MOUNT VERNON — Name the author, who has been outsold by only the Bible and Shakespeare. That author has written 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections that have sold over two billion copies worldwide and also owns the record for the longest running play in one theater, from 1952 to 2012. The answer is Agatha Christie.

This coming Thursday, Tammy Souhrada will bring Agatha Christie to the Chautauqua stage at The Grand Hotel. Tammy will bring Christie to life in first person living history. Tammy has portrayed a wide range of characters over the years and Agatha will be a special treat to those who enjoy fictional characters like Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, TV or film adaptations like “Murder on the Orient Express” and “Death on the Nile” or just sitting back and enjoying a good old fashioned mystery novel.

Opening the program and making their first Chautauqua appearance will be the Chapeux, an a cappella quartet comprised of Scott Johnson, Ted Starcher, Jim Stoner and Tadd Sponseller.

The Chautauquas are presented in the lower level at the Grand Hotel, 12 Public Square in downtown Mount Vernon. The facility is accessible for those with special needs such as walkers, wheel chairs or strollers. Doors open at 6 p.m. and program begins at 7 p.m.

These programs bring year-round living history to our community and are presented on a donation basis. All donations go to the performers.

For more information about this and upcoming presentations, visit, or call 740-392-3018.

For those wondering, the name of the longest running play that was mentioned in the first paragraph is “The Mousetrap” with over 25,000 performances in its first run from 1952-2012.


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