Creator of Klingon Language to Attend A Klingon Christmas Carol! Inaugural Chicago Run will Close with Honor!

December 15, 2010 § Leave a comment

Commedia Beauregard, the Minnesota-based theater company responsible for bringing the Klingon Xmas phenomenon to our fair city, has announced that Dr. Mark Okrand, the CREATOR of the Klingon Language, will be attending the December 16 showing at the Greenhouse Theater Center.

Dr. Okrand is a linguist who is recognized for his work with Native American languages, as well as his work with the first closed-captioning system for hearing-impaired viewers.

He was hired by Paramount Pictures to develop tlthIngan Hol (Klingon) as a fully functional language. Since then, the Klingon language has become an integral part of the Star Trek universe. It has been featured in the various Star Trek television series, in several movies, as well as in numerous novels associated with the franchise. Dr. Okrand has also written a Klingon dictionary, and co-authored the libretto for the first Klingon Opera, which opened in The Hague on Sept. 10th of this year.

Some vocabulary created by Dr. Okrand is being used for the first time ever in A Klingon Christmas Carol. Scenes added for this year’s production required the addition of new words to the Klingon lexicon.  Dr. Okrand specifically created these new words for use in the show.

A Klingon Christmas Carol is the first full play to be produced in the Klingon language. It is in its fourth year of production in Minneapolis/St. Paul, and its first in Chicago.

The main character, SQuja’, is a Klingon who lacks both honor and courage.  Like his counterpart in the English tale, SQuja’ is in peril of suffering eternal torment if he is not brought into line with his culture’s values.  He is aided by visits from three spirits who work to guide him to fulfill his true potential.

According to Commedia Beauregard’s Artistic Director, Christopher O. Kidder, A Klingon Christmas Carol is one of a number of productions each year that fulfill Commedia Beauregard’s mission “…to translate the universal human experience to the stage; to expand our horizons and share knowledge of all cultures, translating between languages and between arts to create theater that is beautiful in expression.”

“The cast is really excited to meet the man responsible for the unique challenge of learning, not to mention pronouncing, lines in Klingon.” said Kidder, “They can’t wait to give him a hearty Klingon ‘thank you.’”

A Klingon Christmas Carol is a co-production of Commedia Beauregard and the IKV Emperor’s Hand of the Klingon Assault Group.  Written by Christopher O. Kidder and Sasha Walloch.  Directed by Christopher O. Kidder.  Translated by Laura Thurston, Bill Hedrick, and Christopher O. Kidder.  Additional Content and Translation by Chris Lipscombe.  Lyrics to qu’wI’ by Terrence Donnelly.

FINAL PERFORMANCES:
Thursday 12/16 @ 7:30pm
Friday 12/17 @ 7:30pm,
Saturday 12/18 @ 7:30pm
Sunday 12/19 @ 2:30pm

Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N Lincoln Ave (2 blocks south of Fullerton Ave), Chicago, IL 60614.

$32 tickets are available at 773.404.7336 or GreenhouseTheater.org.

For more information, visit CBTheatre.org.

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