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Asolo Rep Announces Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea

This adaptation of the classic Jules Verne novels uses video projections and other technology to create an underwater world.

By Kay Kipling August 31, 2016

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Eric Leblanc, Marie-Eve Perron and Richard Clarkin in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Photo by Claus Anderson


Asolo Rep audiences will get to take an adventurous voyage with the just-announced final production of the 2016-17 season, a “theatrical re-imagination” of Jules Verne’s classic deep sea tale Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

The show, created by Craig Francis, a writer, cartoonist and co-creative director of the Kidoons Network, and Rick Miller (called by Entertainment Weekly “one of the 100 most creative people alive today”) will take to the stage at the Mertz Theatre June 9 through July 2 (previews June 7 and 8).

You can expect amazing sea creatures, that famous Nautilus submarine, the mysterious Captain Nemo and a feeling of total immersion with this show, utilizing visual projections and interactive technology to update, and yet stay true to the wonder of, this Victorian -age tale.

Verne, of course, was the author of other works of science fiction and fantasy including Around the World in Eighty Days, Journey to the Center of the Earth and The Mysterious Island. Asolo Rep producing artistic director Michael Donald Edwards says, “We’re thrilled to present this brand-new, boldly re-imagined stage adaptation of an iconic novel.” And he, adds, it’s “infused with timely ecological conservation themes…particularly relevant for us right here in Sarasota, a beachfront community dedicated to preserving and protecting our oceans.”

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