In 1996, three California 17-year-olds (who should have known better) channeled all of their money and passion into staging a rock opera based on Star Wars IV: A New Hope. They’d only scheduled it for a three night run, but it played to a sold-out crowd and, according to Salon’s Drew Grant, earned the two greatest honors a fan can hope for: A review in The New York Times and a cease and desist letter from George Lucas.
Sheerly Avni is a San Francisco-based arts and culture writer. Her work has appeared in Salon, LA Weekly, Mother Jones, and many other publications. You can follow her on twitter at @sheerly.