George Takei coming to State Theatre

Posted by Kelly Blithe on Tuesday, April 23, 2019

In honor of Pride Month 2019, State Theatre is proud to present actor and social justice activist, George Takei on June 20. With an uncanny eloquence and signature wit, Takei shares the story of his family's forced internment as Japanese Americans during WWII—a seemingly forgotten part of American history. (Takei was recently seen on Broadway with Tony®-winner Lea Salonga in Allegiance, the musical that was inspired by his true-life experience.) He also takes audiences through his rise to celebrity as a Sci-fi icon in Star Trek, his remarkable journey as a 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.

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 and he remains a powerful voice on issues ranging from politics to pop culture.

In 2012, Mashable.com named Takei the #1 most-influential person on Facebook, currently with over 10 million likes and nearly three million followers on Twitter. Takei hosted the AARP-produced YouTube series Takei’s Take, and was 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 life in the “heightened reality” webseries, It Takeis Two.

Those who say there are no second acts in American life don’t know Takei. For the young boy who spent his childhood in a Japanese American internment camp for persons of Japanese ancestry, life has opened not just a second act, but a third, fourth, and fifth—with many, one hopes, still to come. His unique journey through pop culture and politics has made him not just a witness, but a prime mover during some of the most critical moments in our history. As a result, through the lens of his life, we are able to experience the incredible changes of 20th and 21st century America, eight decades during which our nation rose to global power; went to the moon and beyond; embraced civil rights for people of all cultures; adopted new definitions of love, marriage, and the family; allowed diversity to blossom and inclusion to become the norm, and unleashed disruptive technologies that connect us all, and democratize our ability to connect, communicate, and create.

Before George Takei, join us for a Pride Night Party from 6:30pm-8pm with Drag Queen host Pissi Myles! The party will feature a live trio, food from Esquina Latina, plus some fabulous giveaways. Giveaways include State Theatre tickets to Beautiful - The Carole King Musical plus tickets to the Pride Party with the cast; restaurant gift certificates to Fiddleheads in Jamesburg orLa Tavola Cucina in South River; a gift basket from Johnson & Johnson; a free wedding officiant and free use of the sanctuary for a wedding at Christ Church in New Brunswick; and a United Mileage PLUS, premiere gold package, worth over $4,000.

See George Takei on Thursday, June 20 at 8pm at State Theatre New Jersey. For more information or to purchase tickets to An Evening with George Takei: Where No Story Has Gone Before or the pre-show Pride Party visit STNJ.org or call 732-246-SHOW.

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