Murder On The Nile



Murder On The Nile

by
Agatha Christie

Directed by
Susanna Ritti

Scenic Designer
Adriana Pevec Brown

Costume Designer
Edna M. Immel

Stage Manager
Teresa Solarczyk

Lighting Designer
Amanda B. Huckabee

Technical Director
Darren Ferlazzo

Apprentice Coordinator
Elizabeth A. Mugridge

*ABOUT THE PLAY*

Adapted by author Agatha Christie (1890-1974) from her novel Death on the Nile, the play Murder on the Nile opened in London in 1945. Christie’s very career took off when the fledgling novelist disappeared for three weeks in 1926. The sensational case was solved when she was found in a small hotel; she claimed amnesia, and never spoke of the incident publicly again. The shy and retiring Ms. Christie then proceeded to become the most popular mystery writer of all time, killing off hundreds of victims and fingering their murderers in over sixty-six novels, stories and plays.

Murder on the Nile runs true to classic Christie form. Death comes in exotic locale, in the midst of a cast of eccentrics, with motives-aplenty. It isn’t a dark or brooding play; humor and optimism win out in the end. If a person or two has to be snuffed out along the way…..well, it wouldn’t be much of a murder mystery without an actual murder, now would it? The pleasures come from putting the pieces together as the action unfolds.

In an age of entertainment that often features the graphic details of crime, the tasteful murders and perspicacious detectives-amateur or professional-of Agatha Christie still engage our interest. Whodunit here is inseparable from whydunit and howdunit, and together they represent the ultimate mystery-the workings of the human heart.

Pamela Monk

 Performed   June 12-15, 18-22, 2002

*THE CAST*

Beadsellers………………….. Samantha Shoffner, Stephanie Shoffner,   ………………………………….Suzanne Shoffner
Steward……………………… Charlie Wilson
Miss ffoliot-ffoulkes………… Stephanie J. Gates
Christina Grant……………… Caitlin Osborne
Smith…………………………. Michael Waldhier
Louise………………………… Adriana Pevec Brown
Dr. Bessner………………….. Mark Strzepek
Kay Mostyn …………………. Janine White
Simon Mostyn………………. Jason Zanitsch
Canon Pennefather………… Joe Krabill
Jacqueline de Severac……… Nichelle Strzepek
McNaught……………………. Charlie Wilson