Adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig
Actors will be considered for all roles regardless of gender identity, or age suggested . STC is committed to a diverse and inclusive cast, crew, and staff whenever possible. While we are actively seeking a diverse cast, actors should be prepared to execute portrayals in accordance with the script.
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, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, the passengers rely on the famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot to identify the murderer – before he, she or they decides to strike again. Everyone is a suspect in this celebrated mystery crime drama.
Ken Ludwig’s clever adaptation of the Agatha Christie classic boasts all the glamour, intrigue, and suspense of Dame Agatha’s celebrated novel, with a healthy dose of humor to quicken the pace.
Note: All characters participate in fight choreography to a degree. All characters will participate in physical intimacy in that they will be in close physical proximity in train corridors, compartments, etc.
Strictly a Non-Equity production. There is no pay.
11 characters, including six males and five females between the ages of 20 and 80, with most parts requiring an accent.
Show dates - August 16 - 28
Audition dates - TBD - sooner rather than later so cast have time for line memorization
Hercule Poirot – Male, suggested age 40- 70, nationality Belgian - The famous Belgian detective. Precise, intelligent, with impeccable taste and style.
Monsieur Bouc – Male, suggested age 30-70, nationality Belgian - M. Bouc owns the Wagon Lit train service. He is a friend of M. Poirot and is aboard the Orient Express with him. He too is Belgian, middle-aged and of good humor.
Hector MacQueen – Male, suggested age 30s, - 40's nationality American, NY - A beleaguered, nervous American in his 30s who travels with Mr. Ratchett as his secretary.
Michel/ Head Waiter – Male, suggested age 20-40's Michel is the Wagon Lit conductor. He is a good-looking Frenchman, in his 40s, with a quiet, almost grave, sense of humor. Monsieur Bouc knows and trusts him.
Colonel Arbuthnot – Male, suggested age 30-50's, nationality Scottish - An army officer with a Scottish accent who served in India. He is honorable and upright if a bit rigid and, at times, dim. He has a romantic connection with Ms. Debenham. Note: The character participates in physical intimacy.
Samuel Ratchett – Male, suggested age 40-50's, nationality American (NY) - A brusque American business tycoon who is mysteriously murdered by being stabbed a dozen times in his locked train compartment.
Helen Hubbard – Female, suggested age 50's, nationality American - A self-privileged, middle-aged, outspoken American who is flamboyant and often demanding.
Mary Debenham – Female, suggested age 20's, nationality English - in her late 20s to mid-30s. She is a governess and a paramour of Colonel Arbuthnot. Note: The character participates in physical intimacy.
Princess Dragomiroff – Female, suggested age 60+, nationality Russian - in her dotage, expensively dressed and heavily bejeweled. She has a strong Russian accent and an imperious manner.
Countess Andrenyi – Female, suggested age 20 - 40's, nationality Hungarian - A brilliant young doctor who is always dressed to the nines. She speaks a little English and has a charming Hungarian accent and a warm smile.
Greta Ohlsson – Female, suggested age 30 - 40's, nationality Swedish - Plain, middle-aged and Swedish. Her English is not good, but she speaks and understands French. Greta is a matron in a missionary school and a trained nurse.