Wallace Shawn

Wallace Shawn is an acclaimed American playwright, essayist and actor. He is the author of two collections: Night Thoughts (2017) and Essays (2009). Wallace’s plays have received three Obie Awards (Off-Broadway Theatre Awards) and two have been adapted into films. In 2005 he was honoured with the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation of Theatre Award as a Master American Dramatist. Wallace’s filmography lists more than 80 titles, among which is the film for which he is arguably best known, The Princess Bride (1987).




Spotlight on Wallace Shawn

Widely acclaimed as an actor, it is Wallace Shawn’s literary achievements that will be the focus of this conversation with MJBW Festival Director, Nicolas Brasch. As a playwright and essayist, Wallace has never shied from controversy, never adhered to conventions and never been afraid to express his views. Discussing everything from My Dinner with Andre to…

May 3, 2020

Of Folk and Fairy Tales

Host extraordinaire, Rachael Kohn, will guide us through a dark and wonderful storytelling journey featuring a line-up of internationally acclaimed writers. Orly Castel-Bloom (Israel), Wallace Shawn (US), Jaye Kranz, Avi Duckor-Jones (NZ), Bram Presser, Alex Skovron, Hana Assafiri and Jude Perl respond to the theme ‘Of Folk and Fairy Tales’. They may be subversive, dabble…

May 2, 2020

A Literary Morning Tea New York Style

Deborah Eisenberg and Wallace Shawn in conversation with Michael Williams. ‘He’s always my first reader. I show him my work when I believe that I am absolutely finished.’ Deborah Eisenberg and Wallace Shawn have lived together since 1972. Join Michael Williams as he talks to New York’s acclaimed literary couple about writing, reading, acting, laughing…

May 6, 2020

Wallace Shawn Masterchat

Not as long as a masterclass but more than a Q&A, award-winning New York playwright and actor, Wallace Shawn provides insights into his approach to writing plays. This is a rare opportunity to hear from, and ask questions of, one of the legends of American stage and screen. Wallace’s ground breaking (and controversial) plays include…

May 6, 2020