Pen Pals Series: Wallace Shawn

Wallace Shawn first gained fame for his dinner with Andre Gregory, but many people also know him as the voice of Rex in the Toy Story movies or for his role as Vizzini, the "little man" who kept exclaiming "inconceivable!" in the Princess Bride. He's written several challenging plays, including a piece following a day in the life of an unhappily married couple, and a work examining a reclusive woman who admires Nazism. In 2009, he published a collection of essays in which he wrote about his opposition to the war in Iraq, his theory that sex is where reality and dreams meet, and himself as an essayist who is also a person born of privilege (his father was the longtime editor of the New Yorker). This week, the New York City native will be in town to speak at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. His book, Essays, is now out in paperback with a new piece titled, "Why I Call Myself a Socialist." At the show he may also read monologues from his plays, as some relate to current events. He recently read a monologue from his play The Fever on MSNBC. (Photo by Jared Rodriguez)
Thu., March 15, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., March 16, 11 a.m., 2012

 
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