Recently, a book called “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars” was released, written by Ian Doescher came out, and, of course, caught my eye. I thought it was going to be sort of a one-off joke, maybe part of the movie with a bunch of “thee’s” and “thou’s” that might be a little fun. Well, it turns out it’s a full-on play version of “Star Wars” in iambic pentameter, rhymed verse, and extremely accurate Shakespearean style. Characters have wonderful internal monologues, the action is adapted for the stage, and it is both hilarious and seriously dramatic at the same time. Let’s just say if I was a high school drama teacher, I know what we’d be doing for our Fall production.
After I read a bit, I knew I had to give this the “radio play” treatment with my good friend, and actual Shakespearean actor, Justin Thompson of “Mythtickle.” Justin’s played Mercutio, MacBeth, and bunches of other Shakespearean characters, and is also as big a “Star Wars” nerd as I am. So, with humble apologies to the author, Mr. Doescher (who I must contact for an interview), to George Lucas, and to William Shakespeare, I pray beg thy indulgence for this far-from-usual episode of Tall Tale Radio. And, as Puck summed up so well in “A Midsummer’s Night Dream,”
If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber’d here
While these visions did appear.