NEW BRUNSWICK – You know him from Star Trek, now see icon George Takei in person at State Theatre New Jersey when he presents his show “An Evening with George Takei: Where No Story Has Gone Before.”
This one-night only performance is June 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $29-$89.
Prior to his performance, State Theatre will hold a Pride Night Party with host and performer Drag Queen Pissi Myles. Click here for details. Tickets for the party are $10.
Takei shares the story of his life from his family's forced internment as Japanese Americans during World War II to his rise to celebrity as a Sci-fi icon in Star Trek, his remarkable journey as a social media mega power, his passionate fight for LGBTQ rights, and more.
With a career spanning ﬁve decades, 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. In 2012, Mashable.com named Takei the No. 1 most-inﬂuential person on Facebook, currently with more than 10 million likes and nearly 3 million followers on Twitter. Takei hosted the AARP-produced YouTube series Takei’s Take, and is the subject of To Be Takei (2014), a documentary on his life and career.
Takei made his Broadway debut in the musical “Allegiance,” which ran in New York in 2015 and 2016. “Allegiance” follows one family’s extraordinary journey in an untold American story of forgiveness, joy, and the redemptive power of love. The musical is inspired by Takei’s true-life experience. In 2017, Takei starred in a revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Paciﬁc Overtures.
Takei's on-camera television credits include guest appearances on “Lost Girl,” “The Neighbors,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “The New Normal,” “Supah Ninjas,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” “Scrubs,” “Miami Vice,” “MacGyver,” “The Six Million Dollar Man,” “Mission: Impossible,” “My Three Sons,” “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,” and “The Twilight Zone.”
Takei is also an accomplished author, having co-written the science-ﬁction novel “Mirror Friend, Mirror Foe” with Robert Asprin, and published his autobiography “To the Stars.” Takei also authored “Lions and Tigers and Bears: The Internet Strikes Back” and “Oh Myyy! There Goes the Internet,” released in paperback and e-Book in 2012; the latter ranked No. 10 on The New York Times e-Book nonﬁction list.
The openly gay Takei has long been a passionate advocate for social justice, outspoken supporter of human right issues and a community activist.
He has served as the spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign “Coming Out Project,” and was Cultural Affairs Chairman of the Japanese American Citizens League. He is also chairman emeritus and a trustee of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. He was appointed to the Japan-US Friendship Commission by former President Clinton and the government of Japan awarded Takei the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, for his contribution to US-Japanese relations. The decoration was conferred by His Majesty, Emperor Akihito, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
Takei served for 11 years on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Rapid Transit District as Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley’s appointee and he was vice president of human resources of the American Public Transit Association. Mayor Bradley’s mission to Takei was to get started building the ﬁrst subway network in Los Angeles which is now not only operating but is being extended west along Wilshire Boulevard past Westwood.
In 2007, Asteroid 7307 Takei — located between Mars and Jupiter — was named in the performer's honor in appreciation for his social work.