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Allyn Burrows Answers the Proust Questionnaire


Allyn Burrows

On March 2, 2010, Actors’ Shakespeare Project announced Allyn Burrows would be the company’s new artistic director. According to Cynthia Good, a long-time board member and chair of the search committee: “Allyn embodies the aesthetic and working vision of A.S.P. He comes to us understanding the vibrancy of the language of Shakespeare and the collaborative nature of our work with the company and the community. He will help us move into the next phase of our future.”

What is your definition of misery?
Sitting in traffic with nothing to read.

What is your greatest fear?
Never being able to get any exercise again.

What was your first “real” job working in theatre?
I played a young priest in Typhoid Mary with Theatre in Process at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center.

Are you a good at waiting tables?
Wouldn’t know, never done it.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Daniel Boone.

Who are your favorite heroes of theatre?
Jason Robards,

Who are your favorite heroes in real life?
Leon Blum

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Politeness

What do you consider the most underrated virtue?
A sense of humor

Your favorite painter?
My mother

Your favorite musician?
Jimi Hendrix

Your favorite playwright?
Chekhov.

When and where were you happiest?
Hiking with my wife in Vermont last year.

What do you most value in colleagues?
A sense of humor.

Is there a class in which you wish you had paid more attention?
Calculus.

If you didn’t work in theatre, what would you do?
Foreign Service.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Solving a dispute.

What you’d like to be the world’s best at?
Skiing.

What book would you read more than once?
Edith Hamilton’s Mythology.

Who would play you in a movie of your life? Why?
Steve McQueen. Because that would be cool.

What sports teams do you follow?
Patriots

Where would you like to spend a vacation?
Vieques

What car would you like to be seen driving around in?
VW GTI.

What book is currently on your nightstand?
Shakespeare and Modern Culture.

If you could see a great production of a classic play, what would it be?
Uncle Vanya.

If you could travel back in time to visit or live in any time in history, when would it be?
1890’s. The West.

What actor will see in any project they do?
Jeff Bridges.

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