Award-winning actor, director, producer, writer, recording artist, philanthropist, horseman and all-around American icon William Shatner invites you to visit “Shatner’s World” at the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center on Thursday, Jan. 16.
“Performing for audiences on the road has been one of the most gratifying experiences I’ve ever had as an actor,” Shatner says. “My fans are the best in the world.”
“Resistance is futile!” raves The Hollywood Reporter of “Shatner’s World.” The 90-minute show will take audiences on a voyage through Shatner’s life and legendary career, from Shakespearean stage actor to internationally known icon and raconteur. He is known as much for his unique persona as for his expansive body of work on television and film.
In 1966, he originated the role of Captain James T. Kirk in the TV series “Star Trek,” which spawned a film franchise where he returned as Kirk in seven of the movies, one of which he directed. He played the title role in the hit series “T.J. Hooker” before hosting TV’s first reality-based series, “Rescue 911.” He won Emmys and his first Golden Globe for his portrayal of Denny Crane on “The Practice” and “Boston Legal” and received four more Emmy nominations as well as Golden Globe and SAG Award nods. His interview series, “Shatner’s Raw Nerve,” aired on Bio, and he recorded the critically acclaimed album “Has Been.” The album was featured in the production “Common People” by The Milwaukee Ballet, which was set to songs from the record. The production is featured in the documentary “William Shatner’s Gonzo Ballet.” His third studio album, “Seeking Major Tom,” features a number of heavy metal covers and songs by U2, Frank Sinatra, Queen and Pink Floyd. It was released in 2011.
Shatner has also written nearly 30 bestsellers. His autobiography, “Up Till Now,” was a New York Times bestseller, and his latest book, “Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large,” was released in 2011. His comic book series, “William Shatner Presents” is based on his novels “TekWar,” “Man O’ War,” and “Quest for Tomorrow,” along with a new release, “Chimera.”
He has also been successful in another area—horse breeding. A dedicated breeder of American Quarter horses, he has had enormous success with the American Saddlebred, developing and riding world champions and has won numerous world championships in several events.
Shatner united his passions for horses and philanthropy with the Hollywood Charity Horse Show, benefitting L.A.-based children’s charities. He appeared on Broadway in “A Shot in the Dark,” “The World of Suzie Wong,” and “Tamburlaine the Great.”
This performance may contain strong language and/or explicit subject matter. Showtime is set for 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 16. Tickets are on sale now and range from $46 to $153, depending on seat location and availability. WVU students may purchase tickets for only $33 with a valid WVU ID at the campus box offices (one discounted ticket per valid ID). Tickets are available at the Mountainlair and Creative Arts Center box offices, online at ticketmaster.com, or by calling 304-293-SHOW and 800-745-3000.
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