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Around the World in 80 Days

Around the World in 80 Days
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Jules Verne
Adapted by: Mark Brown
Publisher: Dramatic Publishing
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 111
Pub. Date: 2007
ISBN-10: 1583423931
ISBN-13: 9781583423936
Cast Size: 1 woman, 4 men, may be expanded to up to 39 actors

About the Play:

Around the World in 80 Days is a full-length drama adapted for the stage by Mark Brown from the novel of the same name by Jules Verne. Phileas Fogg agrees to an outrageous wager to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days. The wager puts his fortune and his life at risk. But his every step is dogged by a detective who thinks he’s a robber on the run. A whirlwind of a show as five actors portray 39 characters in a race around the world in 80 days.

Around the World in 80 Days is an adroit reduction of Jules Verne's classic globetrotter. Stampeding elephants! Raging typhoons! Runaway trains! Unabashedly slapstick! Hold onto your seats for the original amazing race! Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful manservant as they race to beat the clock! Phileas Fogg has agreed to an outrageous wager that puts his fortune and his life at risk. With his resourceful servant Passepartout, Fogg sets out to circle the globe in an unheard-of 80 days. But his every step is dogged by a detective who thinks he's a robber on the run. Danger, romance, and comic surprises abound in this whirlwind of a show as five actors portraying 39 characters traverse seven continents in Mark Brown's adaptation of one of the great adventures of all time.

Around the World in 80 Days premiered in 2001 at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, was workshopped in 2002 at the Orlando Shakespeare Festival, and had its Off-Broadway premiere at The New Theater in 2008. Since then, it has literally been produced around the world, from Tauranga, New Zealand to Baridhara Dhaka, Bangladesh. This play is a meaningful work of art originally intended for middle schools and high schools, but has since become regional theatre staple.

Cast: 1 woman, 4 men, may be expanded to up to 39 actors if desired.

What people say:

"Smart enough to make sophisticated adults laugh out loud. And shamelessly silly enough to keep children interested and entertained." — The New York Times

"High-spirited and cheeky." — New York Daily News

"A trip well worth taking." — New York Post

"Witty in the extreme. … A treat to watch." — Los Angeles Times

"Ingeniously adapted … a wildly whacky, unbelievably creative, 90-miles-an-hour, hilarious journey! A ton of fun for all ages." — The Tolucan Times

"High-spirited.... Flat-out hilarious.... Ingenious and imaginative." — Ithaca Times

"Action and hilarity to spare." — Boston Globe

About the Playwright:

Jules Verne (1828-1905) was a French novelist, poet, and playwright best known for his adventure novels and his profound influence on the literary genre of science fiction. His biggest success came with Around the World in Eighty Days.

Mark Brown is an award-winning American actor and writer. His play Around the World in 80 Days has been produced Off-Broadway twice, all across the US, Canada, England, South Africa, Turkey, India, and Bangladesh, and has been translated into Turkish.

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