Space Seed

Dissertation Topic: Is Star Trek a Classic?

When we think of summer outdoor theater, we assume it is Shakespeare, so it initially seems out of place to produce something as contemporary as Star Trek, in a public park in the summer. However, Star Trek is just as much a classic as Shakespeare, and deals with the same universal material as Shakespeare’s histories and tragedies: larger than life characters, of the heroic and dastardly varieties, great moral issues and epic tales of conflict. Similarly, both Shakespeare and Star Trek have had huge cultural influences on English as well as world literature, cinema and culture. Outdoor Trek, opened Space Seed by Gene Coon and Carey Wilber, directed by Phil Duff, produced by Hello Earth last weekend in Dr. Blanche Lavizzo Park in South Seattle.