SPOTLIGHT ON FALL ARTS: 'Star Wars' and then some at the Aurora

“All Childish Things” stars (left to right) Enoch King, Bryan Brendle, Cara Mantella and Michael Jared Tarver. (Photo: BreeAnne Clowdus)

“All Childish Things” stars (left to right) Enoch King, Bryan Brendle, Cara Mantella and Michael Jared Tarver. (Photo: BreeAnne Clowdus)


Enoch King and Bryan Brendle are part of the Aurora’s newest comedy, “All Childish Things.” )Photo: BreeAnne Clowdus)


The GA 501st Garrison pose as “Star Wars” characters. (Photo: Courtesy of the 501st Legion)

LAWRENCEVILLE — For once, you won’t need to visit a sci-fi convention to see live action “Star Wars” role-play.

To fill your fandemonium fantasies, the Aurora Theater presents Joseph Zettelmaier’s “All Childish Things.” On Oct. 3., the comedy with a “Star Wars” theme opens to the masses.

“As a child of the 1970s, I experienced firsthand the cultural phenomenon that was ‘Star Wars,’” Aurora’s Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez said. “I loved that the movie spawned a whole alternative genre of entertainment. Today, there are collectibles from that era that are as valuable as gold or diamonds.”

In a basement far, far away … or Cincinnati, Dave Bullanski (played by Michael Jared Tarver) hangs out with his friends, hatching a plan to join life’s “dark side.”

The group decides to steal a collection of “Star Wars” merchandise. Their careful plans turn into chaos as their loyalties are put to the ultimate test.

“However, ‘All Childish Things’ is not just for the fanatics,” Rodriguez said. “Like the popular series ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ the play takes a playful look at the modern ‘nerd,’ if you will. Whether you love ‘Star Wars’ or just love to rib people who love ‘Star Wars,’ this play is a great night of laughs.”

With Rodriguez’s love for the iconic movie, he and his staff at the theater have planned several events during the duration of the play’s showing.

Fueled by fan conventions, on Oct. 1 and 2 the Aurora is offering a free ticket to those who have a Dragon*Con badge. The preview shows are open to anyone with one, but tickets are limited. Those interested are encouraged to reserve their spot by calling 678.226-6222 or emailing boxoffice@auroratheatre.com.

On Oct. 5, stormtroopers will invade the Lawrenceville venue for an afternoon of photo opportunities. The troopers are from the Georgia Garrison of the 501st Legion, which is dedicated to re-creating film-quality costumes of the villainous characters of the “Star Wars” galaxy and entertaining “Star Wars” fans with public appearances.

For those into cosplay (aka costume play), the theater is inviting people to dress up in their favorite “Star Wars” costume for the show on Oct. 11. Cosplay participants can receive $10 off tickets to the show when they order online with the promo code “Cosplay.”

All you other non-fanatics out there, there are two events for you. On Oct. 9 and 16, the Aurora will host Wine Down Wednesday in conjunction with Leslie the Wine Gal and Big Boat Wine Company. From 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the lobby, special selections of themed wines are featured at each event, and patrons may purchase a full pour of their favorites at the concession stand.

“All Childish Things” is sponsored by Peach State Federal Credit Union. The show runs through Oct. 27.