About The Book
My Dinner with Andr” 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. Andr” 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 Andr” 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 contrasting assumptions about love, death, art, and man’s continuing quest for self-fulfillment.
“My Dinner with Andr” is unique . . . it is very funny, and some other things as well. It may be the funniest dialectic since Plato.” –Mike Nichols
“Rare and remarkable magic.” –International Herald Tribune
“A tussle between romance and realism, imagination and sense, spirit and body…An enjoyably elaborated argument between an articulate Don Quixote and a humorous Sancho Panza, and perhaps, a demonstration that both are necessary to the rest of us.” –Benedict Nightingale, New Statesman