Set phasers on fun and beam into the Kavli Theatre for an evening with “Star Trek” icon William Shatner at 7 p.m. Sun., June 24 at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.
As Capt. James T. Kirk, Shatner boldly journeyed where no actor had gone before, epically over-emoting through the original “Trek” primetime series, a Saturday morning cartoon spin-off, a string of video games and seven, count ’em, motion pictures. One of the best of the big-screen bunch, “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” will be screened at the Kavli, and then Shatner, 87, will come out and answer Trekkers’ questions about the film, the vast “Star Trek” universe, and his decades-long career as an actor, producer, director and writer.
The first “Trek” film, 1979’s “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” was a lackluster dud, but “The Wrath of Khan” reinvigorated the franchise. In that picture, Kirk squared off against one of his most formidable foes, Khan Noonien Singh (Ricardo Montalbán), an intergalactic tyrant who had been introduced in the original 1960s TV series.
Shatner said he knows why “Khan” was such a big hit.
“It reverted to the concepts that made ‘Star Trek’ (the series) popular — with character, good plot and all those things that the show had done well,” Shatner told the website Metro.us recently.
In the years since the original “Star Trek” debuted in 1966, Shatner has returned to TV often, playing a cop on “T.J. Hooker,” hosting the reality series “Rescue 911” and earning Emmys for portraying lawyer Denny Crane on both “The Practice” and “Boston Legal.” He’s currently starring in NBC’s “Better Late Than Never” with Henry Winkler, George Foreman and Terry Bradshaw.
When he’s not acting, he’s making albums, putting his own indelible vocal stamp on tunes by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, David Bowie and Queen. On his most recent disc, 2013’s “Ponder the Mystery,” he worked with such notable musicians as Vince Gill, Rick Wakeman and Steve Vai.
Tickets are $41 to $71. VIP tickets are available that include premium seating and a photo opportunity with him. Call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000, go online to ticketmaster.com or stop by the TOCAP box office.
For more information, call (805) 449-2787 or visit civicartsplaza.com.