Lyceum to stage Agatha Christie’s ‘Black Coffee’ Aug. 6-13

August 2, 2011

The Lyceum Theatre in Arrow Rock will stage Agatha Christie’s “Black Coffee” at 2 and 8 p.m. Aug. 6, 2 p.m. Aug. 7, 2 and 8 p.m. Aug. 10, 2 p.m. Aug. 11, 8 p.m. Aug. 12, 2 and 8 p.m. Aug. 13 at 114 High St.

Tickets are $33.50 for adults, $30 for ages 62 and older, $28 for ages 13-21 and $15 for ages 4-12. Call 660-837-3311 or visit

Although “Black Coffee” was Christie’s first mystery to appear on the stage, all of her hallmarks were already present, including the detective Hercule Poirot. It’s 1934 and England’s most important physicist, Sir Claud Amory, is fearful that someone in his household is trying to steal his secret formula — critical for England’s defense — and summons Poirot to help him. Before he can arrive, however, Amory is poisoned by his coffee and the formula is missing.

Left with a murder and threat to the security of England, Poirot must unravel a tangle of family feuds, old flames and suspicious outsiders to find the killer and prevent a global catastrophe.

Playing the role of Detective Poirot is Michael Rothhaar. In 2010, Rothhaar appeared at the Lyceum in “The Man Who Came to Dinner” and “And Then There Were None” and he directed “My Fair Lady.” In 2009, he made his Lyceum debut in “You Can’t Take It with You.” His Broadway credits include “The Front Page” and “The Corn is Green” and he has many regional theater credits. His film and TV credits include “Radio Free Albemuth,” “The Nutty Professor,” “Space Jam,” “The Piano Player,” “Modern Family,” “Bones,” “Family Law,” “Cold Case,” “Eli Stone,” “The Practice” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

Gary Lindemann returns to the Lyceum stage, having just played the role of Captain Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music” and Detective Sergeant Troughton in the comedy “Run for Your Wife.” In “Black Coffee,” Lindemann plays Captain Arthur Hastings. He appeared on Broadway in “Phantom of the Opera” (Raoul), in the National Tour of Disney’s “High School Musical” (Coach Bolton) and as a soloist with The Trans-Siberian Orchestra. He has many regional theater credits, and his TV credits include “Law & Order,” “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” “Another World” and “Ryan’s Hope.”

Stacey Harris also returns to the Lyceum stage, having performed in “Damn Yankees,” “The Sound of Music” and “Run for Your Wife.” In “Black Coffee” she will play Lucia Amory. She has appeared on Broadway in “Bells are Ringing,” off-Broadway in “Lone Star Love,” in the national tours of “Show Boat,” “Cinderella” and “Dream Girls” and in many regional theater roles.

Last seen at the Lyceum in “You Can’t Take It with You,” Amy Warner returns in the role of Miss Caroline Amory. Warner lives in Cincinnati where she has been seen playing Desiree in “A Little Night Music,” Gertrude in “Hamlet,” Martha in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” Stevie in “The Goat” and Mrs. Fezziwig in “A Christmas Carol.” While living in Los Angeles, she appeared in a number of TV shows, including “The Practice,” “Ally McBeal” and “ER.”

Lyceum favorite Jeffrey C. Wolf returns to play Richard Amory in “Black Coffee.” In previous seasons, Wolf’s Lyceum credits include “Anything Goes” (Billy Crocker), “The Producers” (Carmen Ghia), “Sleuth” (Milo), “Arsenic & Old Lace” (Mortimer), “The Philadelphia Story” (Dexter), “Little Women” (Professor Bhaer) and “Sugar” (Joe). 

Michael James Reed is making his Lyceum debut as Dr. Carelli. Reed’s New York theater credits include “La Bête” (Broadway), “King Lear” (Roundabout), “Amphitryon” (Classic Stage Company), “A Forest in Arden” (New York Theatre Workshop) and numerous shows at the Pearl Theatre. His TV appearances include “Numbers,” “24,” “JAG,” “Six Feet Under,” “The Shield,” “King of Queens,” “That ’70s Show” and “So Notorious.”

Lyceum favorite Mallory Hawks returns to play Barbara Amory in “Black Coffee.” Hawks’ past Lyceum credits include Essie in “You Can’t Take It with You” and Jo in “Little Women.”

Lyceum Theatre Artistic Director Quin Gresham joins the cast of “Black Coffee” in the role of Edward Raynor. He has been seen in many shows at the Lyceum including “Children of a Lesser God,” “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” “You Can’t Take It with You,” “Oscar and Felix: A New Look at the Odd Couple,” “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying,” “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “The Glass Menagerie,” “Greater Tuna,” “Red White and Tuna,” “Lend Me a Tenor,” “Cabaret” and “The Wizard of Oz.”

James Woodland will make his maiden voyage on the Lyceum stage as an actor, having served as the Lyceum’s musical director for the past nine seasons. Holding an MFA in acting from Michigan State University, his favorite roles include Chuck Baxter (“Promises, Promises”), Robert (“Proof”), Don Quixote/Cervantes (“Man of La Mancha”) and Sherlock Holmes (“Sherlock Holmes”).

James Wright, in the dual roles of Dr. Graham and Inspector Japp, is making his first appearance on the Lyceum stage. Wright is a veteran of Kansas City theater where he has been seen on almost every stage in the metro area over the last 20 years.

Having just appeared in “Run for Your Wife,” Harold Hynick returns to play Claud Amory’s Butler, Tredwell. His Lyceum roles have included Spritzer/Principal/Mr. Pinky in “Hairspray,” Mr. DiPinna in “You Can’t Take It with You” and Rogers in “And Then There Were None.” He is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Missouri Valley College, where he also serves as faculty senate president.

 “Black Coffee” is directed by Michael Evan Haney, who is returning to the Lyceum after directing last season’s “The Man Who Came to Dinner” and 2009’s “You Can’t Take It with You.” Haney is in his 40th year in professional theater during which time he has acted in and directed more than 150 productions. He currently is in his ninth year as the associate artistic director for the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

The production team is made up of Caitlin Ayer, scenic designer; D’Vaughn Agu, assistant scenic designer; Randy B. Winder, resident lighting designer; Garth Dunbar, costume designer and Ryan Matthew Hall, resident sound designer. The production stage manager is Tony Dearing, and the assistant stage manager is Emilee Buchheit.