Murder On The Orient Express

By Ken Ludwig Based on the Story by Agatha Christie
McCarter Theatre
directed by Emily Mann
costume design by William Ivey Long, Lighting design by Ken Billington

Sirkeci Train Station, Instanbul
Veanne Cox, Maboud Ebrahimzadeh & Allan Corduner.

Tokatlian Hotel, Istanbul
Allan Corduner, Julie Halston & Juha Sorola.

The Orient Express
Maboud Ebrahimzadeh, Allan Corduner, Max von Essen & Julie Halston.

The Orient Express
Samantha Steinmetz, Susannah Hoffman, Juha Sorola, Max von Essen, Maboud Ebrahimzadeh, Alexandra Silber, Allan Corduner, Evan Zes & Veanne Cox.

The Orient Express
Samantha Steinmetz,  Allan Corduner, Veanne Cox,  Maboud Ebrahimzadeh, Evan Zes, Julie Halston & Alexandra Silber.

The Orient Express
Max von Essen, Susannah Hoffman, Allan Corduner, Veanne Cox, Julie Halston, Evan Zes, Alexandra Silber, Samantha Steinmetz & Juha Sorola.

Allan Corduner

“Beowulf Boritt's set is astonishing, from the exotic Turkish hotel, to the train station to the train interior, where most of the action occurs. That train is a wonder. Everything is gleaming and posh, with chrome and ruby tones. It’s like watching very stylish people scurrying about inside a Fabergé egg. They move left to right, right to left, and squeeze by each other in the aisles. It’s a horizontal play. The only suggestion of depth is the woods, poking up behind the train cars as the snow falls.” ~Bob Brown, Central

But as mentioned in the opening paragraph, the train is the star — or the imaginative set design of the train to be more exact.  Tony-Award winning designer Beowulf Boritt has created a stunning set that features a train with several compartments that roll left and right to show different areas of the train.  The set is absolutely gorgeous and the various train compartments are used to great effect.” ~Gary Wien, NJ Stage

“The elaborate train set is truly stunning, with a filigreed exterior and appropriately claustrophobic interior that suggests both glamour and exotic intrigue. As good as the design is, somehow, it does not overwhelm either the characters or the story.” ~C.W.Walker, Asbury Park Press

“But chances are you’ll be too dazzled by what you see on the stage to worry about plot intricacies like that. Director Emily Mann has concocted a production that is cinematic in its scope, with lighting (by Ken Billington) and strategically placed curtains that focus the viewers’ eyes on key elements. The production values are startlingly high: Beowulf Boritt’s design for the train – gleaming silver surfaces with crimson accents – is a sleek marvel, and William Ivey Long’s lush costumes reach their apex (literally) with a series of comically exaggerated women’s hats.” ~Tim Dunleavy, DCMetroTheaterArts

“The sets by Tony-winner Beowulf Boritt, and Mann's inventive use of the McCarter space, are the reason to see Murder on the Orient Express." ~Patrick Maley,

“To design the train Beowulf Boritt … Spectacular set.” ~John Timpane, Philadelphia Inquirer

“The sets are stunning as the train chugs along, with an elegant dining car, sleeping quarters and caboose. The time is 1934 and Beowulf Boritt’s set reflects the period.” ~Lix Keill, TAP into NJ

A marvelous, ornate set of train cars designed by Beowulff Boritt.” ~Bruce Chadwick, History News Network

Everyone is a top-drawer Manhattan hand. Beowulf Boritt designed the set, a stylized coach that shifts right and left as the action unfolds.”~David Finkle, Huffington Post

“Beowulf Boritt’s brilliant set design. Simulating the movement of the train by strategically utilizing the curtain and moving set pieces, his design beautifully captured the rhythm and atmosphere of the train, transporting the audience’s imagination into the play’s specific setting. Almost the entire show took place on the train set piece, and Boritt’s ability to make this space aesthetically pleasing and detailed, while accommodating the whole cast without feeling cramped, was truly incredible.”~Danielle Hoffman, The Daily Princetonian

“Beowulf Boritt’s scenic design, especially his spectacular rolling train set, conjures the images of the great trains that criss-crossed Europe.” ~Allen Neuner, Out In Jersey