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ALEC GUINNESS HATED STAR WARS or
HOW I BECAME A FAMOUS STAR WARS FAN
In October 1979, Sir Alec Guinness met a twelve-year-old Daniel Henning and asked him to make a startling promise. Twenty years later, Guinness, who is known all around the world as the sage Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi from the original "Star Wars", recounted this exchange in his final memoir. Guinness' story has become legendary as it cuts to the heart of his "hatred" of "Star Wars", one of the greatest motion pictures of all time. Numerous articles have been written about the exchange and it has even been a meme by Cracked.com. Henning finally tells his side of the fabled meeting in this short memoir piece. The story intertwines with Henning's experiences acting in the Academy Award-winning "The Black Stallion" and the humorous conversation he had with the film's producer Francis Ford Coppola. It's a young movie lover's journey from sitting in the front row to being in front of the camera. Sweet, funny, and nostalgic, the story is illustrated with nearly two dozen color photos including the never-before-seen Guinness autograph with the fabled "promise." It is expanded from a piece that originally appeared on Buzzfeed.
DICKIE & BABE: The Truth About Leoold & Loeb
CHICAGO. 1924. Hyper-intelligent rich teens Richard “Dickie” Loeb & Nathan “Babe” Leopold are the epitome of the 1920’s “Flaming Youth” until they commit one of the most shocking crimes in U.S. history: the kidnap and killing of 14-year-old Bobby Franks — in the quest of proving they are Nietzschean Supermen and committing the “perfect crime”. The crime led to world-wide publicity and the infamous Trial of the Century with legal super star Clarence Darrow giving his most impassioned plea for mercy as their defense attorney. Over the years the boys’ tale has been sensationalized — but the dark truths behind the crime have never really been told...until now.
Playwright Daniel Henning researched two years all across the country before writing this documentary play; exploring the hidden details of Leopold & Loeb’s twisted relationship and the reasons behind their bizarre crime.
THE TRAGEDY OF JFK (as told by Wm. Shakespeare)
The Tragedy of JFK (as told by Wm. Shakespeare) is the tale of the conspiracy to assassinate the 35th President of the United States and its aftermath. Using Shakespearian dialogue mixed with historical texts and some original writing, this groundbreaking theatrical event illuminates what might have happened surrounding one of the most shocking events in American history. Blank Theatre Founding Artistic Director Daniel Henning is a recognized expert on the JFK assassination. He has lectured at colleges and appeared for countless hours on talk radio at stations such as KABC, WABC, KFI, KPFK, WMAL, and others.
AUDIOBOOKS NARRATED BY DANIEL HENNING
As an audiobook narrator, Daniel is an Audie Award Finalist for T.J. Klune's The House in the Cerulean Sea, 3x SOVA Voice Arts Award nominee (The Man Who Ate Too Much, The Customer Success Professionals Handbook, and The House in the Cerulean Sea) and an AudioFile Earphones Award winner for Zach St. George's The Journeys of Trees. P.J. Vernon's Bath Haus, which he co-narrated with Michael Crouch, was an Audible Best of 2021 Winner.
He has nearly 150 titles available in both Fiction and Non-fiction in genres including Mindfulness, Science, Literary Fiction, Thrillers, Biographies, LGBTQ+ History, Children’s/Middle Grade/Teen, Business, Psychology and Mental Health, Genre Fiction, Astrology, Health and Wellness, Management and Leadership, and LGBTQ+ Teen.
Daniel's Award-Winning Titles