An Evening with Actor and Social Justice Advocate George Takei
Where: Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
30 Lafayette Ave.
718-636-4100 Price: $35, $55, $75
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With a career spanning five decades, George Takei is known around the world for his founding role in the acclaimed television series Star Trek, in which he played Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise. But Takei’s story goes where few stories have gone before. From his family’s wrongful imprisonment in an internment camp for Japanese-Americans during WWII, to his rise as one of the country’s leading figures in the fight for social justice, LGBTQ rights, and marriage equality, Takei remains a powerful voice on issues ranging from politics to pop culture, displaying uncanny eloquence and signature wit.
Takei made his Broadway debut in the musical Allegiance in 2015–16, inspired by his real-life experience in the US internment camps. The production, an American story of forgiveness and the redemptive power of love, was later reprised as a national cinematic event. In April 2017, Takei will return to the New York stage starring in a revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures at Classic Stage Company.
In 2012, Mashable.com named Takei the #1 most influential person on Facebook, currently with over 10 million likes and more than 2.2 million Twitter followers. Takei hosts the AARP-produced YouTube series Takei’s Take, and is the subject of To Be Takei (2014), a documentary on his life and career. On his own YouTube channel, Takei and his husband Brad bring viewers into their personal lives in a “heightened-reality” web series, It Takeis Two.
On stage at BAM, Takei will share the story of his family’s forced internment as Japanese-Americans during World War II—a seemingly forgotten part of American history that he experienced from age five to nine. He’ll recount his rise to celebrity as a sci-fi icon, his remarkable journey as social media mega power, and his passionate fight for LGBTQ rights and marriage equality in America—empowering others to beat the odds and make a difference.