Simon Winheld

Hometown: Originally from the East Coast, but I grew up in Berkeley, CA (with regular visits to NYC).

How long have you been in NYC?
New York has always been a second home, and I moved back here permanently in the early 2000's.

What are some of your favorite past projects?
Acting: Radical Methods for Radical Heartbreak, a short devised play at The New School for Drama (while I was a grad student). Mozart: Das Musical!...It's Not a Musical! A one-man I show I wrote and starred in at Emerging Artists Theatre, "When The Night Rolls In," a short film written by Greg Carere and directed by Brad Raimondo. Visual Art: Featured Gallery Artist in Heavy Metal Magazine (2008), Author and illustrator of Are You Dissing Me? What Animals Really Think (Chronicle Books, 2015)

Have you worked with Dreamscape before?
I have done a couple readings with Dreamscape, and a drawing or two for earlier productions. This is my first fully staged production with them, and I'm thrilled!

What about PETE REX excites you?
Pete Rex is one of the most exciting and imaginative productions I've ever been in. For many reasons this show is special to me, but primarily it's the people I'm working with, and the ridiculous amount of fun we're having. What I love most about this play is the dual worlds it creates — between this hilariously absurd, fantastical situation, and the much darker, lurking reality happening underneath, of personal devastation and internal struggle; and how the presence of this thing distorts and redefines everything about what it means to simply cope with one's life, and with oneself.

If you were a dinosaur, what kind would you be?
If I were a dinosaur, I'd be one of those little Procompsognathus ones in Jurassic Park that nipped at John Hammond till he fell asleep and died (in the novel). Either that or a Stegalodon.


Written by Alexander V Thompson
Directed by Brad Raimondo

Greg Carere, Rosie Sowa,
& Simon Winheld

at 59E59 Theaters

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