By Mark Brown
From the novel by Jules Verne
Directed by Nick Olcott
May 5 – 30, 2010
Round House Theatre Bethesda
4545 East West Highway
Bethesda, MD 20814
Special $10 & $15 tickets for kids & everyone age 30 & under are available for Around the World in 80 Days ‑ call 240.644.1100 to purchase these tickets. The $10/$15 tickets are not available online.
In this Off-Broadway hit, five actors use lightning fast costume changes to play all 39 characters in a madcap comedy that’s been called “Monty Python meets Jules Verne.” In 1872, Londoner Phileas Fogg wagers that he can circle the globe in just 80 days. With his fortune on the line, Fogg and his valet use rail, steamer, and elephant to race through India, Asia, and America. Such challenges as a snooping detective, a possible human sacrifice, and a runaway train are met with Victorian virtue and a precision pocket watch. Nick Olcott (The Book Club Play) directs this wacky adventure. The New York Times hailed it as “fast-paced,” “unabashedly theatrical,” and “smart enough to make sophisticated adults laugh out loud and shamelessly silly enough to keep children in the audience interested and entertained.”
Designer Discussion: Wed., May 5 at 6:45 p.m.
Directorially Speaking Discussion: Fri., May 7 at 7:15 p.m.
Post-Show Talkbacks: Sun., May 16 & Sun., May 23
Audio-described performance: Sat, May 22 at 3 p.m.
Sign-interpreted performance: Sat, May 29 at 3 p.m.
Childcare Matinee ‑ Sun., May 16 at 3 p.m.
Bring the kids (toilet-trained/ages 3 & up) & leave them in the hands of our trained caregivers. Reservations for childcare are required in advance and must be made by noon on Fri., May 14 by calling 240.644.1100.
Blake’s Take: This daffy, delightful tour-de-force uses five versatile actors and tons of ingenuity as it circumnavigates the globe. Mark Brown’s buoyant adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic adventure story is fun for the entire family and promises a delicious climax to our 09/10 season.
Actor 1: James Konicek*
Actor 2: Ethan Bowen*
Actor 3: Sasha Olinick*
Actor 4: Tuyet Thi Pham*
Actor 5/Phileas Fogg: Mitchell Hébert*
Director: Nick Olcott
Set Designer: Misha Kachman
Costume Designer: Rosemary Pardee
Lighting Designer: Colin K. Bills
Composer/Sound Designer: Matthew M. Nielson
Props Designer: Andrea Moore
Assistant Director: Colin Grube
Movement Coach: Karin Abromaitis
Dialect Designer and Coach: Elizabeth Alman|
Production Stage Manager: Jennifer Schwartz*
Around the World in 80 Days is recommended for age 8 and above.
Click here to learn more about Jules Verne’s novel.
Get a sneak peek of 80 Days by watching the video below.