By Agatha Christie

The formula for a secret weapon has been stolen, and that isn't the only mystery in the Amory house. There's a dead body, a weapon, and a room full of suspects by the time Detective Hercule Poirot arrives on the scene. Will he solve the murder before the secret formula falls into the wrong hands? View the Digital Encore Program here.

(in order of appearance)
Treadwell/Johnson – Nolan Palmer
Miss Caroline Amory – Kim Morris
Lucia Armory – Justine Yu-Ping Davis
Richard Amory – James Schilling
Barbara Amory – Claire Marx
Edward Raynor – Tyler Todd Kimmel
Sir Claud Amory/Dr. Graham/Inspector Japp – Michael Winters
Dr. Carelli – Samuel Johns
Hercule Poirot – Richard Nguyen Sloniker
Captain Arthur Hastings, O.B.E. – Nathan Brockett

Understudy Sir Claud, Sr. Graham, Japp – Bill Johns
Understudy Miss Caroline Amory – Teri Lee Thomas
Understudy Richard, Dr. Carelli, Capt. Hastings – Nick Watson
Understudy Barbara Amory, Lucia Amory
Understudy Poirot – Nolan Palmer


Director – Marianne Savell**
Scenic & Sound Design – Mark Lund
Costume Design – Chris Tschirgi^
Lighting Design – Chih-Hung Shao
Stage Manager – Jeffrey K. Hanson*
Dramaturg – Rowan Gallagher
Accent/Dialect Coach – Katya Davida

*Member of Actor's Equity

**Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

^Member of US Scenic Artist Local 829

  • RUN TIME: 2 hours and 30 minutes including intermission
  • RUN DATES: July 13 - August 13, 2022 Extended thru August 19!
  • AGE REC: 12+
  • PRICE: $25-52, dependent on day and time; fees may apply
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“Watching Richard Nguyen Sloniker as Poirot interrogate and solve this mystery is a joy. Sloniker captures every nuance to Poirot, skillfully sliding between being a forceful interrogator who is always a step ahead to a meticulous observer with ticks for cleanliness and order.” - Jerald Pierce, The Seattle Times

"a delightful romp through Agatha Christie's world of mystery.” - Kelly Rogers Flynt,

“preposterously funny murder mystery” - Allegra Keys, Drama in the Hood

"The cast throughout the production was top notch." - Mark Sugiyama, Eclectic Arts

Interview in The International Examiner: "Justine Yu-Ping Davis embraces the role of Lucia in Black Coffee at Taproot Theatre"

NOW EXTENDED | Jul 13 – Aug 19, 2022
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