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By Ann Sonneville and Clint Sheffer. From the novel by Jules Verne.
We join the prolific naturalist Professor Aronnax, his devoted assistant Conseil and the gritty harpooner Ned Land for an epic journey aboard the Nautilus, the world's first submarine vessel. Forcefully led by the dangerous and enigmatic Captain Nemo on an unprecedented tour of the seven seas, our three heroes are confronted by harrowing challenges, incredible adventure, and a host of most unusual creatures. They must also wrestle with the dark forces that lurk in the depths of men's souls if they are ever to return home alive. In this daring new adaptation of Jules Verne's classic 19th-century saga, an emphasis on action strips this adventure down to its essence, bringing spectacle and ensemble to the fore.
While this work is primarily an adaptation of a classic piece of literature, it also contains a hint of satire, which stems from our love of '80s and '90s genre films, action-comedies in particular. References to Predator, Die Hard, The Last Boy Scout, Hudson Hawk, The Whole Nine Yards, Jaws and Blade Runner are peppered throughout the script to help lend a contemporary flavor.
About the Author
Ann Sonneville is a Chicago-based artist whose work has been seen on stage all around the city as well as on film and television. Her stage works include the role of Lucy in Dracula (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Suzan-Lori Parks’ Venus (Steppenwolf Theatre Company) and many productions with Trap Door Theatre, with which she is an ensemble member. Other shows include work with The Strange Tree Group, Collaboraction Theatre Company, Griffin Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, Oracle Theatre, the side project theatre company and Bruised Orange Theatre Company. She is the co-creator and an ensemble member of their hit comedy show I Saw You. Film and television credits include Chicago P.D., Dig Two Graves, We Grew Up Here, Funemployed and several shorts. Coming soon, she will star as Miriam in Miriam’s Going to Mars and as Lilth Demilo in RunRainbow. She is also a professional voice-over artist whose work has been featured on numerous television and radio commercials as well as the video games Watch_Dogs and Octodad. Sonneville received her B.F.A. in acting from Northern Illinois University, has studied at the Moscow Art Theatre School and was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award (actress in a supporting role) for her work on Griffin Theatre’s production of Kin by Bathsheba Doran.
Clint Sheffer is a writer and performer based in Chicago, where his plays have seen numerous productions in the past decade. After returning from a season as a guest artist at Budapest’s Stúdió K Színház (Studio 'K' Theatre), Sheffer co-founded Bruised Orange Theater Company (BOTC) in 2004. He is an ensemble member and co-creator of BOTC’s long-running hit show I Saw You. BOTC productions of Sheffer’s work include Lakefront Property (2004 and 2010), Poor Man’s Amos (2005), History of a Handgun (2006), The Nebraska Project (2008), Village of K__ (2009), Daddy Long Legs (2010) and The Bugaboo Room (2013). His play Venom premiered at the Elm Theatre in New Orleans in 2013. Sheffer has been seen onstage with The Hypocrites and at A Red Orchid Theater.