André Gregory - "This Is Not My Memoir" - Virtual Event

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
André Gregory

André Gregory will discuss This Is Not My Memoir. He will be joined in conversation by John Mulaney.

Presented in partnership with Chicago Humanities Festival

Virtual event

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About the book: This is Not My Memoir tells the life story of André Gregory, iconic theatre director, writer, and actor. For the first time, Gregory shares memories from a life lived for art, including stories from the making of My Dinner with André. Taking on the dizzying, wondrous nature of a fever dream, This is Not My Memoir includes fantastic and fantastical stories that take the reader from wartime Paris to golden-age Hollywood, from avant-garde theaters to monasteries in India. Along the way we meet Jerzy Grotowski, Helene Weigel, Gregory Peck, Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, Wallace Shawn, and many other larger-than-life personalities. This is Not My Memoir is a collaboration between Gregory and Todd London, who together create a portrait of an artist confronting his later years. Here, too, are the reflections of a man who only recently learned how to love. What does it mean to create art in a world that often places little value on the process of creating it? And what does it mean to confront the process of aging when your greatest work of art may well be your own life?

About the author: André Gregory has been directing in New York for more than half a century. He has collaborated on film versions of his theater productions with Wallace Shawn, Louis Malle, and Jonathan Demme. Gregory, Shawn, and Malle created the now-legendary My Dinner with André. Gregory is also an actor, a writer, a teacher, and a painter. Photo credit: Cindy Kleine.

About the interlocutor: John Mulaney is a stand-up comedian and SNL alum whose alter ego from the hit Broadway show Oh Hello! made a hilarious appearance at Film Independent’s 2019 adapted table read of Gregory’s My Dinner with André.

Event Location: 
Virtual