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 Christopher Llewyn Ramirez, the actor who became a member of the Dallas Theater Center's Brierley Resident Acting Company in 2018. He has performed on many local stages, including WaterTower Theatre, Stage West, and Second Thought Theatre, and this year directed Little Shop of Horrors for Junior Players. His credits at DTC include Twelfth Night, Sweat, and Hair. Next is the Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quaira Alegría Hudes musical, In the Heights, in which he plays Sonny. The show begins previews on Sept. 21 and opens Sept. 27, running through Oct. 21 at the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Wyly Theatre. In the video below, he talks about the people most important to him: his parents.
Previously in Proust Offstage: