wit, Big Edie in Grey Gardens, Abby in Ripcord, Mary Tyrone in Long Day’s Journey Into Night, The Fool in King Lear, Dotty in Noises Off and 23 years of A Christmas Carol. For the Cincinnati Opera, Dale played the Duchess of Krakenthorp in La Fille Du Regiment (in French)! On screen, she can be seen as Athena in Emilio Estevez’s recent movie The Public, as well as in Y. York’s monodrama The Lady Who Pretends, which she recorded virtually during the pandemic for Y’s Lady Who series. The series can be accessed on the Snowflake Avalanche website.
After 25 years performing at the Indiana Repertory Theatre
Jen is thrilled to return to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Originally from St. Louis and a graduate of Wright State
Lenne is thrilled to be making her Cincinnati Playhouse debut! Her Broadway credits include
Taha is delighted to hop on board Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s team for Murder on the Orient Express! He is a BA theatre graduate from the University of Kentucky
Nick is excited to be returning to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park! Performances at the Playhouse include Shakespeare in Love and The Three Musketeers
Liz is happy to return to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.
Aaron is thrilled to be making his Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut. Originally from Northern Kentucky, he has spent the last few years performing in the Atlanta area. Regional credits include Titanic, Ragtime, The Seagull, Shenandoah
Ken Ludwig has had six shows on Broadway, seven in London's West End, and many of his works have become a standard part of the American repertoire. His 28 plays and musicals have been performed in over 30 countries in more than 20 languages and are produced throughout the United States every night of the year. Lend Me a Tenor won two Tony Awards and was called “one of the classic comedies of the 20th century by The Washington Post. Crazy For You was on Broadway for five years and won the Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Musical. In addition, he has won the Edgar Award for Best Mystery of the Year, two Laurence Olivier Awards, two Helen Hayes Awards, and the Edwin Forrest Award for Contributions to the American Theater. His plays have starred, among others, Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Tony Shaloub, Joan Collins and Hal Holbrook. His stage version of Murder on the Orient Express was written expressly at the request of the Agatha Christie Estate, and his latest play, Dear Jack, Dear Louise, won the 2020 Charles MacArthur Award for Best New Play of the Year and is optioned for Broadway. 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 in the Yale Review. He is a graduate of Harvard and Cambridge and is a frequent guest speaker for groups as varied as The Oxford-Cambridge Society, The Jane Austen Society of North America, The Folger Shakespeare Library, and The Baker Street Irregulars. For more information, see his website at www.kenludwig.com.
Risa is delighted to be making her Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut. She served as artistic director for Shakespeare Santa Cruz; associate artistic director for Kansas City Repertory Theatre and Indiana Repertory Theatre; and resident director and associate company director for the Guthrie Theater. Other directorial credits include plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Players Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Clarence Brown Theatre, Denver Center Theatre, Great Lakes Theater, History Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Mixed Blood Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Playmakers Repertory Company, Portland Stage Company, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, Syracuse Stage and more. She is the professor of theater and artistic director of
Robert is a designer living in Indianapolis, where he has designed productions for the Indiana Repertory Theatre
Regional theatre credits feature designs for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Guthrie Theater, Repertory Theatre of St Louis, Indiana Repertory Theater, Geva Theatre Center, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Folger Theatre, Studio Theatre, Anchorage Opera, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Contemporary American Theater Festival and 20 seasons at the American Players Theatre in Wisconsin. Her most special associate design work was with the late great Desmond Heeley for The Importance of Being Earnest in 2011, for which he won a Tony Award. Devon’s own design work was exhibited in Curtain Call: Celebrating a Century of Women Designing for Live Performance. Currently, she is teaching at Binghamton University in New York.
Michael is thrilled to make his first visit to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. His regional theatre credits include Seattle Children’s Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Pittsburgh Public Theatre,
Michael’s music has accompanied productions at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Mark Taper Forum, Arena Stage, TheatreWorks - Silicon Valley, Syracuse Stage, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Westport Country Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Great Lakes Playhouse and many others. His international credits include
Brooke is pleased to return for her sixth season with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Her off-Broadway credits include Breathing Time, The Faire and From White Plains (production stage manager, Fault Line Theatre). Regional theatre credits include Destiny of Desire, Once on This Island, In The Heights, Million Dollar Quartet, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Summerland and Native Gardens (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); Hair: Retrospection, Stillwater, The Whipping Man, August: Osage County, Cabaret and five seasons of A Christmas Carol (production stage manager, Kansas City Repertory Theatre); Peter and the Starcatcher and Richard II (Utah Shakespeare Festival); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Center Stage in Baltimore); The Drowsy Chaperone, Is He Dead? and Harry the Great (Creede Repertory Theatre). Assistant stage management credits include Our Town, A Flea in Her Ear, Clay, Jitney and Love, Janis (Kansas City Repertory Theatre); and work at Starlight Theatre, Stages St. Louis and Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Brooke also has worked in opera, with credits including Moscow, Cherry Town and Medea (PSM, Opera Long Beach); and Castor & Patience, La Boheme, Ariadne auf Naxos, Frida, Die Fledermaus and Tosca (ASM, Cincinnati Opera). She also spent two seasons at The Santa Fe Opera.
Brandon is thrilled to return to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park for a fourth season. Playhouse credits include the world premiere of The West End, A Christmas Carol and Steel Magnolias. For eight seasons, he was the Production Stage Manager for Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati where he managed over 40 productions. Highlights with ETC include Fun Home, The Mountaintop, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, An Iliad, Grounded, Violet, Pipeline, The Humans, Skeleton Crew and Hands on a Hardbody. During the summer, he is the Production Stage Manager for The Lexington Theatre Company where he has stage managed productions of Chicago, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Legally Blonde, West Side Story and Newsies. Other regional credits include productions of Hello, Dolly!, The Drowsy Chaperone and Side By Side by Sondheim (LOOK Musical Theatre); Red, White & Broadway, Golden: MTWichita at 50 (Music Theatre Wichita); and workshops with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and Cleveland Play House. Brandon is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Thank you to his family and his husband, A.J, for their continued love and support.