Around the World in 80 Days

It’s a story of epic proportions told on a grand scale with only a few actors! 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.
“Anything one man can imagine, other men can make real.”

by Jules Verne adapted by Mark Brown, directed by Damon Bonetti

Preview: Thursday, July 6, 7:30pm

Opening: Friday, July 7, 7:30pm

Wednesday matinee August 2, 2pm

Closing: Sunday, August 13, 2pm

Meet the Director

DAMON BONETTI  (Director) is pleased to be back in the Hedgerows where he has directed the last two summer farces No Sex Please, We’re British! and The 39 Steps and previously acted in Visiting Mr. Green and Marat/Sade.   A Philly based actor and director, recent directing: True Story (Barrymore Nomination: Outstanding Director) The Gun Show and The Goldilocks Zone (Passage Theater), The Stinky Cheese Man (Walnut Street Theater), The Rage of Achilles (CCTC) and the shape of things (Rutgers/Camden).  Recent acting: And Then There Were None, Arsenic and Old Lace (Walnut), The Hound of the Baskervilles (Lantern Theater),Rizzo (Theater Exile) and God of Carnage (Montgomery Theater).  He is the Co-Founder of the Philadelphia Artists’ Collective and has directed He Who Gets Slapped, The Sea Plays, Changes of Heart and Blood Wedding (co-production MPiRP at Drexel University) and appeared in The Duchess of Malfi and Creditors.    M.F.A. FSU/Asolo. 

Meet the Playwright

Mark Brown is an award-winning writer. His play Around the World in 80 Days has been produced around the world, from Off-Broadway to Baridhara Dhaka, Bangladesh and has been translated into Turkish. Tom Jones, his adaptation of the ribald Henry Fielding novel, received its world premiere in 2014 and has been called, “Clever, silly and highly theatrical!” His musical China – The Whole Enchilada was named Outstanding Musical of the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival and has been called “funny, smart, surprisingly deep, and very enjoyable.” Mark’s play The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge has been called “a sequel worthy of Dickens’ approval,” and “a worthy new entry into the holiday canon.” His adaptation of The Little Prince set box office records at the Hippodrome Theatre and the Orlando Theatre Project. His play Poe – Deep Into That Darkness Peering hasn’t won a thing but is a darn good play and should be produced more often. He’s currently working with Paul Mirkovich, his collaborator on Enchilada, on a musical adaptation of the novel Tom Jones. Mark lives in Los Angeles and dreams of living in a chateau in France.

Meet the Cast

Mark Swift (Detective Fix) is proud to be returning to the Hedgerow stage this summer as a Hedgerow Fellow alumni. Most recent Hedgerow credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius, Flute), The Prisoner Of Zenda (Fritz, etc.), and A Christmas Carol (Fred). Mark is equal parts excited for and terrified of working with such a hilarious cast.

Zoran Kovcic*, has been a member of the Hedgerow family since 1991, serving in a broad range of capacities. As an actor he has been in over 150 productions. His favorite roles are those that make people laugh, especially his wife Penelope Reed.

Sarah Knittel (Passepartout) is thrilled to return to Hedgerow. She appeared in last summer’s Servant of Two Masters (Smeraldina). Sarah has worked with Automatic Arts, Hella Fresh, Untitled Eva Steinmetz Project, Pig Iron, Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, and Philadelphia Shakespeare. She is the 2017 Automatic Arts Artist in Residence. Graduate of the Pig Iron School of Physical and Devised Theater and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Sarah is also The Joseph Davenport Experience cabaret.  

HANNA GAFFNEY (Aouda/others…) is so thrilled to be back with Hedgerow again! She was first seen at Hedgerow in Boeing Boeing (Gabriella). She is a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and her most recent Philadelphia credits include: Witness for the Prosecution (Dr. Wyatt) at Bristol Riverside Theatre and Spamalot (The Lady of the Lake) at Resident Theatre Company. So much love to this hilarious cast, Damon, family and her heterolifemate Tori.

Jared Reed* (Phileas Fogg) has been proudly associated with Hedgerow since 1990 and is now Producing Artistic Director. As an actor Jared has appeared nationally at Hedgerow, the Old Globe in San Diego, The McCarter Theatre, The Huntington, Cleveland Playhouse, The Walnut Street Theatre, and others. Jared also directs and writes at Hedgerow. Jared is a graduate of the Juilliard School. Love to Keren, Sebastian, and Q.


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