Author: Ian Doescher
Based on the works of William Shakespeare & George Lucas
The tale has become something of a legend: how one small rebellion held out, fighting bravely against a domineering Empire. How the Jedi were made all but extinct, yet managed to fight back against the Sith against all odds. And how one young man, hungry for adventure, found himself caught up in something far beyond himself, meeting people, braving unspeakable dangers, and growing in unexpected ways. Yet forsooth, you’ve never heard the tale told in so metric and unlikely a manner before!
Combining two such iconic and seemingly dissimilar bodies of work as those of Shakespeare and Lucas is quite a daring feat–one destined to be either brilliant or atrocious. Doescher’s work in William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope is a piece of genius. It’s surprising how well the story actually fits in the style–rather I would say that the style gets out of the way and lets the story shine through, which is what all good storytelling should do. The inclusion of various Shakespearean allusions is both amusing and apt, and the use of soliloquies and asides (which obviously don’t occur in the original) provide a greater insight into the characters’ motives and emotions. I think that actually gave me a greater appreciation for a story I already love. My general conclusion is: if you like Shakespearean plays and the original Star Wars movies, you’ll likely enjoy William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope (unless you’re a purist, in which case, avoid it entirely).
Note: I want to see this performed live as an actual play now. It would be fantastic!