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Doing a One-Man Star Wars, WaterTower Is

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OMFG, the OMSW is coming to WaterTower Theatre. Canadian actor Charles Ross has been performing his One-Man Star Wars Trilogy since 2001. With George Lucas’ stamp of approval, he has taken the show to off-Broadway success (in 2005) and toured it across the continent. It will be the main feature, starring Ross, at Addison’s WaterTower Theatre for five performances next March at the annual Out of the Loop Fringe Festival.

Here’s a look at Ross in character(s). The clip is kinda dark, like deep space. Note that the actor also sings the soundtrack music.

WaterTower announced its 12-show 2008-’09 season Tuesday evening. One-Man Star Wars is one of seven regional or area premieres. Here’s the rest of the lineup:

Doubt, a Parable by John Patrick Shanley: The season opener (October 2-26) is the area premiere of the Pulitzer-winning one-act about a charismatic young priest who may or may not have abused a young student. Dallas Theater Center wanted this one, but gave up the rights to WaterTower when it couldn’t find a slot on the schedule.

Violet (January 15-February 8, 2009): Musical about a girl on a cross-country bus trip.

Our Town (April 2-26, 2009): Thornton Wilder’s well-worn chestnut.

Indoor/Outdoor (May 21-June 14, 2009): Regional premiere of Kenny Finkle’s comedy about frisky housecats. Like a feline version of Sylvia.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (July 16-August 9, 2000): Vintage musical about corporate backstabbing.

In addition to its Main Stage season, WaterTower will also produce the following season extras:

Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity (November 28-December 21): Replacing Rockin’ Christmas Party is this bluegrass musical by former Dallas Theater Center assistant artistic director Preston Lane.

This Wonderful Life (December 3-21): Another one-man show, this one re-imagining the Capra classic. The solo play by Steve Murray replaces the David Sedaris one-man comedy Santaland Diaries after its seven-season run.

WaterTower’s Studio Space will present its second year of the Discover Series (all regional premieres):

Make Me a Song: The Music of William Finn (October 30-November 23): Chamber musical celebrating the composer of A New Brain and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

A Feminine Ending (January 29-February 22, 2009): Romantic comedy by Sarah Treem.

Based on a Totally True Story (April 16-May 3, 2009): Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s play about a wanna-be screenwriter’s struggles in Hollywood.

The Receptionist (June 4-28, 2009): Brilliantly twisted comedy by Adam Bock about a nondescript office that may be a front for … well, that’s the surprising twist. --Elaine Liner

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