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									Andre Gregory
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Andre William Gregory (born May 11, 1934) is an American theatre director,
writer and actor.                                                                                           Andre Gregory
                                                                                                Born         May 11, 1934 (age 78)
Gregory studied at Harvard University, where he was affiliated with Adams
                                                                                                             New York City, New York,
House.                                                                                                       United States
During the 1960s and 1970s, Gregory directed a number of avant-garde                   Occupation Actor, Director, Writer
productions developed through ensemble collaboration, the most famous of which
was Alice In Wonderland (1970), based on Lewis Carroll's two classic Alice books. In the course of these experiments, he
founded his own theatrical company, The Manhattan Project (1968). In 1975 he directed Our Late Night, the first produced
play by Wallace Shawn, which began a long working relationship between the two. 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.
Although he left the theatre in 1975, Gregory has returned several times to direct small productions, usually for invited
audiences. 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 1988 he
played the father in Some Girls with Jennifer Connelly and Patrick Dempsey. In 1993, he also performed in the movie
Demolition Man with Sylvester Stallone, as well as with Goldie Hawn in Protocol, released in 1984.
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.[1]

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External links
      Andre Gregory    at the Internet Movie Database
      Andre Gregory    at AllRovi
      Charlie Rose interview    with Wallace Shawn

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