The One Man Star Wars Trilogy

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The One Man Star Wars Trilogy is an Off-Broadway play based on the original Star Wars trilogy, written and performed by Canadian actor Charles Ross, and directed by TJ Dawe. It premiered in Toronto, Ontario in January 2001, and has since toured worldwide, with over 1,000 performances in 119 cities as of March 2007.[1]

One man playEdit

The play runs for 75 minutes (although earlier incarnations lasted for one hour) and has only one cast member. Ross plays all the characters, recreates the effects, inserts factoids when appropriate, sings from the John Williams score, flies the ships, and fights both sides of the battles. The inspiration came from playing Frisbee with friends; the thrower would say a line from the movies, and the catcher had to say the following line while catching.[2]

His impersonation of R2-D2 has been described as spot on, [3] but Ross himself has said, "I've always thought my Yoda voice sounded too much like a goblin sucking helium."[4] Ross has purportedly seen the original movie over 400 times.

The show is licensed by Lucasfilm.[5] Charles Ross has also used the concept with other film trilogies, including The One Man The Lord of the Rings, which was performed from 2004 to 2005.[1] Ross was asked to stop performing by the intellectual property holder.[1]


Charles Ross's show has gone from a piece performed mostly at Fringe theatre|fringe festivals to a touring show with sold-out crowds and television appearances. He's been on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien[5], Craig Ferguson, The Today Show and CBS's Late Late Show.[5] Ross has performed the show for Vin Diesel and the rest of the cast on the set of The Chronicles of Riddick,[5] at the world science fiction convention masquerade half time show (Noreascon) in 2004, at Celebration III [6], and Comic-Con International 2004 in San Diego, CA[4]. He also hosted a month long sold out run at the Edinburgh Fringe in the E4 Cow Barn.

The show was also performed at Celebration IV, Celebration V and Celebration Europe.

External linksEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ross, Charles (2007-03-15). metro/010366.html The Sydney Morning Herlad Blogs: Entertainment - Charles Ross (weblog). Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved on March 24, 2007.
  2. Wolson, Tracy V.. How the One Man Star Wars Trilogy Works (part 1). []. Retrieved on March 24, 2007.
  3. Adam Klasfeld (2005-08-10). One-Man Star Wars Trilogy - New York Review. []. Retrieved on March 21, 2007.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Star Wars: Community - Comic-Con International 2004. (2004-07-20). Retrieved on March 21, 2007.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Wolson, Tracy V.. How the One Man Star Wars Trilogy Works (part 5). []. Retrieved on March 24, 2007.
  6. Star Wars: Community - One Man Star Wars Trilogy at Celebration III. (2004-11-01). Retrieved on March 21, 2007.

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