Murder on the Orient Express at Hartford Stage

Julie Halston and Maboud Ebrahimzadeh in the McCarter Theatre production of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express

Continuing on it’s journey from the McCarter Theatre production in 2017, Murder on the Orient Express comes to Hartford Stage. Tickets and details can be found at HartfordStage.org

A snippet from Connecticut Magazine:

Man of Mystery

You could say Ken Ludwig has a thing about mysteries. After all, last fall his play The Game’s Afoot — centering on a murder at the castle-like Connecticut home of Sherlock Holmes actor William Gillette — played the Ivoryton Playhouse. This spring he returns to Holmesian turf with Baskerville at New Haven’s Long Wharf Theatre. But next up is his stage adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express, which runs Feb. 15-March 18 at Hartford Stage. It’s the McCarter Theatre production from Princeton, New Jersey.

I asked the prolific Ludwig what drew him to the genre, especially after his string of popular comedies including Lend Me a Tenor.

“People love mysteries and they never go out of style,” he says, adding that Holmes and Watson are among literature’s most famous characters. “But they’re really, really hard to write and they need to be devilishly clever.”

Ludwig says the Agatha Christie estate, looking to bring more of the author’s literary work to stage, film and television, approached him for a theater adaptation of one of her mysteries. Ludwig was eager to do Murder on the Orient Express — even if there was a major motion picture remake of that title that came out last year.

“It’s glamorous, it’s romantic and just the title itself is magic,” he says. “It is a bigger play than I usually write for the stage, but I’ve been able to cut the number of suspects down.”

He says, in a contemporary world seemingly out of control, the solving of mysteries is a kind of safe escape for audiences. “It may be a nice outlet for us now, as many of us are upset about the world, to escape out of our real-world problems for a couple of hours and then see justice done. And it’s the sense of justice — versus the rule of law — that is at the heart of Murder on the Orient Express.”

Full article

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of THE PRICE at Arena Stage

by BBW News Desk (9.5.2017)

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater presents Arthur Miller’s The Price, which has been extended to receive an additional week of performances due to popular demand. The Price runs October 6-November 12, 2017 in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle. BroadwayWorld has photos from today’s meet & greet below!

Three-time Emmy Award winner Hal Linden, known for his portrayal of the title character in the hit television series Barney Miller and his Tony Award-winning performance in Broadway’s The Rothschilds, stars as Gregory Solomon under the direction of Deputy Artistic Director Seema Sueko. A high-stakes drama about the struggle to make peace with the past and create hope for the future, The Price is considered one of Miller’s most personal plays.

Joining Hal Linden in the four-person cast are D.C.-area actors Maboud Ebrahimzadeh (Folger Theatre’s Timon of Athens) and Rafael Untalan (Theater J’s Yellow Face) as brothers Victor Franz and Walter Franz, respectively, with Pearl Sun (Broadway’s If/Then, Next to Normal national tour) as Victor’s wife, Esther Franz. Ricardo Frederick Evans (Round House’s Two Trains Running) will assume the role of Victor Franz beginning November 7.

Seema Sueko (Director) joined the Arena Stage staff in July 2016 as deputy artistic director and made her Arena Stage directorial debut with Smart People. She previously served as associate artistic director at The Pasadena Playhouse and executive artistic director of Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company. Her directing and acting credits include The Pasadena Playhouse, People’s Light, The Old Globe, San Diego Repertory, Yale Repertory, 5th Avenue Theatre and Native Voices, among others. As a playwright, she received commissions from Mixed Blood Theatre and Center Stage. Her work has been recognized by the California State Assembly, NAACP San Diego, Chicago Jeff Awards, American Theatre Wing and American Theatre magazine. Seema developed the Consensus Organizing for Theater methodology, has done research on the neuroscience of acting and serves on the Diversity Committee of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Tickets may be purchased online at arenastage.org by phone at 202-488-3300 or at the Sales Office at 1101 Sixth St., SW, D.C.

Photos courtesy Arena Stage

Full Company Announced in Arthur Miller’s The Price

The Price by Arthur Miller at Arena Stage
The Price by Arthur Miller at Arena Stage, starring Maboud Ebrahimzadeh, Hal Linden, Pearl Sun, Rafael Untalan. Directed by Seema Sueko.

FULL COMPANY ANNOUNCED FOR ARTHUR MILLER’S THE PRICE

(Washington DC) Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces full casting for Arthur Miller’s The Price, which has been extended to receive an additional week of performances due to popular demand.

Three-time Emmy Award winner Hal Linden, known for his portrayal of the title character in the hit television series Barney Miller and his Tony Award-winning performance in Broadway’s The Rothschilds, stars as Gregory Solomon under the direction of Deputy Artistic Director Seema Sueko.

A high-stakes drama about the struggle to make peace with the past and create hope for the future, The Price is considered one of Miller’s most personal plays. The Price runs October 6-November 12, 2017 in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle.

Joining Hal Linden in the four-person cast are D.C.-area actors Maboud Ebrahimzadeh (Folger Theatre’s Timon of Athens) and Rafael Untalan (Theater J’s Yellow Face) as brothers Victor Franz and Walter Franz, respectively, with Pearl Sun (Broadway’s If/Then, Next to Normal national tour) as Victor’s wife, Esther Franz. Ricardo Frederick Evans (Round House’s Two Trains Running) will assume the role of Victor Franz beginning November 7.

“I look forward to experiencing Seema Sueko’s interpretation of this great play by Arthur Miller,” says Molly Smith. “Miller wrote superb plays about American family life. Even though this play was written decades ago, it continues to snap with contemporary relevance. It’s a pleasure to welcome Hal Linden to Arena, and I know this production will light up the Kogod.”

Full press-release via BroadwayWorld.com News Desk.

Production details can be found at Arena Stage.

Next stop, Hartford Stage!

The cast of Murder on the Orient Express at McCarter Theatre

ATTENTION ALL PASSENGERS:

With only one week of performances left at the McCarter Theatre, we can now officially announce that Ken Ludwig’s new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express will be leaving the McCarter Theatre Center and pulling into Hartford Stage as part of their 2017-2018 season!

Eight Suspects, One Thrilling Ride

The exotic Orient Express is about to go off the rails! With a locomotive full of suspects and an alibi for each one, it’s the perfect mystery for detective Hercule Poirot, n’est-ce pas? Wax your mustache and hold on to your passport—adapted from Agatha Christie’s masterpiece, two-time Tony-nominated playwright Ken Ludwig and multi-award-winning director Emily Mann will take you on a suspenseful, thrilling ride aboard the legendary Orient Express!

Follow the link for more details!

https://www.hartfordstage.org/2017-2018-season/