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March 3 - March 29
OneAmerica Mainstage
Tickets start at $25


  1. March 3, 2020 at 7:30PM
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  2. March 4, 2020 at 6:30PM
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  3. March 5, 2020 at 7:30PM
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  4. March 6, 2020 at 7:30PM
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  5. March 7, 2020 at 1:00PM
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  6. March 7, 2020 at 5:00PM
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  7. March 8, 2020 at 2:00PM
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  8. March 10, 2020 at 6:30PM
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  9. March 13, 2020 at 7:30PM
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  10. March 14, 2020 at 5:00PM
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  11. March 14, 2020 at 9:00PM
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  12. March 15, 2020 at 2:00PM
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  13. March 19, 2020 at 7:30PM
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  14. March 20, 2020 at 7:30PM
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  15. March 21, 2020 at 4:00PM
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  16. March 21, 2020 at 8:00PM
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  17. March 22, 2020 at 2:00PM
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  18. March 22, 2020 at 6:00PM
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  19. March 25, 2020 at 7:30PM
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  20. March 26, 2020 at 2:00PM
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  21. March 26, 2020 at 7:30PM
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  22. March 27, 2020 at 7:30PM
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  23. March 28, 2020 at 1:00PM
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  24. March 28, 2020 at 5:00PM
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  25. March 29, 2020 at 2:00PM
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About the Play

Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express
adapted by Ken Ludwig
directed by Risa Branin
March 3 - 29, 2020

the ultimate whodunit

A luxury train trapped in a snowdrift, a dining car full of glamorous passengers, a dead body with multiple stab wounds, a suspicious intruder who keeps disappearing, and mysterious links to a far-distant murder case. Hercule Poirot, the world’s greatest detective, must interrupt his holiday to solve this fiendishly intricate and clever plot—before the snow is cleared and the train moves on. A golden-age detective story springs to life from the pages of the world’s best-selling author.

APPROXIMATE RUN TIME: 2 hours, including a 15-minute intermission

Murder on the Orient Express is a thrilling Agatha Christie whodunit and contains profanity and onstage violence. Recommended for patrons 9th grade and above. Recommended for patrons 5th grade and above. Due to content and length, children under 4 years of age are not permitted in the OneAmerica Mainstage and Upperstage Theatres. Learn more about our attendance policies here.

Artistic Note:
"After directing Jeffrey Hatcher’s Holmes and Watson last season, it is exciting to come back to IRT and work on a very different kind of mystery play: Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of Agatha Christie's masterpiece Murder on the Orient Express. It is widely believed that the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh’s son in 1932 inspired the sub-plot of this 1934 novel. When Christie wrote the book, the killer was still at large. The play begins with a kidnapping reminiscent of the real one, but quickly transports us to Istanbul where we meet 10 delicious characters about to take a journey on the luxurious Orient Express. These complex, eccentric, passionate individuals hail from all over the globe from all walks of life. And they all have secrets! Put them together on a train stranded in a heavy snowstorm, and who can tell what might happen? I can tell you these ingredients make for a highly entertaining evening in the theatre.” –Risa Brainin, Director of Murder on the Orient Express

Special Performances
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Friday, March 6, 2020 | Performance at 7:30 PM

Raise a glass and cheers to the cast and crew at IRT’s Opening Night! After the show, delight in a champagne toast, hors d’oeuvres, and a one-time-only chance to explore the set with IRT Artisans.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | Happy Hour starts at 5:30 PM | Performance at 6:30 PM

Start your evening at the Theatre with IRT’s Happy Hour! Beginning at
5:30 PM, sample appetizers and drinks from local distilleries, breweries and more before the performance. Sip, savor, and save with half-price drinks at the bar available throughout the evening.

Sunday, March 15, 2020 | Performance at 2 PM

Stay after the performance to take part in a post-show discussion led by actors, staff and special guests. Learn behind-the-scenes details and additional information about the show and its themes while enjoying tea and cookies courtesy of the IRT.

Sunday, March 15, 2020 | Performance at 2 PM

The IRT offers ASL/AD services to our patrons with vision and hearing needs. Patrons with hearing needs are encouraged to sit in the interpretation zone and meet with the interpreter before the show. We also offer Assisted Listening Devices free of charge at each performance.

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Friday, March 20, 2020 | Following the 7:30 PM performance

Immediately following this performance, join IRT staff for an explorative and informative backstage tour. Tours typically last 30 minutes.

Thursday, March 26, 2020 | Performance at 2 PM

Before the 2 PM performance, sweeten your afternoon at the IRT with complimentary cookies, coffee and tea served in the lobby.

Thursday, March 26, 2020 | Following the 2 PM performance

Join IRT staff and cast immediately after the performance for a post-show discussion that covers a variety of interesting topics related to the show. Post-show discussions typically last for 20 minutes.