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“Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express,” adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig, will be presented in the Dassance Fine Arts Center Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 17-19 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 20, at 3 p.m. The play is directed by Dr. Kathleen Downs, associate professor, Theatre.
In December 1935, when his train is stopped by deep snow, famous detective Hercule Poirot is called on to solve a murder that occurred in his car the night before.
Agatha Christie drew on her time treating Belgian soldiers during World War I to create the character of the fastidious, eccentric Hercule Poirot, whom she describes as a celebrated veteran of the war. Murder on the Orient Express specifically emerged from Christie’s fascination with the train route, which she rode first in 1928, and her time in Turkey and the Middle East. She wrote the novel almost entirely in a room at the Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul.
In 1926, Agatha Christie disappeared for eleven days, spurring a media sensation and a manhunt that even involved fellow author Arthur Conan Doyle. She was found alive and well at a hotel and spa in Harrogate. Today, biographers attribute the disappearance to an emotional crisis following the death of her mother.
“Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express,” is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French. Adult tickets are $12, non-CF student tickets are $6 and CF student, faculty and staff are free with valid ID. The CF Box office, located in the lobby of the Dassance Fine Arts Center, is open Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 352-873-5810 or online at Tickets.CF.edu.
This show is sponsored in part by CAMPUS USA Credit Union.