William Shakespeare's renown grew by leaps and bounds during his lifetime, and he and his works remain wildly popular 399 years after his death. George Lucas...uh, is by all accounts a really nice guy. If anyone can revive Lucas' flagging reputation, it would be the greatest English playwright — maybe he can come back as some sort of Force ghost that looks like Hayden Christensen? Or maybe Ian Doescher is the next best thing to a revived Bard. Doescher recasts each Star Wars film as a Shakespearean drama told in iambic pentameter in his William Shakespeare's Star Wars series. Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge is the sixth installment; it tells of Anakin Skywalker's descent into the dark side, the sundering of his marriage to Padme and the shattering of the Jedi order. Tonight at 7 p.m. Doescher visits Left Bank Books (399 North Euclid Avenue; 314-367-6731 or www.left-bank.com) for a staged reading of the book, with help from St. Louis Shakespeare actors. Members of the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers and the Rebel Legion will also attend — it should be an unusual evening. Admission is free.
Price: free admission