William Shatner’s tour of screenings of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is again adding more dates, this time five more cities have been added, where the original Captain Kirk will take to the stage to share stories about making the film and conduct Q&As following the screenings.
The new cities are:
July 26 – Richmond, VA – Altria Theater – On sale now
July 29 – Charlotte, NC – Ovens Auditorium – On sale May 18 (pre-sale May 15)
September 21 – Madison, WI – Orpheum Theatre – On sale now
September 22 – Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre – On sale May 18 (pre-sale: May 14)
September 23 – Akron, OH – Akron Civic Theatre – On sale May 18 (pre-sale: May 15)
NOTE: William Shatner Fan Club members can use promo code SPACE for pre-sale discount.
Desperate to make Wrath of Khan a success
Promoting his May 16 screening of Star Trek II in Baltimore, Shatner spoke to the Baltimore Sun, and reflected on how after Star Trek: The Motion Picture did not deliver the kind of film everyone hoped for, there was renewed effort to make the sequel work, saying:
“Maybe our desperation showed,” Shatner says with a laugh, reflecting on what made “Wrath of Khan” such a success. “I think that in a desire to show everybody how good ‘Star Trek’ could be, the authors and the producers and everybody responsible for the creative part of the script threw everything in. Love and death and good friends dying. They just did everything they could to make it emotional and identifiable.”
New Hampshire capital seized by Khan!
On Friday, May 18th Shatner’s Star Trek II tour takes him to the Capital Center for the Arts in Concord, NH, and the city is celebrating the event in a big way. Concord’s mayor Jim Bouley has proclaimed May 18th as “KHAN!-cord Day.” The mayor’s office has provided us with a copy of the proclamation (which you can download), which reads in part “the Star Trek franchise boldly went where none had gone before and spoke of a utopian future where race, gender, and national origin no longer divided people or impeded achievement.” The official city proclamation even has a stardate.
A number of local organizations are getting in on the KHAN!-cord Day fun. The Capital Center for the Arts has a list which includes the local library holding Star Trek events, various business offering discounts and even some local restaurants offering special Star Trek food including the “KHAN-CONE” at Ballard’s Ice Cream and a Star Trek themed burgers at The Barley House and Vibes Gourmet Burgers. There is even a charity “KHAN!ned Food Drive.” At the Star Trek II screening in Concord you will also be able to enjoy a special blue ale created for the event by Concord Craft Brewery.
Shatner and Cook talk country album
In other Shatner news, one of Bill’s upcoming projects is a country music album, where he is collaborating with Jeff Cook of the band Alabama. A few days ago the pair held a Facebook Live event with Heartland Records Nashville, answering questions about the project, tentatively titled “Why Not Me?”
The Negotiator returns
And finally, one of William Shatner’s most prominent roles of the last two decades is as the “The Negotiator” for Priceline.com. The character was “killed off” in 2012, but Priceline has brought Bill back to celebrate their 20th anniversary with a new campaign.
For more info on William Shatner’s upcoming appearances visit williamshatner.com.