Actor and self-proclaimed “Star Wars” ultra-geek Charles Ross will be performing his “One Man Star Wars Trilogy” show at San Francisco's Post Street Theater for 19 performances from Sept. 25 to Oct. 12.
How does your show work with only one performer? It’s me just conjuring up this geek-fest of an experience. There are no props or costumes, just me. It’s ultra-physical. I’m doing nothing but impressions and I end up humming the music.
How do you perform the dialogue without any counterparts on stage? I’ll change where I’m looking. If they fall down to the floor at a certain point it’s exactly what I’ll do, or if they walk from the right side of the screen to the left in the movie, that’s what I do. If I’m talking to somebody who’s taller I’m looking up, and if I’m talking to someone who’s shorter I’m looking down. The voices are so different, too. People pick up on it. The problem is with scene changes.
How do you deal with condensing the plot? It’s 7½ hours of film from the original trilogy in a one-hour show, so about 20 minutes per film. It’s surprising how lean the actual story is once you start cutting away all the fat.
What were you doing before this? I was just acting, getting gigs here and there. Just making the rounds, working with theater, TV, film. This has been sort of a long-lasting gig that I really didn’t think I’d be doing this long. That’s the power of “Star Wars”; it’s absolutely everywhere.