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.
Next is Blake Hackler, who is head of the acting program at Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts, and is a respected actor, director and playwright. Second Thought Theatre has premiered his plays The Necessities and Enemies/People, and is currently staging the world premiere of his What We Were, in a co-production with Fort Worth's Circle Theatre. Read our recent interview with Hackler here, and our review of What We Were is here. He's also directing the world premiere of Gordon Dahlquist's Red Chariot, opening in two weeks at Undermain Theatre.
Previously in Proust Offstage: