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 Anyika McMillan-Herod, co-founder of Soul Rep Theatre Company, and a playwright, novelist, poet, actor and director. In March 2020, Soul Rep and Echo Theatre will present a reading of her play Do No Harm. Next up is Soul Rep's season-opening show, The Shine Play Festival: Black Men Illuminated, a new event named after late Texas playwright and educator Ted Shine. This festival, opening Friday, features 10 short plays, each dealing with the black male experience. McMillan-Herod directs two of them: Honest Abe by Camika Spencer and Kyndal Robertson, and Like Fireflies by La’Charles Purvey. The other works, which will be directed by Guinea Bennett-Price, Tonya Holloway, Nedra James, Ashley Oliver, Dee Smith, Ed Smith, and Richard Quadri, are Dear Bruh by Shemetra Carter, Gab Irish-Like by Rex McGregor, Harlem by Jared La’Pred, Lessons From Einstein by Eric Jones, The Pivot by Seth Freeman, The Way It Was/The Way It Is by Erin Turner and Shelly Williams, Tinder-Sucka by Inda Craig-Galvan, and Under the Overpass by Steven Young.
Previously in Proust Offstage: