From a media release:
On October 28th, 2013
May the Force be With Thee...
R.H. Thompson leads a cast of Canada's best performers
bringing a mash-up of Shakespeare and Star Wars to life
in support of Driftwood Theatre!
at Whistler's Grille
Toronto, ON. A short time from now in a pub very, very nearby…
• Available online, by phone at 416-703-2773, or in person at the T.O.Tix Booth (Yonge/Dundas Square). A service charge will apply to all orders.
Star Wars, one of the world’s most popular films, and William Shakespeare, its most enduring playwright: On October 28 (just in time for Hallowe’en) these two classics will be brought together by some of Canada’s greatest performers for an evening of entertainment and ale not to be missed. Driftwood Theatre presents Play in a Pub: a reading of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars.
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars (Quirk Books) by Ian Doescher imagines what the epic tale of Star Wars would be like if it had been written by William Shakespeare. The book is a crafty and witty re-imagining, using all the tricks up Mr. Doescher’s and Mr. Shakespeare’s sleeves to weave together the epic tale of a young farm boy who embarks on a world-spanning mission to save a galaxy and find his destiny.
A star-studded cast featuring some of Canada and Toronto’s leading performers has been assembled to bring this story to vibrant life, including: RH Thomson (Obi Wan Kenobi), Oliver Dennis (C3P0), Michael Therriault (R2D2), Dion Johnstone (Han Solo), Michael Hanrahan (Darth Vader), Sarah Wilson (Princess Leia), Richard Alan Campbell (The Chorus), Peter van Gestel (Luke Skywalker), Karl Ang (Jabba the Hutt), Steven Gallagher (Governor Tarkin), Lori Nancy Kalamanski (Chewbacca), Helen King (Greedo), Andy Pogson (Wedge Antilles), and Steven Burley (music and sound effects).
The reading is a fundraising event in support of Driftwood Theatre Group, Ontario’s longest-running outdoor, touring theatre company, which celebrates its 20th season of The Bard’s Bus Tour in 2014. Taking place just off the Danforth at Whistler’s Grille (995 Broadview Avenue), Play in a Pub: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars brings this must-see event into the informal setting of the corner pub, where the audience can enjoy the reading over a pint. Audience members will be able to get in on the action through a Live Auction offering three walk-on roles as rebels, imperials or interesting creatures. The event will also feature a Mini Silent Auction (featuring 10 boutique packages handpicked by Driftwood Theatre’s board of directors), a Getaway Raffle (win a trip for two to Montreal for some great food, entertainment and luxurious hotel stay) and Best Costume Prize (come as your favourite Star Wars character and you could win BIG).
Driftwood Theatre presents
Play in a Pub: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars
A reading in support of Driftwood Theatre
Monday October 28, 2013
Whistler’s Grille (995 Broadview Avenue, Toronto)
For dinner reservations call 647-977-6480
8pm start (Silent Auction 6:30pm – 8:00pm)
Tickets $25. Limited seating.
Available online at www.driftwoodtheatre.com/event/playinapub/, by phone at 416-703-2773, or in person at the T.O.Tix Booth (Yonge/Dundas Square). A service charge will apply to all orders.