It was Star Wars that got Mark Henderson hooked on myths. As a 10-year-old, he and his buddies cheered on Luke Skywalker and Han Solo in their universe-crossing fight to defeat the dark side.
“It was a spiritual quest as much as a military quest,” Henderson says. “That led me to things like Tolkien and Shakespeare, which is essentially mythic. So much comes directly from mythology. If myths weren’t relevant, Star Wars would have bombed.”
Henderson grew up to be the artistic director of Theatre Prospero and the director of the Thousand Faces Festival, …
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