ByPeter DiDonato, writer at Creators.co
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While we still have over a year to wait for J.J. Abrams' Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, one Michigan university is giving fans a real treat.

Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Michigan is currently putting on a stage production that is a mash-up of several Shakespearean parody works. The show (titled: Sampled Shakespeare) combines scenes from Ian Doescher's William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, The Empire Striketh Back and The Jedi Doth Return.

It also features scenes from screenwriter Adam Bertocci's play Two Gentlemen of Lebowski, a Shakespearean re-imagining of the 1998 Coen Brothers' cult film The Big Lebowski.

Kellogg Community College theatre coordinator and professor Brad Poer hopes to make the works of William Shakespeare more appealing to a contemporary audience. He said in an interview with the KCC Daily:

“For most people, their first and often times only experience with Shakespeare is when they’re forced to read it out loud in English class...With this production, the audience can look at the performances on the screen, see the actors’ performances of the same scenes in Shakespearian voice and say, 'OK that’s how it translates.'

Here are just a few photos taken of the play:

Luke and R2-D2
Luke and R2-D2
X-Wing Pilots en route to the Death Star.
X-Wing Pilots en route to the Death Star.
The famous "who shot first" scene.
The famous "who shot first" scene.
C-3PO
C-3PO
The gang's all here.
The gang's all here.

So if you're a fan of Star Wars and the theatre, I suggest heading down to Battle Creek to check this show out. Plus, it's free of charge!

Admission is free of charge and the show will be held at the Binda Performing Arts Centre at Kellogg Community College, 450 North Ave., Battle Creek MI. Group reservations for the show are not required but available. Here is a list of upcoming showtimes:

  • 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15
  • 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21
  • 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22
  • 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23

Sources:

http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/story/entertainment/2014/11/06/star-wars-meets-bard-kellogg-community-college/18594791/

http://daily.kellogg.edu/2014/11/13/kcc-to-cover-star-wars-big-lebowski-in-free-sampled-shakespeare/

Special thanks to reddit user "genrewhore" for bringing this to my attention.

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