Jefferson Parish Performing Arts Society

Jefferson Parish Performing Arts Society

MurderontheOrientExpress

Murder on the Orient Express

March 10 - 19, 2023

Fri + Sat @ 7:30 pm
Sun @ 2:00 pm

Jefferson Performing Arts Center

6400 Airline Drive | Metairie, LA

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An adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, by Ken Ludwig

Agatha Christie’s ultimate mystery novel is now an elegant comedic thriller! 

Murder on the Orient Express is widely regarded as one of Agatha Christie’s greatest literary achievements. This theatrical adaption by Tony-nominated playwright Ken Ludwig is a stylish, suspenseful murder mystery about an unlikely cast of potential suspects - including a colonel, a princess and a countess, all with alibis – trapped aboard the luxurious Orient Express. The gruesome murder of a commuter in his cabin forces famed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot to investigate. Ludwig’s stage adaptation promises fans of the mystery classic the same suspenseful, thrilling ride.

Ludwig, whose show A Comedy of Tenors concluded the JPAS Spring 2021 season, was approached by the Agatha Christie estate to adapt the novel, resulting in what has now become the most highly produced comedy-mystery in the world.

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JANET SHEA (Director) has been part of the New Orleans theater scene for 65 years and in over 200 performances. She first appeared on New Orleans stages in 1955 at Le Petit as a singing bluebird in The Birds.  Past performances at JPAS include: Grandma Addams in The Addams Family, Abby Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace, Mrs. Schubert in Shear Madness, Ann Landers in The Lady With All The Answers, Frau Schultz in Cabaret (twice), Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast (twice), Widow Carney in Oliver!, and others. Some of her favorite roles performed in other venues include: Flo Goforth in The Milktrain Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore, Mrs. Tottendale in The Drowsy Chaperone, Solange in Follies, Maureen in The Beauty Queen Of Leenane, Mary Tyrone in Long Days Journey Into Night, Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire, Amanda in The Glass Menagerie, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Charlotte in Moon Over Buffalo, among many others. Shea directed One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Deathtrap at JPAS most recently. Also with JPAS, she directed the award-winning AmadeusA Christmas StoryMiracle On 34th Street, and A Christmas Carol as well as NewsiesLegally Blonde, and Hairspray for JPAS Theatre Kids! She has taught Voice and Diction at NOCCA, U.N.O., and Loyola. She has appeared in several films and has been a dialect coach for many films and TV productions including American Horror Story: Coven.

CREW

Nikki Lopez - Stage Manager
Avery Colle - Costume Designer
Eric Porter - Tech Director/Sound Designer
Emery Foster - Scenic Designer
Alexis Mancuso -  Props Designer
Stephen Thurber - Lighting Designer
Amanda Bravender - Wig and Makeup Designer
Maggie Mcgovern - Lead Makeup Artist
Brittany Spreen - Wig and Makeup Asst.

CAST

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Kris Shaw

Kris Shaw

HERCULE POIROT

Earl Scioneaux

MONSIEUR BOUC

Alison Logan

MARY DEBENHAM

Leon Contavesprie

HECTOR MACQUEEN

Bob Scully

MICHAEL THE CONDUCTOR / HEAD WAITER

Helen Blanke

PRINCESS DRAGOMIROFF

Margeaux Fanning

GRETA OHLSSON

Reagan Lincoln

COUNTESS ANDRENYI

Kathryn Talbot

HELEN HUBBARD

Jimmy Murphy

COLONEL ARBUTHNOT / SAMUEL RATCHETT

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