Blood on the tracks: Wayne State University presents ‘Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express’

Scenic designers in the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance construct what will be the sleeper train car in its production of "Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express." The show runs Feb. 2 through Feb. 11 on the STAGE at the Hilberry Gateway.

The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance invites audiences to witness the detective work of iconic sleuth Hercule Poirot, as he attempts to solve the murder of an American tycoon on the Orient Express.

After a snowdrift leaves passengers stranded, the train is filled with suspicious travelers. But all with air-tight alibis.

Audiences will come along for the ride in ‘Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express’ — a spectacular and timeless who-done-it mystery — during the inaugural production of Wayne State University’s winter 2024 theatre program.

This gripping adaptation from Christie — the best-selling author in the world — was brought to life for the stage by playwright Ken Ludwig. The Orient Express and its travelers are set to station themselves Feb. 2 through Feb. 11 on the STAGE at the Hilberry Gateway.

"'Murder on the Orient Express' is one of the most popular of Agatha Christie’s books, one of the most often remade films, and multiple versions of the play exist — because the characters are fun. They are larger than life, and charming,” said Director Janice L. Blixt, sharing her enthusiasm for the project. “The mystery itself is a mystery, not something easily determined in the first scenes. Add to that Ken Ludwig’s delightful script — really playing on the cinematic strengths of the book — and you’ve got an enjoyable evening of theatre.”

Come opening night, the Orient Express' dining car will be finished and ready for the train's eclectic characters to take center stage. 

“The design team has truly embraced the old-school glamour of these characters — the wealthy and well-traveled — and brought an abundance of mystery and suspense to every aspect they've created,” Blixt continued. “It’s a truly enchanting show.”

See all dates and times and purchase tickets online or by calling the Hilberry Gateway box office at (313) 577-2972.

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