|Photo by Jason Woodruff|
On Monday, November 15, Charles Ross is bringing his One-Man Star Wars Trilogy to the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, Massachusetts. As you may know, Ross is a Canadian actor whose unique talents have become recognized around the globe. Since first performing his One-Man Star Wars Trilogy in Toronto in 2001, Ross has brought countless audiences to their feet with his high-energy, hilarious take on the Star Wars universe. Not only does he portray dozens of characters who populate George Lucas’s iconic series, but he also conjures mammoth special effects using only his voice and body. Part homage, part satire, there is nothing quite like One-Man Star Wars Trilogy.
THE COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE PRESENTS ONE-MAN STAR WARS
ONE-NIGHT ONLYCharles Ross, Jedi Master of Solo Shows, Performs November 15
Brookline, Massachusetts– Get your light sabers ready, Boston, because Charles Ross is bringing his wildly entertaining One-Man Star Wars Trilogy to the Coolidge Corner Theatre on Monday, November 15 at 8 pm. The quirky show is part of OnStage @ the Coolidge, a program bringing live performances to one of New England’s premier independent cinemas and cultural arts organizations.
In his hilarious, kinetic solo piece, Canadian writer/performer Ross plays all the characters, recreates the effects, sings from John Williams’ score, flies the ships, and fights both sides of the battles from the original Star Wars trilogy, punctuating his virtuosic performance with captivating factoids and editorial asides. No costumes, no props, no sets – just Ross using his yoga-limber body, remarkable knack for voices, subtle changes in facial expression, and manic levels of energy to put his own distinct stamp on the Star Wars universe. He cups his hands over his ears to denote Princess Leia’s infamous hair buns, makes a big circle over his head to represent the Death Star, drops to his knees to become Yoda, mimics the fluorescent hum of a light saber, and even imitates the opening crawl of yellow text. The physical demands of the show are intense. Ross runs, jumps, dances, spins, rolls, and emotes at lightening speed.
Did Ross spend too much of his childhood in a galaxy far, far away? Not literally— he grew up in Victoria, British Columbia. But by the age of 10, he had watched the first Star Wars film on videotape more than 400 times and committed virtually every line to memory. Later, he became interested in theatre and earned a fine arts degree from the University of Victoria. He spent years working with theatre groups across Canada before parlaying his childhood obsession with the iconic Lucas films into a one-man show.
Ross first performed One-Man Star Wars Trilogy in Toronto, Ontario in January 2001, and spent the next few years touring fringe festivals. Word of his one-of-a-kind talent spread, and he has since performed the show to sell-out crowds in more than 250 cities across four continents. From off-Broadway in New York to London’s West End, from San Diego Comic-Con to Lucasfilm’s Celebration III, this show has been places. Where does he Ross get his stamina? It flows from the Force, of course.
He is also the mastermind of One-Man Lord of the Rings, in which he takes audiences on a romp through Middle Earth. The show has elicited accolades from none other than Sir Ian McKellen.
Tickets to One-Man Star Wars Trilogy are $20 general admission/$17 Coolidge Corner Theatre members. Tickets are available online at www.coolidge.org/onstage or at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline, Massachusetts. Phone: 617/734-2500.One-Man Star Wars Trilogy performed with permission of Lucasfilm Ltd. All Star Wars elements property of Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved.
We’re giving away two pairs of tickets to this amazing show. To enter, please send an email with your name and the subject header “SKYWALKER” to geekcontest @ gmail dot com and answer the following question:
Winner will be chosen at random. Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on November 11, 2010.