My Dinner with Andre

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Grove Press, 1981 - Drama - 113 pages
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"My Dinner with Andre" is a passionate, volatile, and humorous encounter between two friends who have not seen each other for a long time, and decide to catch up on each others' lives over dinner. Andre Gregory is an intense, highly experimental theater director and playwright in search of life's meanings and spiritual revelations. His friend, Wally Shawn, is an actor and playwright living in New York who is more preoccupied with the search for his next meal. As Andre recounts his global journeys involving esoteric theatrical experiments and mystical adventures, Wally listens with more than skepticism, as his attitudes shift among wonder, puzzlement, admiration, and anger. What finally emerges is a sensitive portrait of a friendship that survives and transcends contransting assumptions about love, death, art, and man's continuing quest for self-fulfillment.

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For me, this book is beyond criticism. As Randall Jarrell said of Leaves of Grass, whatever its faults, they "do not matter." The movie and the screenplay have been one of the touchstone pieces of art in my life since I first saw the film in the theatre in 1981. Read full review

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For me, this book is beyond criticism. As Randall Jarrell said of Leaves of Grass, whatever its faults, they "do not matter." The movie and the screenplay have been one of the touchstone pieces of art in my life since I first saw the film in the theatre in 1981. Read full review

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About the author (1981)

The author of The Designated Mourner, The Fever, Aunt Dan and Lemon, and Marie and Bruce, among other plays. Several of his plays have been adapted into films, with one of the latest, Marie and Bruce, scheduled for release in 2005. His translation of The Threepenny Opera will go into production shortly. Shawn has also acted in over sixty films and television episodes.

Andre Gregory was the founder of Seattle Repertory Theatre, and in the late 1960s created the Manhattan Project, one of the leading theatres in the New York avant-garde. His ongoing collaboration with playwright Wallace Shawn is at the center of such films as My Dinner with Andre and Vanya on 42nd Street.

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