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In 'Shatner's World,' Stories About Acting, Loss, Life
March 6, 2012  | By David Bianculli
 

(From NPR) William Shatner has played an attorney, a starship captain, an alien and a Roman tax collector, among many other roles. Over the past half-century, the Canadian actor has performed on television, in commercials, in movies and on Broadway — and penned several novels.

He recently returned to Broadway for the first time in over 40 years with a new solo show, Shatner's World: We Just Live In It. In the 90-minute performance, Shatner talks about his childhood growing up in Montreal and reflects on his many acting roles with an assortment of photos and video clips.

Shatner tells Fresh Air's David Bianculli that when he gets on stage each night, he doesn't think about his performance. Instead, he thinks about the show in the same way one would learn to ride a horse or ski or perform any other difficult skill.

"When you've done the technical part, you're then into the joy, the zen, into being," he says. "Technology no longer exists for you. You're then into the mystery of the thing you're doing."

In his solo show, Shatner shares stories about his childhood, his father, and his lengthy acting career.

In his solo show, Shatner shares stories about his childhood, his father, and his lengthy acting career.

One of the memorable stories Shatner tells onstage is about his father, who was in the clothing business. As Shatner talks about his father's death, he precisely folds a jacket onstage — just the way his father used to do it... (more here at NPR)

 
 
 
 
 
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