Wallace Shawn





Wallace Shawn


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in New York, New York, The United States
November 12, 1943

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Wallace Shawn, sometimes credited as Wally Shawn, is an American actor and playwright. Regularly seen on film and television, where he is usually cast as a comic character actor, he has pursued a parallel career as a playwright whose work is often dark, politically charged and controversial. He is widely known for his high-pitched nasal voice and slight lisp.

Average rating: 3.94 · 1,672 ratings · 188 reviews · 25 distinct works · Similar authors
The Fever

4.16 avg rating — 284 ratings — published 1991 — 7 editions
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Essays

3.66 avg rating — 326 ratings — published 2009 — 5 editions
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My Dinner With André

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4.17 avg rating — 288 ratings — published 1981 — 2 editions
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The Designated Mourner

3.95 avg rating — 216 ratings — published 1996 — 8 editions
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Aunt Dan and Lemon

3.83 avg rating — 184 ratings — published 1985 — 4 editions
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Grasses of a Thousand Colors

3.71 avg rating — 72 ratings — published 2009 — 7 editions
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Four Plays: A Thought in Th...

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Marie and Bruce

3.71 avg rating — 48 ratings — published 1978 — 3 editions
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Our Late Night & A Thought ...

3.53 avg rating — 30 ratings — published 2007 — 3 editions
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Final Edition

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“I don't know about you, but I only have one life, and I don't want to spend it in a sewer of injustice.”
Wallace Shawn

“ANDRÉ: Okay. Yes. We’re bored now. We’re all bored. But has it ever occurred to you, Wally, that the process which creates this boredom that we see in the world now may very well be a self-perpetuating unconscious form of brainwashing created by a world totalitarian government based on money? And that all of this is much more dangerous, really, than one thinks? And that it’s not just a question of individual survival, Wally, but that somebody who’s bored is asleep? And somebody who’s asleep will not say no?”
Wallace Shawn, My Dinner With André

“ANDRÉ: . . . And when I was at Findhorn I met this extraordinary English tree expert who had devoted himself to saving trees, and he’d just got back from Washington lobbying to save the Redwoods. And he was eighty-four years old, and he always travels with a backpack because he never knows where he’s going to be tomorrow. And when I met him at Findhorn he said to me, “Where are you from?” And I said, “New York.” And he said, “Ah, New York, yes, that’s a very interesting place. Do you know a lot of New Yorkers who keep talking about the fact that they want to leave, but never do?” And I said, “Oh, yes.” And he said, “Why do you think they don’t leave?” And I gave him different banal theories. And he said, “Oh, I don’t think it’s that way at all.” He said, “I think that New York is the new model for the new concentration camp, where the camp has been built by the inmates themselves, and the inmates are the guards, and they have this pride in this thing that they’ve built—they’ve built their own prison—and so they exist in a state of schizophrenia where they are both guards and prisoners. And as a result they no longer have—having been lobotomized—the capacity to leave the prison they’ve made or even to see it as a prison.” And then he went into his pocket, and he took out a seed for a tree, and he said, “This is a pine tree.” And he put it in my hand. And he said, “Escape before it’s too late.”
Wallace Shawn, My Dinner With André

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