U, the first opera to be written in Klingon, is scheduled to debut in The Hague, The Netherlands for a three night run on September 10 at the Zeebelt Theatre. The opera will play in Frankfurt later this month. U was written by Floris Schoenfeld and Marc Okrand and tells the story of Kahless the Unforgettable, the first Klingon emperor.
The Washington Shakespeare Company will be performing excerpts from the Shex’pir plays Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing in the original Klingon. Actors will be speaking lines in both Klingon and English for the company’s annual benefit on September 25 at the Rosslyn Spectrum in Arlington, Virginia. George Takei is scheduled to make a guest appearance at the event. Tickets begin at $150.
The 36th Annual Saturn Awards were presented on June 24 by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films in Burbank, California.
- Best Science Fiction Film: Avatar
- Best Fantasy Film: Watchmen
- Best Horror Film: Drag Me To Hell
- Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film: Inglourious Basterds
- Best Actor: Sam Worthington for Avatar
- Best Actress: Zoe Saldana for Avatar
- Best Supporting Actor: Stephen Lang for Avatar
- Best Supporting Actress: Sigourney Weaver for Avatar
- Best Performance by a Younger Actor: Saoirse Ronan for The Lovely Bones
- Best Director: James Cameron for Avatar
- Best Writer: James Cameron for Avatar
- Best Music: James Horner for Avatar
- Best Costume: Michael Wilkinson for Watchmen
- Best Make-Up: Barney Burman, Mindy Hall, Joel Harlow for Star Trek
- Best Production Design: Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg (Avatar
- Best Special Effects: Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham, Andrew R. Jones for Avatar
- Best International Film: District 9
- Best Animation Film: Monsters vs. Aliens
- Best Television Series: Lost
- Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series: Breaking Bad
- Best Presentation on Television: Torchwood: Children of Earth
- Best Actor on Television: Josh Holloway for Lost
- Best Actress on Television: Anna Torv for Fringe
- Best Supporting Actor on Television: Aaron Paul for Breaking Bad
- Best Supporting Actress on Televison: Julie Benz for Dexter
- Guest Starring Role on Television: Leonard Nimoy for Fringe
- Best DVD Release: Nothing But the Truth
- Best DVD Television Release: Lost (The Complete Fifth Season)
- Best DVD Special Edition: Watchman: The Ultimate Cut
- Best DVD Collection: Star Trek Original Motion Picture Collection
- Best Local Stage Production: Fantasy/Musical: Mary Poppins (Ahmanson Theatre)
- Best Local Stage Production: Play/Dramatic Musical: Parade (Mark Taper Forum)
- Best Local Stage Production: Small Theatre: Fellowship: The Musical (Falcon Theatre)
- The Visionary Award: James Cameron
- The George Pal Memorial Award: Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman
- The Producers Showcase Award: Lauren Shuler Donner
- The Life Career Award: Irvin Kershner
The 2010 North American Jules Verne Society Annual Meeting will be held from May 20-22 at the Hilton Columbia Hotel in Columbia, MD. The event will include a discussion and live performance of Mark Brown’s”Around the World in Eighty Days. This year’s theme will be “Voyaging to America with Verne.”
An play based on Samuel Delany’s Dhalgren, entitled Bellona, Destroyer of Cities is scheduled to debut at the Kitchen in New York on Delany’s birthday, April 1. The play has been adapted for the stage by Jay Scheib, who is also directing. Scheib has previously adapted the novel into a German play. The play is scheduled to run through April 3.
This year will see multiple science fiction and fantasy plays in Chicago. Currently, a stage adaptation of Cory Doctorow’s Hugo-nominated novel Little Brother is being performed at the Athenaeum Theatre. The production opened on June 14 (during Duckon) and will run through July 19.
Late this year, a musical, “The Addams Family,” will open in Chicago on November 13 (during Windycon) and will run through January 10, 2010. Starring Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth, the musical will be staged at the Ford Center/Oriental Theatre.