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Plays by Agatha Christie
 
Among Agatha Christie's many plays are "The Mousetrap" (the longest running play in the English language), "Witness for the Prosecution," and "Ten Little Indians."

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mike morgan - 07:33am Oct 17, 1998 PST(#19 of 33)

Sorry, Katrina, about taking so long to reply. Work has been very trying of late, and my free time has been taken up with a novel I've written. At any rate, I can't think of any Christie plays offhand that are best set in the spring or summer, though I suppose a talented director and designer can pull anything off. I'll keep thinking about it, but I still think mysteries are better in the fall. As for books, I do find Laurence Sandsers' Archie McNally series, set in palm beach, works best in summer, though even those can work in other seasons, as well. Let's face it: a brightly lit stage with characters clad in tennis clothes and sun hats just isn't as mysterious as dim rooms with gaslight and enigmatic characters entering and making the audience wait for an explanation while they remove their coats and hats and scarves. What a great suspense tool!


Rich Weill - 12:15pm Oct 17, 1998 PST(#20 of 33)

I guess the above explains a lot: both of the stage thrillers I have written are set in June (a great month for thunderstorms, and rental cottages). No wonder they remain unproduced.


mike morgan - 05:11pm Oct 18, 1998 PST(#21 of 33)

Rich, where are your plays set, and what part of the country do you live in? When you mentioned thunderstorms, it got me thinking about a few plays I've seen that were set in warmer weather, though these plays were actually mystery spoofs: A Dark and Stormy Night and Murder in the Magnolias, both by Tim Kelly. Still, they were both very eeerie pieces, with lots of storms and whatnot, and very effective. I guess I shouldn't say mysteries are only efefctive in the winetrtime, that's just my personal preference, since I grew up in Piedmont North Carolina near the Virginia border, the weather there in the winter can be rather stifling and rough. The summer weather (especially where I live now, on the South Carolina coast) can be extremely dangerous in the summertime, which can add to a mystery's flavor but is, honestly, such a force in and of itself that I tend to think of it as an entity rather than backdrop.


Katrina Wilkerson - 03:09pm Nov 6, 1998 PST(#22 of 33)

Well, autumn is in full swing, and our local theatre company is doing Noises Off ( a great comedy for the Spring). Where is a good Agatha Christie play when you need one?!?


mike morgan - 06:53am Nov 8, 1998 PST(#23 of 33)

I know what you mean. it seems a lot of community theaters are going for the easy money-maker with musicals the last few years. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but I wonder if the mystery play is suffering because the decline in tickete sales over the years has made troupes wary of producing non-musicals. Actually, one of the companies here in Myrtle Beach is doing The Mousetrap in January.


Sanne Forst - 09:27am Sep 29, 1999 PST(#24 of 33)

Hello all your Agatha Christie fans!!! Please help me. I am a member of a local theater and I'm going to set up "Murder on the Orient Express" in February. My only problem is that I don't have a manuscript. Just a minor problem.....So I'm writing the script myself but if any of you know if "Murder..Express" has ever been dramatized, please, please, please let me know as soon as possible. And of course where I can get a hold of it. My e-mail address: Sforst@hotmail.com I staged "The Mousetrap" a few years back. That was a great experience. Everything just went very well. I love reading A. Christie books, I have read all her mystery books, most of them more than once. There are some things that you just don't get tired of, aren't there? PS. Poirot is included in my version of "Murder on the Orient Express".


Simon - 09:48pm Oct 6, 1999 PST(#25 of 33)
It ain't easy being green

I am currently involved with a production of Ten Little Indians. I am playing General MacKenzie. The book was one of my all-time favorites, and I am excited to be in it... I was a little disappointed by the ending, however. I realize that the stage is a little different than the novel, and that a scenario where everyone dies in the end wouldn't work well for the theatre. But, still, the ending of the play is so different from the book, I am wondering if Christie adapted it herself, or if a ghost-writer did and she just gets it attributed to her. Anyone else bothered by the significant change in the ending like I initially was?


Leah_Young - 05:24pm Feb 9, 2000 PST(#26 of 33)
"I have something to say: It's better to burn out, than fade away!"

About Mystery Settings, I have to admit i fancy the rainy, grey weather, but sunny weather works equally well. In the sun, in the day, everything seems safe. You know, so when a ghastly murder or something occurs in a sunny, picturesque town, everything seems so ominous.

MOUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

(Thats my evil Vincent Price laugh)


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