Around The World In 80 Days

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Around the World in 80 Days

by Mark Brown
adapted from the novel by Jules Verne
directed by Joe Deer

February 28 – March 17, 2019

Jules Verne’s classic tale springs to life in this clever, fast-paced comedy for the whole family. Proper gentleman Phileas Fogg strikes a wager and sets off on a race that puts his fortune and life at risk. With his faithful servant at his side, he has just 80 days to circle the globe–an inconceivable feat in the year 1872! Fierce natives, furious typhoons, runaway trains, a damsel in distress and a dogged detective threaten to delay him at every step in this delightful, whirlwind odyssey that will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to unexpected end.

“High-spirited, fast-moving and flat-out hilarious!”
–Orlando Weekly

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Performance Schedule

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Special Performance Legend


Thursday night Preview Performance


Inside Track pre-show discussion, begins in the Loft lobby at 7:15 pm


Opening Night with post-show cast party in the Loft lobby


Sawbuck Sunday, all available seats just $10 at the door starting 2 hours prior to performance


Lite Fare food and drink available for sale in the Loft lobby starting at 5:30 pm


Audio Described / Sign Interpreted performance (available with two weeks notice)


Talk Back: “While We’re on the Subject” post-show discussion (following the matinee performance)

Creative Team

Mark Brown • Playwright

Mark Brown is an award-winning writer. His play Around the World in 80 Days has literally 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 1960s British Invasion inspired musical adaptation of the novel Tom Jones. Mark lives in Los Angeles and dreams of living in a chateau in France.

Before turning to writing full-time, Mark was an actor. He received his acting training at the American Conservatory Theatre and has appeared in theatres across the country, including the Tony Award-winning companies South Coast Repertory, the McCarter Theatre (Company member: five years), and the Utah Shakespearean Festival. Films include Out of Sight (with George Clooney), Holy Man (with Eddie Murphy and Jeff Goldblum) and Amy’s O (Winner Best Film: Santa Barbara Film Festival). Notable TV credits include the Emmy Award-winning series From the Earth to the Moon (with Tom Hanks), House, Ally McBeal, Providence, Diagnosis Murder, and countless commercials and made-for-TV films. His song “Bring Me Back Home”, which he wrote and performed, appears in the film The Dig.

Mark lives in Los Angeles and dreams of living in a chateau in France.

Joe Deer • Director

Dick Block • Scenic Designer

Cat Schmeal • Costume Designer

John Rensel+ • Lighting Designer

John Rensel+ • Lighting Designer

Jay Brunner+ • Sound Designer

Jay Brunner+ • Sound Designer

Jacquelyn Duncan* • Production Stage Manager


Lovlee Carroll* • Actor 4

Lovlee Carroll* • Actor 4

Lovlee is thrilled to be reprising this role in her debut performance at HRTC having done the show at North Coast Rep. (San Diego) in 2018. A Hoosier at heart, Lovlee currently resides in Los Angeles where she recently closed a twice–extended run of a new musical called Starry, based on the van Gogh brothers. She is a two–time Stage Scene LA winner for her performances in Xanadu (Kira, The Met Theatre, LA) and Nine (Carla, The Met Theatre, LA). Select theatre credits: Rent (Mimi, The Westchester Broadway Theatre, NY), Trip Back Down (Pam, Whitefire Theatre, LA), 25th Annual… Spelling Bee (Olive Ostrovsky, Brown County Playhouse, IN). She can also be seen in numerous films and TV shows (Top: Scorpion, How To Get Away With Murder, Grey’s Anatomy). Classically trained, Lovlee holds double degrees in Theatre and Psychology from Indiana University, Bloomington. She is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA and the Television Academy.

Jared Joplin* • Actor 5

Jared Joplin* • Actor 5

Jared is absolutely (liquid “u”) thrilled to be making his onstage debut at The Human Race Theatre. As a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association, he has appeared somewhat locally at Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Ensemble Theatre as well as other theaters regionally and in New York. Although he has yet to make it around the World, he did get to tour North America with Cirque du Soleil’s production of Kooza with his lovely wife Erin. You can catch him on screen in the upcoming Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile with Zak Efron and John Malkovich or you can book him for corporate or educational training at Jared is forever thankful to all his friends and family, but he would like to dedicate this performance to his Aunt Zona. She traveled this World more times than Fogg could count and she changed the lives of everyone she met along the way. It was her duty and she always had the time to spare. Thank you, Zona!

Jake Lockwood* • Actor 1

Jake Lockwood* • Actor 1

Jake is a writer, director and actor who grew up and fell in love with the theatre right here in Ohio. He honed his acting skills at Wright State University, then travelled south to Orlando where he performed in 27 different shows in a twenty plus year stint at Walt Disney World. Jake has written and directed shows for Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Lines, SeaWorld, The Human Race Theatre Company, Zoot Theatre Company and Universal Studios, Beijing. As an educator, Jake has shared his love of acting and improvisation with The Human Race Theatre Company, Wright State University, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Town Hall Theatre, Muse Machine, Beavercreek Youth Theatre… and is proud to be the Senior Show Director for Vandalia Youth Theatre. Past Human Race productions include The 39 Steps, A Tuna Christmas, Man of LaMancha, Shenandoah, and Rounding Third.

Patrick Earl Phillips* • Actor 3

Patrick Earl Phillips* • Actor 3

Patrick is beyond excited to make his debut at Human Race. He is a graduate from Xavier University living in Cincinnati, OH. Regional credits include Fly By Night, This Random World, Bloomsday, Luna Gale, and Cinderella: After Ever After with Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Twelfth Night, The Crucible, and Henry VI part I with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and The Caine Mutiny Court Martial with Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre. Patrick would like to thank Joe, Kevin and Tara for this great opportunity, and sends love to his beautiful wife, daughter and the little bun in the oven.

Darlene Spencer* • Actor 2

Darlene Spencer* • Actor 2

Darlene Spencer is a recent transplant to Dayton from Ontario, Canada where she has been an actor, director and educator for the past 30 years. Favorite roles include: Bernarda in The House of Bernarda Alba, Titania/Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Paulina in A Winter’s Tale, and Medea in Medea. This season, she was honored to play the part of Cynthia in the staged reading of Sweat by Lyn Nottage, as part of HRTC’s Reading Series. She is also an Artist in Residence, through the HRTC, at Dominion Academy of Dayton, where she directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She is grateful for the opportunity to play in her new hometown and with this talented bunch. Much love to Michael – her favorite scene partner.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.
+Resident Artist of The Human Race Theatre Company.