Irish Repertory Theatre in association with The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park presents Around the World in 80 Days. Michael Evan Haney directs.
The show, adapted by Mark Brown from the novel by Jules Verne, is set in 1872. Phileas Fogg is the most exact of men. Well-traveled, very wealthy and with no friends or relatives of which to speak, he keeps his days on the most precise of schedules and spends his evenings at the local Reform Club. After a newspaper asserts that traveling around the world in 80 days is a legitimate possibility, Fogg and his fellow Londoners debate whether becoming a globetrotter is indeed that easy.
Convinced he could accomplish the task, Fogg enters into a wager with the men, betting 20,000 pounds that he could complete the journey in the allotted time. The race is on, and Fogg begins a journey that will include twists, turns and travel unlike you've ever seen -- from train to boat, sled to elephant.
A snooping detective who believes Fogg might be the thief, a possible human sacrifice, a runaway train and even the will of Mother Nature all conspire against Fogg's adventure of a lifetime, threatening not only his journey but also the heart of the woman he loves.