NAATCO to Stage Premiere of Agatha Christie Murder Mystery Adaptation

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NAATCO, the National Asian American Theater Company, will stage the world premiere of Lloyd Suh's Charles Francis Chan, Jr.'s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery, an adaptation of Agatha Christie's "The Mysterious Affair at Styles," the novel that introduced her famed character Hercule Poirot.

Performances of the new murder mystery, helmed by Drama Desk winner Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, will begin Oct. 26 with an official opening night set for Nov. 2. Performances will run through Nov. 21 at Walker Space.

Set in 1967, Charles Francis Chan, Jr.'s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery is described as a "harmless sing-song Orientalist minstrel show that ends in a grotesque carnival of murder!" The story examines the beginnings of a new political identity called Asian American as a literary hippie named Frank profiles a mysterious Chinese detective.

The cast features Jeff Biehl, Jennifer Ikeda, Peter Kim, Orville Mendoza, KK Moggie and Jeffrey Omura. The show features scenic design by Jason Sherwood, costume design by Loren Shaw, lighting design by Seth Reiser, projections design by Olivia Sebesky and sound design by Jeremy S. Bloom. Composer and musical director is Alan Schmuckler, dramaturg is Kimber Lee, props supervisor is Samantha Shoffner, and Qui Nguyen will serve as fight choreographer.

Lloyd Suh is the author of American Hwangap, The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!, Jesus in India, Great Wall Story, Franklinland, The Children of Vonderly, Masha No Home and more, produced with Ma-Yi, The Play Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre and La Mama, among others.

Walker Space is located at 46 Walker St., Manhattan. For more information and to purchase tickets, priced $25-$40, visit NAATCO.

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