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A podcast about acting -- just the work. by Peter Rinaldi

Back to One, Episode 200: André Gregory

The legendary theater director, actor, shaman André Gregory has been producing ground-breaking work for over half a century. He’s perhaps best known for the projects he did with Wallace Shawn—My Dinner With André (which is celebrating its 40th anniversary), Vanya on 42nd Street and A Master Builder. His recent book This Is Not My Memoir details, with refreshing honesty, his extraordinary life through incredible stories about, for instance, learning from the great Jerzy Grotowski, getting punched by Gregory Peck, buried alive in Richard Avedon’s backyard, to name just a few. On this episode, Gregory answers some questions about his unique rehearsal process, talks about why it doesn’t matter if the stories he tells about his life are rooted in fact, offers up a one word answer to what his hope is for the future of performance, and much more.

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