WASHINGTON SHAKESPEARE TO REPRISE THE BARD IN KLINGON FOR BBC
TaH latlh heglu’meH. That is the question. In Klingon! And to answer it, acclaimed British actor Stephen Fry (“Wilde“, “Blackadder”, “Bones” to name a few and occasional guest on the BBC hit motor show Top Gear ) will perform a scene from Hamlet in Klingon here next month.
Joining Fry in this one night benefit for Washington Shakespeare Company, By Any Other Name: An Evening of Shakespeare in Klingon, will be noted linguists Arika Okrent (“In the Land of Invented Languages: Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets, Loglan Lovers and the Mad Dreamers who tried to Build a Perfect Language”) and Marc Okrand (WSC Board President and creator of the Klingon language for the “Star Trek” film series). A BBC crew will be on hand to tape the performance for future airing on the BBC Two show.
In addition to his work as an actor, Fry is a celebrated novelist, whose “Making History” won the Sidewise Award for Alternate History in 1998 and who recently released the second volume of his autobiography “The Fry Chronicles” (he’s 53, so there are undoubtedly more to come). He is also a member of the Norwich City Football Club Board of Directors and a popular social networker: in November, 2010 Fry announced on his Web site that his Twitter account reached two million followers.
Fry and his guests will perform Sunday, February 27 at 7.30 p.m. in WSC’s Black Box theatre in Artisphere. Tickets are $50. WSC’s press release seemed to indicate that Star Trek dress would not be out of order. For tickets,