An Agatha Christie Thriller
directed by Mario Cabrera
The Adobe Theater announces its production of Agatha Christie’s first stage play, Black Coffee, which launched her second successful career as a playwright. Fans of the great Belgian detective Hercule Poirot will be delighted when he and his friend Captain Arthur Hastings are summoned to visit a famous physicist, Sir Claud Amory. Set in the early 1930s, Sir Claud has come up with a secret formula for one of the most deadly weapons known to man. Too late to save the scientist, however, Poirot and Hastings discover on their arrival that he has been murdered and the formula stolen. Black Coffee is one of Christie’s most gripping country house murders, a superbly crafted whodunit with endless red herrings, subplots of infamous spies and an astonishingly prophetic storyline about weapons created through “bombarding the atom.”
Blackmail, the stolen formula, and family tensions contribute to the suspense. Will Poirot successfully employ his “little grey cells” to correctly deduce which of Sir Claud’s house guests or family members is the killer? Of course he will! But will you?
Director Mario Cabrera says “In her first play ever written, Agatha Christie introduces us to a character who went on to become one of the most famous detectives of all time as well as the only fictional character ever to receive a full-page obituary in the New York Times. Arriving at the estate just moments too late, one man instantly sniffs out a sinister brew of secrecy, treachery, and deception amid the household’s occupants. That man is Hercule Poirot. Like her other plays, Black Coffee is sophisticated and full of suspense, with just the right amount of humor tossed in for good measure. It is a formula that still works today. Please sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee in Sir Claude Amory’s sitting room, and watch what this great cast helps unfold!”
Appearing as the dapper detective Hercule Poirot will be Dehron Foster, and director Cabrera has attracted a top-notch cast from Albuquerque’s favorite actors, including Mike “Eddie” Dethlefs as Hastings and Neil Faulconbridge as Inspector Japp, Nick Fleming as Richard Amory and Fawn Hanson as Lucia Amory. Follow the Adobe Theater on social media for additional details about the cast and the show.
Black Coffee opens April 13th and plays through May 6 at The Adobe Theater, 9813 4th Street NW. Friday & Saturday evenings at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm. General Admission $20, Discount $17 (Seniors, Students, ATG/PBS Members, Military, First Responders). Opening Weekend Special: All Tickets $15! The Pay What You Will Performance is Thursday, April 26th at 7:30pm.