Artistic director of Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre, Vern Thiessen. (PERRY MAH/EDMONTON SUN)
FIRST POSTED: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2015 02:26 PM MST | UPDATED: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2015 02:51 PM MST
It's Sunday morning, what are you having for breakfast?
Buckwheat pancakes, made from scratch, with fresh fruit, real maple syrup and some damn good coffee.
If you didn't do what you do for a living, what would you be?
A person who drives big earth-moving machines. How fun is that?
Who's your hero?
My mother. She escaped Stalin's purges and Nazi Germany and STILL laughs harder than anyone I know.
Last book you couldn't put down?
Things Withered by Susie Moloney, and not just because she's my wife.
Who was your childhood celebrity crush?
Lynda Carter/ Wonder Woman
What's playing in your iPod (CD, cassette or eight-track) right now?
REM - Monster. Reclaiming my youth.
If you could see one concert, what would it be?
What's the best thing about Edmonton?
The people: fun, friendly, and rabid theatre fans.
What's your weirdest habit?
I habitually spill things on myself. I have no idea why.
What's your biggest pet peeve?
When certain people don't put the lid on mayonnaise jars (see (4) above)
What's your fast-food guilty pleasure?
A&W Teen Burger.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
There are far too many, most of which I don't remember, which is why they are embarrassing.
Which person, alive or dead, would you like to have dinner with?
Stalin. I have some words for him (see (3) above)
What's your favourite vacation destination?
My wife, a great restaurant, and a good bottle of wine.
What is your favourite TV show?
Currently, The Knick.
What's your dream car?
White 1964 Karmann Ghia.
If you could have one super power, what would it be?
To make all playwrights rich.
What's the one thing you haven't done that you'd love to do?
Busk in the New York City subway - playing guitar and singing some Neil Young.
If we're buying, you're having ...
A trip to Tuscany, please.
What are your words to live by?
"What's your dream?"