Bard Wars

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A long, long time ago, in a galaxy known as high school, my senior English Lit class studied Hamlet by William Shakespeare.  As I read the play, the Star Wars nerd in me could not help but correlate the tale, chock full of spirits and sword fighting and murderous relatives, with George Lucas’s beloved space opera.  I had the idea that one day I would put on a production of Hamlet with the roles replaced by the appropriate Star Wars character.  Luke Skywalker would play the titular character, Darth Vader would be his murderous, scheming uncle, and Obi-Wan would take a turn as the ghost/Force spirit that was once his father.  The other positions could be filled by the various supporting cast members.  It was an interesting idea but unfortunately I never had the means nor the talent to make it.

Flash forward eighteen years (has it really been that long since I graduated?) and it turns out that I am not the only one to notice the connection between the Bard’s writings and the galaxy far, far away.  With his debut novel, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, author Ian Doescher gives a unique perspective on A New Hope by telling it through mimicry of the style of the most famous playwright in history.  He has since gone on to publish books for the entire movie saga, with the final tale Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge released just days after the “Force Friday” extravaganza.  To celebrate the finale, Doescher went on a multi-city book tour, and one of his stops was near my home in Cincinnati, Ohio. Read more

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CWK Co-host Dan Z’s Latest ‘Studying Skywalkers’ Looks at Author Ian Doescher

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For the latest installment of his ongoing series “Studying Skywalkers,” Coffee With Kenobi co-host Dan Z catches up with Ian Doescher, author of the William Shakespeare’s Star Wars series to discuss his recent book tour.

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Check Out CWK Co-host Dan Z’s Latest Article in Star Wars Insider #159

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Have you picked up the latest issue of Star Wars Insider? Well, be sure to grab a copy because Coffee With Kenobi co-host Dan Z has a new article that you won’t want to miss.

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Celebration Anaheim Day Three (99)

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Our day 3 coverage of Celebration Anaheim is here! We get to talk with more awesome Star wars fans, recap Day 2, live audio of the Rebels panel, talk with Danielle of Star Wars in the Classroom, get immediate reaction to the premiere of Rebels Season 2 with Chris Taylor of How Star Wars Conquered the Universe, Scott Murray of Assembly of Geeks, and Thomas Riddle of Star Wars in the Classrrom, and talk with William Shakespeare’s Star Wars author Ian Doescher. Live from the convention floor, this is the podcast you’re looking for!

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Rogues Report: Ian Doescher visits Housel Middle School

About a year and a half ago, I found myself with an open spot during Parent-teacher conferences and decided to pass the time by starting to read William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher.  Being a 6th grade Language Arts teacher and a lifelong fan of STAR WARS, I was immediately drawn to the subject matter and form of the book when it was announced, and after hearing Ian interviewed on COFFEE WITH KENOBI, I decided to purchase a copy for my classroom.

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You Can Help Reveal the Art for the William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Boxset! #ShakespeareStarWars

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Later today, the cover art and secret interior poster for Ian Doescher’s William Shakespeare’s Royal Imperial Box Set will be revealed, but only after we’ve all done our part to make it happen. Using the hashtag #ShakespeareStarWars, be sure to tweet your support for this campaign throughout the Twitterverse! When the hashtag has been tweeted enough times, the cover art and poster will be revealed. Easy, right?

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CWK Show # 22: The Jedi Doth Return, featuring Ian Doescher (43)

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Note: This show was taped before SDCC 2014

In today’s show we talk with William Shakespeare’s Star Wars author, Ian Doescher as we discuss the final book in his amazing trilogy, The Jedi Doth Return.  We also discuss the latest Rebels trailer, J.J. Abrams latest video for Force for Change, meet the voice of the Inquisitor and Agent Kallus, and discuss new Star Wars Vans, as well as SDCC exclusives.  Consetta Parker joins us for a quick cup to talk about the second annual Rancho Obi-Wan gala as well.  This is the Podcast You’re Looking For!

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Book Review: William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return

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Ian Doescher’s final foray into the Original Trilogy, Shakespeare style, comes to us in the form of The Jedi Doth Return, and it may be the best of the three books.  In the final chapter of the beloved saga, Doescher skilfully weaves the beloved story of Darth Vader’s redemption at the hands of his son in the style of iambic pentameter we have come to know and love from this wonderful series. Yet again, Doescher brings us another chapter of the Star Wars saga as Shakespeare may have woven the tale, and the only regret the reader may have is that Quirk books has not announced another in this groundbreaking series.

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Dan Z’s New Blog Post on Star Wars.com Featuring Ian Doescher Now Available

Darth Vader Studying Skywalkers  The Empire Striketh Back Author Ian Doescher Makes a Classroom Appearance   Star Wars BlogA few weeks ago, Ian Doescher made an appearance in my classroom to talk to my Freshmen about William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, The Empire Striketh Back, and Shakespeare.  It was an amazing experience for everyone, and Star Wars.com was kind enough to allow me to Blog about the experience.  Check out the link below, and let me know what you think!

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Thanks again to Star Wars.com for the opportunity.

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