Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Planet Connections Interview - Jonathan Wallace of a dream about sunflowers

By Byrne Harrison

Name: Jonathan Wallace
Play: a dream about sunflowers
Relationship to production: Playwright
Website: Our Facebook page

How did you first get involved in theatre?

I took a seminar at Flea with Craig Lucas.

Who are your biggest influences?

Paula Vogel and Tennessee Williams.

What is your show about?

Whether it is necessary to feel compassion for others in order to love someone.

What inspired you to write it?

The idea of a person who could fake compassion so perfectly for years on end that everyone believes he feels it.

What made you want to perform in an eco-friendly theatre festival like Planet Connections?

It's an excellent festival run by great people with its heart in the right place.

Planet Connections is fairly unique in that a portion of the box office for each show is donated to a charity. What charity have you chosen?

Doctors Without Borders.

What's next for you after Planet Connections?

Layla and Harley, Together Again in the Midtown International Theatre

And finally, if you could go back in time and meet yourself as a kid, what advice would you give your younger self?

"Don't sweat the small shit"

a dream about sunflowers
Written by Jonathan Wallace
Directed by Amber Gallery

Running time: 70 minutes, no intermission

Venue: The Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond Street

Performance dates:
Sun 6/13 @ 1:30pm
Fri 6/18 @ 9pm
Sat 6/19 @ 5pm
Sat 6/26 @ 11:30am

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