Wallace Shawn started writing plays in 1967. His first play to be professionally produced, Our Late Night, was written for André Gregory’s company the Manhattan Project. It was directed by Gregory and opened at the Public Theater in 1975. Mr. Shawn’s other plays–which include The Fever, The Designated Mourner, and Grasses of a Thousand Colors, among others–have been performed in New York and London. Also with André Gregory, Shawn co-wrote and co-starred in the classic film My Dinner with André, and Mr. Shawn’s work as a film actor includes appearances in Manhattan, Radio Days, Clueless, and the Toy Story series. Mr. Shawn’s most recent book, Night Thoughts, was just released in paperback.