J ules Verne's "Around the World in 80 Days" is a fabulous adventure-and-romance story, full of derring-do and seemingly impossible feats.
Bethesda's Round House Theatre is producing a peppy, family-friendly version of the book, by playwright Mark Brown. Although Brown drops some of the details of the original, he faithfully reproduces the essentials of the Verne classic.
Mr Fogg's Residence
The basic premise is that, given several important world-changing events the completion of America's Transcontinental Railway, the opening of the Suez Canal and the completion of the Indian Railway in -- the year the play takes place -- it was believed that the globe could be circumnavigated in 80 days, using a combination of steamer and rail. The superbly orderly, wealthy Phileas Fogg Mitchell Hebert accepts a bet with the members of his men's club that he can make it in that time.
Fogg and his valet Passepartout Sasha Olnick set off for Dover and Calais, then on to Suez, where a detective named Fix Ethan Bowen begins to follow them, convinced that Fogg is a bank robber.
Throughout the journey, things go wrong. In India they find that a crucial part of the railway has not been constructed.
But Fogg bribes people, and buys land and water conveyances -- from an elephant to a snow sled -- to keep himself and Passepartout on schedule. Nevertheless, he goes out of his way to rescue an Indian princess, Aouda Tuyet Thi Pham , who is about to be sacrificed in a suttee.follow link
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He is an Englishman, a man of duty, after all. When Fogg, Passepartout and Aouda finally reach America, they deal with snow on the plains, a collapsing railroad bridge and attacking Indians. But the unflappable Fogg is equal to every challenge, and the trio keeps going. Director Nick Olcott keeps Fogg's excursion travelling at a breathtaking pace, allowing Fogg to come up with solutions to his travel predicaments at a moment's notice.
Excursions will also be sprinkled in like a walk on the Silk Road, an African evening safari, and glacier walking in Chile. But if the price of the trip still seems a little hefty, rest assured that all the money will go towards the Malala Fund , a non-profit founded by Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai working towards giving girls around the world a free, safe, and quality education.
AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS
Set your reminder for the first batch of tickets which will become available on June 20 at 2 p. The second batch will be drop on June 26 at a. China Standard Time a. June 25 at p.
Around the World in 80 Days
ET and the final batch will go live on July 1 at 7 p. Central European Summer Time July 1 at 1 p.
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