desire & the sea – edgar oliver & the octave doktors

Posted in Uncategorized on October 28, 2014 by oilcanpress
desire & the sea

desire & the sea – edgar oliver & the octave doktors

edgar oliver & the octave doktors have made an album together. to celebrate the creation of this album we are performing material from the album at axis theatre.

a newly revealed track is here:

the performance is five suggested dollars & copies of the album will be available.

the fundraiser for the album is here: [the video is supremely strange.]

we will play at 8pm sharp.

refreshments will come from your own pocket.

the facebook invite to the november 7 performance:

more demo tracks can be heard here:

1994 Easter Extravaganza

Posted in Uncategorized on April 10, 2015 by Naomi Gold

Edgar’s 1994 “Easter Extravaganza” had almost nothing to do with Easter. The show opened with Edgar’s own monologue titled “Mother Was a Hit-Run Driver,” from his play Motel Blue 19.   Watch – listen – enjoy.  

“The Puddle Boy”

Posted in Uncategorized on March 30, 2015 by Naomi Gold

Edgar Oliver is The Puddle Boy, in this, one of his most iconic poems.  This performance took place on march 25, 2015 at 292 East 3rd Street:

Prophetic Desire @ Inner Cities Art Exhibition

Posted in Uncategorized on March 24, 2015 by Naomi Gold

Wednesday March 25, the inner cities art exhibition @ 292 Gallery presents:

prophetic desire: words, music, oneirocriticism & longing

7pm – the prophet tom charles bair III & eli mattern
7:30pm – edgar oliver & the octave doktors – desire & the sea

the Inner Cities Art Exhibition is photography by Romy Ashby, drawings by Regina Bartkoff & paintings by Charles Schick at 292 gallery through march 28.

romy’s photoblog:

Desire & the Sea at Dixon Place

Posted in Uncategorized on March 5, 2015 by Naomi Gold

You can see and hear Edgar and The Octave Doktors creating musical and spoken word enchantment at Dixon Place this Friday evening March 6 in a performance of “Desire & the Sea.”

Tickets are not necessary. You can support Dixon Place by patronizing its excellent bar, conveniently located in the space where Edgar and the Doktors will be performing.  Dixon Place is located at 161 Chrystie Street.  The event begins at 7:30 p.m.

LaMama Coffeehouse Chronicles, featuring Edgar

Posted in Uncategorized on February 4, 2015 by Naomi Gold

This is the opportunity many of you have been waiting for. Edgar will be featured in the upcoming LaMama Coffeehouse Chronicles, an educational series focused on the history and development of Off-Off Broadway theatrical work. Edgar’s event is on Saturday February 28 from 3-5 p.m. in the LaMama Club. Reservations are recommended.


“The Drowning Pages”

Posted in Uncategorized on January 29, 2015 by Naomi Gold

This monologue is taken from Edgar’s play The Drowning Pages, which was produced at LaMama in 2000. It is now part of the collection of poetry and prose on the album “Desire & the Sea.  This version of the monologue was performed at Axis Theatre in November of last year:

The full album “Desire & the Sea”  is available on Bandcamp:

The full 2000 production of The Drowning Pages is available for viewing on YouTube:

“In the Park” one of Hilton Als’ Best of 2014

Posted in Uncategorized on January 21, 2015 by Naomi Gold

Congratulations to Edgar and the team at Axis Theatre, in particular, Randy Sharp and Brian Barnhart, for their wonderful work in In the Park, which has been named in Hilton Als’ Best of 2014 list (

Als says, commenting on Okwui Okpokwasili’s Bronx Gothic and Edgar’s In the Park:

“These outstanding artists each told stories in poetic prose that was some of the best writing I read or heard all year, and brought back the reality that language is a living thing. Using their bodies to shape autobiography and myth, Okpokwasili and Oliver, although visually different, dug deep into the stage’s earth to channel emotions and information that startled us with their weight, diversity, and longing, and their sense that life is short and that there’s shame in not living it.”


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