The Films of Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory
Show DescriptionBefore and After Dinner – Sat, Aug. 3, 7 PM
ANDRE GREGORY: BEFORE AND AFTER DINNER is an exploration of the life and work of groundbreaking director, actor and artist André Gregory, directed by award-winning filmmaker Cindy Kleine (who is also his wife). A witty and often hilariously funny raconteur, Gregory looks back on a career that spanned decades, shattered boundaries and established him as a cultural icon. Bringing us back and forth in time, Gregory looks not only at his life, but at the nature of art, love and the creative process.
Vanya on 42nd Street – Sun, Aug 4, 4 PM
Over the course of three years, director Andre Gregory and a group of actors came together on a voluntary basis in order to better understand Chekhov's work through performance workshops. Staged and filmed entirely within the vacant shell of the then-abandoned New Amsterdam Theater on 42nd Street in New York City, they enacted the play rehearsal style on a bare stage with the actors in street clothes.
My Dinner with Andre Sun, Aug 4, 7 PM
An extended conversation between two old friends over dinner: André Gregory, a renowned experimental theater director, and playwright and actor Wallace Shawn, both of whom play themselves. The film is not a documentary, but a condensation of several real discussions fashioned into a dramatic exchange by Shawn and director Louis Malle. Gregory is an inquisitive, uninhibited wanderer, willing to travel to remote lands to take part in unusual foreign rituals, while Shawn is the cynical, realistic New Yorker, more concerned with the challenges and rewards of day-to-day city life.