Arts, Literary Events

Ian Doescher

When: Tue., Sept. 22, 7 p.m. 2015

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.

Paul Friswold

Price: free admission

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