Welcome to a new series on TheaterJones: A Little Dreaming is Dangerous: The Proust Questionnaire Offstage.
If that sounds heady, you only need to know that it's based on the Proust Questionnaire, a series of questions that inform about the interviewee's personality. It was popularized by the French author Marcel Proust more than 130 years ago. Questions include "what historical figure do you most identify with," ""who is your favorite fictional villain," or "where would you like to die"? The magazine Vanity Fair famously co-opted the Proust Questionnaire.
This video series is shot and produced by Betsy Lewis, a Dallas-based videographer. She uses prompts from various versions of the Proust Questionnaire, and throws in a few questions of her own. The interview subjects will be folks in the performing arts community in North Texas.
The debut entry is Christie Vela, a local director and actor who, in September, begins her new post as Associate Artistic Director of Theatre Three. She'll also direct Michael Federico's adaptation of Dracula there this fall. Coming up, she's directing Blake Hackler's What We Were for Second Thought Theatre and Circle Theatre, and in the spring will direct a new play by Federico and Cameron Cobb, A History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus by Washington Irving, for Kitchen Dog Theater. She is a company member of Kitchen Dog and Artistic Associate for Second Thought. Recent credits include The Armor Plays (performer) at Theatre Three, and Real Women Have Curves (director) at Dallas Theater Center.