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An expanded radio dramatization of the original Star Wars trilogy was produced in 1981, 1983, and 1996. The first two radio series, based on A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, were produced and broadcast by National Public Radio as part of NPR Playhouse. A dramatization of Return of the Jedi was produced by most of the same team and also broadcast on NPR. Image File history File links SW-RadioPoster. ... Image File history File links SW-RadioPoster. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... This movie poster for Star Wars depicts many of the films important elements, such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, X-Wing and Y-Wing fighters Star Wars, retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981 (see note at Title,) is the original (and in chronological... Movie poster Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is the sequel to the first released Star Wars movie, and the second film released in the original trilogy. ... Offical NPR logo National Public Radio (NPR) is an independent, private, non-profit membership organization of public radio stations in the United States. ... A successor to the NPR series Earplay (1971-1981) and an expansion (as a sort of umbrella title for several dramatic projects) of National Public Radios commitment to radio drama, the various series under the Playhouse aegis were essentially discontinued in September, 2002. ... Movie poster Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, is a science fiction film that debuted in 1983, and re-released with changes in 1997 and 2004. ...


The radio serials were made with the full co-operation of George Lucas, who for one dollar each sold the rights to KUSC-FM, the public radio affiliate at his alma mater, the University of Southern California. Lucas also allowed the use of original sound effects and music from the films. It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ... George Walton Lucas, Jr. ... Alma mater is Latin for nourishing mother. It was used in ancient Rome as a title for the mother goddess, and in Medieval Christianity for the Virgin Mary. ... The University of Southern California (commonly referred to as USC, SC, Southern California, and incorrectly as Southern Cal[1]), located in the downtown district of Los Angeles, California, USA, was founded in 1880, making it Californias oldest private research university. ...


The adaptations for radio are part of Star Wars canon within its Expanded Universe. The Star Wars canon consists of the six Star Wars feature films, along with all officially licensed, non-contradicting spin-off works to the six films. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

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Star Wars

Star Wars is a 13-part (6½ hour) radio serial first broadcast on National Public Radio in 1981. It was adapted by Brian Daley from the original film, and directed by John Madden, with music by John Williams and sound design for Lucasfilm by Ben Burtt. Offical NPR logo National Public Radio (NPR) is an independent, private, non-profit membership organization of public radio stations in the United States. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Brian Daley (born Brian Charles Daley, 22 Dec 1947, Englewood, NJ; died, 11 Feb 1996 in Maryland, of pancreatic cancer) was an American science fiction novelist. ... John Madden (born April 8, 1949) is an English director of theatre, film, television, and radio. ... John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is one of the most widely recognized composers of film scores. ... Ben Burtt (born July 12, 1948 in Syracuse, New York) is the archetypal sound designer (a term he invented) and sound editor for many famous and noteworthy films, as well as directing an Oscar-nominated documentary. ...


The series fleshes out the storyline by adding a great deal of back story that had probably been created but not used by Lucas. Examples include: Princess Leia obtaining the Death Star schematics and her initial encounter with Darth Vader; Luke Skywalker using his binoculars to observe the movie's opening battle and trying to convince his friends at Toshi Station of what he saw; the skyhopper race that results in Luke's vehicle being damaged (seen in the movie in the background of his Tatooine garage); and Vader's interrogation of Princess Leia (a controversial scene for its intensity). In narratology, a back-story (also back story or backstory) is the history behind the situation extant at the start of the main story. ... Her Royal Highness, Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan (born in 19 BBY), born Leia Amidala Skywalker, is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe played by Aiden Barton in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, actress Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: Episodes IV-VI, and by Ann... The Death Star was an enormous military battle station in the fictional Star Wars universe. ... Darth Vader is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... Luke Skywalker (born 19 BBY) is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, portrayed by Mark Hamill. ...

The episodes are titled:

  1. "A Wind To Shake The Stars"
  2. "Points Of Origin"
  3. "Black Knight, White Princess, And Pawns"
  4. "While Giants Mark Time"
  5. "Jedi That Was, Jedi To Be"
  6. "The Millennium Falcon Deal"
  7. "The Han Solo Solution"
  8. "Death Star's Transit"
  9. "Rogues, Rebels And Robots"
  10. "The Luke Skywalker Initiative"
  11. "The Jedi Nexus"
  12. "The Case For Rebellion"
  13. "Force And Counter Force"


Cast

Many of the actors involved in the movie were unavailable to reprise their roles: Harrison Ford, for instance, was committed to the first Indiana Jones movie. Two of the actors, Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels, returned to reprise their roles as Luke Skywalker and C-3PO respectively. Harrison Ford (born July 13, 1942) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor. ... Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones Dr. Henry Indiana Jones, Jr. ... Mark Richard Hamill (born September 25, 1951) is an American actor and voice actor. ... Anthony Daniels with C-3POs head. ... Luke Skywalker (born 19 BBY) is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, portrayed by Mark Hamill. ... C-3PO (pronounced See-Threepio, often shortened to Threepio) is a character from the fictional Star Wars universe, created by Anakin Skywalker circa 32 BBY prior to the events of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. ...


Mark Richard Hamill (born September 25, 1951) is an American actor and voice actor. ... Luke Skywalker (born 19 BBY) is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, portrayed by Mark Hamill. ... Her Royal Highness, Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan (born in 19 BBY), born Leia Amidala Skywalker, is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe played by Aiden Barton in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, actress Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: Episodes IV-VI, and by Ann... Perry King (born on April 30, 1948, in Alliance, Ohio) has a number of TV shows to his resume: his best-known role was Cody Allen on the detective series Riptide from 1984 to 1986. ... This article or section may need to be cleaned up and rewritten because it describes a work of fiction in a primarily in-universe style. ... Obi-Wan Ben Kenobi (57 – 0 BBY) is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... Brock Peters delivering the eulogy at Gregory Pecks funeral Brock Peters (July 2, 1927 – August 23, 2005), born George Fisher in New York City, was an African American actor probably best known for the role in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird of Tom Robinson, the black man... Darth Vader is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... Anthony Daniels with C-3POs head. ... C-3PO (pronounced See-Threepio, often shortened to Threepio) is a character from the fictional Star Wars universe, created by Anakin Skywalker circa 32 BBY prior to the events of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. ... Keene Curtis (February 15, 1923 - October 13, 2002) was an American actor. ... Grand Moff Governor Wilhuff Tarkin is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... John Considine (born January 2, 1935 in Los Angeles, California, USA) is an American television actor. ... Stephen Elliott (born November 27, 1918 in New York City; died May 21, 2005 in Woodland Hills, California) was an American actor and comedian from New York City. ... His Royal Highness, Prince Bail Prestor Organa of Alderaan (69 BBY - 0 ABY) is a fictional character from the Star Wars universe, the Viceroy and Prince of Alderaan, the husband of Queen Breha Organa, and a noted statesman of the late Republic and early Imperial eras. ... David Ackroyd is an American actor, who first came to prominence in soap operas such as The Secret Storm and Another World. ... Adam Arkin (born August 19, 1956) is an American television, film, and stage actor. ... Categories: Stub | 1950 births | Soap opera actors ... The Rogue Squadron crest Rogue Squadron is a fictional starfighter squadron in George Lucass science fiction saga Star Wars. ... David Clennon (born May 10, 1943, Waukegan, Illinois) is an American actor perhaps best known for his portrayal of Miles Drentell in the ABC series thirtysomething. ... Thomas Hill (born 31 October 1917 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada) is a Canadian actor who has starred in film and on television. ... David Paymer (born 30 August 1954) is an American character actor, seen in such films as The In-Laws, Crazy People, State and Main, Payback, Get Shorty, Armistad, Carpool, City Hall, and Into the West. ...


The supporting cast included James Blendick, Clyde Burton, Bruce French, David Alan Grier, Jerry Hardin, John Harkins, Meshach Taylor, Marc Vahanian, John Welsh, and Kent Williams. Bruce Nicholas French (born August 13, 1959, Warsop, Nottinghamshire) is a former English cricketer who played in 16 Tests and 13 ODIs from 1985 to 1988. ... David Alan Grier (born at 11:55 PM on June 30, 1955 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American comedian most famous for starring in television shows such as the Emmy Award winning In Living Color (1990–1994), Premium Blend (2001), Life with Bonnie (2002-2004) and DAG (2000–2001). ... Jerry Hardin (born 20 November 1929 in Dallas Texas) is a United States actor who has made many television and film appearances. ... Meshach Taylor (born 11 April 1947 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA) is an African-American actor. ... John Welsh (November 7, 1904 - 1985) was an Irish actor, well known to British television audiences. ... A cover for Flinch (Vertigo) by Kent Williams Kent Williams is an American painter, illustrator and comic book artist. ...


The Empire Strikes Back

The success of the first series led to a 10-part, five-hour series based on The Empire Strikes Back, again written by Daley and directed by Madden. Movie poster Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is the sequel to the first released Star Wars movie, and the second film released in the original trilogy. ...


Like the preceding series, The Empire Strikes Back expanded its story by incorporating new scenes that did not affect existing continuity. Examples include an Imperial attack on a Rebel patrol (set before the film's opening scene) and a tense conversation between Han Solo and Luke Skywalker, stranded in the Hoth wastelands awaiting rescue. This article or section may need to be cleaned up and rewritten because it describes a work of fiction in a primarily in-universe style. ... Luke Skywalker (born 19 BBY) is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, portrayed by Mark Hamill. ... In the fictional universe of Star Wars, Hoth is the sixth planet of a remote system of the same name. ...


One of the unusual promotions that National Public Radio did for the radio serial was to get Craig Claiborne to create his version of Yoda's rootleaf recipe, which the Jedi Master served Luke in the hut on Dagobah. The recipe ran in magazines and newspapers across the country. Craig Claiborne (September 4, 1920 - January 22, 2000) was a food writer and former Food Editor of the New York Times. ... Jedi Master Yoda (voiced by Frank Oz) is a character from Star Wars fictional universe, who appears in all of the franchises films except for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. ... This article or section should include material from Jedi Sentinel —The Jedi Code — Obi-Wan Kenobi The Jedi Knights are a fictional brotherhood and organization from the Star Wars series of films by George Lucas. ... Dagobah is both a planet and the system in which it resides, in the fictional Star Wars universe. ...


The Empire Strikes Back debuted on NPR on February 14, 1983.

The episodes are titled:

  1. "Freedom's Winter"
  2. "The Coming Storm"
  3. "A Question Of Survival"
  4. "Fire And Ice"
  5. "The Millennium Falcon Pursuit"
  6. "Way Of The Jedi"
  7. "New Allies, New Enemy"
  8. "Dark Lord's Fury"
  9. "Gambler's Choice"
  10. "The Clash Of Lightsabers"


Cast

Billy Dee Williams reprised Lando Calrissian, and John Lithgow played Yoda; at the time Madden was directing Lithgow in the play Beyond Therapy. Williams as Lando Calrissian in George Lucas The Empire Strikes Back Billy Dee Williams (born William December Williams Jr. ... Lando Calrissian (born c. ... John Lithgow John Arthur Lithgow (pronounced lith-go) (born October 19, 1945, in Rochester, New York) is an actor perhaps best-known for his starring role as Dick Solomon in the NBC sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun. ... Jedi Master Yoda (voiced by Frank Oz) is a character from Star Wars fictional universe, who appears in all of the franchises films except for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. ... Beyond Therapy is a comedic play by Christopher Durang that had a short run on Broadway in 1982, starring John Lithgow and Dianne Wiest. ...


Her Royal Highness, Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan (born in 19 BBY), born Leia Amidala Skywalker, is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe played by Aiden Barton in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, actress Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: Episodes IV-VI, and by Ann... Perry King (born on April 30, 1948, in Alliance, Ohio) has a number of TV shows to his resume: his best-known role was Cody Allen on the detective series Riptide from 1984 to 1986. ... This article or section may need to be cleaned up and rewritten because it describes a work of fiction in a primarily in-universe style. ... Obi-Wan Ben Kenobi (57 – 0 BBY) is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... Brock Peters delivering the eulogy at Gregory Pecks funeral Brock Peters (July 2, 1927 – August 23, 2005), born George Fisher in New York City, was an African American actor probably best known for the role in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird of Tom Robinson, the black man... Darth Vader is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... John Lithgow John Arthur Lithgow (pronounced lith-go) (born October 19, 1945, in Rochester, New York) is an actor perhaps best-known for his starring role as Dick Solomon in the NBC sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun. ... James Eckhouse (born February 14, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor best known for playing Jim Walsh on Beverly Hills, 90210. ... General Carlist Rieekan is a fictional character from the Star Wars universe. ... Admiral Kendal Ozzel is a fictional character from the Star Wars universe. ... Major General Maximilian Veers, one of the most talented tacticians in the Imperial Army, was the Imperial General who led the assault on Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back. ... Paul Hecht (b. ... Palpatine is a fictional character in George Lucass science fiction saga Star Wars. ... This article is about minor droids in the fictional Star Wars universe. ... Skywalker, Luuke The clone of Luke Skywalker, created by Joruus CBaoth to turn Skywalker to the Dark side; instead Luuke provided the means by which Mara Jade could finally let go of her anger, and join the Light side. ... David Rasche (born August 7, 1944 in St. ... Fleet Admiral Firmus Piett (39 BBY–4 ABY) is a character from the Star Wars Universe. ... Boba Fett is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... Wedge Antilles (b. ...


The supporting cast again included David Alan Grier and also included Sam McMurray, Steven Markle, Stephen D. Newman, John Pielmeier, Geoffrey Pierson, Gary Tacon, and Jerry Zaks. This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... Jerry Zaks is a director and actor born in Stuttgart, Germany on 7 September, 1946. ...


Return of the Jedi

NPR's plans for a third radio serial (which would be based on Return of the Jedi) were put on hold when federal funding for NPR was dramatically reduced. It was not until 1996 that a six-part adaptation of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi was made by Highbridge Audio, the company that had released the first two series on tape and CD. Movie poster Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, is a science fiction film that debuted in 1983, and re-released with changes in 1997 and 2004. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Movie poster Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, is a science fiction film that debuted in 1983, and re-released with changes in 1997 and 2004. ...


Like the preceding series, Return of the Jedi expanded its story by incorporating new scenes that did not affect existing continuity. Examples include Luke Skywalker constructing his new lightsaber and C-3PO conversing with Mara Jade in the palace of Jabba the Hutt. Luke Skywalker (born 19 BBY) is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, portrayed by Mark Hamill. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... C-3PO (pronounced See-Threepio, often shortened to Threepio) is a character from the fictional Star Wars universe, created by Anakin Skywalker circa 32 BBY prior to the events of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. ... Mara Jade Skywalker (b. ... Jabba the Hutt is a fictional character in George Lucass science fiction saga Star Wars. ...


Scriptwriter Brian Daley died before the series was produced, so "additional material" was contributed by John Whitman, who introduced changes required for continuity with the now-planned prequels, as well as any changes identified by the director and cast. Brian Daley (born Brian Charles Daley, 22 Dec 1947, Englewood, NJ; died, 11 Feb 1996 in Maryland, of pancreatic cancer) was an American science fiction novelist. ... John Whitmans Career John Whitman is the author of many books and other writings including Zorro, Witchs Curse,and the Star Wars: Galaxy of Fear series. ... Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is one of the best-known prequels. ...

The episodes are titled:

  1. "Tatooine Haunts"
  2. "Fast Friends"
  3. "Prophecies And Destinies"
  4. "Pattern And Web"
  5. "So Turns A Galaxy, So Turns A Wheel"
  6. "Blood Of A Jedi"


Cast

The adaptation used many of the original radio cast, though Joshua Fardon took over as Luke and caucascian actor Arye Gross replaced African-American actor Billy Dee Williams as Lando. Ed Begley, Jr. was the voice of Boba Fett and Edward Asner, speaking only in grunts, guest-stars as Jabba the Hutt. The only actor who starred in all the feature films as well as previous radio dramas was Anthony Daniels. Arye Gross (b. ... Ed Begley Jr. ... Boba Fett is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... Edward Asner (born November 15, 1929 in Kansas City, Kansas) is an American actor best known for his Emmy-winning role as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and later continued in a spinoff series, Lou Grant. ... Jabba the Hutt is a fictional character in George Lucass science fiction saga Star Wars. ... Opening logo to the Star Wars films Star Wars is a science fantasy saga and fictional galaxy created by writer / producer / director George Lucas during the 1970s. ... Anthony Daniels with C-3POs head. ...

  • Joshua Fardon (Luke Skywalker)
  • Perry King (Han Solo)
  • Ann Sachs (Princess Leia Organa)
  • Anthony Daniels (C-3PO)
  • Bernard Behrens (Obi-Wan Kenobi)
  • Arye Gross (Lando Calrissian)
  • Edward Asner (Jabba The Hutt)
  • Paul Hecht (The Emperor)
  • John Lithgow (Yoda)
  • Brock Peters (Lord Darth Vader)
  • Ed Begley, Jr. (Boba Fett)
  • Samantha Bennett (Arica)


Arye Gross (b. ... Paul Hecht (b. ... John Lithgow John Arthur Lithgow (pronounced lith-go) (born October 19, 1945, in Rochester, New York) is an actor perhaps best-known for his starring role as Dick Solomon in the NBC sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun. ... As Senator Letant in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. ... Anakin Skywalker is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... Moff Jerjerrod was an Imperial officer from the fictional Star Wars universe. ... This article is about David Dukes, the character actor. ... Bib Fortuna was a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... Ian Gomez is an american actor with notable roles on The Drew Carey Show and Curb Your Enthusiasm. ... Martin Jarvis (born August 4, 1941 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England) is an English actor. ... Wedge Antilles (b. ... Natalia Nogulich (born Natalija Nogulich on October 1, 1950) is an American actress. ... -Mon Mothma Mon Mothma (48 BBY-24 ABY) was the Senator of Chandrila in the waning days of the Old Republic and leader of the Rebel Alliance and New Republic. ... This article or section may need to be cleaned up and rewritten because it describes a work of fiction in a primarily in-universe style. ... Yeardley Smith Martha Maria Yeardley Smith (; born July 3, 1964) is an American actress and voice actor who is best known for providing the voice of Lisa Simpson on the animated television series The Simpsons. ... EV-9D9 (or Eve-Ninedenine) was the masochistic and sadistic supervisor of Droid Operations for Jabba the Hutt. ... Tom Virtue (b. ...


The supporting cast included Rick Hall, Andrew Hawkes, Sherman Howard, Karl Johnson, John Kapelos, Ron Le Paz, Joe Liss, Paul Mercier, Steven Petrarca, Jonathan Penner, Gil Segel, Nia Vardalos and Ron West. Sherman Howard is an American actor. ... John Kapelos (b. ... Paul Mercier is a screenwriter/director/actor/voice actor. ... Jonathan Penner is an American actor, writer and producer known for starring in Rude Awakening, The Last Supper and the television series The Nanny. ... Antonia Eugenia Vardalos, better known as Nia Vardalos (born September 24, 1962 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada), is a Canadian actress, screenwriter and producer. ...


Other broadcasts and releases

  • There are several radio promos, deleted scenes, and additional music tracks available that originated on previous releases of this collection and in the NPR broadcast versions.
  • BBC Radio 1 broadcast the series in the UK, with a key scene in the final episode clumsily cut for timing.
  • All three series have been released on cassette tape and CD.

The tracks are: BBC Radio 1 is a British radio station operated by the BBC, specialising in popular music aimed at the 16-24 age bracket. ...

  1. "Radio Promo #1 - Anthony Daniels"
  2. "Radio Promo #2 - Ann Sachs"
  3. "Radio Promo #3 - Mark Hamill"
  4. "Star Wars Radio Drama - Additional Music"
  5. "Star Wars Radio Drama - Alternate Take 'Your Father's Lightsaber'"
  6. "Star Wars Radio Drama - Alternate Take 'Bail and Leia'"
  7. "Return Of The Jedi Radio Drama - Alternate Take 'Speederbike Chase'"
  8. "The Making Of The Radio Dramas"


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