Walnut Street Theatre will present writer and actor Mark Brown's stage adaptation of Jules Verne's novel "Around the World in 80 Days" on Friday, Feb. 8, at Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts.

The "fast-paced, ensemble-based adaptation," set in London in 1872, uses five actors portraying 30 characters and is intended for family audiences, particularly those 10 and older, according to a news release.

In the play, Phileas Fogg believes it is possible to travel around the world in 80 days with modern transportation and accepts a challenge of proving it can be done at the local Reform Club. The show offers exotic locales, daring adventures, narrow escapes and great fun, as well as villainy, secret plots, a damsel in distress and narrow escapes, the release states.

Founded in 1809, Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre is the oldest theater in America, the release states. It has received numerous awards for artistic achievement, including the Barrymore and Carbonell Awards.

Tickets, at $40, $35 and $30 for adults, $15 for children and students, are available through the Quick Center Box Office by calling 203-254-4010 or visiting www.quickcenter.com.