Charlie Ross claims to have seen the original Star Wars more than 400 times—by the age of 10. He grew up on a farm in British Columbia, without access to cable television. In his solo play, One Man Star Wars, Ross hustles through every famous line and musical theme of Episodes IV through VI in less than 75 minutes. Without costumes, without props, and without the film’s infamous special effects.
Since the Canadian actor began touring this theatrical oddity on the Fringe circuit, One Man Star Wars has been performed close to 1,500 times on four continents in more than 180 cities around the world. Ross has been featured by Conan O’Brien (“Immediately accessible… it was great!”), the BBC (“The world’s greatest living geek actor.”) and countless more national and international media outlets.
One Man Star Wars is one hundred per cent approved and officially endorsed by Lucasfilms Ltd., George Lucas’s company notorious for their shrewd protection of the Star Wars brand, trademarks, and copyrights.
The Ottawa premiere of One Man Star Wars is a one-night-only event and will be performed Wednesday March 23, 2016 at Centrepointe Theatre (101 Centrepointe Drive). This special performance is a fundraiser in support of the 20th Ottawa Fringe Festival (June 15–26, 2016).
Fringe is an open-access festival (i.e. no curators) where performers keep 100% of their ticket sales. The Ottawa Fringe has paid more than $1.62 million to independent artists since 1997. With such a unique model, Ottawa Fringe counts on fundraising as well as charitable donations, volunteers, and grants in order to produce Ottawa’s largest theatre festival.
Earlybird tickets are available to Ottawa Fringe donors and tickets will soon go on sale to the general public. Visitottawafringe.com/onemanstarwars for details.