Andre Gregory
Director and actor
Andre Gregory
Andre William Gregory is an American theatre director, writer and actor.
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9 Tips for Filmmakers Struggling to Make Their Short Film
Huffington Post - about 1 year
This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational events, screenwriting competitions and the annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship program, connecting screenwriters with agents, managers and Hollywood producers. Follow ScreenCraft on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. The rite of passage for any filmmaker is making that first short film, which is where filmmakers cut their teeth and truly come of age. They learn about filmmaking by making a lot of mistakes -- big and small. It’s perhaps the cosmic filter system to weed out the unworthy or the unwilling. It’s also an epic journey through the highest of peaks and deepest of valleys as novice filmmakers quickly learn that it’s not as easy as just having a few people, a boom mic, and a camera. Filmmaking is hard. It’s hard to make an amazing film. It’s hard to make an average film. It’s even hard to make a terrible one. Below a ...
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First Nighter: Bruce Norris's <i>Domesticated</i> Yay, Wallace Shawn's <i>Grasses of a Thousand Colors</i> Nay
Huffington Post - over 3 years
We may never know what Hilary Rodham Clinton was thinking during the 1998 Monica Lewinsky episode or how Silda Wall Spitzer was reacting five years ago when Eliot Spitzer strayed or whether Huma Abedin was severely stand-by-your-man-tested a year or so ago over Anthony Weiner's vigorous sexting. We might never know any of this, but Bruce Clybourne Park Norris has some ideas. He couches them in the wily and often funny Domesticated, at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse, where Judy Pulver (Laurie Metcalf) doesn't fight especially hard to contain her anger when it's revealed that high-ranking public office holder Bill Pulver (Jeff Goldblum) has not only visited a young hooker but that in a tussle he'd caused an accident that has the young woman hospitalized and in a coma. Appealing to the inquiring-minds-want-to-know longings of the public, Norris follows the increasingly estranged Pulvers and their daughters, outspoken Casey (Emily Meade) and asthmatic adopted-from-Cambodia Ca ...
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'Grasses Of A Thousand Colors': Wallace Shawn's Shaggy Cat Story
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Wallace Shawn's play Grasses of a Thousand Colors, which opened last night at the Public Theater, is basically a very long shaggy cat story - absurdist, intriguing, and sometimes humorous - but if it has any point at all it would seem to be that scientists shouldn't muck about with the food chain. The conceit of Grasses is that the audience is attending a reading that a doctor named Ben is giving of his voluminous memoirs, and it is only after it gets under way that one gradually comes to the realization that despite his genial manner he's mad as a hatter and a sexaholic. The saga opens with Shawn strolling onstage wearing a black brocade dressing gown, black pajamas with a black polka dot ascot knotted at his neck, and black velvet slippers on his feet. He ambles over to a lectern upon which rests a glass of water and a small vial of some liquid - a drug of indefinite origin but given what follows could be LSD, which he imbibes - along with a huge book that would make the O.E.D. ...
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Into the Vortex: An Interview with Paul Killebrew
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Once you read Paul Killebrew's meditative, funny, and often strikingly lyrical work, it is very hard to stop thinking about it. With so much forgettable poetry in the world, this memorable strangeness is a minor miracle. Slippery lines such as, "Sometimes we blubbered through the fallout / of willful confusion in pants that didn't fit the legs / we sawed off" munch on readerly mind with a wry smile. The familiar world of parking lots and day-jobs turns weird in Killebrew's poems--but, crucially, not just for cheap surrealistic effect but so readers can, as gently as possible, feel fully implicated in what we like to call "The System." If John Ashbery managed Dunder Mifflin he might send memos like these. Canarium Books has now published two Killebrew collections, Flowers and the recent Ethical Consciousness , and both inspire and confound. I've known Paul since we were undergraduates together at University of Georgia, and I've always found his take on poetry - his own and others' ...
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Francis Levy: The Designated Mourner
Huffington Post - over 3 years
In Wally Shawn's The Designated Mourner currently revived at the Public Theater, under the direction of Andre Gregory, neither Jack (Wally Shawn), self-described as "a former student of English literature who went downhill from there," nor Judy (Deborah Eisenberg) his wife, nor Howard, Judy's father (Larry Pine), who has written a book called The Enemy and who flies "each day on wings of scorn" talk to each other. They speak all their monologues as if the others weren't there and what interactions that do occur are replays of scenes from the past. In one sense the very form of the play which might be subtitled Strange Interlude For Smarties tells the whole story. The Designated Mourner conforms to the Aristotelian unities to the extent that there is unity of time, place and action (the central action being the downfall of Western civilization), but the comparison to Aristotle, perhaps the greatest and most powerful symbol of the western esthetic, ends there--since in the most ...
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Wallace Shawn and André Gregory on Their Long Collaboration
NYTimes - over 3 years
The playwright-director duo of Wallace Shawn and André Gregory on their 40-year collaboration and the pleasures and benefits of rehearsing a play for a really long time.     
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Film Shorts
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
This week: Berberian Sound Studio! Pandora's Promise! And more! 42 In 1947, America's two most beloved pastimes, baseball and racism, came to a contentious head when Jackie Robinson made his debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Despite the noblest of intentions, 42 addresses this momentous occurrence with all the clumsy tact an overly glossy Hollywood sports film can possibly muster, heavy-handedly topping The Blind Side at the game of feel-good race relations and athletics. EZRA ACE CARAEFF Various Theaters. Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner Hey, it's Andre! From My Dinner with Andre! This is a documentary about him! Whitsell Auditorium. Before Midnight When they were in their 20s, Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) had a whirlwind, one-night romance in Vienna (Before Sunrise); nine years later, bruised and a little wiser, they reunited in Paris, rekindling the spark of their first meeting (Before Sunset). Before ...
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Review: 'André Gregory,' minus the dinner
LATimes - almost 4 years
Filmmaker Cindy Kleine profiles her husband, the enigmatic costar and co-writer of 1981's 'My Dinner With Andre.' Watching "André Gregory: Before and After Dinner" often feels like visiting with an elegant, genial, slightly mystifying old friend. Too bad Cindy Kleine, the documentary's producer-director-narrator — and Gregory's wife — didn't better organize this rangy survey of the eclectic actor, theater director, artist and raconteur.
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'Before And After' Dinner, Andre Is Still Talking
NPR - almost 4 years
The cult classic My Dinner with Andre gets a sequel of sorts with the new documentary Andre Gregory: Before and After the Dinner. This talky, telling profile of the prickly theater director pulls no punches as it explores the life of the man behind the oft-parodied film. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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NYC-ARTS: Mayor's Awards for Arts and Culture
Huffington Post - about 4 years
The seven honorees at the Mayor's Awards for Arts and Culture were pre-announced, yet there were still surprises at the celebratory event hosted by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Whoopi Goldberg at New York City Center on February 20, 2013. Unless you're part of the inner circles of philanthropist grand dame Agnes Gund or Department of Cultural Affairs Chair Kate Levin, both of whom had a guiding hand in the awards, it's unlikely you've seen either culture maven behave anything but officious. Instead of speeches, the pair treated the audience of nearly 2,000 to a tongue-in-cheek lip-sync of Beyoncé's "Star Spangled Banner." Why? Who knows, but along with the mayor's and Goldberg's banter, it set the tone for a relaxed evening. In a ceremony interspersed by real performances, composer Philip Glass, actor Edward Norton, the Ford Foundation, the St. George Theatre, educator Anthony Armstrong and artist Fred Wilson were recognized for their outstanding contributions to Ne ...
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Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory Teaming on Two Plays
New York Times - ArtsBeat Blogs - over 4 years
Andre Gregory will direct two plays by Wallace Shawn in their latest collaboration.
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A Fresh Take On Chekhov's Classic
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Tis’ the season for Chekhov, but then again when isn’t it. Wedged between Target Margin Theater’s postmodern production of "Uncle Vanya" last month and the Sydney Theatre Company’s production starring Cate Blanchett next month comes playwright Annie Baker’s adaptation of Chekhov’s 1898 play. Baker teamed up with acclaimed director Sam Gold for a third time (following "Circle Mirror Transformation" and "The Aliens") on "Vanya." The production is staged in a claustrophobic living room with the audience seated around all four sides of the set (designed by Andrew Lieberman). "Uncle Vanya" begins as aging professor Alexander Serebryakov (Peter Friedman) and his much younger second wife Yelena (Maria Dizzia) relocate to Serebryakov’s country estate that once belonged to his late wife. Serebryakov’s daughter Sonya (Merritt Wever) and his former brother-in-law Vanya (Reed Birney) now run the estate with Marina (Georgia Engel), a nurse and impoverished landowner Telegin (Mat ...
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Jesuit, Franklin, Elk Grove, Oak Ridge win Albie Swing for Cure baseball showcase games
The Sacramento Bee - almost 5 years
Baseball with purpose - and for a purpose - was the theme of the day at Sacramento City College on Saturday. The Fourth Annual Albie Swingin' for Life breast cancer benefit featured four games, eight teams and varying emotions. Scores of people were on hand who know someone who has been afflicted with cancer or lost someone. Umpires wore pink and donated their time. Players had pink wrist bands and ran on pink bases. Proud survivors threw out a first pitch before each game. One was Caryn Carlson, wife of Elk Grove High School coach Jeff Carlson. For the third Albie event in a row, she fired a first pitch, then radiated with good cheer the rest of the afternoon, selling raffle tickets, offering high fives and hugs. Missy Maxin and Andrea Wickstrom also threw out first pitches with Caryn Carlson. Both admitted to having a fit of nerves with clammy, cold hands. Replied Caryn in a calming, yet emphatic tone, "You're a breast-cancer survivor! Throwing out a first pitch ...
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Jesuit beats Oak Ridge two out of three times this week as Bee's top-ranked baseball teams face off; teams split Saturday
The Sacramento Bee - almost 5 years
Jesuit beat Oak Ridge two out of three times this week in a high school baseball showdown in the Delta River League in what very much felt like a playoff series. Oak Ridge came into the week top-ranked by The Bee with Jesuit at No. 2, and the teams performed like the region's best clubs with pitching, defense, timely hitting, coaching tactics and player leadership. Jesuit won the opener Tuesday 1-0 on a Logan James gem and a last at-bat home run by leadoff hitter Andre Gregory. The next two meetings were held at Jesuit on Saturday afternoon. Oak Ridge was scheduled to host one of those games, but its home field in El Dorado Hills was not quite game ready due to the avalanche of rain and hail this week. Competing as the home team, Oak Ridge won the early game Saturday 3-2 when Cody Uharriet scored Lance Berringer with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning. Cody Morris gave Oak Ridge a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a towering 2-run home run to right, ...
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Bee No. 2 Jesuit beats top-ranked Oak Ridge 1-0 on last at-bat home run; Logan James pitches a gem
The Sacramento Bee - almost 5 years
By Joe Davidson jdavidson@sacbee.com Andre Gregory interrupted his father's freshman baseball game, but no worries. They can now share the memory of a lifetime. Jesuit High School's leadoff hitter slugged a first-pitch fastball in the bottom of the seventh inning over the left-field fence Tuesday afternoon to beat Bee No. 1 Oak Ridge 1-0 in a Delta River League showdown. The junior deposited the ball into the general vicinity of his father Quinn's event in the neighboring field. Quinn Gregory is the 5th-year Jesuit freshman coach and a veteran player agent who tells his son to seize the moment. Message received, pops. And about that interruption? "I think he'll take it," cracked Jesuit varsity coach Joe Potulny, whose team enters the week ranked No. 2 by The Bee with two more games scheduled against the Trojans of El Dorado Hills. Gregory has come on strong in recent weeks, securing the lead-off spot with steady play and consistent at-bats. The utility player ...
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Sergio Giangaspero Brasilian Project: Bossanova e dintorni - Bora.La
Google News - over 5 years
119&#39;), regia di Louis Malle, con Wallace Shawn, Julianne Moore, Brooke Smith, Larry Pine, George Gaynes, Lynn Cohen, Phoebe Brand, Jerry Mayer, Madhur Jaffrey, André Gregory, Louis Malle. Lo spettacolo Zio Vania (1899), commedia di Anton ?echov da lui
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Cate Blanchett made me a believer in 'Uncle Vanya' - Baltimore Sun (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
In the early, 1990s, the great American stage director Andre Gregory directed a classic &quot;workshop&quot; production of &quot;Uncle Vanya&quot; (film director Louis Malle turned it into &quot;Vanya on 42nd Street&quot;). At the time, Gregory told me that he viewed Yelena,
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Founder TLA Entertainment Group - Passport Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
Run by Andre Gregory of My Dinner With Andre fame, its stable of actors included Anne Ramsey, Morgan Freeman, Sally Kirkland, Judd Hirsch, and Danny DeVito. The theater closed in 1970, but was later re-opened as a repertory movie theater
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Andre Gregory
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2009
    Age 74
    He directed Wallace Shawn's play Grasses of a Thousand Colors, which premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London in May 2009 and then worked with Shawn on a new version of Ibsen's The Master Builder.
    More Details Hide Details In 2013, he will direct Grasses of a Thousand Colors and The Designated Mourner starring Shawn in a co-production between Theatre for a New Audience and The Public Theater.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1993
    Age 58
    In 1993, he also performed in the movie Demolition Man with Sylvester Stallone, as well as with Goldie Hawn in Protocol, released in 1984.
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  • 1988
    Age 53
    In 1988 he played the father in Some Girls with Jennifer Connelly and Patrick Dempsey.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1975
    Age 40
    Although he left the theatre in 1975, Gregory has returned several times to direct small productions, usually for invited audiences.
    More Details Hide Details These included a long-running workshop of Uncle Vanya (adapted by David Mamet) which was developed from 1990 to 1994 and featured Wallace Shawn and Julianne Moore. Though never publicly performed, it was released as the film "Vanya on 42nd Street" by Gregory and Louis Malle. Gregory also directed a radio production of Shawn's play The Designated Mourner in 2002. He has had occasional film roles as a character actor, including John the Baptist in The Last Temptation of Christ and Reverend Spellgood in The Mosquito Coast. But his best-known film appearance was as the title character in My Dinner with Andre, directed by Louis Malle, in which he and Wallace Shawn, playing characters based on themselves, discussed Gregory's spiritual sojourn in Europe and his doubts about the future of theatre and of Western civilization in general. Gregory also appeared as himself in Malle's film Vanya on 42nd Street, which documented his Uncle Vanya production.
    In 1975 he directed Our Late Night, the first produced play by Wallace Shawn, which began a long working relationship between the two.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly afterward, Gregory's growing misgivings about the role of theatre in modern life, and what he felt was a trend toward fascism in the United States, led him to abandon theatre abruptly and leave the country. As described in My Dinner with Andre, he traveled to Poland on an invitation from Jerzy Grotowski, developed a number of experimental theatrical events for private audiences, and then spent several years in a variety of esoteric spiritual communities (such as Findhorn) developing an interest in what could be described as New Age beliefs.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1934
    Born
    Born on May 11, 1934.
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