William Shatner's world is surely a strange one. In his one-man show Shatner's World, he talks about his life, sharing stories from his extensive career that most notably includes a long run as Captain Kirk on Star Trek. Shatner covers a wide range of his experiences, ranging from his days at McGill University to the backstage shenanigans that went on during his initial appearance on Broadway in Christopher Marlowe's Tamburlaine the Great.
He tries to give the stories a real immediacy; along the way, he predictably takes a few digs at former Star Trek co-star/real life archrival George Takei, whom he says is simply "not funny."
At 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, area theaters will screen Shatner's World: We Just Live in It, a concert film based on his one-man show, as part of a Fathom Events one-night happening. Shatner recently participated in a teleconference call to talk about the show that premiered on Broadway in 2012 and then went on the road for a month.
"I had been asked over the year to come back to Broadway but they needed a six-month commitment," says Shatner when asked about what initially made him want to revisit Broadway. "There came a point when I thought, 'That's it for me and Broadway.' But when I realized I could go to the exact theater where I had been with my last Broadway play, that was it."
Looking back, Shatner, who speaks in a highly stilted, theatrical manner, says his career has been a "slow build."
"Every time something sensational was supposed to happen, it didn't work out that way," he says. "It climaxes in this one-man show. It's the accumulation of years of experience. There was no defining moment for me but a series of small wavelets that led to the tsunami."
Not that Shatner doesn't get nervous before going on stage.
"Being a performer, once the performance is over, it's gone," he says. "The next night is the next challenge, and it's a challenge of re-doing that performance that only you can remember. It's a challenge whether there will be an audience. I'm feeling that way right now in doing all this publicity. I have so much to do and so little time left to do it."