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Mudlark kicks off its season with a new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island,” adapted by Artistic Director Andrew BIliter.

The classic story of “Treasure Island” follows the boy Jim Hawkins, who sets sail on the high seas with characters John Silver and Captain Smollett, who battle equally for Jim’s loyalty.

“Our production will try to highlight Jim Hawkins’ search for his moral compass,” says Michael Miro, “torn between two adult figures (in our production, played by actual adults) and desperately trying to determine what kind of man he wants to be.”


Will Travis as Jim Hawkins. Credit Austin Oie.

Mudlark’s production of “Treasure Island” runs simulataneously with the Lookingglass production of the same-name, which will no doubt be very different, though possibly not more complicated. Mudlark’s tale comes equipped with elaborate fight choregraphy and cap guns- “literally there are cap guns in this show,” says Biliter. “Treasure Island embodies the spirit of adventure and bold spontaneity that defines the Mudlark experience for both actors and audiences.”

“Our fight choreographer is Dru Smith (he also did ‘The Odyssey’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’),” says Miro. “As you’ll see, it’s very involved. We storyboard the whole thing in advance and then keep building layer after layer (and in this case, it involved swords, daggers, knives, and guns).”

Will Travis stars as the young Jim Hawkins. Travis says of working with Mudlark’s older actors, “”It’s actually pretty cool cause you get a demonstration of how really good actors do it…and I kind of look up to them.”

Later on in Mudlark’s season, audiences will encounter a modern “Cinderella” by Brian Crawford, as well as a new adaptation of “The Nutcracker.”

“Treasure Island” runs October 23-25 and October 29-November 1 at the Noyes Street Theatre, 927 Noyes St., Evanston, IL.

Tickets are $10 for students, $12 for adults, and can be purchased at www.mudlarktheater.org. 

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