The Count of Monte Cristo
2 acts – 120 minutes
4 women, 7 men
Adapted from the classic novel by Alexandre Dumas
Script available for purchase by Sordelet Ink.
The lives of three powerful families are thrown into chaos with the arrival of the mysterious Count of Monte Cristo, a man of untold wealth who carries with him secrets from the past which may destroy them all.
“Stellar adaptation… A guilty theatrical pleasure you don’t have to atone for afterward. It’s zesty, good fun.” – Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune
“For his adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’s classic revenge tale, Lifeline ensemble member Christopher M. Walsh wisely intercuts the title character’s past with scenes from his present-day mission of vengeance. … By gradually revealing the transformation of naive sailor Edmond Dantès into the cunning Count of Monte Cristo, Walsh builds the suspense leading into the action-packed second act.” – Oliver Sava, Time Out Chicago
“A complex and concise masterpiece… Walsh successfully contains the multiple storylines within a solid framework. He boils each scenario down to its essence. Every word is utilitarian in the tight dialogue.” – Katy Walsh, Chicago Theater Beat
“Christopher M. Walsh’s premiere adaptation for Lifeline Theatre deftly packs a horde of information into a brief playing time to forge a coherent narrative line keeping us firmly grounded in the action.” – Mary Shen Barnidge, Windy City Times