He wrote an adaptation of the Threepenny Opera, which opened on Broadway on April 20, 2006 at Studio 54. Its many stars include Alan Cumming, Ana Gasteyer and Cyndi Lauper.
In 2005 he received a career achievement award from the PEN/Laura Pels Foundation. The writers organizations gave him this honor for his work in the theater
Wallace Shawn is 5'2" (1.57 m) tall.
Wallace Shawn' sister-in-law is West Indian auther Jamaica Kincaid.
"My Dinner with Andre" was a 1981 movie which was directed by Louis Malle and written by Andre Gregory & Wallace Shawn. The originial music for this movie was composed by Wallace Shawn's brother, Allen Shawn. In addition to writing script, Wallace plays the lead in it. This was the cooperative work of the two brothers.
Wallace Shawn's father is William Shawn. William was the editor of The New Yorker from 1952 to 1987.
Wallace Shawn reportly does not own a television set.
Walace Shawn: (talking about his career as an actor) I never planned to be an actor. It turned out I could make a living doing it.
Walace Shawn: (talking about his own life) I have been vain since birth. I expected other people to like what I did, although my vanity has definitely diminished over the years.
Wallace Shawn: (talking about a play) For me, a play is a form of writing which isn't complete until it is interpreted by actors. But it's still a form of writing. And so most of my time is spent thinking about how to write a sentence.
Wallace Shawn: I don't happen to have a sense of humor personally, so I don't know what's funny about a character... This happens to be a feature of my life generally. I do things, and other people laugh at them. I rarely know what the joke is supposed to be or why they're laughing.