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 Paul J. Williams, an actor and comedian who has been performing in theater, improv comedy and stand-up locally for decades. You might know him from one of his best-loved characters, Sister Helen Holy. Beginning Oct. 18, Williams stars in the Drew Droege's one-man play Bright Colors and Bold Patterns, produced by Uptown Players for Gay History Month. The show will run in repertory with Cooties, presented by Flexible Grey Theatre Company. Learn more about both shows here.
Previously in Proust Offstage:
- Actor and director Christie Vela (July 9, 2019)
- Playwright Jonathan Norton (Aug. 6, 2019)
- Playwright Matt Lyle (Aug. 12. 2019)
- Choreographer and director Danielle Georgiou (Aug. 22, 2019)
- Playwright, director and actor Blake Hackler (Sept. 9, 2019)
- Actor Christopher Llewyn Ramirez (Sept. 18, 2019)
- Playwright, director, actor, poet and novelist Anyika McMillan-Herod (Sept. 25, 2019)