Center Players, Freehold’s award-winning community theatre, will present Agatha Christie’s classic whodunit, “Murder on the Nile” from April 21 – May 21 at Center Playhouse, 35 South St, in downtown Freehold, NJ.
“Murder on the Nile” will be co-directed by Center Players Artistic Director Bernice Garfield-Szita and Zach Berman. Adapted from Agatha Christie's famous novel, Death on the Nile, the play is set on a paddle steamer cruising the legendary Nile River in 1940s Egypt.
The passengers aboard are abuzz when the famous heiress, Kay Ridgeway, and her penniless new husband, Simon Mostyn board the ship. Class, money and reputation are all at stake in one way or another for the passengers and before they know it, deceit, theft and murder occur on the river. Spurned lover Jacqueline De Severac, protective uncle Canon Pennefather, a troubled German doctor, and a host of colorful and mysterious characters add to the drama and suspense of this classic mystery.
“I’ve been fortunate to have been involved with Center Players in a variety of capacities both on and off the stage,” noted co-director Zach Berman, “and I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to work with this great cast and experienced director Bernice Garfield-Szita to bring this wonderful play to life on our stage.”
Performances run Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. There will be an additional 2 pm performance on Sat. May 20th. Tickets are priced at $23-$25 (plus $2 service fee per ticket) and are available online at www.centerplayers.org or by calling 732-462-9093.
Following “Murder on the Nile,” Center Players’ season will continue with Leslie Hochman’s original musical “Doodle,” running June 16-25. Hochman will also direct the production, which is a celebration of Americana, and features uplifting music and patriotic messages. Concluding the season will be Tom Griffin’s “The Boys Next Door” which will be directed by Dave McGrath and will run Aug. 4-20th.
Celebrating its 16th season at Center Playhouse, Center Players is a respected, award-winning organization, presenting high quality, engaging productions featuring local talent in historic downtown Freehold. In addition to their signature plays, the group also sponsors free play reading events and offers dinner and theater packages with several local restaurants.
Center Players was founded in 1996 and gained status as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization and sought to establish a permanent presence in historic downtown Freehold. After performing at various locations around town, the group leased a storefront property at 35 South Street. The space was custom renovated with interior design by New York City designer Nelson Kuperberg into an intimate, 49-seat theatre, which opened in March, 2001 with a production of Crossing Delancey.