Saturday, July 7, 2012

'Black Coffee'

The popular ExxonMobil Summer Chills series continues tomorrow night, July 8, when Agatha Christie's Black Coffee opens on the Alley Theatre's Hubbard Stage. 


In Black Coffee, the famous and cunning Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, gathers clues to solve the murder of Sir Claude Amory, the eccentric inventor of a new weapons formula. 


The cast is filled with an assortment of colorful (and suspicious) characters, and the plot is typical Agatha Christie - full of clever twists and turns.


Veteran Alley Theatre actors lead the cast. James Black, now in his 24th consecutive season with the Alley, is taking on the role of Hercule Poirot,. James Belcher, now in his 23rd  season with the Alley, is portraying Sir Claude Amory. Others in the cast include  Jeffrey Bean, Laura E. Campbell, Josie De Guzman, Jennifer Harmon, Paul Hope, Chris Hutchison, Joe Kirkendall, Paul Hope, Jay Sullivan and Todd Waite. 


Black Coffee, which runs through August 5, is being directed by Gregory Boyd, the Alley Theatre's artistic director.


Black Coffee was Agatha Christie's first play. It was written in 1929, after she had already established herself as a successful writer of mystery novels.  The production of Black Coffee  in the UK in 1930 launched Christie as a playwright too.







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