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About | How Star Wars Saved My Life

How Star Wars Saved My Life is a new Canadian theatrical play which will be premiering in Vancouver in December 2017.  This script, written by Dr. Nicholas Harrison, is based on an essay he wrote in 2008, “Unleashing the Jedi Within:  Reclaiming a Stolen Childhood Through the Power of the Force.”   It is a one man show, performed by Nic in the premier, that deals with the abuse he suffered at his elementary school in the late 70’s. It is a story of hope, of how this abuse made him a victim, and how he has been able to transcend this and become a survivor in part due to the escapism he found, the ideals he learned, and the hope he derived from the original Star Wars Trilogy.  The Production hopes to create awareness and dialogue to break the silence that surrounds sexual abuse and to spread the hope that is Nic’s story, that other victims can perhaps glean something from it, in order to help them in their own healing process.


Some Assembly Theatre Company
presents the premiere of ‘How Star Wars Saved My Life’

A new play written and performed by Nicholas Harrison
Dec 6 – Dec 10, 2017 with talkback sessions

Celebrating its 17th season, Some Assembly is proud to be producing/presenting, How Star Wars Saved my Life, a motivating and inspiring play with a strong message, “Maxima debeteur puero reverentia” – it is the children to whom we owe the greatest respect.”

How Star Wars Saved My Life is a true story about a child from age five to nine who endured and survived sexual and physical abuse at the hands of priests. Using the power of pop culture’s iconic Star Wars, this important Canadian play reveals how the film was integral to this child’s coping with abuse, giving a sense of hope that good can triumph over evil. With the play’s multiple roles all performed by Nicholas Harrison – the playwright himself, How Star Wars Saved My Life advocates for children’s rights. As an adult retelling his story of abuse, survival and healing, he provides an inspirational story of hope and human tenacity. Partnered with director/dramaturg Valerie Methot, this production advances education with the promotion of awareness, dialogue and prevention regarding child abuse. Through the play, the silence of this all too often taboo topic is challenged and ultimately shattered. It boldly confronts the issues around abuse and reinforces that victims are not responsible for the abuse they endure. Through the playwright’s own experiences, the play takes us on a journey and transformation of post-traumatic growth and courage. With Nicholas on the path to the way of the Jedi and his faithful droid as his companion, we escape into a Star Wars world of healing and inspiration. How Star Wars Saved My Life is a testament to Nicholas’s strength and resiliency and how the journey through the Star Wars film(s) helped him grow as an artist, father and compassionate human being.

How Star Wars Saved My Life is created thoughtfully, dramatically and theatrically using humour in appropriate moments. This production is supported by a team of theatre professionals: Ken Hollands (technical director/production manager), John Webber (set/lighting designer), Ken Lawson (composer/musician), and Flick Harrison (film maker).

The play is approximately 80 minutes with a 15-minute talkback.
Show Location: Performance Works (1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island)
Show Times:
Wednesday Dec 6 – 8pm Preview
Thursday Dec 7 – 8pm Opening
Friday Dec 8 – 8pm
Saturday Dec 9 and Sunday Dec 10 – 2pm and 8pm
Visit our website: starwarssavedmylife.com
Seat Reservations: Tickets on Sale October 1, 2017: starwarssavedmylife.com or hswsml.brownpapertickets.com