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Prizery to host performance of ‘Around the World in 80 Days’

SoVaNow.com / February 18, 2013
The Prizery will host a stage performance of Jules Verne’s “Around the World in 80 Days” for one night only, Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m., sponsored by Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative (MBC).

The play is the work of Walnut Street Theatre, which bills itself as “America’s Oldest Theatre” and celebrated 200 years of great entertainment in 2009. Most noteworthy American actors of the 19th century and many from the 20th century have appeared on stage at the Walnut. Some of the Walnut’s shining stars include: Edwin Forrest, Edwin Booth, the Drews, the Barrymores, George M. Cohan, Will Rogers, The Marx Brothers, Helen Hayes, Henry Fonda, Katharine Hepburn, Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Ethel Waters, Audrey Hepburn, Sidney Poitier, Lauren Bacall, George C. Scott, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, Julie Harris, Jack Lemon and William Shatner.

Before there were Pirates in the Caribbean or Raiders of the Lost Ark, there was Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days — the mother of all adventure stories. The Walnut Street Theatre production recreates Verne’s famous tale of ships, trains, and caravans. It’s 1872 and the eccentric hero, Phileas Fogg, is racing across continents and oceans, dodging death, storms, and detectives, as he tries to circle the world against the clock. With his trusty valet, Passepartout, at his side, Fogg accepts a wager from members of London’s Reform Club and hits the rails and high seas. The police, hot on Fogg’s trail, suspect him in a massive bank robbery, setting up a journey full of twists and turns.

Mark Brown’s thrilling adaptation is a whirlwind trip filled with exotic locales, narrow escapes, and great fun. And you think travel today is a challenge!

Please join the Prizery Tuesday for this wonderful performance presented by Walnut Street Theatre of Philadelphia. The Prizery will offer a cash bar 45 minutes before the show in the Robert F. Cage gallery where you can also enjoy the art works of Russian born artist Alla Parsons.

Also, join acclaimed artist Ron Miller as he leads a discussion on Jules Verne, author of “Around the World in 80 Days” at The Prizery on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7:30.

The performance of “Around the World in 80 Days” is made possible by a gift from MBC, Mid-Atlantic Broadband Corporation.

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