Ian Doescher

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Ian Doescher
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationB.A. in Music
Master of Divinity
Ph.D. in Ethics
Alma materYale University
Yale Divinity School
Union Theological Seminary
Notable worksVerily, a New Hope
The Empire Striketh Back
The Jedi Doth Return

Ian Doescher /ˈdɛʃər/ (born 1977)[1] is an American fiction writer, best known as the author of the plays in the William Shakespeare's Star Wars Trilogy series, Verily, a New Hope (2013), The Empire Striketh Back (2014), and The Jedi Doth Return (2014), parodic retellings of George Lucas's Star Wars film trilogy (1977–1983) in blank verse and 16th-century style of William Shakespeare.

At Powell's Bookstore in Portland, Oregon. Doescher (center) does a reading of The Jedi Doth Return with former classmate Anne Huebsch (left) and audience member Micah Read from Lincoln High School (right). July, 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Doescher has a B.A. in Music from Yale University, a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in Ethics from Union Theological Seminary. He lives with his wife and two children in Portland, Oregon.

Doescher claims to be only a Star Wars and Star Trek fan and not well versed in other science-fiction literature. The idea for WSSW came to him when he went to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland shortly after reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. After the first draft was shown to LucasFilm, their response was "We like this and it’s fun, but we’d like to see Ian do more with it. Go ahead and have some more fun with it, and go out of bounds of movie itself", so he rewrote it.[2]


  • William Shakespeare's Star Wars:
    • William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope
    • William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back
    • William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return
    • William Shakespeare's The Phantom of Menace
    • William Shakespeare's The Clone Army Attacketh
    • William Shakespeare's Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge
    • William Shakespeare's The Force Doth Awaken
    • William Shakespeare's Jedi the Last
    • William Shakespeare's Get Thee... Back to the Future
    • William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Mean Girls


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