New York: STAGED READING | THE ACCIDENTAL CAREGIVER (presented by the ACF New York)

  • Austrian Cultural Forum New York 11 E 52nd St New York, NY, 10022 United States

With the promise of Hollywood success around the corner, 30-year-old Gregor Collins agrees to do a favor for a friend and accept a temporary job as a caregiver for Maria Altmann, a 90-year-old Holocaust refugee from Austria. Reluctant at first, Gregor is eventually forced to face life, love and death in a way he would never have imagined.

In this edited staged reading of a full-length play that premiered in January at the Robert Moss Theater,  Rochelle Slovin (Maria) and Christian Scheider (Gregor) will read from a script written by Gregor Collins based on his acclaimed memoir.

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES

Gregor Collins (AUTHOR) is a writer, actor and producer living in New York. After graduating from Florida State in 2000 he moved to Los Angeles and entered reality television, producing shows such as Blind Date, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, and Celebrity Mole. In 2004 he set aside reality for acting, producing and performing in theater and film, touring as the lead in Ronnie Larson’s award-winning play Making Porn, and the lead in the critically acclaimed feature Goodbye Promise. His writing has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Publishers Weekly, and Cinema Editor Magazine. His acclaimed memoir The Accidental Caregiver: How I Met, Loved, and Lost Legendary Holocaust Refugee Maria Altmann debuted as a stageplay at the Robert Moss Theater in New York City in January 2015.

Rochelle Slovin (MARIA ALTMANN) is the founder of Museum of the Moving Image, which she led for thirty years. Her stage career began at the age of eight at the Henry Street Playhouse, under the direction of the revered dance and theater artist Alwin Nikolais. Throughout the 1960s, she appeared in many plays at La MaMa and other Off-Off-Broadway theaters. Recent Film/TV/New Media: Redrum (Investigative Discovery), Morgan Spurlock's (Showtime), The Hyperglot Great American (Michael Urie, dir.), (NY Shakespeare Exchange), and music videos for Autre Ne Veut and Mutual Benefit. Recent Theater: Mme. Voinitsky in Uncle Vanya (Aleksey Burago, dir.), Anfisa in Three Sisters (Gowanus Art & Production), and premiers of the new plays John Wayne’s America, Debutante, and Do The Blind Dream.

Christian Scheider (GREGOR COLLINS) is a graduate of Bard College, where he received a B.A. in Philosophy and studied theater and film extensively. Scheider recently performed in Words & Pictures directed by Fred Schepisi opposite Clive Owen and Juliet Binoche, which was released in theaters nationwide. He also recently guest-starred on ABC’s primetime hit Forever, starring Ioan Gruffudd. His theater roles have ranged from John in Eccentricities of A Nightingale by Tennessee Williams to Ronald Reagan/Adolf Hitler/Queen Elizabeth in Passion Play by Sarah Ruhl. Scheider performed in John Logan’s two-man play RED, opposite Victor Slezak as Mark Rothko. In his original theater productions, Scheider starred in Ray Bradbury’s The Murderer, which he and collaborator Tucker Marder co-adapted, produced, and staged for the first time in 2013. Again in 2014, Scheider and Marder co-adapted, produced, and staged Kurt Vonnegut’s classic 1985 novel Galápagos, featuring Bob Balaban in a twenty-six person enable cast at the Parrish Art Museum in Watermill NY.