2010 seems to be the year of the Klingon. Evidence of Klingon infiltration has shown up in Scotland, California and Australia. And this weekend Klingons are back, performing an opera in The Netherlands, and later this month Klingons will be in our nation’s capital performing Shakespeare. Details below.
"U" – an opera Klingon – this weekend in The Hague
Klingons are known for being fierce and honorable warriors, but they also have a creative side and are also known for their love of opera. This weekend "U", an opera in Klingon is being performed live at the Theater Zeebel in The Hague in The Netherlands. The opera is being performed Friday = Sunday and will be performed again at Qetlop in Farnsberg, Germany on the 25th of September. Linguist (and Klingon consultant) Marc Okrand was a guest of honor for the opera. Click the image below for a video report from the BBC (including comments from Okrand).
Message to Qo’noS
This documentary from earlier in the year shows how the team behind "U" sent a message to the Klingon homeworld to invite the Klingons to the Opera.
More information on the Klingon opera at www.u-theopera.org.
Shakespeare in Klingon coming to Washington DC – with George Takei
The Washington Shakespeare Company will be presenting “By Any Other Name: An Evening of Shakespeare in Klingon,” with special guest George Takei on September 25th. And for this event once again Klingon expert (aka the man who "invented" Klingon) Marc Okrand will be on hand. Okrand is the current president of WSC board. The special Klingon event is being held to celebrate the opening of the 21st season of the WSC. The cast will perform scenes and speeches in both English and Klingon from Hamlet, Julius Caesar, and Much Ado About Nothing (with a same sex couple performing as Beatrice and Benedick).
“By Any Other Name: An Evening of Shakespeare in Klingon” featuring George Takei takes place at 8 p.m. on September 25th, 2010, at the Rosslyn Spectrum in Arlington. In addition to the scenes from Shakespeare, the performance includes an introduction by Okrand and a question and answer session with Takei and Okrand. Tickets cost $150 and include and four flex use theater passes for the WSC 2010-2011 season. There is also $250 ticket package that includes a ticket to the VIP reception following the performance. More information at www.washingtonshakespeare.org