Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express

Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express


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September 22—October 7, 2023

Monday—Thursday, 7:00 PM.
Friday & Saturday, 7:30 PM.
Saturday, 2:00 PM.

ASL-interpreted performance: Saturday, October 7th @ 2 PM

Cast Bios

BONNIE BLACK* (Princess Dragomiroff) is delighted to return to PTC, having performed here in Lend Me A Tenor, Peer Gynt, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Comedy of Errors.  Recently, Off-Broadway: Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet… (Siggy at the Flea), Strings Attached (Pulse Ensemble), Citizen Wong (Pan Asian Rep).  Select Regional and Stock: residency with Adrian Hall’s Trinity Square Rep; company memberships with the Alley Theatre and Great Lakes Theatre Festival (The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby); The Old Globe (Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound); six productions of Midsummer (Shakespeare Theatre Company DC, et al.); CATF, Theatre Virginia (Black Coffee), Cincinnati Playhouse, Riverside Theatre (Moon Over Buffalo), Vineyard Playhouse, LA Theatre Works.  Television: Mr. Robot, FBI, Law & Order, L&O: CI, Loving (recurring), among others.   

AMY BODNAR* (Greta Ohlsson) is thrilled to return to Pioneer where she has previously been seen as Gwendolyn in The Odd Couple, Rosemary in Outside Mullingar and Tanya in Mamma Mia. She has been in plays and musicals on and off Broadway, in national tours, and regional theaters across the country. Recent credits include the world premiere of Freedom Rider at Alabama Shakespeare and 88 performances of What the Constitution Means to Me as Heidi at Florida Studio Theatre. She can currently be seen on TV’s Tubi in Twisted Marriage Therapist and Great Kills and on Amazon in season one of Harlem

GISELA CHÍPE* (Countess Andrenyi) A multi-hyphenate Actor/Writer/Narrator/Producer worked as Producer: anticipated series This Boy’s Vida by Joseph Castillo-Midyett, award-winning Black?, Con Dios, and The Graduate Series (Co-writer). Select Film/TV Acting credits: Good Burger 2, The Unholy, AWKWAFINA is Nora from Queens, FBI, SVU, and Manifest. Spanish: Wasp Network, Bel Canto. Portuguese: The Olympic Games (Brazil). Gisela recently made her Broadway debut with the comedy POTUS… (d. Susan Stroman). Off-Broadway/Regional Theaters: Papermill, Actors Theatre, The Guthrie. Select Audiobooks: Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, THE TALK, Night Vision, among others, with awards for The Soul of a Woman by Allende, Velvet Was The Night, and The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Moreno-Garcia. Gisela creates greater visibility for black and brown stories. University of Delaware—PTTP (M.F.A.) Para mi Familia. @giselachipe

EDWARD JUVIER* (Monsieur Bouc) is happy to be in Salt Lake making his Pioneer debut. Broadway/Tour: Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera. Regional/Stock: Goodspeed, STAGES St Louis (Theater Circle award), Engeman, Tuachan, Riverside, Arrow Rock Lyceum, Meadow Brook, Theatreworks Palo Alto, Allenberry, Ivoryton, Forestburgh, Gulf Coast Symphony, Transcendence. Graduate of Boston Conservatory. Thank you for having me!

MATTHEW MCGLOIN* (Hector MacQueen) is an actor-musician based in Harlem who firmly believes in the power of live theatre to heal & connect.  His NY/Off-Broadway credits include The Hello Girls (Prospect Theater Company/59E59), Bastard Jones (The Cell), CasablancaBox (HERE Arts), Xanadu (Piper Theatre), readings with Tectonic Theater Project, Abingdon Theatre Company, Dixon Place, The Lark.  Regional credits include 2 Pianos, 4 Hands (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, North Coast Rep, Laguna Playhouse), Cabaret (Peterborough Players), The Play That Goes Wrong (Repertory Theatre St. Louis), Murder for Two (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre), Beautiful Star (Triad Stage), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Signature Theatre), Misalliance, Cinderella (Olney Theatre Center), As You Like It (Folger Theatre), History on Foot (Ford’s Theatre), various shows at The Kennedy Center and Virginia Shakespeare Festival.  Training:  BFA Acting, UMBC.  MatthewMcGloin.com // @jackie_of_all_traits

ANDREA MORALES* (Mary Debenham) is thrilled to be back at Pioneer! Pioneer Theatre credits: Scapin. Off-Broadway: Chains (Mint Theatre) Regional: Life is a Dream (Baltimore Center Stage), Buried Child, Three Musketeers (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), Pinkolandia (Two River Theatre), In A Million Years (Ancram Opera House), A Christmas Carol (Kansas City Rep). TV Credits include Prodigal Son (FOX), The Blacklist (NBC), Bull (CBS). For Mikey, who is the best of me.

ALEC RUIZ* (Michel the Conductor/Head Waiter) is overjoyed to be making his Pioneer Theatre Company debut in Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Based out of New York, Alec has toured across the country in the First Broadway National Tour of Tootsie The Musical and throughout Europe on AIDA Cruise Lines as a Lead Vocalist. Other favorite credits include Mark Antony (Antony & Cleopatra), Gomez (The Addams Family), Ralph (Butterflies Are Free), and Truffaldino (The Servant of Two Masters). More credits and media can be found on AlecRuiz.com and IMDB. He’d like to thank his beautiful fiancé and family for their never-ending love and support. FSU Alum. Instagram: @alecricardo95

ROBERT SCOTT SMITH* (Samuel Ratchett/Colonel Arbuthnot) NYC credits include Kreutzer Sonata (United Solo Festival), Keeping Ishmael (Workshop); Pericles (SLANT); SLC acting credits include Gold Mountain (Utah Shakespeare Festival); Mary Stuart, The Crucible, and Two Henrys (PTC); Sleeping Giant, Climbing with Tigers, Rapture Blister Burn, Good People, Charm (World Premiere), Swimming in the Shallows, Six Years, Big Love, Batboy: The Musical, and Gross Indecency (Salt Lake Acting Company); Film credits include AESOP (Episodic Series), Kill The Babysitter (UK FrightFest 2020), Jewtah, Wildlife (Official Selection Cannes Métrage Selection 2015) Blessing, and Animae. Robert is Assistant Professor and Head of the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah. He received his MFA from the Old Globe Theatre Actor Training Program at the University of San Diego and his BFA from ATP at the University of Utah.

ANNE TOLPEGIN* (Helen Hubbard) is thrilled to be back at PTC (TYSM, Bob Cline and The Collective!) where audiences have seen her as Dee Dee in The Prom, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Peggy in Sting’s The Last Ship and Mary in Women in Jeopardy!. Broadway: A Tale of Two Cities, Les Misérables. National Tours: Kinky Boots, Billy Elliot, Mamma Mia!, Ragtime. Off Broadway: Carrie Standby to Marin Mazzie (Margaret), Sweeney Todd Standby to Carolee Carmello (Mrs. Lovett). Regional: Diana in Next to Normal (Fulton Theatre), Mother Superior in Sister Act (Pittsburgh CLO), Fosca in Passion (Pegasus Players). Television: USA’s Mr. Robot, Marvel’s Iron Fist. International Philharmonic performances in Mexico, Canada, Japan. Northwestern University alum. Proud wife to Blake Stadnik and mom to Sherlock the pooch. Thank you for supporting live theatre!  AnneTolpegin.com

JOHN TUFTS* (Hercule Poirot) 14 Seasons at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Henry V in Henry V; Prince Hal in Henry IV, Parts One and Two; Philanax in Head Over Heels; Chico in The Cocoanuts; Robin Hood in The Heart of Robin Hood; Sharpe in Equivocation; Romeo in Romeo and Juliet; and Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Off-Broadway Ensemble Studio Theater; The Mint Theatre; and Primary Stages where he received a Lucille Lortel Nomination for his roles in Kate Hamill’s celebrated adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Regionally The Guthrie Theater, The Goodman Theater, Arena Stage, The Old Globe, Syracuse Stage, Seattle Rep, MTC, Actors Theater of Louisville, McCarter Theater, PlayMakers Rep, and Chicago Shakespeare. John is also a cook and author. His cookbook, Fat Rascals: Dining at Shakespeare’s Table explores the food of Shakespeare’s England. Television: Bad Teacher, Fashions for Men. Awards: Arthur Kennedy Award; Indy Award: I Am My Own Wife. John-Tufts.com

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